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The Lady from the Sea was written in Munich in 1888. The earliest extant draft is dated June 5th 1888, but as usual Ibsen had been thinking about the subject for some time. A number of elements derive from his stay in Molde in the summer of 1885. It is assumed that Ibsen not only used Molde as his model for the little "town by a fjord in the northern part of Norway" where ...more
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Published 2002 by NRK Lydbokforlaget (first published 1888)
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I enjoyed this play, something mysterious about it; not a mystery, just a somewhat strange story line that is less about the sea than you might think from the title. Ibsen's characters were beautifully conceived, probably the best thing about the play, and the ending has a bit of a twist.
Another very enjoyable play from Ibsen. I love his work. He has the ability to enfold a moral truth in a compelling story like a beautiful multi-coloured and multi-textured fabric hiding and protecting a precious gem. One can feast on the beauty of the wrapping while anticipating the surprise within.

I listened to a superb dramatic presentation by Librivox volunteers. Less than three hours of listening pleasure. Surely you can spare that much time? It is worth every minute!
David Sarkies
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like romance
Recommended to David by: My English Teacher
Shelves: romance
A lost love returns
15 March 2015

Okay, I have mentioned before that reading a play can be somewhat more difficult that watching it performed; one of the reasons being that sometimes it is difficult to differentiate the characters. However, after being forced to put this play down after reading the first act because I had to go to work (and unfortunately I don't work in a job where I can put my feet up on a desk and read a book while video cameras monitor the outside of a warehouse making sure th
Dem Irrtum erlegen, "Die Frau vom Meer" gehöre zu den Dramen, die ich noch nicht von Henrik Ibsen gelesen habe, stieß ich bald auf die ersten Unterstreichungen, die ich vor fünfzehn Jahren vorgenommen haben muss. Aber selbst bis zur letzten Seite hin erkannte ich keine Szene und keine Charaktere wieder. Ein Umstand, der gegen dieses Werk spricht? - Nicht unbedingt!

Ellida Wangel, die besagte Frau vom Meer, kann meinem Empfinden nach der Nora aus "Ein Puppenheim" nicht annähernd das Wasser reichen

BBC Description: A translation of Ibsen's sensuous and erotic play The Lady From The Sea adapted by Frank McGuinness and starring Lia Williams and Hugh Bonneville.

Needing financial security, Ellida Wangel has settled for a life as second wife to a dull, provincial doctor and is stepmother to his two resentful daughters. However, she is still spiritually possessed by the mysterious Stranger, a former sailor-lover, and she is left with a desperate yearning f
Elena Druță
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
”Adio doamnă; de acum încolo, ești doar un naufragiu în viața mea.”

Femeia mării mi-a lăsat o umbră de melancolie în gând; tristețea se ascunde undeva în cuvintele marinarului pierdut în valurile vieții.
Available at BBC Radio 3.

A new version of Ibsen's late drama, adapted for radio by Frank McGuinness.
Before her marriage to Dr Wangel, Ellida, his second wife, had promised herself to a sailor who then disappeared. Years later, Ellida's family life is strained. Her relations with her step-daughters is poor; she has no child of her own. She seems unhappy with her life. Then the sailor reappears to make his claim on her promise. Faced with the decision of what to do, she persuades her husband that
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Everett Darling
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Regarding Ibsen, Maugham said it best. Although the quote is lost to me now, it goes something like this- So Ibsen spent a really long time writing plays, he was always wracked for plot ideas, until at last would fall back on the same plot he had used time and time before-some people are together, one has a secret, someone from the past comes down from the north, secret is exposed...doom and depression. I do actually adore Ibsen, but I cant refute Maughams shrewd assesment. As an Ibsen fan, this ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, read-2015
I came to the end of this play and thought it seemed to be based on the premise of If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they're yours; if they don't they never were.
While I didn’t really care for the long ago lover part of the story, I did think that the family dynamics were a little interesting. A stepmother who hasn’t managed to fit into the family in any way, a father who doesn’t see, or want to see, the problems and daughters who still mourn their mother are all brought toge
Cos'è la libertà? Ibsen: la possibilità di sentire sulla propria pelle il peso delle proprie scelte.
Mike Jensen
The plot depends too much on coincidence to be satisfying and the subplot almost seems to come from nowhere. These flaws stall this play as it reaches for greatness, but it does reach and full credit for that. This is Ibsen’s first psychological story, but he has yet to master the form. The central conflict of a woman who needs her husband to let her go so that she can chose to leave him or keep him has a profound truth that the author will handle better in the future. Not a great play, but ther ...more
Sheelalipi  Sahana
My second play of Ibsen's.
I thought I had really liked the first one 'A Doll's House' until I read this one. This definitely beats that one for me.

