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The Visit
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on January 22, 2016
This play is a hoot! Read it and enjoy the fun.
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on February 7, 2018
I love it. But I should have bought the hard cover .. Thank you
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on October 19, 2015
An astonishing play filled with tortured and outrageous characters.
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on February 18, 2016
Excellent book!
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on August 4, 2015
intertesting play
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on August 15, 2015
Good book!
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on May 19, 2015
EXCELLENT
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VINE VOICEon June 28, 2017
Friedrich Durrenmatt's three act play is about a wealthy woman returning home to Gluellen, a town somewhere in Central Europe. The German playwright, Friedrich Durrenmatt has created a town desperate for her arrival.

The first act should be entitled "welcome" in which they prepare for a royal welcome for the world' wealthiest woman. Claire is multi married heiress and a character. Claire returns home to right a wrong against her. She challenges the villagers to deliver the body of Alfred Ill, a shopkeeper who broke her heart when they were young.

Acts II and III continue with Alfred I'll desperate to escape his fate. He understands what happened to Claire and her life afterwards. He married a woman for money than love and Claire wants him to pay for it. Claire became a prostitute and suffered a terrible loss.

Despite all her wealth from several marriages, Claire is an embittered woman who wants revenge against her hometown. She has the power and wealth to control its fate.

In reading this play, it is relevant to today as it was in the fifties. Claire is not a sympathetic character. She is cold and uncaring. She has returned for revenge without caring about the consequences. Claire is hard to be sympathetic for her. The other characters are poorly developed except for Alfred Ill.
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on December 24, 2012
In this modern Greek tragedy, including choirs (of the villagers), Friedrich Dürrenmatt confronts the spectator with the state of our world, with the 'real' nature of our Western civilization and its 'real' principles and the `real' nature of the human species.

In our world, horror abounds: earthquakes, mountains that spit fire, heavy storms at sea, and, not to forget, war with its roaring tanks ravaging wheat fields and the terrible stellar mushroom of the atomic bomb.
The whole of humanity (the village of Güllen as pars pro toto) becomes unequivocal dancers around the Golden Calf and pure slaves of the Mammon at the first opportunity. This play shows man's fundamental hypocrisy (not for money, but for justice) and his stigma of corruption which he tries to cover up by `legitimate' means.
But the angel of death, in the person of a wealthy old lady, is an all too perfect expert in matters of human nature, of Western civilization and its true principles. She exploits cleverly, shamelessly and mercilessly those principles to take revenge. Her target is not only her former lover, but the entire village (world): individual physical death should go hand in hand with a spectacle of a general moral death.

This play, one of the best of all times, should be read and seen by all those interested in an illustration of the real nature of mankind.
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HALL OF FAMEon September 27, 2002
"The Visit: A Tragi-comedy," by Friedrich Durrenmatt, has been translated from German into English by Patrick Bowles. This three-act play has a copyright date of 1956, and the English translation has a copyright date of 1962.
This is an outrageous tale with a strong satiric flavor. The story takes place in Guellen, a European town that has fallen into economic depression and decay. As the play opens the townspeople are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Claire Zachanassian, a hometown girl who has gone on to become super-wealthy. The townspeople hope that her financial generosity will save Guellen. But from early on in the first act, Claire hints that she has a sinister, even deadly, ultimate goal.
This is a colorful, richly peopled dark comedy. It's full of arresting dialogue, suspense, and grotesque characters. A major theme is the tension between capitalistic greed and the Western humanistic tradition. The play is also about sex, lies, and injustice.
With her artificial body parts, bizarre retinue, and colorful backstory, Claire is one of the most remarkable characters in the history of drama--perhaps the most commanding female stage character since Lady Macbeth. She is charming yet sinister, grotesque yet oddly sympathetic. The creation of this character is, in my opinion, a great triumph for Durrenmatt.
For companion texts, I would recommend the following: "Rene's Flesh," by Virgilio Pinera; "Bedside Manners," by Luisa Valenzuela; and "The Doorman," by Reinaldo Arenas. Each of these works is, in its own way, as bizarre and stimulating as "The Visit."
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