I must admit that this is the first Ibsen play I have ever read. At the price this was something that I couldn't ignore, however if you are studying it for university you may want a different edition with notes and an in depth analysis. If like me you just read plays for your own enjoyment then this is more than adequate.
Ibsen is recognised rightly so as one of the greatest playwrights ever and this is probably his most famous play these days. As you start to read this you get an image of an ideal family setting, but as things progress you find that this is not so. Under the surface Nora has been borrowing money behind her husband's back to pay for him to have a vacation whilst he is ill. Now he is better and is going to start a new job in the following year, but he is unaware of Nora's actions. As things proceed inevitably Nora's borrowing comes out. Nowadays we look at this as something that happens or things similar all the time, and no one bats an eyelid, however at the time this was first performed, 1879, things were different. Victorian standards ruled throughout Europe, and women were supposed to be meek and mild, and not be able to do such things, indeed this caused a sensation at the time and was considered highly controversial. Indeed in Germany an alternative ending was made for this play so as not to cause upset.
Ibsen is considered to be the father of modern drama, and this is probably one of the first feminist plays. Despite its age it is still powerful and due to its naturalism it reads like a script for an episode of a soap opera.