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The Life of the Drama Paperback – February 1, 2000
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It's broken down thusly -
Part I - Aspects of a Play
Part II - Different Kinds of Plays
For each section Bentley uses a number and variety of examples, from the Greeks up to Brecht.
The book can be thought of as asking two questions - Why do we like drama? What makes for good drama?
Amongst the many answers -
We like to see an imitation of life.
We like the companionship, of the players and fellow audience members.
It's interesting to see other peoples take on the world and life.
Bentley presents some big ideas but at the same time it was a fun read. He's got some strong opinions but he makes good cases for them. Virtually every page had something that made me think. The overall tone is that of an intelligent man talking frankly and directly with someone he considers equally intelligent.
He's erudite, anti-pedantic, and controversial (maybe counter-intuitive is a better term).
Here's an example of Bentley's erudition, from page 348 of the paperback -
"At the end of Balzac's play Mercadet, a certain Godeau arrives with money to solve everyone's problems; and at the end of Beckett's play the God of the Old or the New Testament could arrive to solve everyone's problems. That would be a happy ending indeed. That "Godot" does not come is what makes the play a parable of life as seen by modern man.Read more ›
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The book was sent in perfect condition and was a 2nd or 3rd edition. This book is a must have for ANYONE interested in character development. Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by The Carol Syndrome