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Equus An explosive play that took critics and audiences by storm Equus is Peter Shaffer s exploration of the way modern society has destroyed our ability to feel passion Alan Strang is a disturbed youth wh

  • Title: Equus
  • Author: Peter Shaffer
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
  • An explosive play that took critics and audiences by storm, Equus is Peter Shaffer s exploration of the way modern society has destroyed our ability to feel passion Alan Strang is a disturbed youth whose dangerous obsession with horses leads him to commit an unspeakable act of violence As psychiatrist Martin Dysart struggles to understand the motivation for Alan s brutalAn explosive play that took critics and audiences by storm, Equus is Peter Shaffer s exploration of the way modern society has destroyed our ability to feel passion Alan Strang is a disturbed youth whose dangerous obsession with horses leads him to commit an unspeakable act of violence As psychiatrist Martin Dysart struggles to understand the motivation for Alan s brutality, he is increasingly drawn into Alan s web and eventually forced to question his own sanity Equus is a timeless classic and a cornerstone of contemporary drama that delves into the darkest recesses of human existence.

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    1. i am a little sad that the play was recast with daniel radcliffe, as i feel that everyone now associates this brilliant, brilliant work with naked harry potter and a horse. this is so much more than that. this is one of the greatest works of drama (and psychology) i think ever written. we read this my senior year of high school, in my ap lit course, with mr. hackling (one of my favorite teachers ever). and we read it in conjunction with our philosophy of religion course, so that we had four-time [...]

    2. Shaffer starts the play by offering the readers and audiences alike, a character to dislike - even hate. As the play progresses, the psychologist takes the audience into the minds of the troubled young teen who blinded six horses. Very early on the psychologist makes a note of Alan's reciprocity during his sessions; the unabashed effort being covert or being blatantly verbally abusive to his doctor only showed the extent of devolution of his mind. Alan's mind warps God, horses, religion and its [...]

    3. I don't care if it took Harry Potter to disrobe for people to finally see this masterwork. This is without a doubt my favorite play from one of my favorite playwrights. Like most great works, it conflates several dichotomies without leaning too heavily on any of them. Adolescene v. adulthood? Check. Urban v. Rural? Check. Rationalism v. Romanticism? Check. A teenage boy blinding six horses in a fit of psychosexual mania? Check. There's whispers the London production's coming stateside. If so, I [...]

    4. I was given this play by a dear friend of mine. Once I set sail through its pages, I got addicted to it. Now it's 6:00 AM and I have been reading it all through the night. What I like most about it is that it is psychological. The plot is well built. I also like the part where Alan and Dysart mutually investigate the matter of each other's dreams to find out that it was the shrink's dream is more related to illnesses the dream being the doctor practicing the ritual of sacrificing hundreds of chi [...]

    5. On re-reading 3/20/16: I've re-read this numerous times since my junior year of high school; however, the last time was probably about a decade ago. Now, in revising my ENG 102 class and realizing that I can assign any play I want, it seemed obvious to revisit my favorite. Did I just happen to read this at the right time in life? Would its gilded status now be tarnished by me being a different reader? NOPE! The book is amazing; it will definitely be assigned reading. My mind is already buzzing w [...]

    6. Trust me: it's not just that play about Harry Potter getting (a) naked and (b) it on with a horse. It's about the construction of God and meaning in the modern waste land; and perhaps even more compellingly, about the moral dilemma of a therapist who has to convince his patient to abandon all escape routes and return to the waste land. (In that sense, it reminds me a great deal of Pat Barker's Regeneration.) It's a play of ideas, basically, only thinly veiled by its outrageous subject matter. Po [...]

    7. Is it even possible to discuss Equus anymore without considering Harry Potter's wang? Were there conversations that existed about this strange, psychological, pre Law and Order play that didn't include a nude Daniel Radcliffe and horses? I never even saw the play but it was impossible to walk down a city block on the west side of Manhatten without seeing posters of that hilarious extra from the show "Extras" staring blankly at any passerby, arms outstretched christ-on-a-cross-like with his lower [...]

    8. (Very minor spoilers). I love works that try to make you sympathize with the villain, rather than making them out to be barely human monsters, as so many books and movies tend to do. I can't help but think it's mostly laziness on the part of the creators. It's easier to create someone who, as the main character in Peter Shaffer's play, hurts animals in a fit of insanity and leave it at that, letting the audience mindlessly hate him, than it is to create a villain and really dig into his motives, [...]

    9. Wow, so much to think about.What do you choose, passionless sanity or ecstasy-filled worship and obsession?I wish I could've seen Daniel Radcliffe in this play. I pictured him as Alan as I read it but I bet his performance was phenomenal.And how ironic that he starred in this play at the height of the Harry Potter fandom. Mr. Radcliffe could probably tell you all about what passionate worship looks like from the perspective of the horse.

    10. Pirmā luga manā dzīvē, kuras lasīšanu es izbaudīju, galvenokārt droši vien tāpēc, ka vide šeit nav nozīmīga, svarīga ir tikai saruna un rakšanās Alana galvā. Un dīvainā kārtā, par spīti vides otršķirīgumam, visa darbība manā galvā zīmējās ļoti spilgtā filmā.

    11. Third time I've read this. A brilliant play, and one of my personal favourites. I'd pay a lot of money to see this play.

