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Peer Gynt

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Among the masterpieces of world literature, this great verse drama by Norway's famed playwright humorously yet profoundly explores the virtues, vices, and follies common to all humanity as it follows the roguish life of a charming but arrogant young man. A literary delight since it was first published in 1875.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 7th 2003 by Dover Publications (first published 1866)
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In the late fall of 1987, an awkward lad of 17, I fell in love with a married women that killed herself. OK, she was a character in an Ibsen play, but Hedda Gabler was the first fictional heroine that I really fell for. My highschool Literature class read Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, then A Doll's House as part of our fall course reading; hooked, I purchased all of the Penguin Classics of Ibsen at the local Waldenbooks (remember that place in the age pre-Internet, Barnes & Noble?).

I've spent the l...more
Yair Bezalel
I write this review with more than a little trepidation as one of my best friends is on his way to being, if he isn't already, an Ibsen scholar. So while writing this I imagine him here with me, just waiting to unleash his Olympian store of knowledge against my piddling review. But, you know, I'm nothing if not a challenge seeker, so here we are.

I read a collection of Ibsen's about two years ago, specifically The Wild Duck, Ghosts, Doll's House, and an Enemy of the People. I enjoyed them all imm...more
Julie Eilén
I'm not entirely sure what I think of this book. I can't say I actually enjoyed reading it, I didn't really like the story that much and I couldn't really relate to it. I do however understand why Ibsen is such an important figure in literature. His writing is exceptional and I'm definitely going to read more of his works.
Chris Salzman
I started reading this because there was an oblique reference to it in a video game called Kentucky Route Zero that you should all be playing. (KR0 uses the form of a videogame to tell a narrative story that is nuanced and magical and has renewed my faith in videogames as an interesting medium.)

There's a location in KR0 called the "Hall of the Mountain King", which shares a name--and some thematic elements--from a setting in Peer Gynt. Where you've probably heard the reference though is from a s...more
The annotated Penguin paperback edition, though not exhaustive has enough notes to indicate clearly that Ibsen was using satire against the conservative Norvegian and Swedish societies, and Norvegian nationalism in particular, with several references to the (damming) non intervention when Denmark was invaded - of course I woulnd't have been able to tell, and even with the notes I remained pretty much in the dark "thanks" to my total and utter ignorance of Norwegian history.

In addition, there wer...more
I tried reading this years ago but grew bored and abandoned it halfway through. My second attempt at reading it has proved to be much more successful. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a compulsive liar and romancer who nonetheless has amazing adventures and never quite succumbs to the temptation to lose his egotism! There are trolls and witches and monsters aplenty to keep him on his toes.

Peer Gynt is a play but it reads almost like a novel in verse. It must be a difficult play to stage becaus...more
Tom Meade
Well, this is a strange play. Trolls; sphinxes; Turkish slave girls; Norwegian folk dancing; an asylum full of lunatics satirising Swedish non-involvement in the Prusso-Danish war; lots and lots (and lots) of sex... Oh, and it's all in verse. I have no idea how you would even begin to stage this thing. It's a five act play that must run for an ungodly number of hours, and the action skips across time and space with a lack of concern for the practicalities of the average theatre house that's trul...more
"پیرگونت" از کارهای اولیه ی ایبسن است که از فولکور مردم نروژ استفاده کرده و نظیر "براند"، بیشتر در کشورهای اسکاندیناوی مشهور است. ایبسن نظریه ای را که با "براند" آغاز کرده بود، در "پیر گونت" ادامه داد! او که ابتدا خود را شکسپیر دیگری می دانست که در نیمه ی دوم قرن نوزدهم ظهور کرده. پس از نمایش نامه های اولیه اش، راه و روش خود را تغییر داد. شاید عدم موفقیت نمایش نامه های "براند" و "پیر گونت" و "امپراطور و جلیلی"، سبب شد تا ایبسن دست از فکر شکسپیر بودن، دست بشوید! پیر گونت سال ها پیش (1333) توسط مج...more
Sean Kottke
Since I love the Grieg music and everything else I've studied from Ibsen, I've been wanting to read this for a long time, and thought being snowed in would be a great occasion for a Norwegian folk epic. Similar to what Robert Bly did with the original Grimm fairy tale in Iron John, and Neil Gaiman did in scripting the 3D animated film Beowulf, Ibsen does with the original tale of a boastful hunter, lover and troll-slayer; that is, the vehicle of ancient fantasy is repurposed for social critique...more
Peer Gynt is Ibsen's most famous work and possibly the most famous work of Norwegian literature. It would be tempting therefore to say that it needs no introduction, but of course it does. It seems unlikely that anyone who has never read Peer Gynt has a clue what the story is about. Of course, this is true of many literary classics, but there are certain reasons that make it especially true of Peer Gynt.

