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Luther is a play by John James Osborne that explored the forces that were involved in the life of the famous reformer. Osborne was influenced by Erik Erikson's book, Young Man Luther, which had been published 3 years prior in 1958. In the play, Luther's reputed constipation played a part in the course of Luther's life & career. Osborne takes Luther to task for his Agai ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published 1964 (first published January 1st 1961)
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Feb 21, 2017 Manab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
মারটিন লুথার ইউরোপের ইতিহাসের অদভূত এক চরিতর, এই কথা বলে না দিলে এই নাটক ভালো লাগা সমভব বলে মনে হইলো না একবারও।
লুথারের জীবনের বিভিনন জায়গা থেকে টুকরো টুকরো দৃশয ছেঁটে ছেঁটে একরততি এই নাটকের জনম দেয়া হয়েছে, পুরা নাটক মনে হয় দেড় ঘনটায় দেখিয়ে ফেলা সমভব। সবভাবতই লুথারের পুরা জীবন ত পুরা জীবন, অনেক অংশই উঠে আসে নাই, কেউ যদি ভাবেন এটা পড়ে/দেখে লুথারের জীবনী সমপরকে ওয়াকিবহাল হয়ে ফিরে যাবেন, তাকে যে শুধু হতাশই হতে হবে তাই না, একটা অসপষট ধারণা নিয়ে ফিরে যেতে হবে তাকে।

তবে, নাটকটা সেরা। একশ বিশ পাতার এই না
Jan 28, 2015 Nicki rated it liked it
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Really enjoyed this play. I would love to see a well-funded production of it if for no other reason than to see the moody atmosphere come to life.
Martin Luther was indeed an enigma. A deeply religious man who stands against the Pope is a legacy that will always inspire something in me. He's a bit of a mystery, and I think Osborne did a wonderful job at capturing his humanity as well as his spirituality. His "sermons" were often infused with a humour that stood in stark contrast to the very asce
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May 18, 2017 Amy Roebuck rated it really liked it
It was wonderful to play Katharine in this fast-moving, never boring, psychologically compelling (thanks to Erik Erikson's book) depiction of one of the great figures of Protestantism.
Sep 28, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
I love Martin Luther. He is one of my favorite historical figures, and I would read almost anything about him or including him. I saw the movie version of Osborne's play in a Renaissance and Reformation class in college, and I liked it. I like the play as well. The screenplay writers and director, etc. did a great job of translating the play into a movie, so they're very similar. I enjoyed the way that Osborne incorporated famous sayings of Luther's into dialogue ("Here I stand," "I pass wind, a ...more
May 18, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
There are many things going on in this play: the motivations of inciting revolution and remaining true to established order, Brechtian theater-play in crossing contemporary dialog and images within a historical setting, general iconoclasm, etc.

As the play proceeds it gradually switches from the expected to the surprising, with the final act going far beyond the normal parameters that typically embody this story: showing the regret a revolutionary might feel when the movement he created went beyo
Jun 05, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
"Seems to me there are three ways out of despair. One is faith in Christ, the second is to become enraged by the world and make its nose bleed for it, and the third is the love of a woman. Mind you, they don't all necessarily work--at least, only part of the time. Sometimes, I'm lying awake in the devil's own sweat, and I turn to Katie and touch her. And I say: get me out, Katie, please, Katie, please try and get me out. And sometimes, sometimes she actually drags me out. Poor old Katie, fishing ...more
Jul 02, 2015 Ideasnatchers rated it liked it
It was a strange genre about a man that I have revered my whole life so I thought I would give it a go. It was a good read in that it was fairly simplistic and didn't go horribly much into theology to the point that the mid reader could read. I learned about Luther's relationship with his dad more than I knew before. It also reinforced that Martin gave them every chance for them to refute his stand and they could and would not do that. I liked it being in a play format. I would recommend it for ...more
Erik Graff
May 08, 2008 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: persons interested in Osborne
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: drama
Neither saw the play nor the movie based on it. Read this while taking a church history course on the reformation, hoping it would flesh out the character of Martin Luther as the history books dare not. Instead, it went too fast in silent reading and made much less of an impression than did Erik Erikson's psychobiography, Young Man Luther, on which, in part, it is based.
Gideon Arulmani
Jun 13, 2009 Gideon Arulmani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luther is so often seen as a person who was strong enough to take on the Pope himself. But the author picks on Luther's difficulties with his bowel movements (!) around which to wrap this brilliant story. Perhaps he paints the great refomer in poor light - but it is a writing that does not flinch from the harsh light of honesty.

Dec 27, 2015 Bridget rated it really liked it
It was interesting, especially as I was raised as a Lutheran. I had heard about Martin Luther's constipation and problems with his bowels, but I had never read literature that focused that much on them or on his health. It was definitely a new look at a familiar story.
Oct 09, 2016 Yooperprof rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre, religion
Not very dramatic, more a series of scenes than a coherent artistic "unity" . . . Shaw did this kind of thing much better in "Saint Joan". . . some flashes of sharp characterization. . . tries to cover too much in a creaky theatrical format
Jul 18, 2015 TK421 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-drama
Powerful. Stunning. Profound. A truly rich and heroic piece of writing that details one of the most fascinating personalities in human history.
Jim  Justice
Dec 31, 2015 Jim Justice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This made me sweat like a pig
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Feb 28, 2012 محمد عبادة rated it really liked it
Shelves: theater-plays
I think I need to re-read it and see it played on theater .. I also need to see its film adaptations.
Nov 09, 2007 Ali rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
این نمایش نامه توسط محمد تهامی نژاد به فارسی برگردانده شده و انتشارات امیرکبیر آن را در 1353 چاپ و منتشر کرده است.
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I'm like a ripe stool in the world's straining anus, and at any moment we're about to let each other go.
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John James Osborne was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and critic of The Establishment. The stunning success of his 1956 play Look Back in Anger transformed English theatre. In a productive life of more than 40 years, Osborne explored many themes and genres, writing for stage, film and TV. His personal life was extravagant and iconoclastic. He was notorious for the ornate violence of hi ...more
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