Friday, September 3, 2010

Sea-view: A Streetcar Named Desire

When I first picked up A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, I figured it would be just a quick beach read, but possibly not that good. Well, I got one part right. The book was a really quick beach read! Its a play, so even though its about 180 pages, its equivalent to maybe 100 because it is in a play's script format. 

It was actually pretty good. To not give it all away, its about this once very upper class woman who looses her family's gorgeous farm and plantation down South and goes down to New Orleans to live with her sister, who married a man who was much lower class than she. It takes place in the 1940s, which is always an interesting era to read about. Throughout the play, there is a lot of psychological symbolism about the protagonist, along with the interesting role men played in the home at that point. I don't want to give it all away, but it was certainly a decent book and one that you don't want to stop once you put down. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was able to pick up many lessons from it. Since it is in play format, you get a great image of what was taking place on screen, too. 

One thing that I think is important to pick up is what the true meaning of love in a relationship is and where it needs to stem from, rather than where it does sometimes. Also, I think it is important to learn that although these high class women had lots of money, true class is not valued most when you have money in your pocket, but when it isn't in your pocket. 

I definitely suggest reading this book. Its definitely worth just picking it up at your local library or downloading it onto your Reader! Its a two hour read, but something you can think about for a long time after.

May the wind be with you,
The Sailor in Pink OoXx


  1. ooo i love new book suggestions!! thank you!

  2. I read that in high school and loved it!! There is also a great movie of the book that we watched after. It really is an amazingly written book!