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Joking Apart

A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

War in the Air, The, and particularly How Mr. Bert Smallways Fared While it Lasted

War in the Air, The, and particularly How Mr. Bert Smallways Fared While it Lasted (1908)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction

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...sense: ‘there was us in Europe, all at sixes and sevens with our silly flags and our silly newspapers raggin’ us up against each other and keepin ‘us apart.’ Smallways partly represents the ordinary person trapped in the struggle for world domination, but by pitching his humour against the potential horror of total war, Wells preserves a gleam of hope for the future (and provides another prophetic image: the joking Cockney survivors of the Blitz). A sort of extravaganza, The War in the Air is also a realistic description of the lowest and poorest side of...

Ayckbourn, Alan

Ayckbourn, Alan (1939– )   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...the impact of a recently bereaved young man on unhappily married friends; Bedroom Farce ( 1975 ), another play about marital pains and confusions; Just Between Ourselves ( 1976 ), about a woman reduced to catatonic insensibility by her husband and envious mother-in-law; Joking Apart ( 1978 ), about the ability of the happy and successful to damage those around them; Sisterly Feelings ( 1979 ), a comedy about sibling rivalry, and also a play of chance and permutations, since the cast is required to play alternate scenes, depending on the fall of a coin...

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