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Shipwreck (The Coast of Utopia #2)

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Shipwreck is the second part of The Coast of Utopia, Tom Stoppard's long-awaited and monumental trilogy that explores a group of friends who came of age under the Tsarist autocracy of Nicholas I, and for whom the term intelligentsia was coined. Among them are the anarchist Michael Bakunin, who was to challenge Marx for the soul of the masses; Ivan Turgenev, author of some ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 23rd 2003 by Grove Press
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Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing

In Shipwreck, Part II of Tom Stoppard’s monumental The Coast of Utopia trilogy, Stoppard shifts his focus from the Bakunin estate to the exiled Alexander Herzen and his family. Shipwreck continues to juxtapose family life with issues of political and social reform, but in this part youthful idealism, exalted love, and abstract philosophical debates have matured into political action. Herzen is publishing the books that made him famous; Bakunin is imprisoned in Dresden for “plotting the destruct
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama, u-of-chicago
The second in his Coast of Utopia trilogy, Shipwreck is a tale of the diaspora with the revolutionary idealist Michael Bakunin paired with the more tempered yet complex advocate of freedom, Alexander Herzen. Swirling around these men are other revolutionaries along with their friends, family, lovers and the complications that go along with such a diverse group.
Stoppard tries to hold the characters together as they move through a maze of vignettes. The play, like the first in the trilogy Voyage,
Jan 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Selena by: the Tonys
This is definitely the most difficult of the three plays to read because the wave of hope and youthful ambition that begins to roll out the action of the first play unravels, leaving our main characters as disillusioned ex-patriots, scattered all over Europe, some in forces exile, some imprisoned, some simple unable to bear the thought of going home to a country they love so passionately and yet can't seem to make right.

The conflicts between varying philosophies have taken their tolls on all th
Sep 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: the snobbiest of the snobby
Recommended to Tom by: those NYC critics who have their faces permanently attached to t
A good first act cannot make up for the unspeakable nightmare of that second act, as Alexander Herzen moves to the center of play and begins talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and wondering why his wife is cheating on him when he should be grateful that she isn't poisoning him.

Pure theatrical torture, the Tom Stoppard way. Inflict it on your worst enemies.
Aug 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Saw the transcendent serial production of the trilogy during consecutive weeks at Lincoln Center (thx G'ma!), while reading the scripts in between shows. Amazing on every level. Not only vintage Stoppard, but an epic career centerpiece.
Terence Manleigh
Part two of Stoppard's epic trilogy about 19th century Russian philosophy, politics and literature. Rapturously received when it was produced, I don't think it ranks with his best work.
Mike Jensen
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the great plays of our time. Read it in the correct order. It is second in Stoppard's trilogy on Russian intellectuals.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Natalie is one of the best female characters in contemporary theatre. She's smart, unapologetic, and never hides. She knows exactly who she is, and it shows.
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Sir Tom Stoppard OM, CBE, FRSL, is a British screenwriter and playwright.

Born Tomáš Straussler.

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The Coast of Utopia (3 books)
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