Sunday, 6 January 2013

READING ROOM: Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes

COMING HOME: Life after war is at the heart of Hudes' latest.

With this 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, Hispanic-American playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes offers an emotional, imaginative work about the search for meaning by a returning Iraq War veteran. It’s been hailed by critics and readers alike as a startlingly sincere effort written without irreverence or irony, though it contains passages of warm humour. 

In short, Water by the Spoonful is a play about the desire for and difficulty of relationships, its scenes underscored by several John Coltrane compositions, poised between dissonance and resolution. 

Fellow Hispanic scribe Junot Díaz has nothing but high praises for the work, calling it “a beautiful, heartbreaking knockout of a play, as startling and innovative and human on the page as on the stage.” The play is the second in Hudes’ trilogy, led by Elliott: A Soldier’s Fugue and followed by the upcoming The Happiest Song Plays Last.

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