After the Fall

Version: Unabridged
Author: Arthur Miller
Narrator: Amy Aquino , Amy Pietz
Genres: Drama
Publisher: LA Theatre Works
Published In: November 2001
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours, 6 minutes
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Overview

Often called the most autobiographical of Arthur Miller's plays, After the Fall probes deeply into the psyche of Quentin, a man who ruthlessly revisits his past to explain the "catastrophe" that is his life. His journey backward takes him through a troubled upbringing, the bitter death of his mother, and a series of failed relationships.

Reviews (5)

"After the Fall"

Written by Anna Shirey on March 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very interesting. A little hard to follow sometimes, but it just encouraged me to spend a little more time reflecting on it. His connection between the Monroe character and his own recollections of Nazi Germany were interesting and unexpected.

Noisy and confusing

Written by Anonymous on July 25th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Not well suited to the audiobook format. This might have been interesting to see in person, but the background noises seem distracting and out of place when one is listening, not seeing. Also, the story jumps around between the past and present. This is hard to follow without the benefit of the visual cues that were (I assume) part of the play.

Interesting

Written by DLCT on May 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I love Arthur Miller. Somehow I'm not sure this translates well to a CD for commuter listening. Some phrases were hard to hear and yet, when I cranked up the volume, the next sentence or sound effect blasted my ears. Yes, sound effect -- train whistles, clangs, all kinds of odd noises... To the story: a tormented, guilt-ridden attorney saddled with the conflicted unhappy women he is born unto and then chooses. Classic case of some guys never learn, I suppose. The one woman he seemed happy with, a frequent Nazi concentration camp visitor, he leaves in Europe leading us to believe he doesn't want to be happy. A well-done play but I think I'd prefer to see it on stage.

AFTER THE FALL

Written by Renee Locks on April 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Always interesting and not Miller's best but certainly adds to understanding of male/female relationships.

AFter the Fall

Written by Anonymous on October 6th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

For starters, I didn't know it was performed as the play with Anthony LaPaglia. That made the characters come alive. The conversations between the characters made me sad and glad that I don't have conversations this intense with my partner. I wondered about the pairing, Miller & Monroe, now I understand it was about his need.

Author Details

Author Details

Miller, Arthur

"Arthur Miller is a well renowned play write. He wrote many plays, his best being Death of a Salesman. It ""stunned audiences with its brilliance and was quickly earmarked as a classic of the modern theatre""(imagi-nation.com). In 1943 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Death of a Salesman. ""He has come to be considered one of the greatest dramatists in the history of the American Theater, and his plays, a fusion of the naturalistic and expressionistic techniques, continue to be widely produced""(imagi-nation.com). Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible as an allegory for the McCarthy era and the Salem Witch trial hysteria and uses motifs in Death of a Salesman to point to an underlying ideas as well as verbal and symbolic technique help back these ideas. Miller was denied a passport to see the premeir of The Crucible and was under scrutiny with Congress because on an ongoing investigation of Communism in the arts. Miller was married to Actress Marylin Monroe for 5 years and in the 1950's he began writing screen plays one of which he wrote a part in for Marylin. During the filming of Misfits Monroe was heavely using drugs and their marriage begain to crumble. They were divorced in 1961.

McCarthyism took place throughout the 1940's and 1950's during the threat of Communism. Senator Joseph McCarthy made an accusation that there were hundreds of Communists that had infiltrated into the United States. This theory of his was later proven to be untrue, but his zealous campaigning style ushered one of the most repressive times in the 20th century American Politics. McCarthyism is known as the paranoid hunt for infiltrators and was especially hard on writers of this time because some were accused of being communist sympathizers and were unable to write and had their passports taken away. (American Masters). "