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Race Dans une Am rique marqu e par la question raciale un bureau d affaires tenu par trois avocats deux Noirs et un Blanc est sollicit pour d fendre un Blanc accus de tentative de viol sur une jeune fe

  • Title: Race
  • Author: David Mamet
  • ISBN: 9782749812175
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dans une Am rique marqu e par la question raciale, un bureau d affaires tenu par trois avocats, deux Noirs et un Blanc, est sollicit pour d fendre un Blanc, accus de tentative de viol sur une jeune femme noire Tout au long de cette enqu te quasi polici re, les certitudes se d litent lois et principes sont mis mal, entre domination, uses et manipulations RenversantDans une Am rique marqu e par la question raciale, un bureau d affaires tenu par trois avocats, deux Noirs et un Blanc, est sollicit pour d fendre un Blanc, accus de tentative de viol sur une jeune femme noire Tout au long de cette enqu te quasi polici re, les certitudes se d litent lois et principes sont mis mal, entre domination, uses et manipulations Renversant les sch mas habituels, la peau blanche devient, consciemment ou non, l objet de haines in dites.

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    About "David Mamet"

    1. David Mamet

      David Alan Mamet is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and film director His works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity.As a playwright, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross 1984 and Speed the Plow 1988 As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict 1982 and Wag the Dog 1997.His recent books include The Old Religion 1997 , a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank Five Cities of Refuge Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy 2004 , a Torah commentary, with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner The Wicked Son 2006 , a study of Jewish self hatred and antisemitism and Bambi vs Godzilla, an acerbic commentary on the movie business.

    876 Comments

    1. I was disappointed by this play after hearing so many great things about it. Mamet's treatment of race here isn't so much candid and challenging as it is hamfisted and shallow. I can understand why some people think this play is exciting, but I think it's because our society considers it rude or racist or dispiriting to discuss racial politics. Just because characters ask "Why, because I'm BLACK?!" every five minutes or declare, "All white people are ______!" doesn't mean Mamet is bold. This is [...]


    2. Up here in the Great White North we have a Prime Minister who,when he's not playing dressup weighs in on issues that play to his 'progressive'following.In a recent court case that involved the shooting of a native youth,the white accused was found not guilty by a jury of twelve non natives.The usual cries of racism followed,which were followed by the P.M suggesting that a jury that was not made up of natives could not give a fair verdict.This was followed by a promise that he would change how th [...]


    3. As the grievance movements of wingnut identity politics gives way to the grievance movements of the tea party, David Mamet has written a play for our times. Shrill, horatory, and filled with stock speeches where there should be dramatic tension, Race is a protest play in whiteface; less concerned with character and narrative tension than telling the truth about the black man. The right wing message play is not new to Mamet: he went after women in Oleanna, gays and "effeminent" men in The Cryptog [...]


    4. A friend passed Race along to me. I didn’t know what to expect, but I kept checking the premier date to make sure it wasn’t a Strauss-Khan play by play. The play’s relationship to the real life events is uncanny in my imagination since we don’t really know what happened in those hotel rooms, but like Susan implies there are somethings you just know not necessarily because you are black or because you are a woman but absolutely because your race and gender color how you view the world. I [...]


    5. I find David Mamet's view of humanity so alien from my own that I truly wonder if we live in the same universe. His is not a world that I recognize. The plot moves along nicely, even though the characters are all cyphers for Mamet's bottomless contempt. It's a good play, but good grief the playwright needs to join the 21st century.


    6. David Mamet has a way of getting and keeping my attention, and this play about race and trust is no exception. Once again, he, with very few words, captures the essence of the language of an industry, this time the industry is the legal industry. This play is about the defending attorneys of a rich, middle-aged white dude who is accused of raping a twenty-something black woman. There is no apparent need to be polite with one another, and the lawyers discuss the best way to build a defense. As ev [...]


    7. Let's get something clear: just because David Mamet subscribes to batshit right-wing thinking doesn't mean there's any of that in this play. The same people who bemoan that "Race" is a play with racist, right-wing ideas seem to be the same people who somehow read in the text of "Oleanna" and anti-women message. None of this is to say that Mamet has much, if anything, new to say about race. But it's how he tells it. This play is brief, two acts, 60 pages, that cuts out scenes one would expect, ei [...]


    8. After Charles, a rich white man, is accused of raping a young black woman, he asks a team of two lawyers (one white, one black) to represent him in court. Jack and Henry enlist the help of Susan, their recently hired younger associate who is black. In this “he said/she said” case, all have pre-conceived notions about Charles. Their mission is to win over a jury. Truth is an illusion. Prejudice, lust, guilt, shame, human frailty, ruthless competition, hidden agendas, betrayal—our celebrated [...]


