Death of A Salesman

Death of A Salesman

Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and A Requiem

Book - 1976
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Baker & Taylor
An unsuccessful traveling salesman finally confronts, in his early sixties, his shattered dreams

Topical Term: Fathers and sons
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1976, c1949
ISBN: 9780881030174
Branch Call Number: PS3525.I5156 D4 1976
Characteristics: 139 p. ; 20 cm


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Jul 07, 2020

Death of a Salesman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatic play that dives into the nuances of the American Dream. A classic play about a father who realizes that he has failed to teach his children what is truly important and, as a result, has essentially ruined their lives. The father, Willy Loman, used to spend a lot of time with his two sons Biff and Happy. During this time, however, he neglected to teach them important life skills. So, when the sons grew up things started to change because Biff's whole life began collapsing around him. With Willy stuck in his dead end job his entire life and Biff starting to hate his dad for dooming him forever, a plot quickly starts building up, leading to a very unexpected turn of events. This drama is a powerful tragedy with a compelling and educational story that enlightens the reader about a very important problem: finding the true American dream. A fast-paced play, it makes a very enjoyable read -- one that I would recommend to teen and adult readers alike.
Recommended age: 14+

Jul 06, 2020

The play Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, is an extremely relevant story to the current day because it explores themes of family, gender roles and, the American dream. The play follows a failing and aging salesman named Willy Loman, who only makes a living by selling to his friends. He has to support his family, of Biff, a failed sports prodigy, and Happy, a womanizer who simply does not know any better. The play explores gender roles in the household and the responsibilities that certain people are expected to take. The play deals with mental health. I thought the play was a little on the short side but it was a fascinating read all around, I would rate it 12+

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Dec 27, 2019

The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller was amazing. I actually had to read this play for class and I was honestly disappointed at first. Once I got to reading, I realized that the play was super short, but filled with so many interesting concepts and themes. For example, Willy Loman is consumed in his pride, and it ends up destroying his life. I really liked this play because I had the opportunity to understand how a person’s own flaws can ultimately lead to their self destruction in life! Also, it was a pretty sad read. Despite it only being around 100 pages, the play was very heartbreaking (as one could probably assume from the title). I would rate this play a 5/5. @Montgomery of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

MirandaJo Feb 06, 2017

I read this play for class in high school; normally, that would mean it was a classic text and, quite frankly, boring. However, I loved this play. It was extremely interesting, and by the last page I was crying my eyes out. I couldn't stop thinking about the meaning of the play for at least a week afterward. It's stayed with me since. I seriously recommend you read this play to complete your literary education.

Oct 10, 2015

great story, even though wasn' t interesting at all until Act two. A fantastic book for considering American Dreams, Business World, success etc. really good research and connection material for connected topics. Quite challenging.

Jun 09, 2015

Willy has many flashbacks as he begins to lose touch with reality, and these scenes reveal to us the over-imaginative, boastful, prideful person he is. He favors Biff but feels that now, his son hates him and wants to spite him.
Willy's problem is that he is a walking contradiction. He's so hot and cold it's annoying. And he won't listen to anyone! He hears what he wants to and wraps it up into his messed up mind.
The ending was good, and it definitely was the most interesting part of the book. If you like plays, go ahead and read this. I don't think I would have ever picked it up if I hadn't read it for class.

Kdmullerspy Jul 06, 2014

Great story. Makes you think about the American dream.

fayegro Jan 09, 2014

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Sep 27, 2013

I know that DEATH OF A SALESMAN is a classic and I understand why. Its value is that, when it was written in 1949, it questioned and criticized the consumerist American dream in a way that had never been done before, but in this era of Occupy Wall Street, the message is not as profound as it once was. Dealing so heavily in self-deception and foolish pride, Willy Loman is not a likeable character. I'm not asking for a person who is an angel; I can get behind the antihero archetype quite easily, but Willy Loman fails to hold my interest. I feel no empathy for him, and thus, the entire play misses its mark. Even the pitiful wife character Linda is a disappointment. I truly felt that this play went nowhere and led to an inevitable conclusion that was foreshadowed in such a ham-fisted way that I knew it from page 2. I read this play for recreation, and boy, was I not entertained, and if that's your intention as well, I absolutely would not recommend it. Perhaps you have a more scholarly purpose? If you are forced to do a play from this era about family dynamics, I would recommend you read Tennessee William's CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. It's far more interesting, in my humble opinion.

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Aug 24, 2017

Will you please take that phony dream and burn it before something happens? -Biff

Jun 09, 2015

“The jungle is dark but full of diamonds, Willy.”

black_penguin_254 Mar 19, 2014

A diamond is hard and rough to the touch.

Jun 23, 2013

Happy: Are you familiar with football?
Girl: No, I'm afraid I'm not.
Happy: Biff is quarterback with the New York Giants.


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Jun 09, 2015

An aging salesman is dealing with the mistakes of his past, the poor relationship with his sons, and his failing career.


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Jun 09, 2015

Coarse Language: Willy does some swearing

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