It seems likely that a number of people will have formed a misleading view of the play, based...more

Based on traditional Nordic legend Ibsen's version would make a better narrative than verse literary effort. Obviously all rhyme is lost in a prose translation, plus the story itself defies the Greek Unities of Time and Place. Scenes are set in Norway, the tropics and the desert--lest audiences be bored with mere snowy locales. Peer's story covers his wild, reckless youth through his cynical middle age, right up to his regretful old age. He interacts with humans, trolls and other...more
The only Ibsen play I’d read before Peer Gynt was A Doll’s House, which did not quite prepare me for a fantastic, continent-hopping myth told in verse. Mostly what this play highlighted for me was how little I really know about Ibsen or Norway, but I was struck by the parallel between Solveig and Odysseus’ wife Penelope. Both women stay at home (in Solveig’s case, a pathetic hut Peer had thrown together before he had any idea that she would be living in it) for the better part of their lives, wa...more
Judyta Szaciłło
This reading was one of those times when you turn with hope to an author met and loved in your teens only to discover that you have changed and learnt too much to like the writing anymore. The deep wisdoms become obviousness, the rich metaphor becomes random prattle, the symbolic characters become flat as paper. It's still enjoyable prattle, but the once appreciated greatness is totally lost to me.
Steven Walle
Peer Gynt is arguabley Henrik Ibsen's best work. Peer Gynt is a lier, adventurer, lover of women, and an all around rake, yet he is lovable. We end up feeling sorry for him though all the troubles heeped upon him are of his own doing. We feel sorry and simpathetic twards Peer Gynt because we find a hint of him within our own souuuls. Enjoy this read.
Steve Morrison
One of the great works of world literature.
A Norwegian Faust. Easily Ibsen's greatest achievement, and one of the most penetrating studies of the modern soul--it's also hilarious! I read this one all the time.
Reading it again, November 2010. Am I the only one who thinks this is maybe the best piece of literature in the last 200 years?
Mohamed AbdEl-Azim
A very fun book, with incredible stories that one may learn from, my only objection that the words translated from Norwegian to English were quite hard to understand, at least for me.

overall a great piece of art , hopefully i will see it on stage to understand it better.
Chiek Er
Peer Gynt, the anti-hero, is a character in Ibsen's most acted play. Although there are trolls and talking objects, this play is not a fairy tale for kids. The story span from a young Peer Gynt to a grey haired Peer Gynt. We are taken on a roller coaster ride, experiencing the highs and lows of Peer Gynt's life. From a reckless young man running away from his responsibilites to an old man enriched by lives dissapoinments, he faced his demons in the end and turned to his long suffering Solveig fo...more
پرگنت یا «پیر گونت» سالها پیش (1333) با قلم استاد «مجتبی مینوی» بصورت خلاصه در مجله سخن نیز چاپ شده است، چاپ سوم این نمایشنامه در سال 1390
The most acted play of all of Ibsen's plays. A difficult play to follow because of the fantasy characters of troll and talking thread balls. But beyond these mystical creatures, Henry Ibsen's story of Peer Gynt is complex because of the lessons on humanity and philosophy on morality. Growing up as a reckless young Peer and running away from responsibilities, he was quite normal as most of us are like him. Like Peer, we are ambitious, love luxury, hate responsibilities and invent excuses for our...more
瑞傑 余
A difficult play of Ibsen to follow because of the fantasy characters of troll and talking thread balls. But beyond these mystical creatures is a Henry Ibsen's complex story of a man named Peer Gynt because of the lessons on humanity and philosophy on morality. Growing up as a reckless young man and running away from responsibilities, he was quite normal as most of us are like him. Like Peer, we are ambitious, love luxury, hate responsibilities and invent excuses for our mistakes. In the end Pee...more
JweeChiek Er
A difficult play to follow because of the fantasy characters of troll and talking thread balls. But beyond these mystical creatures, Henry Ibsen's complex story of Peer Gynt because of the lessons on humanity and philosophy on morality. Growing up as a reckless young man and running away from responsibilities, he was quite normal as most of us are like him. Like Peer, we are ambitious, love luxury, hate responsibilities and invent excuses for our mistakes. In the end Peer found forgiveness and r...more
David Sarkies
Jul 02, 2013 David Sarkies rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to David by: Adrian Mole
Shelves: tragedy
It was interesting that as I was finishing this play it just happened that a Norweigan was sitting opposite me on the train and made a comment that he didn't think that anybody actually read Ibsen outside of Norway, though he also mentioned that Ibsen is among the four greatest playwrights of Norway (and considering I don't know who the other three are, and that I have heard of Isben, and Peer Gynt since I read the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole), then that is saying something. Obviously to the No...more
A very strange play: I wanted to read it because I have enjoyed other works of Ibsen's (A Doll House, Hedda Gabler, Rosmersholm), and I loved the music which Edvard Grieg composed for it. But while Act IV was frequently hilarious, Peer Gynt lacked what made the other Ibsen plays I have loved so wonderful: there were almost no central strong female characters (like Nora, Hedda, or Rebecca). Anitra was interesting (she's really the only character who eventually sees through Peer's grandiose tall t...more
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● Hegel versus Kierkegaard: la battaglia del (19°) secolo!
● Strindberg e Jarry tra i debitori del Peer Gynt!
● Rolf Fjelde rende giustizia al Peer Gynt in una conferenza tenuta ad Harvard nel centenario dell’opera!
● Zygmunt Bauman illustra l’attualità del Peer Gynt nell’epoca della modernità liquida!
● Colonna sonora di Edvard Grieg.

