Glengarry Glen Ross : a play

by David Mamet

Paperback, 1992





New York : Grove Press, 1992.


Winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize, David Mamet's scalding comedy is about small-time, cutthroat real esate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their fair share of the American dream. Here is Mamet at his very best, writing with brutal power about the tough life of tough characters who cajole, connive, wheedle, and wheel and deal for a piece of the action -- where closing a sale can mean a brand new cadillac but losing one can mean losing it all. This masterpiece of American drama is now a major motion picture starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Alex Baldwain, Jonathan Pryce, Ed Harris, and Kevin Spacey.

User reviews

LibraryThing member NativeRoses
A truthful look at American capitalism and male competitiveness.
LibraryThing member cinesnail88
I have seen this play before, but this is the first time I've read it. All I can say is that the play is best in its natural state - live, not on paper. Mamet's plays are difficult to "get" without the actors in front of you, and the dialogue can be increasingly impossible to follow.

The plot itself, once unearthed, is always a rollicking good time, and this one was no exception.… (more)
LibraryThing member jburlinson
Dedicated to Harold Pinter, Mamet's masterpiece is certainly the American version of the Britsh master's theater of malice. But where everything is innuendo in Pinter, in Mamet, it's exuberant and hammer-fisted. The play does not include the classic "always be closing" scene which gave Alec Baldwin his very best role in the movie version. And the movie took a few halting steps toward trying to make the two leading characters a bit more sympathetic. Nonetheless, this play is just this side of perfect in its ability to induce groans and guffaws in equal measure. And, in its own very dark way, it's a deeply spiritual experience as well.… (more)
LibraryThing member reedchr3
They turned this play into a movie some years back, and the cast usually referred to it as "Death of a F****** Salesman." A good pairing could be made between this and Miller's play, if it weren't for the fact that teaching this play in high school would probably raise some eyebrows. If Mamet is famous for one thing, it's his ability to put spoken language on a page. Reading one of his plays out loud is quite possibly a one of a kind experience, as even the best playwrights don't seem to have the ear that he does when it comes to the way people actually talk. His characters say in five words what many characters could only say in five lines.… (more)
LibraryThing member davadog13
Mamet is one of my favorite playwrights, I'm excited to work through more of his catalog.
LibraryThing member TakeItOrLeaveIt
root beer floats. this is a play for the ages. he shows his class and his man points rise. a classic.
LibraryThing member Stbalbach
Glengarry Glen Ross: A Play listened to the script read by a single narrator (non-Dramatized). It won a Pulitzer many consider it important, probably would be better seen on stage with actors. Foul-mouthed real-estate salesmen recount becoming "like family" with customers, while revealing the salesmen true ugly selves back at the office. Based on Mamet's own experiences. Sort of a Kitchen Confidential but less appetizing. It seems dated even for 1984, these are 1950s and 60s concerns about masculinity and the soullessness of modernity. Then again it is sort of timeless.… (more)
LibraryThing member wordsampersand
Riveting stuff. The patter of Mamet's dialogue lends to tension, even if the scene may not warrant it.
LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
"Death of a fuckin' salesman," they call it, and when I was a younger man that might have appealed but the fact is this is just death of a salesman with more fuckins, so who cares?
LibraryThing member bookworm12
Desperate real estate sales men go to any length to make a sale and earn a buck. I feel almost like this could have been a prequel to "Death of a Salesman." The dialogue is sharp and funny. It's a quick read, which I'm sure would be enhanced by seeing the film or seeing it on stage.



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