Five Plays: Antigone, Eurydice, The Ermine, The Rehearsal, Romeo and Jeannette

  • Title: Five Plays: Antigone, Eurydice, The Ermine, The Rehearsal, Romeo and Jeannette
  • Author: Jean Anouilh
  • ISBN: 9780374522292
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Paperback
  • Five Plays Antigone Eurydice The Ermine The Rehearsal Romeo and Jeannette The great French playwright Jean Anouilh wrote both pink bittersweet comedies and black tragic dramas Jean Anouilh Five Plays the finest English language anthology of his works crackles with b
    The great French playwright Jean Anouilh 1910 87 wrote both pink bittersweet comedies and black tragic dramas Jean Anouilh Five Plays the finest English language anthology of his works crackles with both his sharp wit and his icy cynicism In Antigone, his preeminent play and exemplar of his themes and style, he creates a disturbing world in which fate may be no morThe great French playwright Jean Anouilh 1910 87 wrote both pink bittersweet comedies and black tragic dramas Jean Anouilh Five Plays the finest English language anthology of his works crackles with both his sharp wit and his icy cynicism In Antigone, his preeminent play and exemplar of his themes and style, he creates a disturbing world in which fate may be no than a game of role playing Eurydice, The Ermine, The Rehearsal, Romeo and Jeannette are the other plays included in this edition.

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    About Jean Anouilh


    1. Anouilh was born in C risole, a small village on the outskirts of Bordeaux and had Basque ancestry His father was a tailor and Anouilh maintained that he inherited from him a pride in conscientious craftmanship He may owe his artistic bent to his mother, a violinist who supplemented the family s meager income by playing summer seasons in the casino orchestra in the nearby seaside resort of Arcachon.He attended cole primaire sup rieure where he received his secondary education at the Coll ge Chaptal Jean Louis Barrault, later a major French director, was a pupil there at the same time and recalls Anouilh as an intense, rather dandified figure who hardly noticed a boy some two years younger than himself Anouilh enrolled as a law student in the University of Paris, only to abandon the course after just eighteen months when he found employment in the advertising industry He liked the work and spoke than once with wry approval of the lessons in the classical virtues of brevity and precision of language he learned while drafting copy.In 1932, his first play, L Hermine, written in 1929, was unsuccessful, but he followed it up with a string of others He struggled through years of poverty producing several plays until he eventually wound up as secretary to the great actor director Louis Jouvet He quickly discovered he could not get along with this gruff man and left his company During the Nazi occupation of France, Anouilh did not openly take sides, though he published the play Antigone, often viewed as his most famous work The play criticises in an allegorical manner collaborationism with the Nazis Mostly keeping aloof from politics, Anouilh also clashed with de Gaulle in the 1950s.In 1964, Anouilh s play Becket ou l honneur de Dieu Becket or The Honor of God was made into a successful film, starring Peter O Toole and Richard Burton The screenwriter who adapted it, Edward Anhalt, won an Academy Award for his screenplay.Anouilh himself grouped his plays on the basis of their dominant tone black tragedies and realistic plays , pink where fantasy dominates , brilliant pink and black combined in aristocratic environments , jarring black plays with bitter humour , costumed historical characters feature , baroque , and my failures mes fours.In 1970 his work was recognized with the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca.


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    1. This play sounds like the voices of educated British schoolgirls in the beginning; I was a little surprised to find that Jean Anouilh was a French national. I suppose the difference between British and French is not so great, but somehow I always thought the cadences were different, to say nothing of the cadences of girls from Greece two thousand years ago. But this is written in English and it is ravishingly comprehensible and utterly contemporary.What a joy is this play as written by Anouilh. [...]

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    2. I knew very little about Jean Anouilh before picking up this old Hill and Wang paperback collection of five of his plays--my main reason for grabbing it in the first place was a desire to get better acquainted with dramatists in general, and this fifty-cent, library-sale discard looked like a good way to do that. It probably wasn't until after I bought it, and after doing a little bit of research, that I learned anything about Anouilh--which still wasn't much: Antigone seemed to be the play he w [...]

