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eBook An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm (The World's Classics) ePub

by James McFarlane,Henrik Ibsen

  • ISBN: 019281818X
  • Category: History and Criticism
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: James McFarlane,Henrik Ibsen
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Thus edition (June 23, 1988)
  • Pages: 350
  • ePub book: 1894 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1236 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
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James McFarlane is former Professor of European Literature at the University of East Anglia. Series: Oxford World's Classics. Thy dynamic set up in "An Enemy of the People" is as valid and common now as it was when Ibsen wrote it and when Miller updated it. The book is an indictment of a society which will throttle its own interests - indeed, even its own life - to adamantly support the interests of the rich and powerful few. It is as relevant for today's working class Tea Partiers as it was for the people of Ibsen's small Norwegian town. Unfortunately, on a literary level, this play does not live up to its political import.

In: Ibsen, Henrik, An Enemy of the People; The Wild Duck; Rosmersholm. McFarlane, James (1994). The Cambridge Companion to Ibsen. Cambridge, England: The Cambridge University Press. p. 113. ISBN 0-521-42321-X. Oxford World Classics. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

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Home Browse Books Book details, An Enemy of the People: The Wild Duck:. An Enemy of the People: The Wild Duck: Rosmersholm. By Henrik Ibsen, James McFarlane. The best translation, says the man with no knowledge of the original, is one that does not read like a translation; for anybody familiar with the original, on the other hand, it is imperative that he should be reminded of it at every stage, and in every possible particular.

He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare . In An Enemy of the People (1882), Ibsen went even further.

He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and by the early 20th century A Doll's House became the world's most performed play. Ibsen's early poetic and cinematic play Peer Gynt has strong surreal elements. After Peer Gynt Ibsen abandoned verse and wrote in realistic prose  .

Written in the aftermath of hostile criticism of Ghosts, Ibsen's three plays all deal with the moral courage needed to tell .

Written in the aftermath of hostile criticism of Ghosts, Ibsen's three plays all deal with the moral courage needed to tell the truth. They are peopled not by symbolic figures and abstract concepts, but by complex individuals pitted against, or part of, a society that Ibsen felt was morally abhorrent and claustrophobically provincial.

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James Walter McFarlane (12 December 1920, Sunderland – 9 August 1999, Stody, Norfolk) was a scholar of European literature, author of The Oxford Ibsen.

James Walter McFarlane (12 December 1920, Sunderland – 9 August 1999, Stody, Norfolk) was a scholar of European literature, author of The Oxford Ibsen, and founding Dean of the School of European Studies at University of East Anglia which included Scandinavian studies. McFarlane grew up in Sunderland and attended Bede Grammar School, and then went to St Catherine's College, Oxford

Taken from the Oxford Ibsen, this collection of Ibsen's plays includes An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, and Rosmersholm.

Comments

Alsath Alsath
The play itself is terrific, if infuriating. Ibsen did a terrific job illuminating how communities struggle to balance short-term economic interests with long-term health and prosperity, as well as the difficulty of having public debate about scientific issues when most people don't understand the technical details well enough to make their own informed judgments about relative risk and consequences. Replace "tainted water in the public baths" with "climate change" and you see how relevant this play remains today.

However, this translation is not great. It often reads like a transliteration, with clunky turns of phrase that may be more precise matches to the original Norwegian but don't sound at all natural in English. The result is that much of the dialogue in this translation feels overly formal and stilted, not the dynamic and vigorous discussions that I suspect were intended.
Runeterror Runeterror
This classic Ibsen play is remarkably modern in content and theme. Imagine - a scientific-minded professional discovers potentially deadly toxic material in a town's main tourist draw, and the town tries hard to ruin him! Imagine - a large group of scientists agree that human activity is creating potentially deadly climate change, and the powers that be try hard to ruin them! Oh my.

