Résumé (fre). On peut comparer Molly Sweeney () de Brian Friel à The Well of the Saints () de J.M. Synge, un texte moderniste, mais il a pour source. “The sad and miraculous plight of Molly Sweeney has brought out the best in the playwright Brian Friel Rich with rapturous poetry and the music of rising. Molly Sweeney has ratings and 22 reviews. Molly Sweeney, by the great Irish playwright Brian Friel, tells the story of married couple Molly and Frank.

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My conclusion is that for Friel knowledge is both enabling and a chimera. If he needs a certain kind of language he borrows it.

But Foucault persuades us that such is an unwarranted reservation. I should read him, he says. I woke again at four A. Friel’s own comment follows and is cryptic: They lived in a kind of perpetual jet-lag.

He assembles characters who inhabit no other common space than the stage. She looked at my fingernails and suggested that a touch of clear varnish would be nice. He couldn’t resist the different, the strange. Molly explicitly says as much in her final soliloquy. To speak of ‘the ethics of the case’ seems meaningless to me here.

What a tragic and troubling story. Jolly does she have to lose?

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Where the shaft rbian light glanced off me again. So in fact that Easter Sunday would have been Rice’s last time to fish there. Sacks’s case history had first been published in the New Yorker on 10 May just when Friel was working on Molly Sweeney.


Read other reviews by Marie Nolly. I used to think that vrian other people in the pool with me, the sighted people, that in some way their pleasure was actually diminished because they could see, because seeing in some way qualified the sensation; and that if they only knew how full, how total my pleasure was, I used to tell myself that they must, they really must envy me.

Is what it sees what it understands? Mad and wild and frenzied. On bria cover of the book, in the version of what I read, there were some pictures of small usual things that we see and use everyday. Now in the open air a smaller presence in a shabby raincoat and cap; his hands clasped behind his back; his eyes on the ground; his head bowed slightly against the wind so that he looked. The details of Sacks’s case history provide the plot of Molly Sweeney.

And I remember thinking: I knew only my own world. But what about you?

Because we know that Frank is not and does not claim to be an authority on anything, the knowledge he provides is invariably suspect. He receives word from New York of the death in an air crash of his ex-wife’s second husband and his own erstwhile colleague.

Works by Brian Friel. This play sweenwy being performed in N. Roger Bloomstein was killed in an air crash on the evening of the Fourth of July.

Frank wanted to get a taxi but I said we should walk to get all that alcohol out of the system. Although comic in his passionate obsessions he is revealed as quite dangerous in his constant inconstancy, his habitude to intermittent projects of which Molly’s case is but one among many to be fanatically taken up and as quickly laid aside. It was thus a fateful episode, as.


The word ‘fabricating’ is key here. As good luck would have it, Friel acknowledged in a programme note another and more significant source for Molly Sweeney as soon as the play opened in New York in January Letters from two specialists she had been mollu in her late teens. You shouldn’t have dangled it in front of me, Dick Waterman.

On the one hand knowledge brisn essential ; science is progressive and, theoretically at any rate, benignly utilitarian.

So that if I were to decide to operate and if the operation were even partially successful, her vision, however impaired, ought to be stable for the rest of her life. Molly’s gender makes her, in Friel’s construction of the character, passive and malleable.

Synge was an early modernist ; Friel is a postmodernist writer.

Molly Sweeney

The week in the library pays off. MOLLY should indicate her disability in some such subtle way. A new world a new life! I was so happy, so happy for her. She didn’t have her cane and she didn’t hold his arm.

I hoped he’d meet some decent woman who’d marry him and beat some sense into him.