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Review: Stockholm by Byrony Lavery

October 5, 2012

Stockholm coverTitle: Stockholm
Author: Lavery, Byrony
Length: 128 pages
Genre: Fiction, Play
Publisher / Year: Oberon Books / 2008
Source: BookDepository.
Rating: 4/5
Why I Read It:I loved the play when I saw it earlier this year.
Date Read: 05/08/12

I’m not sure if it was because the play was still so fresh in my mind, but I found reading this as powerful as watching it. The characters and their actions and words are so well-developed and believable, and the impact of the drama is impossible to describe.

While celebrating Todd’s birthday and planning a trip to Stockholm, life gets in the way, and this book looks at that life. The play examines violence, jealousy, and stockholm syndrome in intimate relationships. Through Kali and Todd’s relationship we get to see an example of how it can play out, why people stay, and the hope that these relationships can still contain.

I’m definitely glad I got a chance to pick this one up and give it a read. While I highly recommend actually seeing the play performed, reading it is a close second!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Brian Joseph permalink
    October 5, 2012 6:44 pm

    I do not know much about this work. However, I find that symbolically equating a romantic relationship with the Stockholm syndrome to be a very interesting idea. Without a doubt, in real life, there are couples that this concept applies to.

  2. October 6, 2012 12:16 pm

    I’m not that sure but this might be the first time I’m reading reading a review by you of a play. I will recommend some of the plays of Soyinka, especially the Lion and the Jewel. Funny stuff.

  3. October 7, 2012 7:59 am

    Good to have that first-hand experience as a recommendation. I like the idea of the play, can imagine it being incredibly powerful. You might miss the acting when reading, but if stage directions are included that would help a lot.

  4. October 8, 2012 8:09 am

    A nice review, not sure I know of stockholm syndrome though.

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