Books Plays Reviews

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

December 21, 2017

I've come to the conclusion that I just don't particularly enjoy reading plays. There was nothing wrong with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof but my god were there an awful lot of stage directions. Admittedly, that makes it a great play to analyse in academia but to read for pleasure no just no. It's incredibly disjointed reading a conversation between two characters to then have to read half a page of stage directions. I had a similar issue when reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. As much as I enjoyed the story the stage directions somewhat threw me out of the book. 

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof follows a very dysfunctional family. Big Daddy is about to celebrate his birthday, Grooper and his wife and children, Brick an injured football player turned alcoholic and his feisty wife Maggie. This is the epitome of family drama. The two sons don't get on, none of the husbands really like their wives and there are secrets galore. If this was a novel I think I'd really enjoy it but again it's the format. We started watching one of th adaptations of this play in our lecture way back when and I really enjoyed what I saw. 

If you're a fan of family drama give this a go, or as I'm planning to do go and watch an adaptation. 


Name: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Author(s): Tennessee Williams 

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics 

Pages: 124

ISBN: 978-1-141-19028-0

Rating: 3/5

Have you read Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? 

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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