Editorial Reviews. Review. THE ROAD TO MECCA, by celebrated South African dramatist Athol Fugard, depicts the struggle of eccentric, reclusive Miss Helen. The New Yorker has said of Athol Fugard, "A rare playwright, who could be a primary candidate for either the Nobel Prize in Literature or the Nobel Peace Prize. After her husband dies, aging Miss Helen begins to fill her home and garden in the remote South African bush with strange sculptures made from cement, glass, .
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'The Road to Mecca', by the South African dramatist Athol Fugard, depicts the struggle of eccentric, reclusive Miss Helen, whose friend, Elsa, tries to goad her. LibraryThing Review. User Review - Devil_llama - LibraryThing. A beautiful play, in more ways than one. It is a large play, examining issues of race, gender, and. Read "The Road to Mecca" by Athol Fugard available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. A South African pastor and a young.
On the way to visit Helen, Elsa gave a ride to a young black woman with a child, and she is haunted by what might have happened to her after they parted. By the end of the play, Elsa and Helen have rebuilt the trust that was compromised by Helen being ambivalent about standing up to Byleveld.
Great for finding scenes for two female actresses. Other than that, I found it a bit hard to swallow - too depressing and dark, although I suppose the ending compensates for that.
All in all, I think it is very well written and a great look at what happens when people are lonely and left to create their own world. Close Dialog Are you sure? Also remove everything in this list from your library. Are you sure you want to delete this list? Remove them from Saved? No Yes.
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Your rating has been recorded. Write a review Rate this item: Preview this item Preview this item. The Road to Mecca. Athol Fugard Publisher: New York: Theatre Communications Group, English View all editions and formats Summary: A South African pastor and a young teacher from Cape Town battle over the fate of an eccentric elderly widow.
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To them, it is a departure from the customary way of living. Statues in the front lawn depicting fanciful creatures and owls Fugard, Athol.
Statues in the front lawn depicting fanciful creatures and owls and other animals that the woman has executed in cement upset the townspeople. Then, too, she has decorated the inside of her house with similar creations and lined the walls with pieces of colored glass which reflect the light in ways that highlight her main theme — an approach to the East; the road to Mecca. This woman, Miss Helen, has become increasingly depressed and appears to be unable to care for herself.
Her friend Elsa, a young teacher from Cape Town who is deeply suspicious of the intentions of the Pastor, talks with Miss Helen and convinces her that she should remain free in her own home.