Angels in America

So I finally finished Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner for my Literary Studies course. To be honest it was very difficult to read but somehow I enjoyed it.

The play is about various people and couples in America in the 1980s, during the AIDS epidemic. The characters represent not only men with AIDS but also, black people, drug addicts, religious people, Jews, and a lot more. Not only these topics are mentioned but also a lot of political, national and worldly topics, such as slavery or the world wars. In this play you can find a lot of themes.

There are a lot of different characters in the book who somehow have a connection to one another (it’s very similar to the movie Love Actually where the characters are connected to each other). Reading the play is sometimes really confusing because the switches between the characters happen really fast and therefore it gets confusing. Sometimes you just don’t realize who talks to whom and mix up everything.

The story is kind of depressing because of the themes which are mentioned. The cover of the book is so beautiful! I am glad I bought this edition of the play! Sadly, this play was not my favorite one but it was good. And I totally get why it already won so much prizes and awards. It would be nice to see this play on a stage.

My Rating: ☼☼☼


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