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The Ubu Plays: Includes: Ubu Rex; Ubu Cuckolded; Ubu Enchained
 
 

The Ubu Plays: Includes: Ubu Rex; Ubu Cuckolded; Ubu Enchained [Kindle Edition]

Alfred Jarry , Cyril Connelly , Simon Watson Taylor
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Alfred Jarry is regarded as one of the founders of modern avant-garde theatre— “Dada, Surrealism, Pataphysics, Theatre of Cruelty, the Absurd—all owe a debt to Jarry.” (Encore) This volume contains his three classic Ubu texts: Ubu Roi, Ubu Cocu and Ubu Enchaîné. Through the lucid translations of Connolly and Taylor, the reader comes to realize that the violent and loathsome Ubu is Jarry’s dark metaphor for man in the modern age. As Ubu himself said, “We shall not have succeeded in demolishing everything unless we demolish the ruins as well.”


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Reissue edition (18 Jan 1994)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002L4F4AE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 7 April 2014
By Amy_94
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Can say the play itself was not something I'd like to watch/read again, but I would recommend this edition to anyone planning on studying the play as the author's notes were very helpful and interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hard going but worth the effort 12 Jan 2013
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There is no way that modern theatre cannot acknowledge its debt to Alfred Jarry, from the absurdist language to the almost comical use of violence. it's not easy reading, and performances are increasingly uncommon, so this is the cloest it's possible to get for most of us. I did have to persevere but it was worth the effort.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Content good but feel apart within days. 7 Dec 2013
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The pages fell out within a few days after I got it. I would literally turn the page and it would fall out. Many of my drama class ordered this edition and had the same problem, buy the play but get a different edition because the binding is clearly terrible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Um 28 May 2013
By Robyn
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Only needed this for college so not really my cup of tea. Not a fun read for me but in sure it's for someone
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Gilliam meets Shakespeare by way of Troma Films! 14 May 2000
By Jeffrey H Wang - Published on Amazon.com
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Alfred Jarry is the grandfather of modern day surrealism, and the Ubu trilogy is a great, twisted work of genius. It reads like Shakespeare crossed with a slasher film. It's also a great parody of anything you can think of, and it is quite hilarious. The Ubu trilogy deals with the epic rise and fall of Pa and Ma Ubu, as they become Kings of several European countries, get involved in murder more than once, fight in wars, have deadly encounters with bears in caves, and even voluntarily become slaves. Great stuff! If you like Samuel Beckett, then you have to check out Jarry too!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild book! 2 Oct 2000
By Christian Richard - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a school joke that has evolved into an epic! McLeish's translation takes a lot of liberties and sometimes many things are lost. On the other side, he possesses great wit and through compensation, his work comes out as one of the best translations!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incoherent Rubbish from a Drunk 6 Dec 2013
By Bartok Kinski - Published on Amazon.com
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Jarry, a semi-psychotic, flaccid, career drunk, who once attacked Proust with a pen knife, and masterminded an invasion upon the Notre Dame cathedral with an army of beggars, is hardly even worth mentioning in the domain of great literature, it is in fact, a fact, that he only wrote bland comic monstrosities which aren't even very interesting. His structure is incoherent and reminscent of a lunatic who blathers out underdeveloped nonsense. Maybe if he had invested some time on organization instead of drinking Absinthe all day, he could have achieved some appreciation for great words of art.

That said, I love Jarry.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read and Compare Translations 1 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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By my Green Candle !! Jarry is very difficult to translate from the French, so be sure to read and compare various translations to really get the feel, if you don't read French. Well worth the effort, and this volume is a fine place to start.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Translation 12 Jun 2008
By T. Bickley - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read other worthy translations of the Ubu plays but from what I can tell so far, this is one of the best, if not the best, translations I have read so far. The scatological humor shows through strongly on every page and the dialogue flows nicely. The book also offers some well-written background on Jarry's life and works, which makes the book useful not only from a theatrical standpoint, but from an academic one as well.
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