Rhinoceros & Other Plays: Rhinoceros; The Leader; The Future is in Eggs or It Takes All Sorts to Make a World

Overview


In Rhinoceros, as in his earlier plays, Ionesco startles audiences with a world that invariably erupts in explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety. A rhinoceros suddenly appears in a small town, tramping through its peaceful streets. Soon there are two, then three, until the “movement” is universal: a transformation of average citizens into beasts, as they learn to move with the times. Finally, only one man remains. “I’m the last man left, and I’m staying that way until the ...
See more details below
Paperback
$10.96
BN.com price
(Save 26%)$15.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (48) from $4.00   
  • New (11) from $8.31   
  • Used (37) from $4.00   
Sending request ...

Overview


In Rhinoceros, as in his earlier plays, Ionesco startles audiences with a world that invariably erupts in explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety. A rhinoceros suddenly appears in a small town, tramping through its peaceful streets. Soon there are two, then three, until the “movement” is universal: a transformation of average citizens into beasts, as they learn to move with the times. Finally, only one man remains. “I’m the last man left, and I’m staying that way until the end. I’m not capitulating!”

Rhinoceros is a commentary on the absurdity of the human condition made tolerable only by self-delusion. It shows us the struggle of the individual to maintain integrity and identity alone in a world where all others have succumbed to the “beauty” of brute force, natural energy, and mindlessness.

Includes Rhinoceros, The Leader, The Future Is in Eggs or It Takes All Sorts to Make a World

Read More Show Less

What People Are Saying

Rosette C. Lamont
"[Ionesco was] the Moliere of the twentieth century. Like Moliere in his late plays, in Inesco's plays, there is a seamless amalgam of the comic and tragic." -- Rosette C. Lamont, author of Ionesco's Impreratives: The Politics of Culture
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802130983
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1988
  • Series: Ionesco, Eugene
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 242,621
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Posted February 24, 2009

    Rhinoceros and Other Plays

    Good for students to assist in fully comprehending the original French.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2001

    Rhino Rocks!!!

    I had the opertunity to see this play performed at my summer camp and it was hilariously wonderful!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2000

    A case for non-conformity

    Ionesco's absurd writing style and use of everyday language in odd ways accents this play's theme of non-conformity. 'Rhinoceros' is a story about two guys whose society is gradually being converted into animals. Though the two main characters criticize the behavior of their society and try to avoid being converted, one starts to cave. The other struggles to remain unaffected, and Ionesco depicts this struggle with his classic extreme, bombastic craziness. The play is clearly a reference to the lack of thought people put into their actions today; Ionesco's writing sometimes has a biting sarcasm to it that will definitely make you laugh if you catch it. I found the play both entertaining and meaningful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)