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Vildanden

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,485 ratings  ·  94 reviews
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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Mariel
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
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سمر محمد

ليه كده -_-
من كل الاعمال اللي المفروض اقراها اختار البطة البرية عاشان اقراها وتكون اخر حاجة اقراها قبل بداية السنة الجديدة
نشنت يعني :/

احم نرجع للريفيو

للمرة الثانية مع اعمال هنري إبسن بعد بيت الدمية
كانت ختام عام 2014 مع مسرحية البطة البرية
مسرحية جميلة ونهايتها غير متوقعة نهائياً على الرغم من أحداثها البديهية الواضحة في البداية
ولكنها لم تكن بروعة "بيت الدمية" بالنسبة لي

قد تكون الفكرة كلها في هذه الجملة
"ان الحياة محتملة لو تخلصنا من هؤلاء الدائنين الملاعين الذين ياتون إلينا ملحين في تقديم م
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Vigdis
Hørte Radioteatrets innspilling fra 1952. Liker disse! Fin måte å komme seg gjennom Ibsen på uten å måtte slite med flaue filmatiseringer fra 90-tallet eller se moderniserte versjoner på Nationaltheatret og ikke minst uten å måtte lese det, spør du meg, ganske så kjedelige språket til Ibsen, som gjør seg langt bedre fremført av 50-talls-skuespillere enn i hodet mitt.

Om selve stykket klarer jeg bare å si dette akkurat nå: Og jeg som trodde Thorvald i Et Dukkehjem var en dritt, han kan ikke måle s
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Ben
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
Dawn
Do people such as Gregers still exist? Can anyone be naïve enough to think that the unvarnished truth is always better then misconception? I have always thought that there is a time and place for the truth and a time to just let it go. In the case this play portrays, I have a hard time thinking that any of these secrets were Gregers to tell and think he was being willfully naïve in order to get back at his own father. I can’t see him as an idealist man but rather as an extremely selfish one. Ver ...more
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
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Rebekka
Lest 1 og 1/2 gang

En og en halv måned etter at jeg begynte på Villanden, klarte jeg endelig å fullføre den. Jeg synes det er et godt skrevet skuespill med god bruk av symboler og frempek. Også mange gode replikker som får deg til å tenke.
Likevel kan jeg nok ikke si at dette er det mest underholdene jeg har lest. Hadde det ikke vært for at jeg allerede hadde lest en kortversjon og jobbet mye med teksten i skolesammenheng, tror jeg ikke jeg ville fått så mye ut av den. Ettersom den ble skrevet for
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Kevin
Gregers egy pozitív szereplő. Gregers. Én. Vagyok. Szándéketika emberek, nem következmény!
Scroutch
"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
Realini
The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
Extraordinary work

This is an exhilarating play.
Even if it does fit the paradigm which was written by Somerset Maugham, I did enjoy The Wild Duck very much.
There is a quandary, for I am not sure how to write about this work without giving in any details about the terrible events.
One way is to place a spoiler alert and then a potential reader is warned about anything he may find here that he does not already know.
The other tempting option is to go right ahead, since th
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Matthew
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
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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.
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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
Rolls
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.
Elmursard
The wild duck is one of the Ibsen's finest works i think. It's so symbolic and so deep in any sense. If it was written in some early 20th century, there would for sure be some talks about irony about Nietzschean Gregeres and Freudian Relling. First of them trying to turn Hjalmar to some kind of Übermensch and Relling on the other hand as the ironic Psychoanalyst making fool of his patient and making him sure about the truth of the false world around him. Off course I know that it's my own interp ...more
Adina Rebreanu
Much darker than the other play I read by him, The Doll's House. The main questions in this play are: how far should one go in pursuit of the truth and how much should somebody interfere with someone else's life in order to "save that person'. I thought the ending was the only way this play could have ended.
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
Sarah
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Daria
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
علی
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
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Clamflog
EL PATO SILVESTRE: La historia de una familia que se encuentra viviendo entre felicidad y amor hasta que una sombra del pasado regresa, una noticia hará que el ambiente familiar cambie llevando a uno de los integrantes a sacrificar lo que más quiere para regresar a la tranquilidad.


Pues "El pato silvestre aquí es más que el título tambíén es, cómo podría decirlo, el lazo que une dos realidades, la historia de esta familia realmente me hizo soltar la lagrima, esa niña Hedvige es sin duda un person
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Gustl
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.
Robin
In the beginning it was a tough read and was not really too interesting but as I kept reading it got much much better. The ending took me by complete surprise despite all of the foreshadowing. The book (play) ended up being a lot more entertaining than i thought it would be and I really enjoyed it!
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.
Tommy
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
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julieta
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.
Rodrigo
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
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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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