Paperback (Penguin, 72 pages)
First published 1955; this edition published 2010
Rating on Goodreads: 4 stars
“Eddie Carbone is a straightforward man with a strong sense of honour. For Eddie, it’s a privilege to take in his wife’s cousins. But, as his niece begins to fall for one of them, it’s clear that it’s not just. However, something deeper is wrong inside Eddie, something which threatens the happiness of their whole family.”
Reading this two years after studying it has only brought back my admiration for this drama. Arthur Miller’s writing is masterful. It’s not often I can see character development by reading a play rather than watching it, but A View From The Bridge is the exception. The characters are awful, brilliant and realistic all at once. Eddie’s intense feelings for Catherine leap off the page, and Miller’s talent is such that he succeeds in making the reader feel uncomfortable. The colloquial language might seem a little hard to grasp at first, but it is easy to slip into the dialect and understand.
This is a gem of a play; it’s not one of my favourites, but it certainly comes close. A View From The Bridge is a tense, claustrophobic, gorgeously written play, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading dramas, particularly those that show the tension between family members. Wonderful, wonderful. Read it.