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The Post Office: A Play

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ISBN-10: 0766179508
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Rabindranath Tagore (1861 1941), is to the Indian subcontinent what Shakespeare is to the English-speaking world. A poet, playwright, painter, and educator, Tagore was also a mystic of great complexity and depth. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.

William Butler Yeats is generally considered to be Ireland s greatest poet, living or dead, and one of the most important literary figures of the twentieth century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (August 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766179508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766179509
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,879,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This play by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is one of those pieces of literature that truly deserves to be remembered and admired as it was in London in 1914, when William Butler Yeats remarked that this little play "...is very perfectly constructe and conveys to the right audience an emotion of gentleness and peace." To Western eyes, at first glance, a play about a dying child may see morbid. The reader and theatregoer quickly realize, however, that Amal, the moribund boy, simply wants to experience the world through they eyes of a common dairyman and receive a letter from the king. He appreciates the small things in life and wants to live his life to the fullest, without pity or decadence. The thought of death barely enters his mind.

It is, then, without coincidence, that the play was aired over the radio during Europe's darkest hours under Nazi occupation in World War II. The most poignant performance of the play was in July 1942, in the Warsaw Ghetto, when the Polish doctor, educator, writer, and children's rights activist Janusz Korczak had the children in his orphanage stage this play. As with the central character, Amal, the children were better able to accept death as part of life, preparing for certain death that awaited them. Said Korczak, "The play is more than a text - it is a mood, it conveys more than emotions - it is an experience, and the actors are more than actors -they are children."

In accepting death one can affirm life.
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This short play is greatr. It made me think about my own life and what I may or may not be doing. It made me think about what is real or unreal. It's well worth the half hour it takes to read.
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The Passover Plot is the most engrossing book I have ever read. Schonfield has an incredible knowledge of the Old and New Testament. The author is a real scholar who cites authorities whom I have not heard of. The story of Jesus on the cross for between three and four hours I had never heard before. Nor did I hear that Jesus may have given a soporofic solution that he may appear to be dead but was awoke several years after he was taken off the cross is amazing. We can neither prove or disprove it. This book will astonish or dismay the believers in his resurrection. Dr. H.
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