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Arcadia
     

Arcadia

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by Tom Stoppard
 

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Arcadia is a brilliantly inventive play that moves back and forth between centuries, populated by a varied and vastly entertaining cast of characters who discuss such topics as the nature of truth and time, the difference between the classical and the romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life—according to the author,

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Arcadia is a brilliantly inventive play that moves back and forth between centuries, populated by a varied and vastly entertaining cast of characters who discuss such topics as the nature of truth and time, the difference between the classical and the romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life—according to the author, "the attraction which Newton left out."

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“There’s no doubt about it. Arcadia is Tom Stoppard’s richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and . . . emotion. It’s like a dream of levitation: you’re instantaneously aloft, soaring, banking, doing loop-the-loops and then, when you think you’re about to plummet to earth, swooping to a gentle touchdown of not easily described sweetness and sorrow.”New York Times

“A masterpiece . . . I feel irrationally, impossibly confident that Arcadia is the finest play written in my lifetime.”New Yorker

“One of the greatest English-language plays of the postwar era, a highbrow whodunit that starts out as a sparkling artificial comedy about extramarital lust, then gradually evolves into a poetic meditation on the philosophico-romantic implications of the Second Law of Thermodynamics.”Wall Street Journal

“Enchanting . . . has an erudition that is not so much intimidating as touching. You leave with a reinvigorated admiration for Stoppard’s gifts, for the gratifying warmth with which he paints his characters, for the breadth of ideas he so seductively and amusingly imparts . . . a contemporary voice that tells us almost as much as Shakespeare did about the common plight of the people of this planet.”Washington Post

“A tour-de-force, consistently deemed one of the best plays of the 20th century.”Los Angeles Times

“Brims with intelligence . . . prismatic.”Chicago Tribune

“Stoppard’s magisterial Arcadia has only grown in power and relevance . . . Perhaps the greatest play of its time . . . The greatest love story on the British stage for decades . . . A masterpiece—but it is even more than that. The play stirs the most basic and profound questions humans can ask. How should we live with the knowledge that extinction is certain—not just of ourselves, but of our species?”Independent (UK)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780571169344
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/24/1994
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
99,585
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.35(d)

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Meet the Author

Tom Stoppard is the author of such seminal works as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Jumpers, The Real Thing, Arcadia, The Invention of Love, and the trilogy The Coast of Utopia. His screen credits include Parade’s End, Shakespeare in Love, Enigma, Empire of the Sun, and Anna Karenina.

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Arcadia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I despise the North Carolina public school system's reading list for high schoolers. As a senior, I've gone through close to 45 (perhaps even 50) books that I otherwise would never have read...but this one? I've just gone out to buy (yes, buy! With a high schooler's salary!) my own copy. I can't possibly put it into words, so you'll have to read it for yourself--but please take my word on the fact that it is my absolute favorite play in creation. Enough said.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am currently understuding in Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia i loooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeee it. The whole show, play book as you will is riviting and captures and holdes your most intence intrest. Although complex that is why i love it everytime i see it performed or read through it i find something new. everytime!!! i would recommend this book to anyone that appriciates good theatre. but only to those who are willing to sit down and give it your whole attention otherwise you will be lost and will ruin a beautifully written play.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Originally Tom Stoppard and many other play writers have always come as a bore to me. I only read plays for my acting class but when i chose Arcadia, something caught me, it was a brilliant story a must have and must read! I loved how it had a change of 2 different era's. This play has alot of action turning points and alot of mystery which is revealed within the play as you read 'or see it' i give it 5 stars and must admit this is by far my favorite play!!!!!!