The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds The Pulitzer Prize winning play by Paul Zindel author of the beloved bestselling novel The Pigman which Publishers Weekly called remarkable a story that will not be denied Fans of modern classics su

The Pulitzer Prize winning play by Paul Zindel, author of the beloved bestselling novel The Pigman, which Publishers Weekly called remarkable a story that will not be denied Fans of modern classics such as The Outsiders by S E Hinton and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher will find much to love in Paul Zindel s books.The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie livesThe Pulitzer Prize winning play by Paul Zindel, author of the beloved bestselling novel The Pigman, which Publishers Weekly called remarkable a story that will not be denied Fans of modern classics such as The Outsiders by S E Hinton and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher will find much to love in Paul Zindel s books.The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is like a madhouse than a home Tillie s mother is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters love Her sister suffers epileptic fits and sneaks cigarettes every chance she gets.But despite the chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her dreams alive Tillie keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man in the moon marigoldsPaul Zindel s work is bestselling, critically acclaimed, and passionately embraced by generations of readers.

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  1. Paul Zindel was an American author, playwright and educator.In 1964, he wrote The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, his first and most successful play The play ran off Broadway in 1970, and on Broadway in 1971 It won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama It was also made into a 1972 movie by 20th Century Fox Charlotte Zolotow, then a vice president at Harper Row now Harper Collins contacted him to writing for her book label Zindel wrote 39 books, all of them aimed at children or young adults Many of these were set in his home town of Staten Island, New York They tended to be semi autobiographical, focusing on teenage misfits with abusive or neglectful parents Despite the often dark subject matter of his books, which deal with loneliness, loss, and the effects of abuse, they are also filled with humor Many of his novels have wacky titles, such as My Darling, My Hamburger, or Confessions of A Teenage Baboon.The Pigman, first published in 1968, is widely taught in American schools, and also made it on to the list of most frequently banned books in America in the 1990s, because of what some deem offensive language.

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  1. This book shredded my very soul the first time I read it and continues to do so year after year More misunderstood freak effed parent and school goodness, but this one is particularly heartbreaking Apparently I love it when books just destroy me Ok then.

  2. A terribly tragic play about an intellectually curious girl and her broken home and upbringing She yearns to escape from the confinement of her small minded and downward spiralling family, while still being torn with love for them One of my favorites

  3. What a devastatingly great play The play does show its age a bit, a little rust around the edges, but nothing that a good director couldn t adjust This is an emotional play about a mother and her relationship with both of her daughters In some ways you can say there are parallels to of the mother and Willie Loman from Death of a Salesman Both have not accomplished what they thought they would in life, and both fooling themselves to an extent, only the mother in this is so much self aware of her [...]

  4. I picked up Zindel s play after watching the movie adaptation The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigoldsas a film resonated strongly with me, so I figured I should read the play and perhaps even compare the literary work and the movie But after reading the play, I realized just how well Paul Newman had captured Tillie s situation and transferred it to the screen The living conditions that border on deplorable, being just a few steps above abject poverty, living with an embittered moth [...]

  5. I ve always wanted to read this play because of the title it s a great title One of the worst mothers in all of literary history and one of the most hopeful, sweet protagonists I would dearly love to adopt Tillie right out of the book and bring her home with me.

  6. This book had been on my bookshelves for several years prior to my picking it up a few days ago I m not quite sure how it arrived there, although I think I may have acquired it for free at a book giveaway at my alma mater s library To be completely transparent, I was simply looking for a quick book to read and noticed that this one was short and appeared relatively interesting, so I grabbed it and flipped through it to find out it was actually a short play, and also found the text to be quite sp [...]

  7. This heart wrenching story has to be my favorite play of all time.Written from the innocent, simplistically factual view of a bright young middle schooler, Tillie, we are introduced to a tense family scene where love and hate often blur into indistinguishable lines The two supporting characters, her sister Ruth and her embittered mother Beatrice, are some of the strongest characters I have ever read.This book is short, concise, and easy to get through, writing at the approximate level of a middl [...]

