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Shipwreck (The Coast of Utopia #2)

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Shipwreck is the second part of The Coast of Utopia, Tom Stoppard's long-awaited and monumental trilogy that explores a group of friends who came of age under the Tsarist autocracy of Nicholas I, and for whom the term intelligentsia was coined. Among them are the anarchist Michael Bakunin, who was to challenge Marx for the soul of the masses; Ivan Turgenev, author of some
Published (first published May 16th 2011)
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In Shipwreck, Part II of Tom Stoppard’s monumental The Coast of Utopia trilogy, Stoppard shifts his focus from the Bakunin estate to the exiled Alexander Herzen and his family. Shipwreck continues to juxtapose family life with issues of political and social reform, but in this part youthful idealism, exalted love, and abstract philosophical debates have matured into political action. Herzen is publishing the books that made him famous; Bakunin is imprisoned in Dresden for “plotting the destruct...more
Mar 25, 2008 Selena rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Selena by: the Tonys
This is definitely the most difficult of the three plays to read because the wave of hope and youthful ambition that begins to roll out the action of the first play unravels, leaving our main characters as disillusioned ex-patriots, scattered all over Europe, some in forces exile, some imprisoned, some simple unable to bear the thought of going home to a country they love so passionately and yet can't seem to make right.

The conflicts between varying philosophies have taken their tolls on all th...more
The second in his Coast of Utopia trilogy, Shipwreck is a tale of the diaspora with the revolutionary idealist Michael Bakunin paired with the more tempered yet complex advocate of freedom, Alexander Herzen. Swirling around these men are other revolutionaries along with their friends, family, lovers and the complications that go along with such a diverse group.
Stoppard tries to hold the characters together as they move through a maze of vignettes. The play, like the first in the trilogy Voyage,...more
Sep 11, 2008 Tom rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the snobbiest of the snobby
Recommended to Tom by: those NYC critics who have their faces permanently attached to t
A good first act cannot make up for the unspeakable nightmare of that second act, as Alexander Herzen moves to the center of play and begins talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and wondering why his wife is cheating on him when he should be grateful that she isn't poisoning him.

Pure theatrical torture, the Tom Stoppard way. Inflict it on your worst enemies.
Saw the transcendent serial production of the trilogy during consecutive weeks at Lincoln Center (thx G'ma!), while reading the scripts in between shows. Amazing on every level. Not only vintage Stoppard, but an epic career centerpiece.
Natalie is one of the best female characters in contemporary theatre. She's smart, unapologetic, and never hides. She knows exactly who she is, and it shows.
Mike Jensen
One of the great plays of our time. Read it in the correct order. It is second in Stoppard's trilogy on Russian intellectuals.
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Sir Tom Stoppard OM, CBE, FRSL, is a British screenwriter and playwright.
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