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The Contractor David Storey

The Contractor

David Storey

Published 1970
ISBN : 9780224618991
Hardcover
122 pages
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The Contractor is ostensibly about the raising of a tent for a wedding on an English estate. The plays action seems simple: workmen raise a tent, decorate it and finally pull it down. But the small specifics of everyday life are used to exploreMoreThe Contractor is ostensibly about the raising of a tent for a wedding on an English estate. The plays action seems simple: workmen raise a tent, decorate it and finally pull it down. But the small specifics of everyday life are used to explore the inner hostilities, love and conflict of these apparently ordinary people. David Storey uses the most ordinary situations to the most extraordinary effect- observed John J. OConnor in The New York Times, his tent metaphor gradually encompassing such themes as the disintegration of the family, the social structure, the British Empire and even Western Civilization. The language is almost always casual, yet incessantly ominous. The selectivity is brilliant.A subtle and poetic parable about the nature and joy of skilled work, the meaning of community and the effect of its loss.--London Observer