Man and Superman

Man and Superman How tantalizing to hear Ralph Fiennes The English Patient Schindler s List but not be able to see him And hear him one does in his role as Jack Tanner the antihero of Shaw s classic drama Man a

  • Title: Man and Superman
  • Author: George Bernard Shaw
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  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • How tantalizing to hear Ralph Fiennes The English Patient, Schindler s List but not be able to see him And hear him one does in his role as Jack Tanner, the antihero of Shaw s 1905 classic drama Man and Superman Fiennes is a veritable mouthpiece and a frequently sarcastic one at that for the burning issues on Shaw s philosophical and social laundry list the state ofHow tantalizing to hear Ralph Fiennes The English Patient, Schindler s List but not be able to see him And hear him one does in his role as Jack Tanner, the antihero of Shaw s 1905 classic drama Man and Superman Fiennes is a veritable mouthpiece and a frequently sarcastic one at that for the burning issues on Shaw s philosophical and social laundry list the state of the English working class, the arms race, women s rights, unwed mothers, the evils of industry and capitalism, and English morality in general The seriousness of the discussions is tempered by delightful Shavian wit There are two tragedies in life One is to lose your heart s desire The other is to gain it , which prevents the dialogue from collapsing under its own weight, although it does teeter at times The four act play, directed by the esteemed Peter Hall for BBC Radio, begins in the English countryside and ends in the mountains of Spain after a curious detour to Hell, where, in act 3, the famous dream sequence unfolds and the main characters take on such roles as Don Juan and the Devil to further hash out the meaning of existence, the definition of life force, and the power of the female sex This is a spirited production of Shaw s imperfect but intellectually challenging work Running time 225 min four cassettes

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    About “George Bernard Shaw”

    1. George Bernard Shaw

      George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co founder of the London School of Economics Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama Over the course of his life he wrote than 60 plays Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but each also includes a vein of comedy that makes their stark themes palatable In these works Shaw examined education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.An ardent socialist, Shaw was angered by what he perceived to be the exploitation of the working class He wrote many brochures and speeches for the Fabian Society He became an accomplished orator in the furtherance of its causes, which included gaining equal rights for men and women, alleviating abuses of the working class, rescinding private ownership of productive land, and promoting healthy lifestyles For a short time he was active in local politics, serving on the London County Council.In 1898, Shaw married Charlotte Payne Townshend, a fellow Fabian, whom he survived They settled in Ayot St Lawrence in a house now called Shaw s Corner He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature 1925 and an Oscar 1938 The former for his contributions to literature and the latter for his work on the film Pygmalion adaptation of his play of the same name Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize outright, as he had no desire for public honours, but he accepted it at his wife s behest She considered it a tribute to Ireland He did reject the monetary award, requesting it be used to finance translation of Swedish books to English.Shaw died at Shaw s Corner, aged 94, from chronic health problems exacerbated by injuries incurred by falling.

    158 thoughts on “Man and Superman”

    1. ‏الإنسان والسوبرمان هي ثاني أفضل ما قرأت لشو بعد بجماليون فالمسرحية برغم طولها المفرط إلا أنها وجبة عقلية ممتعة‏وفيها يستغل شو سخريته اللاذعة وأسلوبه الجذابفي ابتداع نوع متميز من المسرحياتألا وهو مسرح الأفكار:::::::::::::::ما الإنسان إلا حبل منصوب بين الحيوان والإنسان المتفوق [...]

    2. It's Nobel Revisit Month (it is a very small one-woman festival, so don't worry if you have never heard of it!), and "Man And Superman" is on the schedule, because I need to laugh a bit.I must have been laughing when I took notes on the treatise/reflection/play or whatever else it is, because I can hardly read my handwriting. Well, some people would now claim that it is never possible to read it, and that I should finally give up my cursive, but usually I myself know what I mean.Luckily, Shaw ex [...]

    3. Shaw's first attempt to explore the concept of evolution23 June 2012We admit that when the divinity we worshipped made itself visible and comprehensible, we crucified it. This phrase above, which appears in the epilogue, pretty much sums up the theme of the entire play, and that is that it is impossible for man to evolve simply because we do not want to evolve, and everytime somebody comes along to show us how to evolve we either kill them, or completely corrupt their teachings so as to bring us [...]

    4. Shaw has two distinct classes of follower: there are those who enjoy his vivid characters and humor, and those who idolize him as a revolutionary spiritual force. Each appreciates a different side of Shaw's character, and each of his plays presents a struggle between his creative instinct and his revolutionary ambitions.His need to play the iconoclast was not limited to his socialism, his vegetarianism, and his contempt for medicine. Shaw was never afraid to adopt unpopular ideas, especially whe [...]