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    3. My God Anouilh's great! His reworked version of Sophocles' Antigone, apparently an allegorical interpretation of the debate between Nazi collaborationists and members of the French Resistance, soars uncomfortably. Euridice, an intense romance infused with life-and-death mysticism, offers up squirm-worthy dialogue like the following:Listen, my friend, there are two races of beings. The masses, teeming and happy--common clay, if you like--eating, breeding, working, counting their pennies; people w [...]

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    4. Antigone: my reviewI read, or half-read, Eurydice and realized I don't like it. In Antigone, the author makes good use of our preexisting knowledge of the classic. Eurydice seems just predictable. Also, Angigone's negativity (Anouilh doesn't make her very likable, and that's her charm) works for the play; Eurydice, no. (Why 5 stars? Because if a collection has even one great work, I give 5 stars regardless of the other ones.)

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    5. I remembered that I had this collection while I was reading Romola, because there is some Antigone/Oedipus symbolism early in that novel and I did a little refresher with . Previously, I'd read two versions of the tragedy for high school English class in 1999, a classical translation which I didn't like much, and this Anouilh adaptation which I loved. This was, I think, the first time I encountered a serious rewrite of an ancient story, particularly within drama, and it hugely influenced the thi [...]

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    6. I really love Anouilh's Antigone, but the other plays I read in this collection (Eurydice and Romeo and Jeanette) didn't do much for me.Anouilh's Antigone is one of the most influential modern reworkings of Sophocles' play, and what I find interesting is that it more or less reverses the roles of Antigone and Creon vis-a-vis irrationality. In this version, Antigone has no real illusion that she is justified in burying her brother, but essentially admits that it is compulsive, while Creon has a v [...]

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    7. Antigone: 4 starsEurydice: 3 starsThe Ermine: 2 starsApparently doesn't have a separate listing for The Ermine like there's a listing for the first two. So, while I haven't finished this collection yet, I'm marking it as read for today to mark when I finished The Ermine. The last two plays their own listings.Obviously, I wasn't much a fan of The Ermine. I do love a good murder build-up but only when I'm actually attached to someone in the story. There wasn't much to attach myself to in this cas [...]

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    8. Eurydice is a wonderful play on the myth of Orpheus that sets in modern time. For me it was a heart wrenching read that insprired some very bad poetry on my part. That aside it is still a great play that I would love to see staged sometime. Also, in this collection is his version of Antigone. In Annoulih's play, she is fated to be a victim of a world gone amuck where her uncle has become a tryant and won't let her bury her beloved brother. Love, as in Eurydice, becomes the trigger. Now this play [...]

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    9. آنتيگون:آره،من دخترم.چقدربابت دختربودنم گريه کردم!آدميزاد تنها به خودش وفاداراست وبس.کرئون:هيچ چيزبه اندازه ناگفته ها حقيقت نداره.توهم گرچه خيلي ديراين ها رو مي فهمي،زندگي مثل يه کتاب دوست داشتنيه،مثل يه بچست که بغل دستمون داره بازي مي کنه، مثل ابزاريه که مي گيريم دستمون [...]

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    10. I'm reading this on Manny's recommendation. He likes it because he is an insane romantic. I've read Romeo and Jeanette, Antigone and Eurydice so far, I have The Ermine and The Rehearsal left.

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    11. I only read Antigone and Romeo and Jeannette from this. Pretty good. Antigone was awesome.

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    12. Antigone *****Eurydice ****The Ermine **The Rehearsal ***Romeo and Jeannette ****

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    13. از ژان آنویی چند نمایش نامه به فارسی ترجمه شده است، از آن جمله "رومئو و ژانت"

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    14. This book of plays begs the question, how many times can one playwrights ask, "Does it hurt to die?" and how many different answers can he give?

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    15. You can see my review of Anouilh's Antigone here: /review/show

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    16. Excellent collection of plays, Antigone being my favorite.

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