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The Royal Hunt of the Sun

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History / Casting: 22m, 2f, extras / Scenery: Cyc, drops, inset The Spanish expedition under Pizzaro to the land of the Incas told in dazzling spectacle and moral chiaroscuro. After general absolution for any crimes they may commit against the pagan Incas, the conquerors set forth upon the sea. The Inca god is a sun god, ruler of the riches and people of Peru and thought t ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published July 26th 2010 by Samuel French, Inc. (first published 1964)
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Stuart Aken
Jan 17, 2013 Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This play was first performed at the National Theatre in Chichester on 7th June 1964, when I was a young man of 16. I've never seen a performance, but I wish I had. Bernard Levin described the work as 'The greatest play of our generation', and I can see why, having merely read the text.

This is a piece of fictionalised history with much taken from recorded sources. It reads as true. It reads as a commentary on the utter hypocrisy of the early Catholic Church, the greed of those who would make Emp
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Tori
Oct 29, 2009 Tori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in the 7th grade,and it was pressed opon us by our teachers.I didn't have a choice reading it,but I didn't mind.It was a playbook,describing when men from Spain went to take gold from the Inca's.While the vocabulary is hard to break through,the action is plentifull enough to keep you hooked.It's like a fun history lesson that is performed.
jennifer
This play, written in the early 60's, deals with the Spanish conquest of the Incas. Pizarro, De Soto and their army of soldiers and priests travel to Peru in search of gold. They find a culture that has no hunger or sin and plenty of gold. The people are ruled by Atahuallpa, the son of the sun. He is held prisoner by the Spaniards until his people bring all the gold they possess to Pizarro, but over the months Pizarro and the king develop a friendship that threatens the Spanish army.
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Erin Quinney
Jan 26, 2016 Erin Quinney rated it liked it
I'd like to see this production, as envisioned by Shaffer. The stage directions are insanely specific.
Storyheart
Jan 24, 2016 Storyheart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, plays
Haunting drama about the destruction of the Incan empire.
Anupam Srivastava
Apr 05, 2015 Anupam Srivastava rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is one of the greatest plays ever. It depicts the conquest of the incas by a handful of Spanish invaders by intimidating, impressing and cheating the trusting Incas. As a work of art, it is incredible and the dialogues stay in your head forever as is the case with me - read and acted in this okay in 1988.
Janet Mitchell
Feb 15, 2013 Janet Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this play because my husband was in it on broadway with Christopher Plummer. The play addressed the morality of war and taking over small countries. Also greed and deception but mostly I wanted to know more about my husband's experience on Broadway.
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Frank
Apr 19, 2012 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is actually a play but reads really well as a story. Intersting take on a familiar story (Pizarro, The Inca's etc) - how the Spanish conquistador's found it difficult to comprehend a society that seemed to have no rich or poor in material terms.
Lili
May 18, 2012 Lili rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first came accross this as a school text book, and I was captivated, it revealed another world. Read it again recently and although it didn't hold the same fascination I could still see that it is a remarkable book.
Antoine
Perhaps not the wisest choice for an all-school summer reading. It was not really a hit with students (but what is?), however at least it was somewhat interesting for the teachers.
Ian
Oct 13, 2015 Ian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
oh god it's all exposition why won't it stop make it stop
Alaric
Apr 22, 2013 Alaric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read many many years ago at school and enjoyed.
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Sir Peter Levin Shaffer was an English dramatist, author of numerous award-winning plays, several of which have been filmed.

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