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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: ACT III. Sitting-room ut, smersholm. Window and anteroom door d'r-e open. The morning sun is shininy out of doors.] rebecca West, dressed as in the first act, is watering the flowers and atten ...more
Paperback, 74 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by General Books (first published 1886)
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Ibsen's plays are a problem for me. They never appeal to me as much as I would like to, although they have a lot that should make me like them. Plays are obviously at their best when the director and actors breathe life into them and when the scenes are interpreted in different ways in different productions. Ibsen's plays, however, don't even make me interested to see them on stage.

Rosmersholm isn't really an exception in this regard, but I did like it more than the others I've read. It carries
Aug 15, 2014 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosmersholm is one of Ibsen's later plays and I think I would have been more inclined to give it a 5 star rating had it not seemed to me so similar to earlier works like Ghosts and The Wild Duck, and even to later works like John Gabriel Borkman. But it is a very fine play, nonetheless, dealing with things such as morals, ideals, happiness and religion, and concerning the Ibsen dilemma which finds its way into most of his works (if not all), the problem of basing one's happiness or contentment o ...more
Aug 05, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of Ibsen's later plays often read like more twisted and complex versions of his earlier prose plays. Hence John Gabriel Borkman reads like The Pillars of Society, and Hedda Gabler offers another take on A Doll's House.

In the case of Rosmersholm, we have a loose reinterpretation of Ghosts. The plot and characters are radically different, but the theme is the same - progressive characters struggling and failing to overcome the ghosts of the past, both their own historical past and the outdate
Feb 22, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
This is sort of the ultimate Ibsen drama, with the two most often reoccurring themes in his work being front-and-center: 1) What happens when comforting illusions are stripped away to reveal long-repressed truths? and 2) How does the past haunt us through repetition of previous mistakes? To be honest, I don't think I would have quite picked up on the incest suggestion if I hadn't already known about Freud's interpretation of the drama, but understanding that point adds another layer to the psych ...more
Apr 09, 2016 zeinab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
فكرة الصراع بين الحداثه والرجعيه،العراقه والسطحيه،الضمير الانسانى والاضمير.وتتناول فى جمال خلاب السمو بالاحاسيس والمشاعر الانسانيه..
جون روزمر قس ملتزم متزوج من سيده من اسره عريقه ولكنها عاقر تستدعى فتاه من شمال النرويج حيث التحرروالسحر والجمال تنجح ف بث سمومها وتتدفع الزوجه للانتحار دون ان تواجه زوجها بحقيقه كونه ع علاقه بهذه الفتاه....
تعترف تحت ضغط من اخو الزوجه العاقروتترك الزوج بعذاب ضميره وقلة حيلته للزوجه المنتحره ثم تشاركه كل يومياته فيقع هو ف حبها وتتعلم الفتاه الفضيله ويعرض عليها الزواج
Feb 18, 2015 Realini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Rosmersholm by Henrik Ibsen
A masterpiece

Critics consider this play to be the best work written by Ibsen, alongside The Wild Duck.
In an ironic twist of fate, I have read one after the other without knowing about the magnitude of either.
In fact, if The Wild Duck was familiar in the sense that I knew about it, Rosmersholm was a completely unknown entity.
I have never heard of it before this morning.
How wonderful it is when you are taken aback by such a splendid surprise.
The play is wonderful even if
Jun 03, 2015 Peggy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*WARNING! SPOILERS!*Definitely in Ibsen's realm of a person's place within his/her community, and their fates succeeding because of their place. In this play, it's for the worse, as the two main characters are driven to suicidal tendencies because of their previous passions that were never fulfilled, their guilt for driving another pertinent character to suicide, and their disillusions with themselves and their perceived freedoms and nobility, cast away with feelings of regret, guilt, despondenc ...more
Mar 14, 2015 عبدالرحمن rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: henrik-ibsen
عن نفسي لا أشغل نفسي بمن لا يؤمنون أو بمن يكفرون بمعتقد ، فإني علي يقين بأنهم ما تركوا المعتقد -أياً كان- إلا بعلم الله المسبق وباختيارهم الشخصي
"إنك لا تهدي من أحببت ولكن الله يهدي من يشاء"

