JOHN--[Indignantly.] I'm not. I think I've showed my willingness to do everything I could. If Curt was only the least bit grateful! He isn't. He hates us all and wishes we were out of his home. I would have left long ago if I didn't want to do my part in saving the family name from disgrace....
|Title||:||The First Man|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||285 Pages|
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The First Man Reviews
He didn't write Long Day's Journey into Night every time he picked up a pen you know.An eminent and restless anthropologist named Curtis Jayson decides to take a field trip to the Asian plains in search of our first ancestor, the mythical 'missing link' in the evolutionary chain. His wife Martha, who always accompanies him in his work, is not so keen, for she is in the early stages of an unannounced pregnancy.The root of the Jaysons' wanderlust is not so much their work as it is the loss of their young daughters to phnemonia years before. Curtis had referred to their having a child as being 'impossible' to his extended and clannish family, so when news of Martha's pregnancy is made known questions begin to be asked.Martha had been warned about her closeness to Curtis's best friend, the philandering Richard Bigelow, which had been commented on, drawing the disapproval by the family, slaves to the prevailing culture of 'narrow small-town ethics'. With knowledge of the pregnancy, the most scandalous conclusions are quickly drawn and the family decides to take a stand.It's always difficult to rate a play purely from the text of course, particularly a 'modern' one written in plain language. It's meant to be seen. Still, The First Man is a pretty thin drama, based entirely around one petty misconception, probably written merely in order to stick it to a bunch of provincial gossips and snobs. Underwhelming.
So moving. I read Eugene O'Neill many years ago and will now re read him.