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The Shadow of a Gunman

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İrlanda ulusal tiyatro hareketinin olduğu kadar, İrlanda işçi hareketinin de önde gelen kişilerinden ve çağımızın başlıca drama ustalarından olan O'Casey, günümüzde de çetin bir biçimde süren İrlanda ulusal bağımsızlık mücadelesinin çelişkilerini İrlanda halkı ve insanının çelişkileriyle birlikte yansıtır. O'Casey için önemli olan, yalnızca İngiliz birliklerine karşı değil ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published 1995 (first published January 1st 1990)
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Bill  Kerwin
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it

This is the fifth play O’Casey wrote, but the first to be performed. It is set in 1920, during the Irish War for Independence, and tells the story of thirty-year-old poet and tenement dweller Donal Devoren. His fellow tenants have decided he is an IRA gunman in hiding, they treat him with respect and ask for certain favors, and Donal rather enjoys living under the gunman’s "shadow," for he is a bit of Romantic. “His struggle through life has been a hard one,” O’Casey tells us, “and his efforts h
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M.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: İrlanda Tiyatrosu, Tiyatro okuru, genel okur
Irlanda Tiyatrosunun temasına -kaçınılmaz bir şekilde işlenen- İrlanda halk hareketinin bir fotoğraf karesini anlatan bu tiyatroda bütün olaylar birkaç kişi çerçevesinde küçük bir odada geçse de kitap vermek istediği tüm mesajları başarıyla verebilmiş. Nihayetinde bu kitap bir Silahşörün hikayesi değil. Adından da anlaşılabileceği gibi, bir silahşörün gölgesinin hikayesi.

Kahramanlarımız silahşör olmanın değil, silahşör zannedilmenin keyfini çıkarırken olaylar hiç beklemedikleri bir hal alacak; v
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Koen Van de Wiele
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
O'Casey's toneelstukken duiken telkens weer magistraal en onnavolgbaar in het hart van authentiek Ierland, en zijn onweerstaanbaar, ook om te lezen, door de perfect gedoseerde regie-aanduidingen. Geen betere voorbereiding op een reis naar het groene eiland overigens. Van de weinige boeken die ik zou herlezen. En herlezen. O'Casey is de Christy Moore van het Ierse theater. Hou je meer van zijn broer Luka Bloom, lees dan veeleer (John Millington) Synge.
Ødegård Solveig
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I saw this play performed in Dublin's Abbey Theatre in the late summer 2015. As a non-native english speaker I had a really hard time understanding the rough pronunciation. I did pick up a lot from the actors/actresses body language, but honestly I felt like I missed out on much of the story.
So today I came across this piece in a second hand book-shop and picked it up. Read it in about an hour and...turns out, I hadn't missed out on much.

I'm at loss at whether to say this play is too "internal
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Loren Harway
Sep 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like to cry themselves to sleep
Not a particularly bad book. However i think they're pushing it a little by using it for part of the British Curriculum for Drama.
Unless it is studied relentlessly this doesn't seem to be the kind of book that someone will give a second glance.
I loved how involved the history of Ireland was in this play. Sean O'Casey weaves a 'waiting for godot' kind of tale as nothing seems to happen. Davoren and Seamus just discuss random things and hang around their room. However the commotion on the streets
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Sandra
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
i read this with the play reading group i belong to, earlier this year and once I got into it i really enjoyed it. it has its dark side, being set in the period of the Irish troubles in the 1920s, but it was very well done and quite sad as well
Rosaux
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: irish-literature
أيرلندا تعيش في خوف ، تحت حرب حرب الاستقلال. لكن هناك شعور بالرومانسية أيضاً ، حيث يُنظر إلى مسلحي الجيش الجمهوري الأيرلندي في بعض الدوائر كمقاتلين من الحرية الشجاعة ويتهم شاعر يكافح بتحويل أعمالهم الدامية إلى أفعال من الجمال.
Mike
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-owned
I can't quite remember reading a play where I felt there was so much potential to be a truly "great work," but that falls short on just about every level. If some of the fluff had been cut out, this would have made a gripping one-act play. If characters would have been further developed (especially Minnie) with a greater build-up to the violent ending, this would have made a memorable three act play. As it stands, the final product seems both too long AND too short. Even worse, it's either a dra ...more
C. A. Powell
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I struggled with this at first and think somethings might have gone over my head. I enjoyed the hard hitting ending - if it meant heroes and fighters are not always what we expect and perhaps more modest people pick up the woeful tab at the end of the day.

One of the characters is Donal Daveron, a struggling 'want to be - poet,' moving into a slum in a poor district of Dublin. He has a roommate named Seumus. The other people of the block suspect Donal of being a Republican Volunteer fighter. Dona
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mahdi mousavi nejad
Nov 30, 2007 rated it liked it
نمایشنامه به وقایع سال ۱۹۲۰ ایرلند مرتبط است و منازعات میان ارتش جمهوری خواه ایرلند و نظامیان بریتانیا. در سال 1916 ملی گرایان ایرلندی در دوبلین، قیام عید پاک را ترتیب می دهند که این شورش هرچند با شکست مواجه می شود، موج مخالفتهای گسترده علیه حکومت بریتانیا در ایرلند را به راه می اندازد. در سال 1919 مجلس ایرلند، حکومت این کشور را «جمهوری» اعلام کرد، و متعاقب آن 3 سال جنگ بین ارتش جمهوری خواه ایرلند و بریتانیا در گرفت. (+)

وقایع نمایشنامه در دو پرده و در فاصله چند ساعت یک روز ماه مه ۱۹۲۰ در خانه ای
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Matt Allen
Nov 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
I liked the play a lot: but it didn't live up to my high expectations after "Red Roses For Me." Still, this play was good enough (and that play was great enough), to get me through the other two O'Casey plays I bought. Best part of this play is the allusion to these excellent lines in the Rubiyat of Omar Khayyam:

Ah, Love, could you and I with Fate conspire
To grasp the sad state of things entire
Would we not shatter it to bits - and then -
Remould it nearer to the Heart's desire!
Andy
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A deft metaphor for the predicament ordinary people of all biases and allegiances found themselves in when caught between fanatics and oppressors.
Ali
Nov 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
این نمایش نامه ی شون اوکیسی با نام "در پوست شیر" توسط اسماعیل خویی ترجمه شده و توسط انتشارات رز در سال 1350 منتشر شده است.
David
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent story revolving around the interactions of a few choice denizens of a tenement in 1920's Ireland.
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Seán O'Casey was a major Irish dramatist and memoirist. A committed socialist, he was the first Irish playwright of note to write about the Dublin working classes.
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