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Rhinoceros and Other Plays Paperback – January 11, 1994
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That being said, this translation has some serious problems. It was very strange to read as an American in 2004, because it is written in the English spoken in Great Britain in the 1960s. In addition to serious liberties taken by the translator (i.e. simply leaving out certain lines), there sometimes crops up a lack of flow that is all too common in translated literature.
Despite the fact that it's time for a new translation, I highly recommend Ionesco's plays, and Rhinoceros in particular. If you know French, read the original!
Finally, you can no longer ignore the increasing noise volume and you decide reluctantly to find out what is happening. Your supervisor's assistant is on the phone and you both make eye contact. You get up on your feet and slowly go out to check the premises (a long labyrinth of corridors and offices), quietly passing the chairman's office, while noticing that his assistant is also occupied on the phone and not to be disturbed.
A small cluster of colleagues are gathered near the water fountain and you hear the word 'kangaroo' - one large one is actually on your floor? While you are enchanted at first at such a wondrous impossibility, you also hear that this 'King Roo' is aggressive and has just damaged the faux marble wall behind the reception desk, before leaping off in the direction of the central copying room. A hoax? A prank of some kind? This kangaroo has been seen by quite a few witnesses by now and the buzzing has begun with validity. You are able to ascertain that the security people are missing and that Mr. Rizzoli, a senior management banker, is taking control of the situation at the peril of his new Armani suit. None the wiser, you decide to return to your office and cool it until further notice.
Unfortunately, your boss opens his door on your return and wants an explanation for this noise disruption.Read more ›
Ionesco wrote this play in his traditional style, that is, using humor and the idea of the ridiculous to develop satire. Rhinoceros is a commentary on Nazism and a result of Ionesco's experiences with fascism, yet it is extremely readable, if one remembers not to take it to seriously. That being said, the lessons it offers are serious, concerning groupthink, the absence of rational thought in humanity, and the slippery slope to an unconventional, self-destructive conclusion. And yes, this book does contain plenty of rhinoceros, in a small town, stampeding out of control. Cue the ridiculous: enjoy!
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This is one of the absolute worst plays I've ever read. Even for an absurdist play, it is unbearably tedious and poorly written.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The book was in a good condition when it arrived. It had wear and tear with a few pen marks in it, however this is to be expected from a used book. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Tessleigh
Not having read Ionesco in many years, I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Rhinoceros. This play is funny and real while at the same time preposterous, the essence of excellent... Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by petronmb
Ionesco has written wonderful plays showing the idiocy of modern life and its materialistic bent. It is perfect for the very sad and realistic times we live in; his absurdity has... Read morePublished on May 17, 2009 by Jeanne Fuchs
Every time I read an absurdist play, I feel the typical symptoms: confusion, isolation, annoyance, and enlightment. Ionesco did not fail to dissapoint. Read morePublished on April 27, 2006 by Emily B. Perez
One could do worse than to commemorate the installation of George W. Bush as President-apparent of the United States by reading "The Leader," one of the short plays in... Read morePublished on January 17, 2001 by Mr W. S. Mendler