  8. Such an intense little play around a single mother doing the best she can, which is not very She doesn t understand either of her daughters, she uses emotional manipulation with everyone, and seems so broken at the end Tillie, the Zindel alter ego, is a spunky little girl who sees a future, starting with her mutatant marigold seeds She s a survivor we root for I love it when students force their books and plays on me Thanks, Nick.

  9. At the youth hostel I was staying at, I saw this slim book on a shelf, with its doe eyed seventies girl on the cover shrouded in marigolds and I was drawn to it I have such a strong sense of familiarity with this play that know I ve read or seen this one before but I entirely forget when and where maybe I saw it as a play in the park or read it in high school when my parents would have probably lent it to me because I was in the science fair, or both In any case, that deja vu let it have an even [...]

  10. I was required to read this play in Language Arts class when I was a middle school student, and I just re read it this week as I am preparing to coach the Academic Superbowl team at the middle school where I now teach.While I might describe the storyline as powerful and thought provoking, I would not say that I enjoyed it then or now It is a depressing tale, in which the young protagonist, Tillie, is at the mercy of her seemingly deranged mother and manipulative older sister.Not my cup of tea, b [...]

  11. This story hits me on a personal level As a teacher, I ve taught kids from dysfunctional families and have witnessed the uphill ongoing battle they faced One of my students had a parent who committed suicide Others have persevered with parents like Tillie s mother Beatrice It s comforting to realize that many will survive and be the stronger for their experience I can relate to Ruth s epilepsy, accurately and sympathetically conveyed by the author I wish I had known about this book earlier and w [...]

  12. An interesting, quirky, and devastating play I found myself emotionally connecting to each of the characters the daughter who experiences extreme panic disorder, the younger less paid attention to nerd daughter, the scared, possibly self loathing mother, and even the awkward Janice from the science fair although, spoiler alert, I would never, as Janice did, boil a cat I am not sure yet what to make of this crazy play and the messages on it Tillie s science fair project seemingly a symbol for the [...]

  13. I thought that this book was very great I really liked the characters in this book Well, I was being Tillie, who is the main character in this book, at school Among these characters, I liked Tillie That was because she was smart, and she really loves Science It was the same as me Also, I could connect easily with the characters like Tillie I also love Science, and had won the Science Fair before.

  14. I first saw this play two years ago, and I had fallen in love with it before the second act started Painful to watch or read Yes Moving Most definitely I have read and re read it times than I can count, but I can still laugh and cry every time.This isn t a cheerful story or a happy ending it s a real life situation that tears you apart, which is probably why I love it so much.

  15. I re read this book as I was culling my library for my annual Goodwill donation, and was struck by how much better it was on the second reading I also appreciated the number of strong female roles it s the kind of play it would have been easy for me to stage in high school college, where the paucity of male actors made it difficult to choose a worthy play A quick read, but a good one not as good as the gushing blurbs on the back, but really quite entertaining.

  16. Oh, he wrote this, too I d forgotten that I can t remember if I read this, but I certainly saw the film or became totally aware of it around that late 70 s time And I was appreciative that someone captured the whole alcoholic Mom thing, and I could step out and compare similarities differences that daughter s coping mechanisms vs mine, and so on Excellent from memory.

  17. A beautiful, painful drama about an embittered mother and her two daughters, one epileptic and hyperactive, the other quietly brilliant Ruth flutters blithely from one obsession to another, Tillie s thoughtfulness and flare for science offer her a bright future, while their mother s rage and instability threaten to tear all three of them apart.

  18. I was fourteen when I first met Tillie She is now still a huge part of me I got the chance to play her in a production my Freshman year and we were selected to perform at the All State Festival Zindel tells his own story in Way that pierced my soul I think Tillie will always be a part of who I am today This play is honest and beautifully heartbreaking.

