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Published May 6th 2009 by ReadHowYouWant (first published January 1st 1934)
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David Sarkies
Dec 19, 2015 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
Another Love Triangle
19 December 2015

Well, even though it has been included in the collection of Shavian plays known as Play's Pleasant, I was a little surprised to discover that this particular play was written at almost the opposite end of Shaw's career to the first play – Arms & the Man. Anyway, I was making my way to Adelaide by train and I wanted something that I could read while on the train, and hopefully write a review on it in the same breath. Well, a three-act Bernard Shaw play ce
Huda Aweys
رأيت عدة محاكيات لها في أفلام الأبيض و الأسود أثرت على حكمي في البداية .. في تلك الأفلام عادة ما كان يتم اختذال شخصيتها في شكل عبثي مسطح .. ، و لكنها هنا عميقة .. جميلة .. فيلسوفة
(الخطيئة المقدسة)
انها شعار المرحلة :) ! قرأت تقنينا لها عن نفس الكاتب (جورج برنارد شو) من قبل في مسرحية
و ساءني ما قرأت حينذاك ..، و الآن .. و ان لم يسيئني ما قرأت اليوم بنفس المقدار ، الا اننى مازلت متحفظة قليلا على بعض النقاط ، و التى على الرغم منها ايضا وجدت تلك الـ (كانديدا) رائعة في النه
Ramona Boldizsar
Jan 07, 2012 Ramona Boldizsar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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- spooilers -

I cannot help myself but love this story. At first, it quite annoyed me and I was a little bit scared by its following. I thought, in some or another sequence, that it will end like Ibsen's piece of work. And I got scared because, however, I didn't want Candida to be separated from the lovely Morell.He was, for me, the only agreeable and dear character from this story and I have quite fancied with him - even though I cannot find a serious and real explanation for the matter. I have
J.G. Keely
Chekhov wrote his realist stories between drinks at parties in his home, taking inspiration from the characters around him to create a world of small, short-sighted people who seem real through a combination of meanness and absurdity. They are dull enough to have the problems of a normal person, but eccentric enough to come off as individuals instead of simply mouthpieces or archetypes.

Shaw sometimes works along the same lines, but his approach to absurdity is much grander, and will not yield to
Momina Masood
I think I'll grow to like this play better as I sift through more of its criticisms and interpretations. There were naturalistic splashes across the character of Marchbanks, and similar tints to Candida, as well, though I don't know how many others noticed them, or if they were there at all. But something made me cry out inside while reading Marchbanks' lines - 'what has the naturalist got against moral convictions, and why?!' But I surrender this thought; it being a tad irrelevant.

"The play is
Stephanie Augustin
Being an admirer of Bernard Shaw's witticisms in his social commentary plays like Pygmalion, Apple Cart, Man and Superman and Saint Joan, I was pleasantly surprised to find this heart-warming, whimsical turn by Mr Sarcastic himself. As the parson and the eighteen-year-old poet crossed swords I felt myself troubled by the tense situations (unlike his more famous plays where one can appreciate the comedy in the fast dialogue) and when Candida spoke I felt myself calm down. How is it that Bernard S ...more
Dec 31, 2015 J.M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shaw fanatics (do these even exist?)
December of Drama 2015, day 22

"I might as well take a minute or two
To put you onto some game
You want a boy like him, a man like me,
And that's just not the same."
--Bonafied Lovin, by Chromeo

Did I just open my review of a George Bernard Shaw play with a Chromeo lyric? Yes, yes I did. What can I say about this early Shaw... it's melodramatic and very much of-its-time, with most of the relevance of its social satire burned away by the intervening years. It's still fairly interesting, however, especi
Eric Kibler
Nov 19, 2015 Eric Kibler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A play that exposes Shaw's ideas about women and about how he viewed life in general.

Shaw on women:

1. Women belong to themselves, not to their men, which is a cool early feminist idea.
2. Women in marriage are more like mothers than partners, and men in marriage are like infantilized little boys. Which is kind of a creepy idea. And also an anti-feminist idea, because although it recognizes the "woman behind the great man", it describes a presumed duty on the part of the wife to "build" her man an
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

The CCLaP 100: In which I read a hundred so-called "classics" for the first time, then write reports on whether they deserve the label

Book #19: Candida, by George Bernard Shaw (1898)

The story in a nutshell:
As one of many "comedies of manners" from the Victorian- and Edwardian-era playwright George Ber
Ananya Ghosh
I had to read it for class, obviously, or else I don't think I would have ever picked it up. I'm not into drama, you see.

But, this wasn't the best of this genre but neither was it disappointing. It was alright. I liked the shrewd yet caring and kind character of Candida. In fact, I liked Morell's character as well. I didn't like Eugene one bit though. He was so sappy and dreamy and felt more like a self-proclaimed poet rather than a real one.

But I would say this isn't the best work of Shaw as I
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Revolutionary, as much else by Mr. Shaw, this work, about a luminous woman with her own mind and strength and wisdom - perhaps much like your wife or mother, at that - and entirely worthy of more than reading. About love and truth about love, and about marriage. About strength, and about one's responsibility.