    12. Someone once told me that they thought Equus was outdated. Now that I've read/experienced the play myself, I think they were wrong in saying so. The themes of blame, religion, pain, and normality found within this play all ring true still to this day. I think the person who said this to me perhaps forgot what life was like as an adolescent and doesn't do good with the sadness that comes with nostalgia. It's all there in everyday life. You just have to be aware of it.

    13. Equus turned out so much deeper than expected. Actually reading the play and finding out exactly what it's about, cleared away my initial thought that this book is all about sex and horses. It's not. It's about freedom, and passion, and how they tie into (Or rather, are broken down by) modern society.

    14. This play has sat on my shelf for eight years after getting it for a dollar at a theater flea market. (It's a Samuel French edition, but from London; the size is all wrong and the paper is all funny.) It seemed like a good idea at the time, since coming out of high school I self-educated myself in playwriting by simply reading every play I'd heard of. Heard of this one! But then I just sat there with it. A couple Saturdays ago I pulled it down to read. The play is getting a lot of press right no [...]

    15. When I tried to read more short stories last year, I failed miserably as I really dislike the genre. I decided to try to read more drama as I enjoyed it in high school and took a Shakespeare and another drama course in college and since then had read none. For my summer BOTNS Bingo Challenge, I got the square that said "A play". Many thanks to Eric Kibler who recommended a handful of his favorites, Equus among them. I had never seen it performed and knew t was about horses. Written in 1973, it i [...]

    16. The play is a well written one with a very memorable story line and in depth characters. The plot is a well thought out one and the way horses are portrayed could change the way you see them if you are someone with a weaker mind. However I found it weak but that is just my opinion. Writing the play in the eyes of Dysart is one the author chose but not one that I agree on, I feel like 3rd person would have been more effective. The idea of it being the kids fault or the parents fault that they bec [...]

    17. I became interested in this play years ago when I heard Daniel Radcliffe was starring in it, but I never got around to reading it. Recently I found it at a charity book sale and snapped it up. I was not disappointed. The antagonist's relationship with his horse and his twisted sexuality lead the reader down a trail of serious personal interpretation.

    18. Interesting, disturbing and devastating! I rather enjoyed this play and find myself, in the end, a little heart broken. Great, quick read!

    19. Having not seen the play staged yet, and basing my review solely upon the text, this is still a five-star piece of drama for me. Compelling, disturbing, and profoundly fascinating.

    20. In a play including a character as complex as Alan Strang, who is sucking the cream off of a horse’s neck in one moment, and blinding six with a metal spike in the next, Peter Shaffer makes it an adventure for his readers to focus on the meat of his play. Equus, based on an actual crime that occurred in London, follows the psychoanalysis of a deranged youth who commits a heinous act against six horses, but it is the revelations of his psychiatrist, Dr. Martin Dysart, that emanate the play’s [...]

    21. I really enjoyed Amadeus, so I decided to read this as well. At first, I wasn't sure where Shaffer was going, what point he was making. Alan is a a seventeen-year-old boy in a mental hospital because he stabbed six horses in the eyes with a metal pick. Dysart is Alan's doctor, and he wants to help Alan as well as understand him. He wants to know why he did it, why people do things like that, and why he has to "fix them." Shaffer does an excellent job of characterizing Alan and Dysart before he r [...]

    22. I had never seen this play when I noticed the obit of its author, Peter Shaffer (also the author of Amadeus) recently, so that motivated me to check it out. I thought the play was masterfully written, but without giving away key plot details, I held back on my rating because the play in part is driven by what I think is an outmoded and even dangerous idea -- that mental illness is a gift that should not necessarily be "cured" by psychiatrists.The plot is stark and brutal. A young man, Alan Stran [...]

    23. This play asks many important questions. What is the definition of normal, and what is the benefit of moving a human being in closer proximity to it? The question, "I have galloped; have you?" echoes Thoreau's desire "to live deeply and suck out all the marrow of life"I have become a fan of Peter Shaffer's work after seeing Amadeus both performed live and adapted to film. I had first heard of Equus a few years ago, when Daniel Radcliffe's portrayal of horse-obsessed Alan Strang garnered much att [...]

    24. This play is not something I would usually read for fun but I also do not regret reading it because even though it was unusual it gave me a new perspective by the different ideas of all the characters. Something that I disagreed with was the part where Alan's mom was telling Dysart that it was not the parents fault of the their children being the way they are because I believe parents do have a huge impact in a children's life and sometimes it is their fault because in this case Dora kept puttin [...]

    25. I absolutely loves this play. It's about religion and how believing (or not) in something may affect our life. It's about right and wrong. What is normality? Should you strive to be normal or is that just another word for boring, the same as everyone. Should we envy the passion and dedication those deemed not normal have for their obsessions? Here is my favorite part from one of doctor Dysarts monologues :"The Normal is the indispensable, murderous God of Health, and I am his Priest. My tools ar [...]

    26. An amazing play by an exceptional playwright. I'm into reading plays so I understand they are not for everyone, but Equus might be worth your time even if you don't generally read plays. Shaffer describes in enough detail the atmosphere his play is meant to evoke, and like most good plays it's all in the dialogue. The play is about a psychologist named Dysart who has been tasked with "curing" Alan Strang, a young man with a religious obsession with horses. Of course, there is more to the play th [...]

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