  19. It was a wonderful read Compelling, painful and hard to put down It is amazing how Zindel makes me feel the hope and see the beauty in his environment painted with despair and filled with poison Every character was so heartbreakingly torn by circumstances that it was impossible not to be moved Yet through it all I sensed their resilience and it gave me strength Really want to see the play.

  20. This book was great because it has lots of part teenager may find it interesting I read it because of my english teacher, i am Ruth in the book And its an act, and i really recommend people who likes to read an act to read this.

  21. This book s title drew me in, but when I picked it up, I immediately knew it would be a defining text in my life I am struck by the widely accepted themes of mental illness and abuse, but so how it captures aimless ambition So much can be gleaned from the brief tryst that is this play.

  22. I read this book for the first time over 40 years ago when it was a recent book and remember liking it but never having read it again in all these decades gone by.I decided to re visit some of the books I loved as a young person to see how well they ve traveled The Beverly Clearly ones gave me a slight smile, the Frances Latti ones which I adored in the late 60s were nice to read again, but were clearly dated Judy Blume s Deenie was fine, but when I got to Forever, I was bored stiff and stopped [...]

  23. Tillie struggles to stay quietly passionate and focused amidst the volatility of her life at home With a sister, Ruth, who suffers from convulsions and a mother, Beatrice, who is mentally and emotionally abusive, Tillie stays true to herself and finds beauty in the world.I like Tillie She keeps her emotions even and steady, as if showing enthusiasm or excitement will be the spark that starts the wild fire at home Her mother s frequent statement, you re giving me a headache, comes when she expres [...]

  24. I didn t know anything about this book going into reading it, so I was surprised but not at all disappointed when I found it was a play I think I would have enjoyed a play than I enjoyed reading it, but what stood out to me most was the way the words managed to relay an ambiance that felt desperate, disorganized, and inspiring at the same time The mother, Beatrice, felt almost like a caricature, but I understand from reading the author s notes that this was an autobiographical play to some exte [...]

  25. While well written, it was highly predictable, another cynical portrait of the under class, and the glimmer of hope asked for by Tillie does not raise this dreary play to any where near inspirational I would like just one portrayal of a strong single mother, but alas Mr Zindel delivers another alcohol addled passive aggressive mother figure, destroying her children because of her own selfish neuroses Whoopi Goldberg raised herself and her little girl out of poverty, why don t they write a play a [...]

  26. at fifteen, i challenged the head of the theatre department of my school, telling her that if she didn t make me assistant director, i wouldn t work on the production.i ended up as assistant costume person, a job which i didn t show up for i also decided i wasn t one for the theatre until college on after, she left the school for mysterious reasons.i know why.i guess it s an okay play i mean an atom in the girl s palm is from the big bang after all.

  27. This play manages to convey something very complex in a deceptively simple way and even though it was written in 1964 it feels totally new, totally different than things I ve read before True creativity like this is a certain brand of genius that I really admire At the same time, I didn t finish it thinking Yeah, this definitely deserved a Pulitzer All the same, it was good and I d like to see it performed.

  28. For U.S characters the play now reads very dated It does seem, especially for long stretches at the beginning, an actor s play, and an exercise in how well much the cast can build tension Ultimately though, the most interesting bits were characters revealed vulnerable, and those didn t last very long A cool framework, that maybe in the hands of powerful performers can be fulfilled by the domestic dialogue within.

  29. I appear to be in the minority here, but this play didn t strike any emotional chords for me, other than being vaguely depressing I get that Tillie is the embodiment of hope in the midst of dysfunction, and the symbolism of her mutated marigold seeds but it s still essentially a bare bones display of an abusive home, where only one character seems to have any hope of getting out alive In the end, to me, that s just depressing beautiful symbolism or not.

  30. This play is so powerful, devastating and uplifting both It s a painful but wonderful story about a bright child s ability to surmount her circumstances her sister and mother are not able to do so Some very unpleasant verbal child abuse depicted Terrific use of symbolism This is one that really got to me emotionally.

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