Once it was understood without hypocrisy that a man looked for a wife who could make a home for him, and a woman had to make the best possible choice at every moment, either gambli
Sep 05, 2014 Bt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Eh...
I found the play engaging, but I was dissatisfied with it overall. I found all of the characters a bit hard to like, and the ending was pretty predictable; (view spoiler) The storyline is rather thin and the play wasn’t funny (it’s supposed to be a comedy?), but Shaw’s snappy dialogue does make it a pretty good read. I do enjoy the message/theme: (view spoiler) ...more
Dean Anderson
Mar 07, 2014 Dean Anderson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the great things about Shaw is that though I almost always disagree with his philosophy, I've always found him entertaining. Until this play. A distinction of GBS as a playwright is the ability to take what would seem to be unlikable characters (a coward, a snob, a sloth, an arms dealer) and allows them to offer up witty and thoughtful amusements for their actions. One can see both sides of an argument and the reader (or playgoer) finds sympathy switching back and forth between the protag ...more
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
The life of a vicar's wife is turned upside down by a young poet. Romantic comedy from George Bernard Shaw with Hannah Gordon, Edward Petherbridge and Christopher Guard in a production first broadcast in August 1977 and directed by Ronald Mason.
Mar 22, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but not great. This play is surprisingly shallow for Shaw. It is a nice story about loving relationships, but only one of the characters is challenged in any way and the whole play feels a little slight.

I guess I was just expecting more.
Dec 18, 2012 Ren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this absurdly funny. This is the sort of thing that made me want to be an English major.
William Dearth
Jan 12, 2014 William Dearth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish
Excellent! There is much more detail of character expression than I am used to.
Feb 11, 2014 Neda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Am so eager to know who would Candida choose if she was to select between her husband & NOT a teenager! What if she was to choose someone like Bluntschli? I mean one who is mature & experienced, romantic, caring & understanding at the same time.
For me Eugene is so immature & naive. He's only 18! How can he be a challenge or a rival to Morell? This, I didn't understand.
SO I think we can never compare it to Ibsen's A Doll's House. That is a masterpiece. A shock. But not this one.
Dec 27, 2013 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Algebra Has a Devil for a Sidekick

This award-winning play looks a lot like loading cans into the truck of a car, except the storyline is as follows: Through an elaborate scheme Arthur plots to get even with the Johnsons and get his money back. Imagine my despair when Mr. Mondegreen informed me that I had just basically read a play that mirrors the plot for Arthur 2: On the Rocks.

Have you met Mr. Mondegreen? He's an eventual graduate of Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary. I can easily de
Mays M.
Sep 17, 2015 Mays M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This play represented the weakness hiden inside both of Morell and Eugene.
The wise , moderat Morell had the gift he deserved ,Candida .
He is told that he is not worth to be the man of his wife .
Morell made the right decision in the right time .
First he was afraid to tell Candida the truth of being loved by Eugene , then he decided to be strong to face the truth and allow her to choose between them .
He showed his strength and weakness in the same time .
Candida was worth to be loved by others , th
Mmmmmm. Not sure that I should rate this play, as I suspect my appreciation of G.B.S.'s intentions are confused. Part of the problem is that relevant points of characterisation do not emerge through the spoken word, but through stage directions - not all translatable into action. For instance, it is intimated in Act I via stage directions that neither Morell nor Candida are likely to appreciate the art of the Titian painting dominating the wall in the study, but this fact - which makes clear at ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Sylvain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MARCHBANKS: I know. You feel that you could love anybody that offered–
PROSERPINE (exasperated): Anybody that offered! No, I do not. What do you take me for?
MARCHBANKS (discouraged): No use. You won't make me real answers – only those things that everybody says.

MARCHBANKS (hopelessly): Nothing that's worth saying is proper.

One of the biggest realizations I’ve had this past year is that there are relationship people and single people. Relationship people continue to be so even when they are single
Matthew Dunleavy

I have been aware of Bernard Shaw for quite a long time but, for one reason or another, I have never got around to reading or watching one of his plays. However, that all changed as I read Candida (122 pages).

The story centres around a situation that has been around as long as story telling has (that’s just an educated estimation!); two men fighting over one woman. The woman in question is Candida and the two men are Reverend James Morrell (Candida’s current h
May 05, 2016 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one okay. I didn't know what it was about before opening it up, and wasn't thrilled to be reading about a turn-of-the-century British reverend, but the main plot line is fun. I don't know how common it was as of the play's writing, but it's become a cliche since then. Nothing to shake one's confidence like a potential rival...
Oct 26, 2012 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here: 3 distinct attitudes toward marriage. Alas, this is not as good as the outstanding "Arms and the Man," nor, for that matter, the tepid "Mrs. Warren's Profession." It is regarded as "brilliantly plotted"; with one, or perhaps THE, most masterfully-plotted play. Also, it was what Shaw considered to be his favorite. But I was not moved by Candida. Perhaps it is the title that is to blame--being so closely related to that favorite of mine, Voltaire's "Candide" my expectations were... different ...more
Candida is a play where one observes two characters hold different sentiments for a woman. juvenile love and marriage bond. Where the husband of the woman feels that in marriage a woman has some duties to follow, which the juvenile lover of the woman consider it as slavery. However its up on the woman to decide whom is right for her to indulge her love.
The dialogues are witty. I enjoyed it.
Bernard Shaw was obviously a good writer. Epistemologically, I opposed his view, upon businessman being the most selfish human being who doesn't deserve to be happy, unless they share their wealth to the poor. While, at the same time praising altruism. And in order to be happy in life is to give what you have to those needy. A socialist agenda I see.
May 22, 2009 Louza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, college
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Jan 08, 2014 blakeR rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll start with the caveat that I'm a novice when it comes to plays, but that said, this was a thoroughly captivating work that I was able to finish in about 2 hours. It was light but dealt with weighty themes (love, relationships, sexism, etc.). The psychological insights were poignant, if not entirely subtle. I read this only with an idea of getting a better grasp on Shaw, but admittedly was not very enticed by the description of the play. After all of that I was very pleasantly surprised by t ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Boni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Candida is a work of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright George Bernard Shaw. The play is a critique on the Victorian era, when family duty is paramount, as against to the choice made by the protagonist in Ibsen's A Doll's House.
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George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama. Over the course of his life he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but ...more
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