Via Dolorosa And Where Shall We Live Paperback – Dec 1 1998
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Hare has written a piece that, in a modest, moving way, illuminates not only the Arab-Israeli conflict but also some of the other confrontations that keep the world on bloody edge. . .it is a very particular recollection, written by a playwright attempting to give theatrical fiction a new dimension of reality. . .Via Dolorosa has such an astonishing abundance of stories, characters and ideas that, when you leave the theatre, you feel as if you have lived through some crazy, continuing epic. (New York Times)
It reinforces one's faith in theatre as a means of communication. . .a deeply moving theatrical mosaic. (Guardian)
About the Author
David Hare is a playwright and filmmaker. His stage plays include Plenty, Pravda (with Howard Brenton) Racing Demon, Skylight, Amy's View, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, South Downs, The Absence of War and The Judas Kiss. His films for cinema and television include Wetherby, The Hours, Damage, The Reader and the Worricker trilogy: Page Eight, Turks & Caicos and Salting the Battlefield. He has written English adaptations of plays by Pirandello, Chekhov, Brecht, Schnitzler, Lorca, Gorky and Ibsen. For fifteen years he was an Associate Director of the National Theatre.
Top Customer Reviews
As an agnostic and an American I was overcome by the honest critique offered by Hare. Here is someone who has wrestled with the moral and ethical dillemas and subsequently infused them into his work. I excuse his humor, because, sometimes things are so horrible all we can do is laugh, and if we cannot, then it is truly a sad thing. Stones or ideas? When shall we live? So what if you don't like all his answers, at least he's raising the right questions.
I do not expect, nor do I particularily want Hare to moderate a Palestinian/Isreali debate. What I do want is for him to dig out and contextualize the emotional elements that ground this tragic situation. As a Westerner, I understand how this passion can captivate someone from a culture in desperate need of something to live for besides material wealth. Hare accomplished exactly what he set out to do, and we are in his debt for it.
This is not "a book". It has two totally different parts. The first, "Via Dolorosa", Hare calls a "play". It seems to be merely a monologue, a description of the author's short, recent first visit to Israel and Palestine. Rather than presenting a broad picture presenting major challenges and problems in the area, the author relies mainly on his personal experiences in rather extreme, nonrepresentative situations. E.g., in Israel: he devotes space to a difference of opinion of settlers as to whether the sabbath began at 4:15 or at 4:16 PM, and then states that no one could tell him why males are "allowed an extra 18-minute window to go on doing irreligious things.... No one can tell me why". One wonders what are these "irreligious things", but no answer is given. Hare misinforms the reader with another meaningless description: "We cannot sample [a delicious-looking stew] because today they are eating meat and we have been eating dairy. If we were German, we might be able to, because Germans need only three hours to switch from one to another." "Germans" aside, Hare has his eye of the needle trying to slip through an elephant; his facts are the opposite of reality [meat and milk]. His British Jewish neighbours could have corrected this error. Near his conclusion, he states that "an unnamed Israeli military commander" told him that 20,000 Jews were killed "in the cause of setting up the state. 'Not that every death isn't a tragedy...but...20,000 to set up a whole country; that's not so bad, you know.Read more ›
I find most interesting your immediate acceptance of my review of don marquis' "Archyology", which you have left on-line and which represents my true feelings about the book. Yet, I twice wrote a review of David Hare's book, "Via Dolorosa and Wnen Shall We Live". I split my grading of the book into 5 stars for the second half, and 2 stars for the first and overall. I did NOT write ad hominem, but rather described what I believe are real flaws and errors in "Via Dolorosa".
Why didn't you accept it? Is it bad for merchandising?
I am a regular and enthusiastic Amazon customer and tell all my friends about you.
I'll also tell them about your rejection of my review, with no obvious reason for it.
I would appreciate your response.
Dr. Baruch Hurwich email@example.com
The first, you reported to me, was too ad hominem.
I fixed that up and 2 weeks ago sent a second version.
You still are exercising censorship and not publishing my review of "Via Dolorosa" of Dvid Hare.
Interesting that you quickly pulished my 1st review sent to you - of "Archyology".
The last review I sent you was purely non-personal and all referred to the book. I gave the two parts of the book: 2 stars and 5 stars. The two parts are totally unconnected.
Where's my review?
Dr. Baruch Hurwich firstname.lastname@example.org
I would highly recommend finding the dramatic staging of this piece, but this edition is still a beautiful essay.
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