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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495259331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495259333
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maybe it's Nicholas Rudall's new translation. Maybe it's a matter of the gods. I couldn't put [A Doll's House] down. It's tight, and terse—reads like a fine short novel. (Lolita Lark Review Of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and Humanities ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Norwegian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

The play was definetely worth the time spent reading it.
G. Awad
Not a bad read, as I said, I didn't put it down, and I certainly would have if I didn't like something or couldn't carry on with it.
Shilom
A GOOD READ THIS BOOK WAS, I read in high school, I like reading good stories in play form.
Vincent Yevins

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hilde Bygdevoll on March 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Norwegian author Henrik Ibsen wrote an insightful play about marriage and the role of women in Ibsens time (19th century Europe). I am sure that "A dolls house" must have been a shock to the European society when Ibsen first published this book. He criticised the system that demoted women to mere property and this must have been an outrageous statement in a society where women didn't even have the right to vote!

The author himself said that this play was about human rights, not women's rights. While I believe this to be true, I still have no problems understanding why the female rights groups says that "A dolls house" is about women's rights. Whilst this play was written over a hundred years ago, many of the issues about women discussed in "A dolls house" are still applicable today. I think Nora is a *great* role model for a woman of the new millennium!

If you, like me, had to read this as a part of your college literature requirements, give it another try!

It is a wonderful book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jonc1001 on December 7, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
To put it simply, a solid play. A Doll's House was overall a relatively enjoyable read. Despite its minimal length, the play certainly makes bold statements on the society that we live in. The play follows Nora Helmer, as she is torn apart by the threat of her greatest secret being revealed to her husband. However, through her anxiety of this impending revelation, we see one of the most radical changes in character in all of literature. As the play progresses, Nora transforms, from a childlike, immature woman bounded by society's chains, to an independent, liberated woman free to pursue her own self development and fulfillment. And, looking past the simple plot of the play, many of us can see ourselves in her character. How often do we find ourselves holding back from our greatest potential, to accommodate to what society expects of us? And, is it right to chase this hedonistic life? Is one's duty to one's self above all, or are there greater priorities?
Another societal theme is presented through the play: keeping up appearances. Regardless of what is felt on the inside, doing what is expected on the outside. This can be related to by most people. And it is through this that the Doll's House has enormous appeal. I found myself placing myself in Nora's shoes, and wondering what decisions I would make if I were forced to. This is actually something of an enjoyable experience--through reading this play we can learn not only about society, but about ourselves. And this is why I would recommend the play to a friend.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Saunders Hartog on August 1, 2009
At first Nora was afraid, she was petrified,

kept thinking she could never live without Torvald by her side

and then he finds out about the money she borrowed to save his life

and he says she is a liar and the cause of all his strife!

He says she's low, and a disgrace,

that he no longer loves her, but outside he'll show a happy face,

and when the lender then decides that blackmail he will not pursue,

that Tovald turns to little Nora and says, "My Darling, I love you!"

But she says, "No!"

"Now I will go!" She turns around then and walks out and slams the door...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jessica on June 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved that this was free, saved a student like me a few bucks. It was fast and exactly what I needed for class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Al-Shaer on June 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Simple plot yet very thought provoking and presents a philosophical dilemma
The story starts out with a trivial interaction between a husband and a wife when declares his promotion, and now he is in a powerful position. The wife feels all her dreams came true, and there financial issues have disappeared. Then she is blackmailed by an act she find out of love and devotion. The events accelerate and husband finds out and he is shocked then relieved that the man drops the issue and apologizes to them ....
Then she suddenly leaves him because she thought she was happy and found our she was not

1. This story written in late 1800, where as this thinking and search for happiness is norms
Now it was unexpected and strange then, so is there such a thing as " social visionary" ...my opinion is:no there is a science or math visionary but not a social interaction visionary. Social interaction is normal only in its social confines and outside them is abnormal behavior
2. Events and interaction at the end of the story are illogical
3.is there such a thing as "think I am happy " feeling is not a thought it is a result of a condition not an independent condition ..so when you feel happy then you are happy
Simple plot, few characters, not time appropriate and weird ending
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren on September 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Over the years the works of the esteemed playwright Henrik Ibsen might have acquired a somewhat dusty image. Overcrowded living rooms and sombre characters ruining their lives.

Well, in fact Ibsen - genius as he was - had a penetrating psychological insight, far exceeding his contemporary Freud (who by the way was a great admirer of Ibsen's works). And the abillity to touch the Universal and the Archetypical which makes the themes of his work feel highly relevant despite the decisively 19th century clothing of his works.

From his Olympian heights he could put human beings and their hopes and dreams and often hopeless ways of dealing with them under his microscope. Here analyzing the pitfalls of marriage, property and distorted sexuality. Always siding with the women and their idealistic dreams of Love. While at the same time exposing - in this case - Nora's egotism and naivity.

A work that was a sensation and a scandal in it's time and still is deeply moving and relevant today (if read with an open mind!).

Also admiriable is the economy of this great writer. Not a word is superfluous or could be omitted, even the smallest "hm". True Art.
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