Disgraced
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ISBN: 0316324469
EAN13: 9780316324465
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 10, 2013
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 0.47" H x 8.03" L x 5.28" W
Weight: 0.26 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama

From the author of Homeland Elegies, a sparkling and combustible play (Bloomberg) about identity in America after September 11.

Everyone has been told that politics and religion are two subjects that should be off-limits at social gatherings. But watching these characters rip into these forbidden topics, there's no arguing that they make for ear-tickling good theater. --New York Times

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5
   Perhaps the best play you will ever read
Probably the best play you will ever read. There are a lot of post-modern themes incorporated without too many spoilers. The story is very quick paced, but still manages to touch on issues of race, social-economic discrimination and profiling, territorial disputes, the dynamics of a master and a slave. I was introduced to it for a class reading and I am so grateful to have read it. 1 * *Note the author uses throughout the play. This is like a small direction denoting a stage pause. Interpret : any dramatic pause in other plays or movies where the character gives a line and pauses before continuing.
 
5
   This is the best play I've read in a long time
This is the best play I have ever read in a long time. I love what the playwright is exploring. It has me thinking about so many things, including what DOES it mean to live as a Muslim post-911 in the United States. And how do we all identify within society? Part of this is heart-wrenching. I recommend this to all my friends and even have purchased many copies for others.
 
4
   Makes Me Want to See More of This Playwright's Work.
Here, Akhtar explores what happens to a Muslim who tries to hide his origins. During the course of the play we see him lose his job, his family is torn apart, his cousin is radicalized and the protagonist is 180 degrees skimmer. There was an artifical sense of balance or symmetry in the ways the playwright advanced his protagonist through the stages of his loss, but was a compelling text in the final.
 
5
   One of the best plays I have ever read
One of the best plays I have ever read, I usually hate reading plays because they are just the bones of the story, but in this play the bones are enough. After reading this book I went in full of doubts, but I am so full of energy that I had to do snatches to get some of it out.
 
5
   Though far from a perfect play, it's still one of the most exciting ...
Though far from a flawless play, it is still one of the most fresh and exciting blasts of fresh air for the American theatre in years. Avoiding the hard ends of Whimsy, meta self-referenced internal jokes, Cuteness and magical realism, which is taught to most young playwrights coming out of the MFA Industrial Complex. Akhtar has real issues to look into and he gets right to them. If you have not heard the interview with him on the American Theatre Podcast OFFSCRIPT, head over there now! A WiP writer is a smart writer.
 
5
   Wonderful thought provoking play.
This is a contemporary play shows modern Americans trying to come to terms with differences in cultural and religious perspectives. The characters interact in both familial and workplace relationships. The central characters are Jewish, Muslim, and Christian. It is written with sensitivity and respect with no hint of bias, showing just how difficult it is sometimes to see things from another person's view. There is a reason that this play won the Pulitzer Prize, as it really challenges us to think. I would definitely recommend this fine piece of literature for those who truly want to read something, something that you will continue to ponder long after the final page is read.
 
1
   I did not like the book
I don 't even like reading. I read it only as a requirement for my college freshman year.
 
5
   I very much enjoyed this play and kept thinking how I would like to see it performed on stage.
The story centers on a dinner party that includes an ex-Muslim, an African-American, a Jew and a WASP. It quickly becomes explosive, as those in the audience exchange opinions about faith and politics in the modern world. I enjoyed very much this play and kept thinking how I would like to see it performed on stage. After listening to it, I found out that the playwright won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013. . That did not surprise me.
 
5
   Thoughtful and provocative
Brilliant new play, written and thought provoking. Makes you ponder twice about your feelings about all different relationships. There is no such answer. You really need to think for yourself.
 
5
   Simply awesome!
Couldn 't stop reading. The time spent is totally worth it. The complex political identity of a Muslim residing in the U.S. is portrayed beautifully.
 
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