    9. An intriguing if not preachy look at race relations in America. At times it seems that Mamet is simply begging for controversy, which can take precedence over the story itself and turns the play more into a kind of dissertation on what the author thinks of race and less a story wherein race is a prime factor.


    10. Read this on a flight from Memphis to Miami. Surprisingly easy read for a Mamet play.Any casual theatre fan knows what to expect from a David Mamet play. Profanity, politics, battle of the sexes-type intrigue.he has a very specific style. I thought the man had run out of ways to shock; I thought wrong. All Americans should read this play. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.


    11. I guess I was just hoping for something more insightful, instead of the usual "White man trying to keep the Black man down"/ "Black people hate White people" and vice-versa. I just don't feel anything was accomplished or that anything new was revealed in this play. Meh.


    12. I saw this on Broadway, not with the original cast. I don't think this was written to define the confusing issues of race in our society - just illuminate the confusion.


    13. My favourite aspect of Mamet's writing has always been the tight dialogue: the quick back and forth between characters that builds tension so quickly; and the echoing of phrases that really adds to the confusion and frustration each of the characters feel in the scene. So, I enjoyed reading Race and could really get a sense of how this could be a dynamic staged performance. What Mamet is super good at is making you feel one way about a character when you first meet them and then having your opin [...]



    14. I would have preferred to have been less bothered by the punctuation than I was (I am wholly unsure of what point Mamet was trying to make with the sporadic interjections of periods and colons to keep sentences from being sentences). I do think it contributed to my not enjoying reading the play; it is an instance where I am positive it must play better than it reads. But I did not find any insight in the work, and it really felt like it was at least two decades behind the curve in envisioning ho [...]


    15. race is a play about some lawyers defending a white man who raped a black girl. one of the lawyers is white, one black. the paralegal is a black woman. the dialogue here is sharp and oddly constructed to provide cadence and voice, lending the character's monologues the gravitas of real human speech, impassioned and full of pausy tics. give mamet some credit here for treading on difficult ground, punching in his weight class as far as social issues are concerned. mamet contends that race is an in [...]


    16. I'm not a big fan of Mamet, and this play didn't really sell me. Apart from the kind of stuttering dialogue Mamet uses--for example, Henry says, "Do you know what you can say? To a black man. On the subject of race?" (6)--I think what I found least appealing is how Mamet seemed to sacrifice a lot of the complexity of his characters. At the end of the day, Henry is an angry black man, Charles is (likely) a rich and powerful white man who raped an African American girl, Jack is an American 'libera [...]


    17. Really enjoyed reading this play. I went into it having heard it's not Mamet's best stuff, so I think the low expectation helped, but I found it very hard to put down. It's interesting how dialogue can feel 'fast-paced' even when it's not being spoken fast, you're just reading it at your normal reading pace. Not the most insightful on the topic of race, but I enjoyed just seeing Mamet being his usual frank self on a topic people are often not frank about.


    18. This is the first really great Mamet play in several years, perhaps since the mid 90s. It's the Mamet you've come to love, to ponder over, and to spontaneously quote to friends (sometimes forgetting to leave out the expletives). It's a short play, but lively--an energetic trip across the minefield of racial politics with a small herd of sacred cows.And Mamet dedicated the play to Shelby Steele? How cool! I look forward to seeing it performed some day.


    19. David Mamet's brilliance with dialogue could rival Tarantino's. Unfortunately his writing is still tainted by sexism and (ironically in this case) racism. I want so badly to love Mamet's work, and in some ways, I do. However, this is a way in which his work has always fallen short for me. So instead of sheer brilliance, he gives some good work with sparkles of genius here and there.


    20. A provocative look at race relations in contemporary American society. Playwright Mamet's uncensored and acerbic dialogue makes the reader question if there will ever be true equality between the races.


    21. Mamet takes a fearless look at Race. Race. Race, race, race. I think it's mentioned on every page. This play is about Race. With a capital R. Three lawyers and a defendant collide when a court case causes them to think about - you guessed it - Race. What is race? Race is race. Race.


    22. Crackling dialogue in that Mametian mode. Intricately structured. Who is leading who? Who's innocent and who is guilty? Mamet asks the questions in this highly charged drama but leaves the answers to the audience. Race is as complicated as it's ever been.


    23. I really enjoyed Mamet's portrayal of the legal profession in the first half of the play. The treatment of race was too obvious for my taste, but clever in the twists in the second half. Stylistically, I'm not wild about the trajectory of the play or the staging. Mamet has written better plays.


    24. Either this is a play that truly needs to be seen to be understood or I've read too many commentaries on race relations to find this story interesting. It seemed like the same old racial stereotypes being displayed and examined, none of which raised any thought-provoking questions for me.



    25. Controversial and perceptive commentary on political correctness and stereotypes and how they affect our perception of events.



    26. Thought provoking play on the subject of racism. Mamet"s hits upon some incendiary issues that are most relevant today especially given the recent events of the last three years.



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