Five Plays: Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, And The Cherry Orchard
ISBN: 0192834126
EAN13: 9780192834126
Language: English
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 0.94" H x 7.48" L x 4.96" W
Weight: 0.62 lbs.
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Five masterful dramatic works from one of the world's best-loved playwrights. This collection includes The Seagull, soon to be a major motion picture starring Saoirse Ronan, Elizabeth Moss, and Annette Bening

At a time when the Russian theatre was dominated by formulaic melodramas and farces, Chekhov created a new sort of drama that laid bare the everyday lives, loves and yearnings of ordinary people. Ivanov depicts a man stifled by inactivity and lost idealism, and The Seagull contrasts a young man's selfish romanticism with the stoicism of a woman cruelly abandoned by her lover. With 'the scenes from country life' of Uncle Vanya, his first fully mature play, Chekhov developed his own unique dramatic world, neither tragedy nor comedy. In Three Sisters the Prozorov sisters endlessly dream of going to Moscow to escape the monotony of provincial life, while his comedy The Cherry Orchard portrays characters futilely clinging to the past as their land is sold from underneath them.

In this edition Peter Carson's moving translations convey Chekhov's subtle blend of comedy, tragedy and psychological insight, while Richard Gilman's introduction examines how Chekhov broke with theatrical conventions and discusses each play in detail.

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Although I bought this edition only because I needed it for a class and the school bookstore was sold out of curiosity, why not write a review? Finally, Amazon. com asked me to... Since I read the Cherry Orchard only, I focus on it. The play concerns an old aristocratic family facing the foreclosure of their ancestry estate. Neither the matriarch, Mrs. Ranevsky, or her brother, Gayev, have any inclination to lift a finger to save the estate, much to the chagrin of Lopahkin and Trofimov, who continually offer advice. It's a quick game and actually quite funny. If you are stuck for something to read this summer and decide that you don 't have anything to prove in the literary world, why not read a Chekov play?
 
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   I liked this book
I read Uncle Vanya at my school for an English class and I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely. In these five games, Chekhov's writing focuses mainly on dialogue and interactions that take place between his life-like characters. Anton Chekhov has the rare ability to tell the essence of human existence through his story.
 
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   Uncle Vanya the greatest play of the last century
There are only two modern dramatists who are masters : Peter Shaffer, who wrote the malignantly wonderful Amadeus and the plays of Anton Chekhov, the best of which is Uncle Vanya, its tragedy, its joy and its drama. This is a play about life... all people can relate in some way to it and I think of Chekhov's philosophy of life is... sublime.
 
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