Cloud Nine Paperback – 1995
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on September 22, 1999
The first act of Cloud Nine takes place in a British colony in Africa during the Victorian Era. The setting itself explains alot of the confusion that accompanies reading the book. During the Victorian Era women were to be "seen but not heard", and that's exactly how women are portrayed in the book. For instance, Victoria, the main characters daughter, is not even a real person. She is "played" by a doll. Then there's Betty, the main character's wife, who is so damn stomach churning submissive. I know with marriage the wife is supposed to be a little submissive to the husband but not to the point where they are almost robotic to his wishes. The book also deals openly with homosexuality and infidelity. I think this was an excellent choice by the author because both of these are dealt with on an everyday basis. Edward, Victoria's older brother, is a potential homosexual. He is 9 years old when the book begins. At age 9 Edward is being molested by his father's friend. All while this is going on Edward is being played by a woman. Edward's character is so easily understood to be played by a woman since he is feminine and potentially gay. I think this book sums up the things that consists of in an explicit, but realistic manner. It hits on such topics like: adultery, homosexuality, "a woman's place in society", and how experiences and decisions change as time progresses. I feel this is a must read book and definitely a play worth seeing.
on October 15, 1999
Cloud 9 is not a play that I would go to see just for fun. It deals with some very sensitive issues--everything from homosexuality to religion. With topics such as these, one would think it just a filthy, disgusting play. In all actuality, its done in a very tasteful manner. The language can be a bit overwhelming at times, mainly because you aren't expecting this from a play. But, its nothing that the average person wouldn't hear on a daily basis. It also makes people think. Usually people just like to be told what it is they are looking for. With this play, you have to decide how it relates to you, if it does, and then alayze it from the perspective of society. Overall, Cloud 9 is a tale of two centuries brought together by the same issues.
on June 18, 2003
As far as Brechtian plays go, Churchill is a master at alienation and disidentification- characters in this play are played as the protagonist's projection of who he thinks they should be (ie: the westernized African servant is played by a white actor). Although the effect is extremely powerful onstage, particularly when it raises up complex social and ethnic issues, the different characters can be hard to keep straight on paper. This play works far better in performance than it does in print, but it remains a valuable teaching tool for both Brecht and World Theatre studies.
on January 15, 2002
This play is an interesting approach to the question of morality in the 'modern' age. It contrasts two worlds, one of moral certainty in a Victorian colonial home, and one of complete amorality and uncertainty in contemporary Britain. It does however go beyond these issues to deal with other important issues like Gender roles and the general issue of both mental and physical 'colonization' of people by society. This play should be read by anyone even remotely interested in these themes.
on September 8, 1999
Caryl Churchill's play bends the rules of playwriting to come up with something new and fresh. Churchill understands language and characterization and redefines the usage of both in this play. Churchill is a feminist, but her work should be read by men and women. It is perhaps because she is a women that she is able to dispense with(male) playwriting protocol and reinvent the play format. Well done Churchill!
on October 15, 1999
Cloud Nine addresses the issues of bisexuality, incest, child pedophilia and racism affecting society. Churchill's main focus is to make these issues known and force the reader to understand the importance of them. Although the book may be explicit at times it is still very entertaining. I personally enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an eye opener into society.
on March 11, 2000
Cloud Nine is an amazing play, a break-through drama in its time. Churchill plays fast and loose with the decades in her deconstruction of the glacial change of gender typing from Victorian times until the late '70's. She blends cartooned and naturalistic characterization to demonstrate the impact of character types on our deepest ideas of self. This play is funny, revelatory, and terribly moving.
on October 15, 1999
Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine" is an okay book. It has some parts that are a little bit offensive, but most of the stuff I have heard before. It is apparent that the book was written in a different style than most plays. I would not have necessarily read this book unless I had to for a class, but once I read it I found out it was okay.
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