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Antigone Paperback – July 22, 2010

4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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"Anouilh is a poet, but not of words: he is a poet of words-acted, of scenes-set, of players-performing." Director, Peter Brook --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Text: French --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.; 58975th edition (July 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0573605467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573605468
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tiranendur on January 30, 2002
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Anoulih's version of Antigone was adapted for the time in which he lived. It contains hidden symbols to, at the time, both get the book past the censors and give the french audience moral and courage to stand up to the Nazi's and follow their beliefs. The characters are adapted slightly to fit his version, ie Tieresas is left out and a nurse is introduced. He also had to adapt the personalities of the characters, for instance Antigone develops a whiny habit, and Creon is seen as a "good guy". This was also done in order to get the play by the sensors. It is a well-written play with rounder characters than the original. This version would be better read after reading the original.
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Purchased this for a theatrical workshop. This was to be the play for our first performance but the rights to perform and actors' insurance is a bit out of my instructor's range. This is an interesting play nonetheless. Can you say family dysfunction? And if you're totally into feminine power this is the play for you! Antigone avenges her brother's death against their uncle. That's all I'm gonna let on. Read the book for yourself to discover how everything turns out. Buy it! Totally worth it!
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Very useful prefatory comments and probably the English translation truest to the French original. This version maintains the ambiguity that Anouilh seems to have intended. It thus goes far beyond any simple celebration of "resistance," and leaves us with more questions than answers. Excellent book.
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This version of Antigone written under German occupation is most difficult to act. Creon may be played as a reasonable man who has power forced upon him. And Antigone could be played as dangerous fanatic who flouts law that is necessary to preserve order in society on the edge of chaos. It is a masterpiece of abiguity. In certain ways the playwright has been more subtle than Sophocles. The problem that bothers most people who read the play is that the context of Sophocles is not the context of Anouilh. A director who doesn't understand this will try vainly to make Antigone into a Resitance fighter and Creon a a demonic Nazi. Doesn't work that way. This is a must read along side Sophocles.
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Buy the student edition! It is cheaper than the others and I bet it contains nearly all the same content. Easy to understand, thoughtful read, albeit a bit short. It contains some philosophical questions leaving the reader to answer. It moves at a good pace and is clear, there's not a whole lot of hidden messages. Although I purchased this for school, it is a play that I will probably re-read and "get something out of". The only thing is that the picture on the cover on my book is different from the one advertised, so -1 star for that. It's a good read for someone who is newly interested in plays and dramas.
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This is a modern version of Antigone that helps students relate the themes of the original version to modern times. The concepts of a higher law than man's is certainly expressed, but more importantly, the determination of the few and the role of Haemon are stressed. This is an excellent piece for an Advanced Placement class to use after reading both OEDIPUS AND ANTIGONE BY SOPHOCLES.
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I needed this book for my kids. They have to read it for their French school (we are French).

Did they like it ? I don't know... But I suppose they like it as all students who must read books...
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A play (tragedy) about collaboration and resistance, intending to be an allegory of France (could be replaced with about any invaded country) during WWII set in the context of greek mythology.
The play focus on the moral dilemnas of collaborating authorities hating to do a dirty work but doing it anyhow (because someone "has to do it" for the population, for the sake of keeping on living, even if a "lesser" life) versus individual acts of resistance, refusing any concession to their liberty and happiness. War, freedom, politics, inviduality. The book is summary but invites to an eternal discussion.
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