No Exit, And Three Other Plays
  • No Exit, And Three Other Plays
  • No Exit, And Three Other Plays
ISBN: 0679725164
EAN13: 9780679725169
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 23, 1989
Pages: 275
Dimensions: 0.71" H x 7.8" L x 5.12" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Four seminal plays by one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century.

An existential portrayal of Hell in Sartre's best-known play, as well as three other brilliant, thought-provoking works: the reworking of the Electra-Orestes story, the conflict of a young intellectual torn between theory and conflict, and an arresting attack on American racism.

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   If there is a hell, this may well be exactly how it is
Any fan of the existential brilliance of the mid-20th century will fall in love here. It is like Camus, without social justice.
Strangely, is not Sartres'; best known work, I think, and its a beautiful adaptation of the Orestes myth. This is the play you read on the new years of 2000, if you are still tripping and you get punched in the eye by your friend. It is about letting go of guilt and why we like to have guilt with us, why its so comfortable to have blame with us. Orestes takes away with him the sins of Argos, not like Christ, but by committing the WORST sin, that of Matrix. Other than Mourning becomes Electra, does anyone know of any other adaptations of Orestes? If so, send a note to [email protected] com and thank you.
   Great reading...
I think that reading is a very personal experience and it is hard to predict what each individual might get out of any book, if anything. I think that we can all get something out of this play. The symbolisms of Hell and the expectations of what will happen and the way we all sometimes try to avoid reality and take responsibility for our own mistakes by justifications is very well portrayed in this play. I do not want to say more about the play because I could never do justice to Sartre, but I recommend this to all who read Kafka for example.
Okay, let me start by mentioning that this book is worth a few hours of yours. Turn off your TVlaptopwhat and read it. Sartre's existentialism is best expressed in his fictions, including this in my opinion : His persuasion to nothingness is not quite phenomenological without expressible settings. I have a hard time to interest myself by reading being and nothingness, but this book is fun to read and easier to capture what he means to get at, although I still don 't know what's all about existentialism. For those not interested in philosophy, this book is still worth reading. It is a well written book, which is not spoiled by the translation. If it does not bring us Sarte's original intention, the translator was as brilliant as the author.
   Some of the Greatest Writing Ever
In my humble opinion, No Exit and The Other Plays is the greatest collection of plays I have ever read, restoring my enjoyment of them after high school ruined it by shoving Shakspere down my throat. Out of these, I would recommend Dirty Hands as the best, but all are an essential read.
   Jean-Paul Sartre "No Exit & 3 other plays"
No Exit and Three Other Plays An enjoyable and easy way to get into Sartre's existence. No Exit3 - people are locked forever in a hotel room. The last lines, as other people, indicate how we can survive. The Electra flies : The story of the Electra reformed. One can choose Fate and revolt against Destiny. Dirty Handsa free-thinker tries to find his own answer to the conflicts and pressures of others who have caught him in their own politicalmoralethical prejudices. The Respectful Prostitute Power, Racism and Manipulation in the Deep South USA of 1950 are included. A local racial prostitue escapes problems in New York to find herself at the center of naivecourageous bigotry and state encouraged murder. Her decision could save or destroy all involved.
It is appropriate that the title of the book does not include the names of the other three plays because No Exit '' is a feast alone. As such, I start on an exciting journey to stage this play in London. I am an actor and I played this play when I studied drama at the university with 2 American students in 1982. The overriding message for me is that he wants to shock his audience out of their complacency. Here we don 't have to continue the hell on Earth, we can control our own destiny and make a difference. As a result, we should learn how to love the characters by the end of the play, because we are them. The Play is a Black Comedy - theorist. It is simply stunning. It is worth reading!
   Hell Is Not "Other" People - It's Us, People!
I think that most people miss the point of No Exit. It is not that it would be unpleasant to be locked in a room with a couple of obnoxious people, but that we make our own hell by seeing only other people in terms of our own desires. But my favorite is The Flies, a hilarious sendup of Nietzsche at Colonus filtered through Oedipus. This play is more relevant now than ever, because so many are broadcasting their miseries on television. Only now, rather than reveling in guilt, they find the meaning of their lives in how much they were mistreated.
   Confusingly hellish read - literally
I have to read this confusing book for a French literature class. For those who read, I hope you do better than I understand. It was a confusing read at times and required deep thought to reach the depths of Hell.
   Question not a review
Not a review, but a question. She is 14.