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This 1884 masterpiece may have had its genesis in the hostile reception Ibsen-widely regarded as the father of modern realist drama-had received from the Norwegian public and critics for Ghosts, which gave theater-goers a larger dose of truth than most were willing to bear. His next three plays - "The Wild Duck", "An Enemy of the People", and "Rosmersholm" - focused on the ...more
Hardcover, 127 pages
Published 1976 by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag (first published 1884)
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Feb 21, 2013 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a lonely man doesn't laugh so easily
Recommended to Mariel by: William Gaddis and Thomas Bernhard
If he loves The Wild Duck and he wishes he had written it, he wants to be Ibsen for just that moment, and dedicate his play to someone who's been kind to him, is that lying? It isn't as bad as people doing work they have no respect for at all. Everybody has that feeling when they look at a work of art and it's right, that sudden familiarity, a sort of... recognition, as though they were creating it themselves, as though it were being created through them while they look at it or listen to it and
I'm still trying to wrap my head around this work, and I'm not quite sure that I am able to write a very thoughtful review at this time, but I'll attempt it. I read this just after finishing A Doll's House, which was my first encounter with Ibsen, and one that I enjoyed very much. This work is much darker in tone and it is perhaps because it rattled me so much with its tragic ending that I lean more toward giving it 4 stars rather than 5 -- but then I also think that for the work to have so affe ...more
David Nichols
"She has shot the duck!" / "No, Hedwig has shot herself." / (Offstage, relieved quacks.) - David Bader
Ericpegnam Pegnam
The most poetic of Ibsen's prose plays and I think his masterpiece in that form. It makes me wish I could read Norwegian because there is likely more there than one can understand through english translation. Its beautifully structured play filled with subtle details. This is one of Ibsen's least didatic plays and it is important not confuse Ibsen's point of view with what his characters say.

What's most amazing is how Ibsen suggests the innerworkings of individuals families and their friends and
"The Wild Duck" is unlike the majority of Ibsen's plays in that the "man of ideals" is finally not the misunderstood hero, but just an idiot scumbag. The play is pretty cool as a foray into Symbolism. I'd definitely like to see this one staged with the secret game room in the attic, etc. Very cool. On the other hand, it's also the same old Ibsen: didactic, self-righteous, melodramatic. I wish somebody would have told the guy that he didn't hold the keys to the riddle of existence. Then maybe his ...more
The Wild Duck is something of a curiosity in Ibsen's career in that its central message appears to contradict the ethos that Ibsen usually espouses. What are we to make of a play in which the most sensible character (admittedly a dissolute drunkard) suggests that if you take the life-lie away from the average man, you take away his happiness?

Ibsen's plays usually involve tragedy caused by lies and he espouses the need for more truthful relationships. Yet here we have a play in which the exposur
بسام عبد العزيز
عندما أستطيع ان أعرف الأحداث منذ أول عشر صفحات في المسرحية فهل هذا نابع مثلا من ذكائي الخارق؟ أم أن الحقيقة هى ان ابطال المسرحية في غاية الغباء جميعا؟؟!!!!!!!!!

أقصد أي قارئ عادي يستطيع أن يستنتج بسهولة حقيقة العائلة التي يرعاها العجوز الثري.. و سيفهم السبب منذ اول عدة صفحات.. فإذا كان هذا هو الوضع فلم لم يره أي شخص من أبطال المسرحية طوال تلك السنين؟!!!!! هل هم من المعوقين فكريا؟ هل هم من المتخلفين عقليا؟؟؟ شئ غير منطقي على الإطلاق!

المسرحية من التصدير الذي كتبه المترجم تخيلت أنه ستحوي عمقا شديدا.
Chiek Er
Brilliant play'The wild duck'. by Norway's pride and joy, Henrik Ibsen. Although the wild duck played a pivotal role in the family, the duck stays hidden most of the time. The beautiful work of Ibsen gave us a time capsule glimpse into the domestic life of Norwegian couple and their delightful, compliant and loving 14 year old daughter who lived to please her Dad. Horrors when Hialmar's old classmate, Ekdal junior, surfaced after having disappeared more than 15 years ago. Unfortunately, self rig ...more
This is a truly beautiful play. I had no idea Ibsen had such range as a writer. I thought all he wrote about was scandal, suicide and S.T.D.s. in big bold capital letters. I thought he was all booming thunder like a Wagnerian opera and here we get the dazzling lightness of a Mozart sonata. This play is full of sadness and loss but it also has humor and ultimately forgiveness. It is now one of my favorite plays ever.
This is a play we have learned all about in school and we saw a movie adaptation in class. I only got to see the beginning and the end of the movie, so I thought I'd just read the whole play as it's Ibsen and it will make me more prepared for exams.

For those who don't know: Henrik Ibsen was a Norwegian author. His work is being played every day all over the world and he's on top there with Shakespeare (meaning, you should know who Ibsen is). He wrote A Dolls House and Peer Gynt.

