Arms and the Man

Arms and the Man

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by George Bernard Shaw
     
 

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"In this perennially popular anti-romantic comedy, a fugitive enemy soldier bursts into the bedroom of a starry-eyed young woman; the then proceeds to disabuse her and those around her of the bogus romanticised ideals they have constructed around love, war, and social status." This edition includes Bernard Shaw's definitive text and provides the most comprehensive…  See more details below

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"In this perennially popular anti-romantic comedy, a fugitive enemy soldier bursts into the bedroom of a starry-eyed young woman; the then proceeds to disabuse her and those around her of the bogus romanticised ideals they have constructed around love, war, and social status." This edition includes Bernard Shaw's definitive text and provides the most comprehensive scholarly treatment of the play to date. It re-examines Shaw's sources, the drafts of the play, its themes and self-fictionalising techniques, and locates it in the theatrical milieu that Shaw sought to subvert and revolutionize.

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Publishers Weekly

Humor, rather than romance, abounds in this audio play performed in front of a live audience. From its "Who's on First"-meets-Shakespeare introduction to its surprising and irrelevant ending, Romancewill leave listeners laughing uproariously at the running gags, outrageous language and amusing tangents. Fred Willard as a befuddled, overmedicated and pontificating judge hosts this kangaroo court of love affairs, foreign affairs and bigotry so blatant that it would be appalling if it wasn't so satirical. The defendant has discovered the key to peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but unless he can get court to adjourn, his plans will be wasted. The small but talented cast (including Noah Bean, Ed Begley Jr., Gordon Clapp, Steven Goldstein, Rod McLachlan and Rob Nagle) possess perfect timing and delivery. While the gross and vulgar language may scare some listeners away, its nonchalant execution dissolves its venom and infuses humor. Dirty and delicious, listeners will find this audiobook ending sooner than they will desire. (May)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781877527494
Publisher:
The Floating Press
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
132 KB

Meet the Author

In the course of his long and prolific career, George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) wrote 60 plays, in addition to music and literary criticism. An avid socialist, he regarded his writing as a vehicle for promoting his political and humanitarian views.

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Arms and the Man 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read it as a textbook as a graduate and got swept by it at the first reading itself! Typically 'Shavian'. its originality struck me so much that I find it still interesting after fifty years of my first reading. Witty dialogues, non-conventional treatment of a hero and exposing the melodrama of love and the true nature of heroism and particularly, war heroes...this book will remain forever a compulsory reading for theater lovers across the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vanessa2763 More than 1 year ago
I was determined to read this book because of the title's allusion to ancient Roman poetry, and because of Shaw. I was also apprehensive because plays scare me, but, as I soon found out, there was nothing to be scared of. It was a wonderful play, funny too. I'm glad I read it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the finest books i have ever read. I first read this play as graduate student in the Year 1990 and since then read it many number of times over the years. Though the play was written more than 100 years back, very apt for today's world
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