Arcadia

Arcadia

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by Tom Stoppard
     
 

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Arcadia takes us back and forth between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging over 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. Focusing on the mysteries—romantic, scientific, literary—that engage the minds and hearts of

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Arcadia takes us back and forth between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging over 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. Focusing on the mysteries—romantic, scientific, literary—that engage the minds and hearts of characters whose passions and lives intersect across scientific planes and centuries, it is "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 . . . Exhilarating" (Vincent Canby, The New York Times).

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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.” —Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780571169344
Publisher:
Faber and Faber
Publication date:
09/24/1994
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.35(d)

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Tom Stoppard is the author of more than twenty plays, including, most recently, Rock 'n' Roll. He lives in London.

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Arcadia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 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!!!!!!