The Wild Duck is
Chiek Er
Beautiful play by Norway's pride and joy, Henrik Ibsen. The Wild Duck. An bird when injured dives to the bottom and hang on by the beak and never surface again. The story was about a family life of norwegian couple and their beautiful 14 year old girl living a modest life. Although they were not rich, they had food on the table, they had a cosy flat and photographic studio when the income came in. All hell broke loose when an old friend turned up after being away for 15 years. He had a attack of ...more
Aase Maren
I watched the play for a project in 10th grade and I absolutely loved it. Definitely a book you read multiple times to fully understand everything.
Joan Nahid
از یه آدم معمولی دروغ زندگیشو بگیر اونوقته که خوشبختی یه دفعه تو وجودش می شکنه
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I'm not too sure what to make of this play. It left me disturbed, and I don't think I had any sympathy for any of the characters (except for Hedvig). It seems as though multiple characters became wholly different personas by the end of the play. One tranformed from a quiet, almost humble father-figure into a thickheaded, pompous idiot; another transformed from empathetic supporter into a total loony; and yet a third had first masqueraded as a drunk and then really ended up being the sanest of th ...more
رابطه ها در "مرغابی وحشی" کمی پیچیده است؛ آقای "ورله" پدر واقعی "هدویک"، رییس "یالما"ست. "گره گر" پسر "ورله" از این راز با خبر است. او معتقد است که پدرش ورله باید این مساله را اعتراف کند و هدویک و یالما نیز باید با این واقعیت رو برو بشوند. از همین رو "گره گر" تلاش می کند تا واقعیت را افشاء کند اما نه یالما و نه هدویگ، قادر به درک درست مساله و پذیرش آن نیستند و هرکدام عکس العملی متفاوت از آنچه گره گر انتظار دارد، نشان می دهند. با وجودی که واقعیت بر ملا می شود، اما نمایش نامه به یک سلسله تراژدی خت ...more
Adrian Colesberry
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 and many have mixed endings, not all are downers.
Though I'm not a big fan of Peer Gynt. Strindberg's parody of Peer Gyn
Questo, dopo il Peer Gynt, è in assoluto il mio dramma Ibseniano preferito, assieme al "Borkman". Nello specifico trovo "L'anitra selvatica" il suo lavoro più cupo e negativo, nel quale facciamo conoscenza con il prototipo del fallito morale medio borghese, e con la frustrazione di chi, nella realtà non trova alcuna conferma ai propri valori positivi. Qui perdono tutti, anche la speranza.
Moira McPartlin
This was one for my global reading salon and it made a great change from the epics we usually read. I have read a number of plays but this is the first in translation. It all starts with the ominous thirteenth man at the dinner table, Gregers Werle, who re enters the life of the family Ekdal and through his selfish desire to force them to face their secrets and lies turns their relatively happy lives into tragedy. The plot is simple but the characters lives and motives are complex.
A very interesting play with many themes and a tragic ending. I love the competing philosophies of Relling and Gregers. It may be a bit 'beat you over the head obvious' but still a nice juxtaposition.

Hjalmar and Hedvig are very interesting main characters and their relationship and the play ending are tragic because of that.

I love the way Ibsen writes his characters and he does a very good job doing what many writers struggle with: writing a very good story with deeper, nuanced symbolism. Most a
Me tomó un rato quitarme el coraje de que un personaje tan bonito se haya tenido que sacrificar para mostrar el punto de la historia, y para dar un cierto clímax. Me dolía que simpatizaba con cada uno un poco, y eran todos hechos a un lado por el bien de la historia. No me gustó tanto como la casa de muñecas, pero sí es un gran descubrimiento leer a Ibsen.
Having read "Doll's house" recently I kind of expected something much better. It is not that the play is not good. It is just that the main character's psychological depth is not as amazing as it is in other Ibsen's works. One never completely understands the conflict between Haakon and Gregers. Hjálmar seems to be such an abusing husband, and then a weak guy who is completely influenced by whomever. Of course there are things that don't need to be explained, but in this case everything seems so ...more
Jwee Chiek
In a society that champions egalitarianism, it was interesting to get a glimpse of the bourgeois life in Norway more than 100 years ago.
I admit that I've just read it quickly in some scenes, but I could take some grasp of it. I found it uninteresting. It's like a gossip show.
Mind blown. Never have I been so anxious and excited to read something for school. LOVE IT
I can't believe how someone like Ibsen could actually stay relevant for such a long time.
Rosie Dempsey
I can't believe I had never read an Ibsen play until three weeks ago.
"ΡΕΛΛΙΓΚ: Ω, η ζωή θα μπορούσε να 'ναι αρκετά καλή, παρ'όλα αυτά. Φτάνει να μπορούσαμε να μας αφήσουν ήσυχους κάτι ευλογημένοι πιστωτές, που γυρίζουν και χτυπούν τις πόρτες εμάς των φτωχών και γυρεύουν να τους ξοφλήσουμε την απαίτηση του ιδεώδους τους."

Σίγουρα, ο Ίψεν δε διακηρύττει ότι πρέπει να αφήνουμε την ψευδαίσθηση να κυριαρχεί τις αδύναμες ψυχές, αλλά ο λάτρης της αλήθειας, Γκρέγκερς, δεν ήταν καθόλου ειλικρινής στην πρόθεσή του να αποκαλύψει το παρελθόν.

Symbolism in The Wild Duck
I read this for a book club and because the Court is performing it. I have mixed feelings about Ibsen, probably because of the performances I've seen (I saw an excellent performance of Ghosts, a play I have issues with, an excellent performance of Peer Gynt, a play I really like, and two dreadful stagings of Doll House, a play I just can't like much). Wild Duck probably edged out Hedda Gabler as my favorite of Ibsen's realistic period (I still like Peer Gynt the best), and I'll try and report ho ...more
Gianfranco Di Caterina
“Rob the average man of his life-illusion, and you rob him of his happiness at the same stroke.”
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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.

His plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when Victorian valu
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