A House Not Meant to Stand by Tennessee Williams

By Tennessee Williams

Christmas 1982: Cornelius and Bella McCorkle of Pascagoula, Mississippi, go back domestic one dead night in a thunderstorm from the Memphis funeral in their older son to a home and a lifestyles actually falling apart--daughter Joanie is in an insane asylum and their more youthful son Charlie is upstairs having intercourse along with his pregnant, holy-roller female friend because the McCorkles input. Cornelius, who has political pursuits and a litany of illnesses, is attempting to discover a large number of moonshine funds his light spouse Bella has hidden someplace of their collapsing condominium, yet his noisy efforts are disrupted by way of a flow of exceptional characters, either dwelling and dead.

While Williams frequently used drama to exhibit desire and desperation in human hearts, it was once via this darkish, expressionistic comedy, which he known as a "Southern gothic spook sonata," that he was once top capable of chronicle his imaginative and prescient of the delicate country of our international.

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Abdelaziz hat immer bei seiner Großmutter Mariama geschlafen. Er hat gern mit den anderen Kindern gespielt, erzählt sie, aber er wurde immer schnell müde. Und gegessen hat er wie ein Spatz, selbst wenn genug da war. Es war der zweite Sohn ihrer Tochter; der erste war bereits nach ein paar Tagen gestorben: Er war schon bei der Geburt dürr. Es war ein schwieriges Jahr, sie hatten kaum etwas zu essen, und es war, als hätte er es gespürt, sagt Mariama. Dann wurde vor vier Jahren Abdelaziz geboren und vor zwei Jahren noch mal eine Tochter und jetzt, vor ein paar Monaten, eine weitere Tochter, die nicht gesund zu sein scheint.

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Aber manchmal lohnt sich das Scheitern. Um erneut zu scheitern, besser zu scheitern. �Der jährliche Hungertod von mehreren zehn Millionen Männern, Frauen und Kindern ist der Skandal unseres Jahrhunderts. Alle fünf Sekunden verhungert ein Kind unter zehn Jahren. Und das auf einem Planeten, der grenzenlosen Überfluss produziert … In ihrem augenblicklichen Zustand könnte die Weltlandwirtschaft problemlos zwölf Milliarden Menschen ernähren, was gegenwärtig fast der doppelten Weltbevölkerung entspricht.

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