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The Cabin: Reminiscence and Diversions

Authors: Mamet, David
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: LCO010000, BIO005000, BIO007000
ISBN: 9780307787514, Related ISBNs: 0307787516, 0517158523, 0679415580, 0679747206, 9780307787514
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 176,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: In these mordant, elegant, and often disquieting essays, the internationally acclaimed dramatist creates a sort of autobiography by strobe light, one that is both mysterious and starkly revealing.

The pieces in The Cabin are about places and things: the suburbs of Chicago, where as a boy David Mamet helplessly watched his stepfather terrorize his sister; New York City, where as a young man he had to eat his way through a mountain of fried matzoh to earn a night of sexual bliss. They are about guns, campaign buttons, and a cabin in the Vermont woods that stinks of wood smoke and kerosene -- and about their associations of pleasure, menace, and regret.

The resulting volume may be compared to the plays that have made Mamet famous: it is finely crafted and deftly timed, and its precise language carries an enormous weight of feeling.
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