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Blood Wedding [Paperback]

Federico Garcia Lorca , Lillian Groag
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Feb 2002
Blood Wedding is set in a village community in Lorca's Andalusia, and tells the story of a couple drawn irresistibly together in the face of an arranged marriage. This tragic and poetic play is the work on which his international reputation was founded.Methuen Student Editions are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays from the modern and classic repertoires. As well as the complete text of the play itself, the volume contains a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play; a discussion of the various interpretations; notes on individual words and phrases in the text; and photographs from stage productions.
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  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Dramatist's Play Service (Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082221816X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822218166
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,223,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lorca's drama of forbidden passion, family feud and devouring maternal love and grief is succulent with symbolism. --The Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A play written by the Spanish poet and dramatist who was murdered by Nationalist partisans in July 1936, shortly after the outbreak of Civil War. Commissioned and performed by the highly acclaimed Communicado Theatre Company, this translation won a Fringe First at the 1988 Edinburgh Festival. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fiery translation of Lorca's 'Blood Wedding' 22 April 2001
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'Blood Wedding' is undisputably one of the greatest plays of the last century. Unlike many post-modern pieces written during this period, Lorca uses beautiful, eloquent language which is a delight to read and flows of the tongue of anyone lucky enough to perform it. It is wonderful, then, to discover a translation which manages to retain Lorca's poetry. The play is about the unfortunate fate of a young woman who elopes with her lover on her wedding day, leaving her fiance at the altar. It is a delicate and yet passionate play, based on a true story. David Johnston's sensitive translation is fully in touch with the original text, and overcomes language barriers smoothly and efficiently. Furthermore, the text includes an extensive introduction and notes section. These will prove an incredibly useful guide to anyone studying the text in schools or universities or performing the play and will provide stimulating background reading for those who enjoy the play merely as a form of entertainment. This a scorching translation and a must for Lorca enthusiasts-or simply those who wish to be entertained.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good for students 15 May 2014
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If you are a student or you need to study lines, I did like this version. The play it's ok..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 25 Sep 2013
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A short book of 85 pages and the first play I have read since I was at school. Despite or maybe because some of the descriptions and poetic action are difficult to fully comprehend in translation, it is both a simple and atmospheric tale of tragic love. The lot of the rural poor and the restrictions placed on women by tradition and the expectations of a conservative society are very stark. And finally, the bride-to-be's description of the passion which drove her to leave her husband on their wedding day for a man that she really did not want to be with, but one who she would have dropped everything for at any time to follow him to her doom, was bewitching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic and Poetic. 13 Aug 2013
By Pedro
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Lorca is one of the great poets of the first part of the twentieth century and 'Blood Wedding' is one of his masterpieces. I prefer 'The House of Bernada Alba' but that's just personal taste, 'Blood Wedding' is more 'difficult' in that it mixes naturalism with a kind of poetic expression of the subtext which, if the piece is to be performed, needs to be very carefully judged if it's going to work but it's a powerful moving piece.
The inevitable problem is that it it is not in Spanish. English has such a different rhythm and flavor that something is bound to be lost.
Pedro
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