Sleuth

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  • Title: Sleuth
  • Author: Anthony Shaffer
  • ISBN: 9780714507637
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sleuth has all the ingredients of a top class thriller, which it undoubtedly is a plot whose twists and turns are breathtakingly audacious and fiendishly cunning suspense and excitement galore and a brilliant parody of the Agatha Christie country house thriller, mercilessly satirizing the genre at the same as using its technical devices to the full It is a dramatic stSleuth has all the ingredients of a top class thriller, which it undoubtedly is a plot whose twists and turns are breathtakingly audacious and fiendishly cunning suspense and excitement galore and a brilliant parody of the Agatha Christie country house thriller, mercilessly satirizing the genre at the same as using its technical devices to the full It is a dramatic study of sexual conflict and jealousy between an older and a younger man as well as a subtle psychological portrait of an inadequate and sexually obsessed middle aged man.Sleuth was filmed by Joseph Mankiewicz, with Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine in the leading roles, and this edition is fully illustrated with stills from the film, for which Anthony Shaffer wrote the screenplay.Anthony Shaffer has written several television and stage plays, including the West End success Murderer also available from arion Boyars Publishers He has also written many screenplays, including Play with a Gypsy, Hitchcock s Frenzy, The Wicker Man, and the Agatha Christie films Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun.

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    1. Gabriel on said:

      Twisty, turny, clever, intriguing if only there were more plays like this. How I would love to see them all. How I would love to get under the skins of each character and see them played out. To take something as old as murder mysteries and curve it into itself (much the way Joss Whedon took the Horror genre and mutated it in "Cabin In The Woods") is a sheer act of genius if it can be done right.Anthony Shaffer did it right!Oh boy, did he do it right!Wonderful "whodunnit" with amazing word play [...]

    2. Beverly on said:

      Loved the movie, so wanted to read the play. Now I will have to watch the movie again to see what changes were made from the play. But as I was reading the play, I remembered many of the scenes from the movie. An excellent, twisty, turny plot.

    3. AJ Bauers on said:

      The back cover of this play promised many twists and turns in a satire style reminiscent of Agatha Christie, and boy did it deliver. It kept me on my toes and it forced me to finish reading it in one sitting. The reason why I gave it four stars instead of five has to do with the ending, which I'd rather not detail on this review as it would be a major spoiler; but to generalize, I'll just say I had a hard time conceptualizing Milo's motivations. This is another one that I think would be fabulous [...]

    4. Kiersten on said:

      This was so intense ALL OF THE PLOT TWISTS. Probably one of my favorite plays I've ever read. Hopefully I'll get to see it in the future!

    5. Maleen on said:

      Another great twisty turny plot. There were a few unnecessary allusions to inappropriate things. (I must be the only left who would just like to read a clean murder mysteryonic, I know.) I want to watch the movie. I, of course, pictured Michael Caine playing his part perfectly. (I'm a little young to picture Laurence Olivier.) I wish we could have met Marguerite.

    6. Brian McCann on said:

      I'll be honest: I wasn't looking forward to reading this. I thought it would be a "slog" at best. But I loved every page. Well-crafted and quick. Thank you Anthony Shaffer. Reminded me that I saw his WHODUNNIT in Boston in the early 80s in its pre-Broadway run. And I liked that too!

    7. Jessie on said:

      What a clever play! I was hoping for a bit more action but I loved the witty way the characters toyed with each other.

    8. April Mccaffrey on said:

      4/5Sleuth is a play written by Anthony Shaffer. The most famous adaptation is the 1972 film with Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.I very much enjoyed reading Sleuth. Fast-paced, intriguing and engaging.I have always found a fascination with stories that held just two people. There is so much you can do with two people and a setting when writers put their minds to it. You don't always need a full on action packed story and Sleuth proved just that.A story about humiliation, power and games. It i [...]

    9. Tristan Wolf on said:

      This most wonderful play, which I have read several times and seen performed live twice by two different acting companies, was faithfully and joyously translated to the screen in 1972, starring Sir Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. It was notoriously gutted by Harold "Must Have Homoerotica" Pinter, directed (as much as possible) by Kenneth Branagh, and uncomfortably suffered through by Michael Caine and Jude Law. Stick with the original.The genius of the play is that, in one extravagant set, t [...]

    10. Katy Noyes on said:

      4.5 starsI've seen the film and wanted to read the play. And a good smirk I had too.I pictured Olivier and Caine throughout in this riot of bluff and double cross. Andrew Wyke has invited Milo Tindle to a private meeting at his manor house. We soon learn that Milo's affair with his wife is the subject under discussion, Andrew claiming he is happy to be rid of her, and suggesting Milo and he stage a jewellery robbery so the lovers can live comfortably while he, Andrew, benefits from the insurance [...]

    11. Susan on said:

      I don't know. I love the stories that pit an older man (or woman) against a younger one in this kind of head-to-head battle of wits with all the games being played and the hidden agendas on either side. However, something was missing for me. It was too short or there weren't enough layers or something; I'm not sure what, it just felt incomplete to me and I was disappointed.I'm in the middle of watching the original movie (with Olivier and Caine) which was adapted to screen by Shaffer himself. It [...]

    12. Anna on said:

      I had forgotten the movie was based on a play. So the last time I watched it, I decided I wanted to read it. I read it in less than two days. Absolutely brilliant! I imagine the movie in my mind while I read. I loved the characters and I loved the thrilling mystery. Games of murder make the most interesting plots.

    13. Erik on said:

      Sleuth had been in the news quite a bit lately, since the Studio Arena theatre in Buffalo had been doing performances, so I checked a copy out of the library. Though enjoyable, I found myself constantly comparing it (unfavorably) to another similar (and better) play: Deathtrap.

    14. Neil Schleifer on said:

      As intricate as a finely constructed puzzle, Anthony Shaffer's mystery-thriller-play may be the best of its kind. Shaffer sets the bar high, creating finely wrought characters and building in moments of great suspense.

    15. Michael Spendelow on said:

      An extremely clever and thought provoking play.Twists and turns around every corner, the acting potential within this material knows no bounds.

    16. Brendan on said:

      I found this story intriguing as both characters fail to understand and continually underestimate each other.

    17. Tiffany Day on said:

      I liked the give-and-take of this one, and it wasn't wholly predictable; however, Act 1 can be a little dry with the set up. 3 1/2ish stars

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