So enchanting!
He had such a strong stance when it came to women's causes and their upliftment. This portrays that beautifully.
All the men in this play are egotistical a-holes. The women are free-spirited and inspiring.
Fascinating read!
Review to come soon!
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With The Lady from the Sea, we see two unusual marriages, both in the story and in the content of the play. In the story, there is the struggling marriage of Dr Wangel and Ellida, the two protagonists, set against an informal marriage she made with a stranger. There is also a rare moment in Ibsen where the characters find a marriage between duty/responsibility and happiness.

In content, there is a marriage of styles too. After writing a number of realistic prose plays, Ibsen seems to be once mor
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something quite different about The Lady Of the Sea, compared to other Ibsen plays, is the honesty between the characters. Ellida and Dr.Wangel have been married for a number of years, but for the past 3, she has become depressed and distant. Dr.Wangel, who has 2 teenage daughters, assumes that she is bothered by his previous life: his beloved dead wife and his daughters' reluctance to accept her as a suitable replacement. What he doesn't know however is that Ellida had a love life of her own be ...more
Mina Soare
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love, theatre, family, nordic
As my first Ibsen play, this is utterly atypical, but hardly lacking. It starts slow, but the ending is spectacular; the characters are complex and engaging and strongly contemplative. The Lady from the Sea is strongly symbolic, strange, out of the cultural contest, for a first reader like me, and captivating in its representation of romantic love, especially near the end of act IV. There's a fascinating discussion on the terrible "that which repels and attracts", marriage as something between b ...more
Adrian Colesberry
Apr 08, 2009 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
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lady from the Sea is oddly humorous to me, mainly because it sets itself up to be so serious, but has a bit of an ending that makes me think, "....oh.". The plot concerns a woman who thinks that her children may have a different father than her husband because of their eye colors. she is led to believe this because she keeps remembering a sailor she had a fling with and the color of his eyes. She decides that she's going to leave her family and run away with the sailor, but it turns out that ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
One of his lesser known plays, but also a very good one. It's fun when you can say about an old play written in old norwegian, almost danish, that you got dragged in and had a hard time putting it down!

I liked the ending too.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, scandanavian
An Ibsen play with a happyish ending is a surprise and doesn't quite ring true with the torment and passion preceding it.
Mike Jensen
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a difference a translator makes. This version by Frank McGuinness moves this play from three star territory to five. A creaky play now seems vital.
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ibsen with a happy ending - imagine that!
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أنا سمعتها تقريباً 4مرات ومتأكدةاني هسمعها أكتر
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: henrik-ibsen
مسرحية جميلة لكن فيها بعض المشاهد أطول من اللازم
Evička de Blois
Poslechla jsem si rozhlasovou hru a musím říci, že mě docela dost vytáčela hlavní postava, protože jestli něco nesnáším, tak to je intenzivní šepot. Hlavní postava mluví celou dobu naléhavým šepotem a při slovech "hrůza" a "touha" z jejich úst se mi chtělo zemřít. Nic proti Hlaváčové, pochybuju, že to byl její nápad.
Co se týče příběhu samotného, tak hlavní postava mě vytáčela tak jako tak. Byla silně pomatená a namísto pochopení by možná měla dostávat facky - a to od rána do večera.
Jsem zlá, par
L. Sayles
I read this play before watching the movie Heart of Lightness which is about a group of British actors making a movie about this play. I'm not normally a reader of plays so had difficulty rating it. It was a quick pretty easy read about a woman unsure of her love for her husband and for a man she had a short relationship 10 years prior. She "sees" this man on occasion maybe in her dreams? And she fears him and her feelings for him and because of this can't be a real wife to her husband. There ar ...more
Lise Pomerleau
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I found this play compelling also. The wife's dilemma here was very realistic: Choose an adventurous life with a relative stranger to whom you had made a foolish promise, or remain in safety and security. It reminded me of my mother's life, and the choice she made as a young woman, which was disastrous for her. I also related to the woman's desire to live closer to the sea, where she had once been at home. I think we are all called home to our roots, especially as we age. Another of Ibsen's play ...more
Elizabet Lőrincz
... A tenger vonzása. A vége felé még a címet is megérted. De kellemes volt olvasni, és egyre jobban megszeretem a drámát mind műnemet.
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Tamara Damjanovic
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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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