- Taschenbuch: 144 Seiten
- Verlag: Faber & Faber; Auflage: Main. (6. März 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0571242421
- ISBN-13: 978-0571242429
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,2 x 19,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 4.058 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Rock 'N' Roll (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. März 2008
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"Tom Stoppard has written one of the great political plays in the English language. . . . It has a moving, throat-catching intensity. . . . This play shows him at his combative and tolerant best." -- John Peter
"Stoppard's exciting new play of immutable passions and mutable politics, Rock 'N' Roll . . . is so flush with feeling that it never seems to stop trembling. . . . Stoppard locates the very rhythm of life. . . . ÝHis¨ most emotionally generous play." -- Ben Brantley
"Astonishing . . . There is an energy, rawness, and passion here one doesn't associate with the elegant and witty Stoppard, passages of unbuttoned emotion that go straight to the heart. . . . This new piece smells, well, of sex and drugs and Rock 'N' Roll." -- Charles Spencer --This text refers to an alternate Taschenbuch edition.
Spans the history of Czechoslovakia between the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution - but from the double perspective of Prague, where a rock 'n' roll band came to symbolise resistance to the regime, and the British left, represented by a Communist philosopher at Cambridge.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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All in all I found Rock 'n' Roll a play that is hard to read, especially when the absurd with its lack of open meaning stops one in one's tracks suddenly, which may be the intention of the author. On the other hand the play is worth reading because not only is it researched well, but Stoppard is able to flesh out his characters and enables the reader to identify with the figures, if sHe wishes to.
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At times, Stoppard's efforts to explain some of the details of the Czech dissident movement to readers (or theatergoers) leads to lengthy passages that come off like lectures, and the debates between Jan and Max sometimes sound like we're looking in on a seminar or a doctoral candidate meeting. But these are minor flaws in this compelling work.
As usual with a Stoppard play, it is talky, clever, more focused on the political and philosophical than the truly dramatic. There's no question that Stoppard is bright and witty, but unfortunately his plays can be murky at times. The scenes in the play are separated by segments of rock and roll tracks by the Rolling Stones, the Plastic People, Pink Floyd, John Lennon, and others.
The women in this play and his "Coast of Utopia" are more vibrant, more dramatically potent, more believable, and draw more of an emotional response from the audience than his male characters who blather on and on, and who are more political, more theoretical, and ineffective. One scene near the end of Act One between Max and his wife Eleanor in which she confronts him with the cancer killing her is an emotionally draining one for the audience and the dramatic highpoint of the play. Stoppard's women get to you in your gut. His men at times seem to be drowning in gibberish.
There are few playwrights as daring, innovative, and intellectual as Stoppard, but there are other playwrights who are more dramatically and emotionally disturbing.