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

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

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by Eugene Ionesco
     
 

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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,…  See more details below

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802130983
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1988
Series:
Ionesco, Eugene
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
250,927
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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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

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