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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495220966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495220968
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,459,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Beeson on 28 May 2013
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There are three great heroines of nineteenth century literature whose tragedy is that they are denied the dramatic and inspiring lives to which they feel entitled: Emma Bovary, Anna Karenina and Hedda Gabler.

All three are married to men who are certainly adequate from the point of view of ordinary people, but perhaps no more than that; and from the point of view of the life not ordinary, because it belongs on the noble heights of tragic aspiration, adequate is simply not enough.

Of the three, Hedda Gabler is the most rarefied in that she is not seeking her transcendence through the love of any particular lover. With her, what she is seeking is a life less banal, to be found in actions of striking nobility or even majesty. Such actions may well be achieved together with, or even through, a man to whom she is linked, but it is the actions, not the man, that matter. What she finds crushing is the triviality of the life of every day, the petty ambitions of the simple bourgeois existence, and the play tracks her final attempts to achieve something greater, their disappointment, and the final realisation that if her life is to be given the noble meaning she seeks, she has to achieve it herself.

Powerful in its portrayal of the relations of bourgeois characters to each other, and above all to one figure struggling to rise above them with destructive effect, this fine performance with the outstanding Juliet Stevenson in the title role, brings out all the dramatic tension that Ibsen infused into his play. The play itself retains all its freshness, in particular in its shrewd perception of the limitations on women – so when the great soul lies in a woman's body, its frustration is all the deeper.

I wish I hadn’t known the ending from the beginning, but that’s the downside of reading (or in this case listening to) classics: they are part of our cultural backdrop now and the spoilers run through so much other artistic creation all around us.
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By gillian love on 19 Mar. 2014
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Yep indeed. However Amazon continue to avoid taxes. I never had the chance - it was always taken from my pay. All VAT is paid at the point of sale. Amazaon have millions but won't pay their fair share of taxes, no wonder we're in a mess. If you agree please point this out in your reviews
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By Steve Hewitt on 26 Mar. 2014
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A famous play by a famous author. It's fairly predictable and probably best seen as a theatrical production rather than reading it as a script. However, if you're into exploring and learning about how to craft dialogue for the stage, then you could do a lot worse than starting here.
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I adore all of Ibsen's work and have now managed to download most of the plays onto my Kindle app. Some books on Kindle have odd mistakes in them but this is a very good play to read in this format.
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A very unusual in depth look at relationships particularly the role of women in society. I came across reference to this whilst reading Eleanor Marx: A life
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Very thought provoking and led me to read some of his other plays which were equally thought provoking. There were a few typos and interesting translations.
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