La pronuncia.
Innanzitutto sfatiamo le false credenze: la pronuncia non è 'Gunt' (dacché, in quel caso, così sarebbe scritto) bensì questa:
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Years ago I saw a live production of Peer Gynt while living in the Dolomite Region of the Italian Alps. I knew nothing of the story aside from a passing familiarity with Grieg's accompaniment. Needless to say, I was blown away by the tragically flawed and indisputably human character of Peer. I was equally mesmerized by supernatural lore set against the high mountains of Norway. I saw these settings and similar cultural superstitions reflected in the place I was living at the time. I am willing...more
A twist on epic poems. The last act does tie the whole thing together, which until that point is almost like a series of episodes of a man trying to be himself and trying to become greatness, which is all denied in the last act. The motif is really brilliant. That being said, not a huge fan. A professor once told me that long speeches in plays tend to bore audience members, and I agree. Words without action fall on deaf ears. It is too long, and too much of a chore. If I had read Faust and perha...more
Adrian Colesberry
Not my favorite Ibsen. Preachy and obvious in places. Reminded me of Voltaire's Candide, another not-too pleasant read.

I went on a tear on 2007 and read all of Henrik Ibsen and all of August Strindberg. Before I could get to all of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, I had to turn back to writing, and I can't read while I write. Ibsen is wonderful. The thing I like most about Ibsen is that he loves and respects women at least in his writing. Not all of his plays are tragedies either. Many are very funny a...more
Stephen Gallup
In recent years I have heard the name Peer Gynt only in connection with the Grieg composition, but my first exposure was to the text of the play itself, in an unconventional literature class taught by Roger Shattuck. Subsequently, in a summer acting class, I staged a scene from the play as an exercise (which the instructor, who didn't know the play, thoroughly disliked). (Richard, I wonder if you also remember the one-act play I wrote in which Peer meets Pere Ubu? I found it in my old papers las...more
I suppose getting an incomplete copy of this book (it has 2 act 3s and no act 4) is in part my own fault: I bought a rather cheap copy at the book fair Vienna University held last week. Now, I hear you say, "you should have checked the book more properly!" I would have done, but the book was in plastic. Tough luck. But I've learned my lesson and will not buy books in plastic ever again.

As for the story itself (which I had to look up on Wikipedia for about half of it..), I'm not sure what to thin...more
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Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major Norwegian playwright largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama. He is often referred to as the "father of modern drama." Ibsen is held to be the greatest of Norwegian authors and one of the most important playwrights of all time, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians.

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“To live is to war with trolls in heart and woul.
To write is to sit in judgement on oneself.”
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