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December 26, 2008



No. Sorry. Don't get it. I can see that an accumulation of London place names might float your boat, as it does mine, but what else is there to this passage? No jokes, no local colour, no psychological depths, and even the attempt to convey common speech seems just patronising. Am I missing something?

Mick H

It's not fair on Pinter to pull out sections of his dialogue. He's not Shakespeare, for sure. I really loved that play, and since writing this post I've been re-reading it, and still love it. Mick - a kind of wide-boy property developer - has just come across Davies, a tramp, and comes out with these increasingly improbable monologues, starting with, "You remind me of my uncle's brother. He was always on the move, that man..." which finishes with "Your spitting image he was. Married a Chinaman and went to Jamaica". Then comes the passage I've quoted above. A bit later, "You know, you remind me of a bloke I bumped into once, just the other side of the Guildford by-pass..." before Davies cuts him off.

I think they're just very funny, a kind of building-up of everyday language to some kind of glorious absurdity, but with - that word you always get with Pinter - a touch of menace. You never quite know what's going on or what people mean when they say things.

You need to see the whole play though. If not The Caretaker, then The Homecoming.

There's an 8 minute chunk from Clive Donner's film of The Caretaker on YouTube here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnhNrpzTh0g&feature=related- (it's from later on in the play) with Alan Bates and Donald Pleasence, but I have to say I don't really rate it that much. Never liked Alan Bates anyway, and Donald Pleasence has done better.


It's not just that passage. I have to say, I never find Pinter in the least bit funny, being too cold and distant for me. But thanks for the excellent blogging and happy new year.

Mick H

Ah well.

Happy New Year to you too, Nicole.

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