Collected Plays: Volume 2
ISBN: 0192811649
EAN13: 9780192811646
Language: English
Publication Date: January 9, 1975
Pages: 282
Dimensions: 0.72" H x 7.72" L x 5.08" W
Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Format: Paperback
Book Overview
The Lion and the Jewel alone is enough to establish Nigeria as the most fertile new source of English-speaking drama since Synge's discovery of the Western Isles.' The Times The ironic development and consequences of progress' may be traced through both the themes and the tone of the works included in this second volume of Wole Soyinka's plays. The Lion and the Jewel shows an ineffectual assault on past tradition soundly defeated. In Kongi's Harvest, however, the pretensions of Kongi's regime are also fatal. The denouement points the way forward. The two Brother Jero plays pursue that way, the comic propheteering' of the earlier play giving way to the sardonic reality of Jero's Metamorphosis . Madmen and Specialists, Soyinka's most pessimistic play, concerns the physical, mental, and moral destruction of modern civil war.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover 'One of the finest poetic playwrights who have ever written in English' - Martin Esslin'a writer of genius' - Irish Times. This second volume of Wole Soyinka's plays traces the ironic development and consequences of 'progress'.