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Three Plays: Amédée / The New Tenant / Victims of Duty

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The author of such modern classics as The Bald Soprano, Exit the King, Rhinoceros, and The Chairs, Eugène Ionesco is “one of the most important and influential figures in the modern theater” (Library Journal). This crucial collection combines The New Tenant with Amédée and Victims of Duty—the plays Richard Gilman has called, along with The Killer, Ionesco’s “greatest
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Published 1958 by Grove Press
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - October 27, 2012

Why, it's practically sinful, a shame, a horror of sorts that I'm only now getting around to reading Ionesco after having known about his work for 30 or 40 yrs. Sure, sure, I can make excuses: 'I don't like reading plays', 'I prefer reading works by the originators like Jarry' & that sort of rot but, truth be told, Ionesco is now my favorite playwright (at least for today) & that's saying alot. [plane
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Gabriel
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
[This is just for Amedee]:

Well, what a strange play. I greatly enjoyed the "try to keep things normal" while something greatly abnormal is occurring in the vicinity (that is, Amedee and his wife, Madeleine, are an unhappily married couple with a corpse that is growing in their house). There were a couple of sections that, without more research or a more thorough investigation of Ionesco and his theatre, were too much. In some cases, it felt like filling time (the dream/play sequence).

Of course
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Greg
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
Ionesco was a great innovator of drama. The New Tenant and Victims of Duty are two of his early plays, and explore through absurdist drama the alienation between people. They are menacing, strange things.

Amedee is the truly great play in this collection. It is morbid and absurd. The play follows Madeleine and Amedee, as they deal with a growing corpse in their apartment. Mushrooms sprout all over the place, and we are constantly confused as to whether Amedee murdered the person, or why they are
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Ali
"آمده"ی نمایش نامه نویس با همسرش "مادلین" در مورد جسدی که در اتاق دیگر است و پیوسته بزرگ می شود، صحبت می کنند. جسد قارچ هایی تولید می کند که تمام خانه را پر کرده و ممکن است سبب سوء ظن همسایه ها بشود. هرگز نمی فهمیم این جسد از کجا آمده. مادلین حدس می زند او معشوقش بوده که توسط "آمده" کشته شده اما "آمده" روایت متفاوتی دارد. در انتها آمده تلاش می کند جسد را با خود بکشد و به رودخانه بیاندازد. عابرین شاهد این تلاش اند، یکی به "آمده" اشاره می کند و می گوید این "اوژن" است (نام نویسنده). وقتی آمده خسته ...more
Shane Westfall
My rating probably has to do with my personal preferences, rather than the literature. I am more of a Lower Depths kind of guy, rather than a Waiting For Godot to end person. Anyway, Amedee was certainly the best of the three in this collection. The interplay between the couple was interesting enough to override the growing dead guy in the apartment. The final act, however, was just absurd...not in a good way, but in a "the author just got tired of wring and needed to wrap it up" kind of way. ...more
Nick
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absurd, absurd, absurd at its best .... I initially decided on three stars for this one, but feel more like 4+ now ... it is definitely Ionesco, representative and assertive in content.

If you are fond of this type of literature, I would think Ionesco is a must.

Please read for yourselves, for instance, how one can get captive in his own World of past illusions (i.e. the furniture, the "luggage") ...
Nada Shams
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the three plays, I have only read Amédée. Though I'm a huge fan of the genre, Theatre of the Absurd, I found it a bit disturbing -pleasantly so. However, I did not appreciate the ending, or rather the two proposed endings. Too "absurd".
Christopher Sutch
Actually better than I remembered. Commentary (albeit absurdist) on American-occupied Europe post WWII, the prison of commodity culture, and psychology and absurdist theater. Still like to see some of these actually staged one of these days....
Gabrielle
Jun 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading the first in this collection, "Amedee". Didn't like it. It feels weird for weird's sake. The beginning is great, and the alternate end has some interesting action, but this is probably only possible as a puppet extravaganza or a graphic novel.
Pooya Kiani
چقدر ایده، چقدر نبوغ، سادگی، ایهام، ابهام، سکوت و ترس توی این نمایش هست ...
Nicole Evans
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Ionesco! His plays are crazy-strange - but damn, they always make a statement about the absurdity of life. Give it a read. "The New Tenant" was my fave in this book.
Delaney
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(i only read the new tenant)
Michael
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: drama students, Ionesco fans, surrealists
Recommended to Michael by: serendipity
Shelves: drama, satire
I’ve had this book for many years, but somehow I always had the idea that “Rhinoceros” was one of the plays it included, so when I finally started reading it, I thought that this would be a good time to read “Rhinoceros.” I was wrong, so if I want to read “Rhinoceros” I’ll have to seek it out somewhere else.

The three plays it does include are interesting, if less well-known, examples of Ionesco’s absurdist drama. The first, “Amédée,” involves a couple who live with a terrible secret: there is a
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Eugène Ionesco, born Eugen Ionescu, was a Romanian 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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