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Book Title: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds|
The author of the book: Paul Zindel
Edition: Dramatists Play Service
Date of issue: December 1st 1970
ISBN 13: 9780822203506
Format files: PDF
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I picked up Zindel's play after watching the movie adaptation. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds as a film resonated strongly with me, so I figured I should read the play and perhaps even compare the literary work and the movie.
But after reading the play, I realized just how well Paul Newman had captured Tillie's situation and transferred it to the screen. The living conditions that border on deplorable, being just a few steps above abject poverty, living with an embittered mother and unwell sister, constantly being disregarded as the youngest and quietest, being the odd-one out at school thanks to all of the above... yes, both the play and the movie encapsulate the feelings of aloneness, distance, differentness. Tillie is radically different from her setting, both in her demeanor and tastes. She is an introverted, scientifically minded girl who does her Science fair project with so much diligence, and despite being used as a verbal punching bag, she still finds enough kindness in herself to nurture a bunny, do things for her mother (more than she is supposed to do!) and treat Nanny, the elderly boarder her mother has taken in, with respect.
The symbolism of Tillie's science project - Man-in-the-Moon marigolds exposed to various degrees of radiation - becomes obvious after being immersed in Tillie's life. Just as the modestly radiated marigolds, which have grown into wonderful specimens with useful mutations, it's hinted that that will be the outcome of Tillie's growing up in a toxic environment - a beautiful and strong human being.
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Read information about the authorPaul Zindel was an American author, playwright and educator.
In 1964, he wrote The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, his first and most successful play. The play ran off-Broadway in 1970, and on Broadway in 1971. It won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was also made into a 1972 movie by 20th Century Fox. Charlotte Zolotow, then a vice-president at Harper & Row (now Harper-Collins) contacted him to writing for her book label. Zindel wrote 39 books, all of them aimed at children or young adults. Many of these were set in his home town of Staten Island, New York. They tended to be semi-autobiographical, focusing on teenage misfits with abusive or neglectful parents. Despite the often dark subject matter of his books, which deal with loneliness, loss, and the effects of abuse, they are also filled with humor. Many of his novels have wacky titles, such as My Darling, My Hamburger, or Confessions of A Teenage Baboon.
The Pigman, first published in 1968, is widely taught in American schools, and also made it on to the list of most frequently banned books in America in the 1990s, because of what some deem offensive language.