*نصيحة للملحدين*

عدم وجود الشئ في إدراكك لا يعني عدم وجود الشئ في الإدراك

#مقولة الشيخ محمد متولي الشعراوي
Feb 12, 2013 علی rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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ایبسن در "روزمرزهولم"، از همان نمادگرایی "مرغابی وحشی" سود برده، و به پایانی تراژیک نظر داشته که بیشتر ملودرام شده است. "ربکا" از "یوهانس" خوشش می آید و از او دلربایی می کند. اما یوهانس همسری به نام "بئاته" دارد که نازاست. ربکا بئاته را متقاعد می کند که زن ایده آل یوهانس نیست، چون شوهرش بچه می خواهد. بئاته تحت تاثیر تلقین های ربکا، خود را در نهر آب می اندازد. اما یوهانس نمی تواند همسرش را فراموش کند. ربکا اعتراف می کند که سبب خودکشی بئاته شده شاید ذهن مرد را از همسر مرده اش بگرداند، اما یوهانس گ ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy. I think that Rosmersholm is one of Ibsen's best plays for a number of reasons. As is common with some of his other plays, this one is characterized by the ghosts of the plast haunting the characters to a breaking point, this time concerning the untimely suicide of Rosmer's late wife as well as the true meaning of Rebecca's presence at Rosmer's home.

Above all, this play is mysterious because the facts are revealed slowly, all spilling out at the end to end with a bang (or should I say a
Adrian Colesberry
Apr 12, 2009 Adrian Colesberry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feisty Harriet
Apr 19, 2016 Feisty Harriet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not my favorite Ibsen, but it does explore similar themes to his other plays: the role of women, morality vs Christianity, and--as always--there is a lot of talk of suicide.
Ahmed El-Zayat
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Mike Jensen
Nope. Did not like it the first time I read it either. Far more cogent comments in my more recent review.
Jun 12, 2014 Theut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angosciante, drammatico, ricco, dannato, edificante, liberatorio.
Neens Bea
Jan 26, 2014 Neens Bea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2014
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Mike Jensen
Perhaps a truly great production will convince me that this is a great play, but on reading it seems so old that it creeks. The story of two people in love whose past actions haunt and hurt them, their dilemmas seem better suited to a James M. Cain novel than a 1886 play. Our culture is far past the fake tragedy of their dilemma or the silly ending that it is hard for me to take this seriously. I realize these were still issues when the play was written. A blind spot on my part? Maybe, but this ...more
Feb 08, 2016 Oda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Herregud ekstremt bra saker
Oct 27, 2013 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm confused.
Was that a tragic play? Or a typical haunted-house-love-story thing? For some reason, the setting continually reminded me of Wuthering Heights [despite never having read that] or Rebecca or something [I haven't read that either].
I didn't really see the got lost somewhere...
Dec 17, 2013 Sveta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ks-recommended
KS talks about Lady Macbeth with Rebecca West but I don't understand, Rebecca has no conviction. Pushing an annoying witch into water is not impressive, in America that was all in a day's work. Dull, mousy woman; dull, mousy play.
Basim Mahmoud
Tom-Kenneth Fossheim
Can't go wrong with Ibsen. Not his strongest play and the actors in this old radio recording have their shock-meters constantly on "monocle-drop", but still highly enjoyable.
I don't know. Cultural and historical differences are too huge. I didn't understand what Ibsen's wanted to demonstrate with this play.
Andre Piucci
Oct 09, 2015 Andre Piucci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Porque ele é capaz de viver sua vida sem ideais,
e esse é justamente o segredo de seu sucesso!
Apr 04, 2010 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مسرحية جميلة و مؤثرة جدا .. ذكرتنى نهايتها بالالام فارتر لجوتة حيث حل الانتحار
Feb 25, 2008 Marisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Progression: Slow start, then middle, ridiculous end.
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I watch this teater few few daysago
Oct 20, 2012 Alisu' rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Mi-e dor de marele nimic".
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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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