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Simon and Schuster, Feb 1, 2011 - Drama - 128 pages
An explosive play that took critics and audiences by storm, Equus is Peter Shaffer's exploration of the way modern society has destroyed our ability to feel passion. Alan Strang is a disturbed youth whose dangerous obsession with horses leads him to commit an unspeakable act of violence. As psychiatrist Martin Dysart struggles to understand the motivation for Alan's brutality, he is increasingly drawn into Alan's web and eventually forced to question his own sanity. Equus is a timeless classic and a cornerstone of contemporary drama that delves into the darkest recesses of human existence.

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User Review  - noonaut - LibraryThing

Equus reeks of wasted potential. The conceit -- that the world has become unromantic, mechanical, normal and one young man's attempt to break through it all -- was good. The set, the Noise, stage ... Read full review

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User Review  - varwenea - LibraryThing

I read this play before looking up its background. I was surprised to learn its first production was in July 1973, over 41 years ago (vs. staged for that time). The ideas, the themes, the conflicts ... Read full review

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Page 8 - Not the boy: the horse, and what it may be trying to do. I keep seeing that huge head kissing him with its chained mouth. Nudging through the metal some desire absolutely irrelevant to filling its belly or propagating its own kind. What desire could that be? Not to stay a horse any longer? Not to remain reined up for ever in those particular genetic strings? Is it possible, at certain moments we cannot imagine, a horse can add its sufferings together — the nonstop jerks and jabs that are its daily...
Page 9 - All reined up in old language and old assumptions, straining to jump clean-hoofed on to a whole new track of being I only suspect is there. I can't see it, because my educated, average head is being held at the wrong angle. I can't jump because the bit forbids it, and my own basic force — my horsepower, if you like — is too little. The only thing I know for sure is this: a horse's head is finally unknowable to me. Yet I handle children's heads — which I must presume to be more complicated,...
Page 9 - I'm wearing that horse's head myself That's the feeling. All reined up in old language and old assumptions, straining to jump cleanhoofed on to a whole new track of being I only suspect is there.

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One of the foremost playwrights of our time, Peter Shaffer has had seven plays produced on Broadway. He has won every major dramatic award as well as an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation of his play Amadeus.

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