So many people have been returning to Orwell's 1984, given the current American climate of charges of "fake news" and assertions of "alternative facts" and so on. I would suggest that this play also deserves a second look (or first, if you didn't read it in high school).
Coiwield Coiwield
I bought the Dover thrift edition for $3 as opposed to the Arthur Miller adaptation (these reviews on Amazon are aggregated across both versions). I enjoyed the play, but while I sympathized with the main character, Dr. Stockmann, his intellectual elitism was too much for me.
Qumen Qumen
This is a great story. I read it in college, and it stuck with me.I re-read it because of problems in the tourist industry of my hometown, which is causing serious health problems. This translation, while quite old, is still quite good and catches the flavor of the period.
grand star grand star
This book, written in the form of a play, is as true today as when it was written. Don't let the fact that it is a "play" keep you from reading it! I never thought I would want to read a play either, but this one has changed my perspective on them. Rather than tell what the book is about, which ruins the story for me, I would just highly recommend that people read this. It's a good story with a good morality element.
Brariel Brariel
Glorious play with a spectacular ending. Some of the lines are over-the-top, but in the context, they are perfect. For me, An Enemy of the People met Kafka's definition of how a book is supposed to be like an ice-axe to break the sea inside us.
Macage Macage
Great allegory of standing for what’s right even when no one stands with you. Loved this book and would recommend.
Although I've never read or seen Ibsen's version of this play, it is evident that Miller is, as he puts it, "ventur[ing] into another's chickencoop". This work lacks Miller's distinctive air of mystery found in works such as "Death of a Salesman" and "After the Fall" in which subtle but devastating details are revealed slowly throughout the play until the whole stinking onion has been peeled. The course of this play is evident from the beginning. And even in a work like "The Crucible" which, being based on actual historical events, doesn't allow for so much gradual unfolding, Miller still manages to bring in subtle drama to engage the reader's/viewer's suspense. While this work is certainly filled with bombast, it lacks drama.

Dr. Thomas Stockmann is a knowledgeable, competent, and basically respected scientist. He is also rather liberal and known as a bit of a non-conformist and rabble-rouser. And he also has a wife and two kids to support. His brother Peter is the mayor of the town, the director of the Institute at which Dr. Stockmann is employed, and decidedly more conservative.

When Dr. Stockmann discovers poison in the town's water supply from a tannery upstream, he expects a hero's reception for saving the town and its major attraction, Kirsten Springs. And indeed, initially he is regarded as a hero, not only by his wife, but also by some allegedly radical newspapermen who vow to publish his findings.

But as it turns out, Mayor Stockmann and other town leaders have vested interests in the findings not being revealed. The repairs to the water supply will cost too much and take too long. Meanwhile, tourism, the town's major business and income source, will dry up.

Inexorably, the forces of moneyed interests begin to encircle Dr. Stockmann and his family. People who initially greeted his discovery with joy and predicted that it would bring down the wealthy bureaucrats begin to turn against him and side with the mayor and the other elites. Dr. Stockmann's position at the Institute is threatened. Townspeople refuse to listen to what he has to say and, indeed, refuse to even do business with him. And his mysterious father-in-law Kiil delivers the final blow by buying up cheap shares of Kirsten Springs in his name, making it look as if Dr. Stockmann set the whole thing up for profit and giving Dr. Stockmann (whose financial prospects are now in tatters) and economic stake in the springs.

In a Faustian bargain reminiscent of Proctor's in "The Crucible", Dr. Stockmann is given the chance to save his job, his "reputation" and his standing in the community if only he will renounce his findings. Will he take the "easy" way out for himself and his family and allow others to suffer when he knows the truth? Or will he stand up for what he believes in, regardless of personal cost.

Thy dynamic set up in "An Enemy of the People" is as valid and common now as it was when Ibsen wrote it and when Miller updated it. The book is an indictment of a society which will throttle its own interests - indeed, even its own life - to adamantly support the interests of the rich and powerful few. It is as relevant for today's working class Tea Partiers as it was for the people of Ibsen's small Norwegian town.

Unfortunately, on a literary level, this play does not live up to its political import. The dialogue is stilted, bombastic and exaggerated. Dr. Stockmann is an unlikeable, sexist, narcissist who, despite his claims to liberalism, can't be bothered to remember his housekeeper's name. His wife is all over the map, at times a strong and stalwart devoted wife, at other times piteously weak, deferential, and basically stupid. Mayor Stockmann is too heavy-handed to be believable. It is subtlety and subterfuge which win the population to support the elite moneyed interest at the expense of their own interests. Too much heavy-handedness gives the game away and risks rousing the common rabble against the elite. The other characters are either flat (Stockmann's children, Horster) or so conflicted and inconsistent that they aren't believable (the newspapermen). Overall, the book simply lacks the finely-tuned sense of character that Miller usually brings to his work.

The play is still very much worth reading, however, if only for the political message alone.