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Critical Essay | Critical Review by Clive Barnes

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of The Cryptogram.
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Critical Review by Clive Barnes

SOURCE: "A Tale of the Cryptic," in New York Post, April 14, 1995.

[An English-born editor and critic, Barnes is the author and editor of several books about the performing arts. In the following excerpt, he praises Mamet's emphasis on childhood and the pain associated with the dissolution of a family in The Cryptogram.]

A Cryptogram—a message in code or cipher. Code, mystery, solution. What we are is what we were, and our present is largely a secret message from our past.

Things happen to a child. A father leaves. A family friend disappoints. A mother goes shrewish into the bad night. We need to understand, to grapple with the frozen moments of the past, the moments that stopped us in our tracks and made us what we are.

Psychobabble? Of course! If you go to David Mamet&#x...

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