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Plays Pleasant

Plays Pleasant

George Bernard Shaw Dan H. Laurence W.J. McCormack
3.8/5 (317 ratings)
One of Bernard Shaw’s most glittering comedies, Arms and the Man is a burlesque of Victorian attitudes to heroism, war and empire. In the contrast between Bluntschli, the mercenary soldier, and the brave leader, Sergius, the true nature of valour is revealed. Shaw mocks deluded idealism in Candida, when a young poet becomes infatuated with the wife of a Socialist preacher. The Man of Destiny is a witty war of words between Napoleon and a ‘strange lady’, while in the exuberant farce You Never Can Tell a divided family is reunited by chance. Although Shaw intended Plays Pleasant to be gentler comedies than those in their companion volume, Plays Unpleasant, their prophetic satire is sharp and provocative.
Language
English
Pages
336
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Classics
Release
March 27, 2003
ISBN
0140437940
ISBN 13
9780140437942

Plays Pleasant

George Bernard Shaw Dan H. Laurence W.J. McCormack
3.8/5 (317 ratings)
One of Bernard Shaw’s most glittering comedies, Arms and the Man is a burlesque of Victorian attitudes to heroism, war and empire. In the contrast between Bluntschli, the mercenary soldier, and the brave leader, Sergius, the true nature of valour is revealed. Shaw mocks deluded idealism in Candida, when a young poet becomes infatuated with the wife of a Socialist preacher. The Man of Destiny is a witty war of words between Napoleon and a ‘strange lady’, while in the exuberant farce You Never Can Tell a divided family is reunited by chance. Although Shaw intended Plays Pleasant to be gentler comedies than those in their companion volume, Plays Unpleasant, their prophetic satire is sharp and provocative.
Language
English
Pages
336
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Classics
Release
March 27, 2003
ISBN
0140437940
ISBN 13
9780140437942

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