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Le Roi se meurt

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DRM
The second and possibly last entry in my ill fated "Read A Play Every Friday" series. Geoffrey Rush won a Tony for his role as the king in the recent New York revival of this so I thought it would be a fitting choice. I love pretty much anything Ionesco does so it was no surprise that I loved it. Very minimal (of course) but detailed account of the literal disintegration of every aspect of the king: his kingdom, attendants, lovers, and self. Existential futility to the extreme and naturally not...more
معتز
هذه هي أول قراءة لي للأخ يونسكو ولمسرحه العبثي.
والآن لدي سؤال ليس في مقدوري الإجابة عنه، لكن بنهاية هذا الريفيو ربما تتشكل لي إجابة ما.
كيف لي أن أكتب ريفيو عن مسرحية بهذا الشكل ! ليس في وسعك إمساكها بالقدر الكافي أو الزعم بأنك فهمتها بنسبة خمسين بالمئة!
حتي الريفيوهات الأخرى لم تساعدك بشكل أو بأخر في فهمها.
لذا دعني أتحلي بشجاعة الحمقي في إدراج محاولة فهمي لهذا النص
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شخصيات المسرحية

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الملك بريجنيه- الملكة ماري- الملكة ماجيريت- الطبيب وهو أيضَا جلاد وجراح وعالم فلك- جول...more
Cristiane Serruya
Absurd?
Or just another great way of demonstration how life is painful and unmerciful, in the same way as Kafka and Beckett did?
I read this book when I finishing my French course in 1989 (I was 18) and maybe not as mature to see that this talks about how unprepared we are for certain aspects of life.
It is not about the death of a king. This death only illustrates absurdly what we should read between the lines.
This is so much more about how we let ourselves be conducted peaceful and unquestione...more
Sparrow
I read this one or two sentences a day, four of four or five years. It was pretty easy to follow. The king dies -- not to give away the whole plot. When I started it, the play seemed absolutely an attack on George W. Bush. By the end, Bush had been banished by history, and it now seemed a meditation on mortality. It has that near-mysticism that is "modernism," and perhaps the story never quite resolves itself. But it's great in French. Though perhaps everything is great in French. Everything I r...more
Donato
I picked this up at a used bookstore because I'll be going to see a production of it next week. I figured that, since my French listening skills aren't at the same level as my reading skills, I'd read it first to become acquainted with it. And what an acquaintance indeed!

If Zeno was a whack to the head, this is a blow to the heart. You think you're the Master of your Domain, think you're the King of it All, think you can slip by unnoticed? Think again. You're gonna die. That's right. Oh, you for...more
Emmie
Je suis surprise par à quel point j'ai apprécié cette pièce. Je compte aller la voir prochainement. Bel oeuvre.
Axel Shut
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notgettingenough
2007. I have made the mistake of going to a matinee performance and my heart sinks before an absurd word has been spoken. I find myself sitting in front of a group of maybe 20 kids with Down Syndrome. I don't even know any theatre going adults who admit to liking Theatre of the Absurd and who on earth could possibly have thought these kids would be an exception.

Oh. But oh. Geoffrey Rush is something special. He had the entire audience eating from the palm of his hand and the kids behind me were...more
Dokusha
Ein Schauspiel in Echtzeit - der König eines Landes wird in Kürze sterben (Kürze heißt: in ca. anderthalb Stunden, am Ende des Stücks) und weiß noch nichts davon. Seine erste Frau und der Arzt bestehen darauf, es ihm nun endlich mitzuteilen, die zweite und aktuelle Frau ist dagegen, um ihn nicht zu sehr zu belasten. Schließlich wird es ihm gesagt, und zuerst glaubt er es nicht. Seine Macht war praktisch absolut, seine Lebensspanne währte Jahrhunderte - da kann er doch nicht einfach abtreten? Abe...more
علی
پس از قاتل 1958 و کرگدن ها 1959، "شاه می میرد" سومین نمایش نامه یونسکو از حلقه ی "برینر" است. اگر پیش از این برینر سرخورده و نامطمئن است، در "شاه می میرد" پیوسته فرمان می دهد و همه را به اطاعت از خویش وا می دارد. عمر او از چهار صد سال گذشته و در ابتدا اعلام می کند که در حال مرگ است و پادشاهی اش با او خواهد مرد. با مرگ اما می جنگد و از انتقال قدرت سر باز می زند. پزشک و همسر اولش مارگریت، تلاش می کنند به شاه بفهمانند که مرگ یک واقعیت است. اما همسر دومش ماری، با او همدردی می کند و سعی دارد برینر را...more
Francesca Pesci
La morte arriva per tutti e quando arriverà il nostro turno sarà bene non farci cogliere impreparati: a quel punto infatti dovremmo lasciare tutto alle nostre spalle, ciò che è stato e ciò che sarebbe potuto accadere. Peccato che non tutti siano pronti ad arrendersi al Tristo Mietitore e il Re in questione sembra essere davvero restio...
Ionesco riesce ad intervallare momenti, se non propriamente comici, di levitas in modo che lo spettatore o il lettore non cada mai in uno stato di depressione c...more
Nispuk
Ionesco Roi se meurt
Amandine
J'ai préféré cette pièce-ci à La cantatrice chauve où il semble avant tout détruire le théâtre bourgeois et idéologique de son époque, tandis que dans celle-ci, il continue à se positionner contre ces théâtres, mais en construisant le sien. J'ai apprécié la façon dont il a traité le thème de la mort, sans véritablement prendre parti à la fin: cela ne nous dit pas ce qu'est la mort, ni son issue, mais propose plusieurs pistes connues et surtout, cherche à aider à accepter son inéluctabilité .
Lisanne
Liked the combination 'médecin-bourreau-astrologue'. What to do when your life is being 'interpreted' in a way that you believe you're facing death? Will you scream or beg the dead people (how ironical..) for resignation?
Christopher Sutch
This full-length play is kind of a letdown after reading Ionesco's late-1950s output. I'm not sure why this feels like a failure to me; the focus on death as an individual experience (albeit embedded in a certain amount of sociopolitical context)? Ionesco doesn't really do emotional material well, and this play has more of that than of absurdist theater trickery to it. Perhaps he had reached the limits of absurdism and was looking for something else?
Mohsen Rajabi
هرچند در مجموع نمایشنامه خوبی است، اما چند ایراد کلی دارد از جمله اینکه نویسنده یادش رفته روایت داستان مهم تر از سایر عناصر است و مدام می بینیم که به حوادثی که نمادین اند ارجاع داده می شود.

با اینحال، شاید عدم جذابیت این کتاب برای من ابزورد بودنش بود.
Trent
I read this after seeing the current production on Broadway with Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush, to see how the script was visualized. The absurdism means that it probably works better seeing it onstage than reading the script "blind."
Tina
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Sam
I thought it was a little heavy-handed on the obvious symbolism at times, but nonetheless a really attractive and intriguing play.
Marissa Deal
This is such a great example of the theater of the absurd. Right up there with Beckett.
Raluca
One of the best books ever about Kings unwilling to let go of the throne.
Hanny
My review of Geoffrey Rush's production in NYC: http://bit.ly/3ttSf6
Roxanna
love love love love it. so awesome.
Lanie
in prep for summer theatre project...!
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Eugène Ionesco, born Eugen Ionescu, was a Romanian and French playwright and dramatist; one of the foremost playwrights of the Theatre of the Absurd. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco's plays depict in a tangible way the solitude and insignificance of human existence.

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