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Arcadia - Tom Stoppard
Arcadia
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Arcadia takes us back and forth between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging over the nature of truth and time, the difference between the Classical and the Romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life. Focusing on the mysteries—romantic, scientific,... show more
Arcadia takes us back and forth between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging over the nature of truth and time, the difference between the Classical and the Romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life. Focusing on the mysteries—romantic, scientific, literary—that engage the minds and hearts of characters whose passions and lives intersect across scientific planes and centuries, it is “Stoppard’s richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and . . . emotion. It’s like a dream of levitation: you’re instantaneously aloft, soaring, banking, doing loop-the-loops and then, when you think you’re about to plummet to earth, swooping to a gentle touchdown of not easily described sweetness and sorrow . . . Exhilarating” (Vincent Canby, The New York Times).
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780571169344 (0571169341)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Pages no: 112
Edition language: English
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Carissa Green Reads
Carissa Green Reads rated it
5.0 Have I Mentioned . . .
how desperate I am to see this staged? I've read it three times, and I find myself loving it more and more. -cg
Fangirls Ahead!
Fangirls Ahead! rated it
4.0 Arcadia
A fascinating play intertwining two timelines centuries apart. In the end, I felt like some of it went over my head, but it was still very interesting. Stoppard pulled all the stops (haha, you see?): some chaos theory, determinism vs. free will, physics, love, sex, thermodynamics, Lord Byron, poetry...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
5.0 Arcadia
bookshelves: classic, fraudio, play-dramatisation Read in January, 2009 Tom Stoppard - Arcadia - BBC Drama 1993 (2.33.24) 64 kbpsBlurb: ARCADIA is Stoppard's acknowledged masterpiece, a scintillating play in which - as in IN THE NATIVE STATE - present day researchers seek to find the truth about...
more focus, miss mori
more focus, miss mori rated it
5.0 Arcadia: A Play
Hilarious, highly intellectual, and delightfully refreshing.
notyourmonkey
notyourmonkey rated it
5.0 Arcadia
Ugh. I just. This play makes me so *happy.* I love that it's a play about ideas that's still remarkably human. I love that it treats grand ideas about physics and math and poetry and literature with equal respect. I *adore* Thomasina. I love how it plays, both within the text and meta-textually, wit...
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