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God Of Carnage, The [Paperback]

Yasmina Reza
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Jan. 27 2009 Ff Plays

What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their children? A calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach ids how to behave properly? Or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime? Boys will be boys, but the adults are usually worse – much worse. Christopher Hampton's translation of Yasmina Reza's sharp-edged new play The God of Carnage premiered at the Gielgud Theatre, London, in March 2008. Christopher Hampton has translated five plays by Yasmina Reza: 'Art', The Unexpected Man, Conversations after a Burial, Life x 3 and The God of Carnage.


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"Reza holds the mirror up to bourgeois hypocrisy withthe savage indignation of a born satirist", Guardian. "A triumph! Brilliantly translated by Christopher Hampton", Daily Express.

About the Author

Yasmina Reza is the author of a number of plays, including The Unexpected Man, Conversations after a Burial, Life x 3 and the award-winning Art. She has also written a collection of autobiographical sketches, Hammerklavier. she lives in France.


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5.0 out of 5 stars good book Jan. 29 2014
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This is a funny play that we had to read for my english class. It was in good shape when received.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Play May 26 2009
By John F. Rooney - Published on Amazon.com
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As I write this (May 26, 2009), "The God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza is a huge hit on Broadway and has numerous Tony nominations. As in "Life X 3" the dramatist has assembled four people in a room, two couples Veronique and Michel Vallon paired against Alain and Annette Reille. The Reille son Ferdinand has struck eleven-year-old Bruno Vallon with a stick and knocked out two of the boy's teeth.
Two couples arguing over a children's playground fight? No, that would be too easy for Reza. It's a contest that drags in the state of the two marriages, the attributes and characters of all four adults. It becomes a war of wills, probing the fabric of their lives and lies.
It's fun to watch these four people destroying themselves and each other as battle lines are drawn and redrawn. The insults they throw at each other are priceless. Loyalty to one's spouse becomes a disposable commodity. Spouses turn on spouses; new alliances are formed and dissolved. Vomit plays a role in the farce so be prepared. There are some very funny lines. Michel says, "Puking seems to have perked you up."
Both men show off their macho credentials by boasting about being gang members when they were kids. Bruno is accused of being a grass (informer). Michel becomes a "murderer" because he has gotten rid of the family's pet hamster, Nibbles, on the street. All of them are self-indulgent yuppies who easily get off the subject of the kids and into their yuppyish issues. Alain, a lawyer, is constantly talking on his cell phone until someone puts it out of commission.
It's a very clever, focused play, full of laughs. The play owes something to Absurdist traditions. The dialogue at times is inane and absurdist, ridiculous. The way the trouble intensifies is like the proliferation of chairs in Ionesco's famous play. The verbal slaughter that takes place on the stage makes clear the title. Deep meaning and insights? No, but, yes to stripping bare the pretensions and inner feelings of four self-absorbed spoiled adult brats who are probably raising monsters like themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars god of carnage July 8 2009
By Barbara Moglia - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw the stage play "God of Carnage"and throughly enjoyed it. The dialogue between the four characters was so interesting I had to read the written play, The interchange of ideas by their open discussion was wonderful. Reading the script brought more meaning to the play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Reza/ Hampton triumph! Jan. 30 2010
By Philip Reid - Published on Amazon.com
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I was ecstatic to be able to see a performance of "The God Of Carnage" on my first trip to New York last fall having previously had the privilege of acting in an amateur production of 'Art'. As soon as I got home I sought out a copy to own. It is a wonderful work that captures the breakdown of 'political correctness' between two couples attempting to resolve a schoolyard conflict between their respective sons.

Top marks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A master piece June 9 2009
By Fernando F. Cardenas Pena - Published on Amazon.com
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Yasmina Reza is one of the world's most insightful and philophical playwrights of our time. And the translation by Christopher Hampton is magnificent.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great play! June 6 2014
By Heitzer - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the funniest plays ever written. If you saw the film "Carnage," don't judge it by that. The original play is a comedy gem.
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