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Book 14: Suddenly Last Summer

14 SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER Tennessee Williams (USA, 1958)

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Following the mysterious death of her cousin, Catherine is threatened to be lobotomized by his mother so she can never tell the truth about his homosexuality.

Suddenly Last Summer is a brief one-act play that deals with two of Williams' favorite themes, insanity and homosexuality.
The way the innocent Catherine is treated as an insane patient is heartbreaking, especially when we take into account the life of Williams' sister. As for homosexuality, I've never read a more violent depiction of it, not even in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
I would not recommend Suddenly Last Summer to someone who's not already familiar with the author's work, but those who already admire his work can appreciate the singular treatment of familiar themes.

3/5
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