    5. I feel I should qualify this 4-star rating: it's based more on the results of reading the book than on my enjoyment of the book itself. Shaw is a hell of an intellect and a delightfully acerbic critic of society, and there are several trenchant observations and commentaries in Man and Superman. However, when he veers toward -- for example -- an argument for state-sponsored eugenics, it gets kind of appalling. If I were to rate the book solely on agreement with his propositions, it'd be a lower s [...]

    6. If only this play were done as a comic book it would still really, really, really suck (but then, you never know about the quality of the artwork).This book was so bad that I stopped reading it halfway through Act III, near about line 360. In fact, right after this passage, which I pick up toward the end of a one and one-half page-long ramble that some sad sack actor will be expected to recite from memory:THE DEVIL. I could give you a thousand instances; but they all come to the same thing: the [...]

    7. I had so much fun reading this! My first experience with modernist drama!Man and Superman struck me as picturesque, easy to imagine and follow. The humor is awesome too; couldn’t resist some laughs here and there. The most hilarious scene is when Tanner and Straker are captured by the lovesick brigand Mendoza; and after when, with an unusual build up of familiarity and affinity between prisoners and captor, Mendoza starts reading some poems he wrote for his Louisa, who turns out to be Straker [...]

    8. This work, published in 1903, contains three parts: a “Epistle Dedicatory”; the play itself; and “The Revolutionist’s Handbook”. The first is a letter to the author’s friend, Arthur Bingham Walkley, who had originally suggested that GBS write a play on the subject of Don Juan; in this letter GBS not only explains why he has turned the legend on its head but presents his conviction that woman is the true pursuer in the race toward matrimony. Woven into this presentation are threads of [...]

    9. No, not that Superman, dumbass. The other one. You know, Nietzsche? The Übermensch? Blond beast? None of this rings a bell? What did you do at that fancy school of yours for four years? So anyway, Man and Superman is uber-bad. And now I don’t know what to make of Shaw. Heartbreak House was unexpectedly awesome: smart, funny, pessimistic—everything you could ask for in a play. But this one…blech. A lumbering and tendentious monster. It’s like a highbrow, 1905 version of All in the Family [...]

    10. Look, there are three awesome acts in this and then there's that whole thing in the middle where Don Juan argues with the devil. Is the rest of the play just an excuse for Act III? Is it, like, the bread around a Don Juan / Satan sandwich? I preferred the bread.I didn't hate the Don Juan / Satan part. I underlined a whole bunch of stuff that was really smart and / or funny. I just obviously goes on too long. The characters acknowledge it themselves!Pygmalion was better.Soundtrack: - The Sufferin [...]

    11. : هذه المسرحية ستبقى على طاولتي ولن أعيدها أبدا الى الرف فهي تضحك وتبكي وتأسرك لعظم جمالها ؛ فأردت أن أضع اقتباسات لها فلم استطع ولكن لم يبقى سوى صدى جزء منها يلاتحقني كل يوم كلا كلا كلا صغيرتي لا تصلي إذا قمتٍ بذلك فانك سوف تهدرين الفائدة الرئيسية لهذا المكان "أي جهنم". هنالك ك [...]

    12. سمى توفيق الحكيم هذا النوع ب"مسرح الأفكار" او "المسرح الفكري" فهو يتميز بضعف الحدث نفسه أو هامشيته أمام سيل الأفكار والفلسفة المتدفق في الحوار مسرحية طويلة للغاية ولكنها تستأهل كل دقيقة الفكرة تبدو في البداية تقليدية حول المعركة مابين الأصالة والتقاليد والعراقة من جهة والحر [...]

    13. Shaw has packed many high-level topics into this play, while at the same time keeping long portions of the dialogue fairly low-level. Two topics jump out most frequently: hell and enjoyment. His take on each respective topic is fresh, seemingly from an entirely new perspective.In the third act, the characters' conversation stands out in a couple ways. The explanation of hell from Don Juan, the Statue, and The Devil's point of view is unique. From a Judeo-Christian standpoint, it reeks of blasphe [...]

    14. I have a huge inferiority complex about myself. That prevents me to approach great books, lest I wouldn't understand the great writers. I had heard the name of Bernard Shaw and how great a writer he was, in my school days. But never dared to read him.Now, that some gray hairs have begun to reveal themselves in my head, I have been trying to imbibe some of the thoughts of great minds. Some times I fail, sometimes they fail me, but some other times, they get in to my mind and make me realize thing [...]

    15. This play had both strengths and weaknesses. The dialouge was great, it wasn't the same old stuff, and it had a true sense of humor. However, it is a play of ideas, and dialouges while they are great for philosophy papers, do bring plays to a total halt, this play is full of those moments, most tellingly in the remake of Mozart's Don Juan in a dream sequence. One would think that the deft author of Candidia and Arms and Man would know this, but he doesn't. The play is full of references to the l [...]

