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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books; New edition edition (28 Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854591894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854591890
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.8 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Amy_94 on 7 April 2014
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Fiona Allen on 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 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Robson on 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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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robyn on 28 May 2013
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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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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!
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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!
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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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Read and Compare Translations 1 Jan. 2003
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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.
Interesting set of plays 10 Jun. 2013
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These plays were very difficult to get through as they are some of the first plays in the history of absurdist theater. They are very raw and should probably be seen rather than just read.
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