Review: Twelve Angry Men

Twelve Angry Men
Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book #57 for 2015
PopSugar challenge criterion met: A play

I was a child of the ’70s, so my brain kept flashing back to “Fonzie for the Defense” the entire time I was reading this play. There are major differences, of course, but the episode was clearly inspired by this play, and I can think of many courtroom dramas that have used some of the same elements to establish reasonable doubt. I think this demonstrates a certain timelessness of the theme, and and I find it interesting that current events render this 61-year-old drama — casual prejudices and all — downright timely. Also interesting is that the play never defines the defendant’s “otherness,” thus making it possible for each viewer to confront their own sense of what that might be.

I read through this pretty quickly and found myself mixing up the jurors in my head a lot, so I will probably re-read this before releasing my copy, and hopefully after having watched the film version starring Henry Fonda.

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