    16. Review first published on BookLikes: brokentuneoklikes/post/" the book about the bird and the bee is natural history. It's an awful lesson to mankind. You think that you are Ann's suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued; that it is your part to woo, to persuade, to prevail, to overcome. Fool: it is you who are the pursued, the marked down quarry, the destined prey. You need not sit looking longingly at the bait through the wires of the trap: the door is open, and will remain so unti [...]

    17. I remember to have read one of the longest and most complicated monologues ever in this play I think I need to re-read it.

    18. There are two things I've picked up over this year's literary intensive. One is that some books stay afloat due not to popular circulation, but outsized academic interest. The other is that it's appropriate to be skeptical of self-appointed social critics and truth-tellers. Socialist sophist George Bernard Shaw had the random misfortune to show up at the wrong end of the reading list with his table-pounding polemic "Man and Superman." I might be a bit biased for that.One is persuaded around the [...]

    19. This is the second time that I've read this thing. One of the first cultural entertainment backdrop events that I did foray as an eight year college student moving to the big city for purpose of gainful employment was to catch a Shaw play entitled Misalliance at the now former Guthrie. Or do I simply say "Guthrie" back there in that previous sentence because, after all, everyone still to this very day says "The New Guthrie" when discussing err the new Guthrie.Anyway, I hate explaining things.So [...]

    20. Man and Superman is an odd play. The 3rd act, which apparently is often not performed in productions of the play, seems to take a 180.Mr. Whitfield dies, leaving the guardianship of his daughter to two men, an older proper English gentleman, Roebuck Ramsden (what a name!) and the socialist, argumentative Jack Tanner. Another friend of Ann, Octavius Robinson is present while they discuss the guardianship of Ann.As the play progresses, there's a love triangle between Octavius, Ann, and Tanner. Lat [...]

    21. It's hard to rate this one, in a way. There were parts that were absolutely delightful. The first act is great, really funny, puts things in motion in a very entertaining way. Act 2 gets the job done. Act 3 starts well, then takes a wild metaphysical turn that's at first bracing and then horribly overextended. The play never quite recovers, but it's still got enough good lines that it's worth a read. I'm trying to imagine that perhaps it would play better on stage, but in fact it might be even m [...]

    22. December of Drama 2015, day 24"And you got lost in a cycle of no progressJust rinse, repeat, remind and forget."--Like Bullets, by SnowdenA "drama of ideas," you say. Well you don't see that too often, but it's true. In fact once it gets to the scene with the Devil and Don Juan as characters, the rest of it almost feels irrelevant or too melodramatic, even, dare I say, filler. As is so often the case when Satan enters fiction, he steals the scene and has the best lines. I supremely enjoyed that [...]

    23. Read this in High School and it was simply fantastic. It has stuck with me all these years. Perhaps it was the teacher, perhaps the author maybe both, probably both. Regardless, worth the time and effort to read and study.

    24. More a work of philosophy than a play for the theater, Man and Superman does have a humorous and enjoyable facade as a romantic comedy in the vein of Shakespeare. But in reality it is a work of ideas, with profound questions of Art, the Relation of the Sexes, and Fatherhood being explored.

    25. Brilliant on page & stage, a wonderful mix of Voltaire's Candide, Plato's dialogues with a subtle mix of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Full review to come.

    26. I found some parts enjoyable, but other parts quite befuddling. I wasn't sure why the brigands were in there or the hell sequence.

    27. Reader: Oh, hi, book! How are you doing?Book: Contemplating the sense of life! [Three pages speech about the sense of life], you see?Reader: Erm yes anyway, have you been anywhere nice recently?Book: I have been to the Sierra Nevada, captured by bandits, held for ransom and then gone to hell.Reader: They killed you?!Book: Oh, no, I fell asleep.Reader: And you couldn't have done that at home?Book: What is the sense in sleeping if you don't do it in charming surroundings? And at least now I unders [...]

    28. What a long play. God****.Man and Superman is a play by the illustrious George Bernard Shaw that follows the traditional Shakespearian romantic farce structure. There are some difficult, unattainable women, slapstick gags, and ending with a marriage but at the same time Shaw takes these basic archetypes and turns his play into something more powerful and even frightening: a deconstruction of conflict between man and woman.The play is heavily influenced by other writers. Shaw openly refers to sev [...]

    29. Man and Superman is a play laden with incongruencies and surprises, and enough interplay between them to make the play predictably unpredictable. First, Shaw establishes the comforts of grounding tradition and then he forcefully infuses it with new blood for gasps and howls. Or maybe not. Who knows? Perhaps the audience was already way past clamoring to upset the old ways and manners. The play takes a bizarre turn when the genteel cast meets up with a gang of brigands in the desert, but that wei [...]

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