- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: Digireads.com (1 Jan. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142093127X
- ISBN-13: 978-1420931273
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Cherry Orchard Paperback – 1 Jan 2008
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Now Chekhov's final and finest play, from 1903, is the latest twentieth-century masterpiece to get a good going-over. Actually, make that an excellent going-over ... It's been pruned, yes, but this grimly witty tragicomedy is unmistakably Chekhov ... and it teems with life. The Times Stephens [has] refocussed Chekhov's play into a potent study in feminine - rather than societal - collapse. Time Out London Chekhov was superb on the destructive impact of people who take no heed: who turn other people's lives upside down (Uncle Vanya) or blithely ignore warnings (Cherry Orchard). He was superb too on those who can see the dangers, but are powerless to do anything. Little wonder then, that these great plays feel so painfully pertinent now to audiences keenly aware of intractable global problems. Little wonder either that contemporary theatre-makers seek to meet his works in the spirit of innovation. Financial Times If Chekhov were planning a revenant visit to see how his work fares in England in the 21 century, this would be an opportune moment to come. Evening Standard Revivals of classic plays are the lifeblood of theatre. They are the way in which the art form tests the reputation, relevance and validity of the masterpieces of the past. Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Sinead Cusack, Anna Massey, Patricia Routledge, Andrew Sachs and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies star in this 1974 BBC Radio full-cast production of Chekhov’s classic play. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Chekhov is one of Russia’s most famous writers. He was prolific – often due to financial needs. He presented realistic portraits of the spectrum of individuals who composed Russian society in the late 19th Century. His own life was not easy… which can lend empathy to the troubles of others. Parts of “The Cherry Orchard” are autobiographical, since his family also experienced economic want, loss of a home, and displacement as a result. He had health problems, contracting tuberculosis in his ‘20’s, and dying from it at 44. Regrettably, it has taken me a long time to finally read this play, since I was first inspired by Linda Christmas’ portrait of Thatcherian England of the ‘80’s, entitled Chopping Down the Cherry Trees: Portrait of Britain in the Eighties.
The plays dominant themes concern economic and social transition.Read more ›
I wonder why those who commented on the only "review" were - I think - genuine in their appreciation for the play but not enough to save it from having an average rating (out of just the one person with an ax to grind but no idea of what he was writing about) by writing another review. Could it be that amazon no longer accepts all reviews? Surely not. If it turns out to be so I'll post this as a "comment" to sadphil's review even he's not worth it with his violent tendencies and mental instability. Chekov is worthy of being saved from this sort of groundless dumbing down by dumb people. I use dumb as an euphemism, of course.
I don't much care for amazon's policy of having this single review present on different versions/edition of the play. I', m all for pitying the stupid but I have no sympathy for major corporations validating their narrow-mindedness.
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Too many characters/boring play but cheap book, so thanks!!Published 19 months ago by Yasmin Elizabeth Joseph
Don't like all aspects of this translation. Would recommend reading while listening to audiobook version. (Which inevitably is a different translation.
I love this play but I decided not to go for a partin in it but the service was excellent.Published on 9 Mar. 2013 by Mr. Ian T. Allen
Fitness for purpose, the main body of the work published in a cheap edition. Used for a one off discussion group.Published on 23 Oct. 2011 by The Land lady!