The Kentucky Cycle

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  • Title: The Kentucky Cycle
  • Author: Robert Schenkkan
  • ISBN: 9780452269675
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Paperback
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    • An intricate, grand epic set in my home state—and a play, no less! The Kentucky Cycle is a perambulation through several generations of the Rowen family. The audience witnesses Michael Rowen, the patriarch, swindle a tract of land from Indians, and several generations later, we see the same land swindled from the family by a fast talking coal company representative. It could just be my provenance, but the hills of Eastern Kentucky seem to me some of the richest land there is, steeped in blood; [...]


    • One of the hardest plays I've ever read and one the most eye-opening. Easy to see why it won the Pulitzer. VERY rough language, graphic and deeply moving. Now that I live here, it just intensifies the feelings provoked in the play and the story of the land breathes underneath me, almost haunting.


    • These nine short, wonderful plays would, I think, have made a brilliant novel because the story, following three families over 200 years, is so rich and compelling. I liked the early plays which evoke the spirit of 'stolen' land from the Indians and the conflicts that ensued between the white settlers better than the 20th century coal-industry fights that I'm already familiar with and which told me nothing new. I read these plays, just like one of the other reviewers, because I was knocked out w [...]


    • A Pulitzer-Prize winning play, this series of vignettes (referred to as one-act plays) covers several generations of the same family in Appalachia. It’s ambitious, but it’s to the story’s detriment that it’s written as a play and not a novel. The play is long enough that reading it almost qualified it as a novel, and I cannot imagine sitting through hours upon hours of this story onstage.Here’s what I don’t understand: The Kentucky Cycle would make a great novel. If anything, it woul [...]


    • This play is SUPER relevant today. While written almost 20 years ago, I think Schenkkan's timeline of America as a land and people is very powerful and poignant in this political and economic climate. How did we get into this mess and is there too much to undo?After seeing and reading Angels in America when HBO did the miniseries, I thought "what could possibly be better than this to have won the Pulitzer and the Tony?" Now I know. What a great year for (long) plays that was. I think The Kentuck [...]


    • It's a shame about Angels in America, but Broadway made its decision on who was the better biographer of the land in its 1993 season. However, this should not belittle the accomplishment of The Kentucky Cycle, and whereas Angels in America chronicles through discourse, this chronicles in blood. Providing a savage parallel history of America's birth and coming of age, The Kentucky Cycle fares better when it focuses on imagined families and circumstances than in later passages where the anchor of [...]


    • The author won a Pulitzer in 1992 for this epic play, which is actually a cycle of nine plays that chronicle the history of three fictional families over a period of two hundred years in eastern Kentucky. It is a story of the settling of America, and it is a story of violence, mayhem, and treachery. The characters seem more like historical stereotypes than real people, and as one reviewer noted, the dialogue sounds contrived, not how people of that time and place would likely have talked. Think [...]


    • This series of plays spans two hundred years in both the United States and a real asshole family. I enjoyed how characters moved often from play to play. The watch trope was a nice touch. However, given the violent and stark feel of the play(s), I felt the ending was a bit hoakey. Hopefully, I'd get to see this some day.


    • I read this at Monica's urging. She had read it for a class (it's a play and they read it out loud). It follows 3 families in Kentucky from the late 18th century to the mid 20th century, focusing primarily on the devastating apparently perpetual legacy of relationship built on violence and cruelty.


    • This is a set of plays chronicling generations of a few families on a piece of land beginning in colonial times, and continuing right up until the late 1970's. A beautiful picture of the flaws that are handed down through time. Thanks for recommending, Jordana!


    • The Kentucky Cycle explores the history of Eastern Kentucky and tries to explain the regions culture of violence and grinding poverty. Some locals took offense, especially because it was written by an outsider, but it won a Pulitzer for drama.


    • This is a play I discovered through tutoring a high school student in English. I couldn't put it down, and neither could my husband when I encouraged him to read it. Intriguing, compelling, thought-provoking.


    • A simple idea that is genius. 9 short plays that tell the story of American capitalism through the examination of Appalachian wealth, poverty and blood-lust. The denouement of the cycle gave me goose-bumps the first time I read it 14 years ago and did so again tonight. This is great writing.





    • 1992 Pulitzer. 1994 Tony for Best Revival of a Play: A great play of epic proportions illustrating American mythology. Just a badass, American historical fiction.






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