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Description: The Maids /Deathwatch : Paperback : Avalon Travel Publishing : 9780802150561 : 080215056X : 16 Feb 1994 : The two plays collected in this volume represent Genet's first attempts to analyze the mores of a bourgeois society he had previously been content simply to vilify. The Book Depository The Maids / Deathwatch by Jean Genet - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Review: Many people find "The Maids" better than the novels of Genet, but it still has a tendency to attempt to shock and depend on artifice and theatricality to make its point. "The Maids" has three characters: The older sister, Solange, who hates Madame and isn't afraid to show it, even though she's often maternal to her younger sister, Claire. Claire defends Madame at times and shows a creative streak. Madame is ditzy, sometimes generous - especially to Claire, and overly romantic toward her husband (or is it her lover?) who has been accused of various crimes by an unknown agent (it's the maids, of course). If you don't know the set-up, the opening fantasy between "the maids" would be over the top and lead you to worry that you are in for a night of miserable theater. But once you figure out that they are play-acting and practicing the murder of their Madame, it all becomes much more interesting. Genet wanted the three characters to be played by men, which would explode the themes of falseness and theatricality. Like so much Genet, it starts out jokey, turns absurd, and ends tragically. I think that Solange's closing monologue is strangely moving as she moves between playing herself, her younger sister, and Madame. And the ending is shocking and sad, but I'm not sure that Genet is as interesting to read as he is to see or to discuss.

 

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