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  • Hardcover: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Benediction Classics (Nov. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849026033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849026031
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Only Shakespeare's plays are performed more frequently than those of Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906). The Norwegian playwright, theater director, and poet scandalized many of his contemporaries as he led the theater into the modern era by exploring the realities behind 19th-century social conventions.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
If yes, then you might enjoy this drama. It had the same flavor. It was allright, but definitely not among my favorites.
Ibsen is a wonderful writer, and has some other great works I would highly recommend, such as A Doll's House or Hedda Gabler. But Peer Gynt was one of his first, and in my opinion, he still needed to work on his plot.
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Not Ibsen's Version June 4 2010
By N. Ahlhelm - Published on
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This version of Peer Gynt should be avoided at all costs. It is a copy that was made with robotic page turners and character recognition software that was marginal. The book is full of misspellings and punctuation errors. If you've never read Ibsen's Peer Gynt, this text is very difficult to follow,
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good play, terrible edition Nov. 9 2010
By Nick Whitworth - Published on
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The play is fine.

This printing of it, however, is absolutely terrible. Do not waste your money on it. I don't care how much cheaper it is than any of the others. This is completely unreadable. It appears to have been scanned from an 1908 edition of Peer Gynt. They OCR'ed it (Quite poorly I might add), then they print it on demand.

There are no stage directions. There is almost no punctuation in sentences (no commas, etc). There are numerous misspellings. It is nearly impossible to tell who is speaking as the names are misspelled, sometimes in all caps, sometimes not, sometimes indented. The Act and Scene divisions are almost nonexistent.

I read about 5 pages of it before I gave up and got a photocopied version from my teacher. Complete waste of money.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
order a different version! Feb. 5 2011
By lomaryst - Published on
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I ordered this play to read for a class in school.
Not only was this "robot generated" edition extremely difficult to read due to typos and random formatting inconsistencies, but portions of it were completely missing - for example 2 entire scenes in act 4.
I actually need to know what happens, and reading this version, I don't.
You get some kind of membership with it that means you can view this play, and other books, online, but if I'd wanted to read the play online, I would have done so with one of the free sites that offers complete verions of texts that are in the public domain.
Apparently, the "robot" technology saves on costs, and if it had cost me 2 or 3 dollars, I may have been more forgiving, but it was not, in my opinion, priced low enough to justify the extremely shabby quality.
If you need to read this play, or want to own it (it is a classic, and the story itself is worthwhile), FIND ANOTHER VERSION!
Paying the Piper Dec 12 2011
By Gale Finlayson - Published on
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Based on traditional Nordic legend Ibsen's version would make a better narrative than verse literary effort. Obviously all rhyme is lost in a prose translation, plus the story itself defies the Greek Unities of Time and Place. Scenes are set in Norway, the tropics and the desert--lest audiences be bored with mere snowy locales. Peer's story covers his wild, reckless youth through his cynical middle age, right up to his regretful old age. He interacts with humans, trolls and other-worldly characters as he vainly romps through life. Driven to clear his reputation and earn the respect of his skeptical, critical neighbors, he embarks on a lifelong journey to discover his true identity.

Possibly a cautionary tale PEER GYNT touches a human chord: the desire to improve oneself, to repay maternal care and to earn the love of a sweet, faithful maiden. Typical Nordic references include trafficking with trolls and the danger of getting a shard of glass or ice in one's eye, which distorts true vision and humanity. Despite the temptation Peer ultimately rejects trolldom in favor of maintaining his priceless human attributes.

This edition, photocopied by robot, proves difficult to read because of:
--lack of apostrophes in most contractions
--odd punctuation which disrupts the flow of reading
--inclusion of literary notes directly into the script, instead of placed as footnotes

In short: a confusing and disappointing version of an honored tale, which inspired composer Edvard Greig's PEER GYNT SUITE.
A New Version by Colin Teevan June 13 2010
By Molly D - Published on
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I like this version a lot - it's full of energy, and very exciting to see in person, which I was lucky enough to do. But it's NOT the Peer Gynt you might be familiar with, or the one you want to pick up if you're looking for a more standard translation. While this one is true to the story and the characters, there's a lot of updating and a lot of language that might offend people who don't like the kinds of words you can't say on radio and TV. It's more of an interpretation than a translation.

If you want a more standard version, I like the translation by Michael Meyer.

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