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Saint Joan

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With Saint Joan, Shaw reached the height of his fame as a dramatist. In this magnificent play he distilled many of the ideas he had been trying to express in earlier works on the subjects of politics, religion and creative evolution. Fascinated by the story of Joan of Arc, but unhappy with the way she had traditionally been depicted, Shaw wanted to remove 'the whitewash wh ...more
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Published May 1st 2010 by Playaway Digital Audio (first published 1923)
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Bookdragon Sean
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, 4-star-reads
“Don't think you can frighten me by telling me that I am alone. France is alone. God is alone. And the loneliness of God is His strength.”

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Thus spoke Joan when her allies, those she had made great, abandoned her to death. Such loyalty they showed her in life. Without her they literally would have got nowhere. Joan was a solider, and in the end they treated her like a solider; they pointed her at France’s enemies and when her work was done they cast her aside. She was expendable to them, a mere
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Edward
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 4-star, uk-ireland, plays
Chronology of the Life and Times of Bernard Shaw
'On Playing Joan', by Imogen Stubbs
Introduction, by Joley Wood
Preface


--Saint Joan

Principal Works of Bernard Shaw
Connie
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George Bernard Shaw took theater patrons in 1923 back to the Fifteenth Century in his drama "Saint Joan". Joan of Arc declared that she heard voices from God and the saints directing her to save France in the Hundred Years War, and have the Dauphin crowned as the king of France, Charles VII. The teenage Joan, dressed in men's clothes, led the soldiers in the Siege of Orleans in 1429. She was later convicted as a heretic by the Inquisition, and burned at the stake. After papal investigations she ...more
Suzie Toumeh
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Joan. 'Minding your own business is like minding your own body: it's the shortest way to make yourself sick. What is my business? Helping mother at home. What is thine? Petting lapdogs and sucking sugar-sticks. I call that muck. I tell thee it is God's business we are here to do: not our own. I have a message to thee from God; and thou must listen to it, though thy heart break with the terror of it'.

This is my favorite play of all time.
because let's face it.
I love everything Shaw writes.
and Joa
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Christopher
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


If you missed the last 600 years, let me tell you about the famous Jeanne d'Arc. Joan, as you're more likely to know her, began as a young farm girl, but when she heard the voices of her Lord and myriad saints beseeching her to take action against the horde of English soldiers encroaching upon her French homeland, she showed up on the doorstep of the uncrowned King Charles VII with a divine mission. King Charles was so impressed by her ambition and confidence that he gave her charge of a battali
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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یادمان بماند که: ذره ای حقیقت پشت هر «فقط یه شوخی بود» کمی کنجکاوی پشت «همینطوری پرسیدم» قدری احساسات پشت «به من چه اصلا...» و مقداری خرد پشت «چه میدونم» و اندکی درد پشت «اشکال ندارد» هماره هست
Cemre
İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları'nın yayınlamış olduğu Bernard Shaw'un dört oyunundan oluşan kitabın son oyunu "Jan Dark" idi. Jan Dark Engizisyon Mahkemesi tarafından "cadı" ilan edilip yakılan birkaç yüz yıl sonra da kilise tarafından "azize" ilan edilen inançlarından vazgeçmeyen cesur bir kadın... Çocuk denecek yaşta hem de "kadın başına" pek çok iş başarmış olması kiliseyi rahatsız etmiştir. "Bir köylü kadını" olarak İngiltere ve Fransa arasındaki Yüz Yıl Savaşları'nda önemli bir rol oynamıştır. ...more
Manny
Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shaw usually gets tagged as a liberal, progressive, left-wing type, but he was a very idiosyncratic one: you often find things that don't fit the stereotype. In particular, he thought that nationalism was a good thing, and that wars between countries were sometimes good too. This led him to support strange positions. In Major Barbara, he ends up arguing that what we would now call the military-industrial complex is positive, because it creates the wealth needed to rescue people from poverty. I t ...more
AB
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, own, nobel, author-m
The first scene of this play is one of the most perfect, most hilarious things I've ever read; it's probably my favourite single scene of any play, or at least my favourite comedic scene. The interplay between de Baudricourt and his squire -- "Positive! Now see here. I am going to throw you downstairs," -- never stops being funny.

I was hesitant to actually read through the whole play, lest it somehow disappoint me and tarnish my love for Scene I, but I did, and it didn't.
Manab
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play
যথারীতি চমৎকার শ - এখানেও।
শ-এর অনেক সমসযা। এই লোক এমন সব দাবী করবে যা পরথাবিরোধী হতে গিয়ে পরসপরবিরোধী, অসংলগন এবং অনেক সময়ই যাচছেতাই হয়ে বসে থাকবে। কিনতু তার আর সমসযার বিপরীতে, তার ডায়লগ লেখার কষমতা, রীতিমত মাখন। এই নাটকেও লকষণীয় কোনো বযতযয় দেখা গেলো না। আধসেদধ কিছু কারণ দেখায়ে তিনি ভূমিকায় দাবী করলেন যে এই নাটক নাকী জোন অফ আরকের সতয ঘটনারে খুব ভালোমত পরতিফলিত করে, আবার আরো কিছু আধসেদধ কারণে তিনি নযাশনালিজমের সংজঞা দেয়াইলেন চোদদো শতকের পাদরীরে দিয়ে। কিনতু যেই ঘটনার অবতারণা করায়ে যে বেসামাল উপায়ে
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Arcadius

An interesting and entertaining take on Joan of Arc – historically very controversial (especially Shaw's insistence on Cauchon's political impartiality), but that needn't worry us. Historically justifiable or not, the acid exchanges we get between this Cauchon, principled upholder of canon law, and Warwick, who simply needs whatever PR cover he can get for Joan's politically imperative disposal, are one of the best things in the play.

There are many other good things too - notably the opening com
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Lina AL Ojaili
جورج برنارد شو لديه قدرة فريدة على استخدام ذكائه بوصف فترة العصور الوسطى مع نظامها الإقطاعي وكيفية التي تم بها زرع بذور البروتستانتية واستخدام الدين
Caro
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a goddamn brilliant play. I’ve gone round in my head about this a lot since I finished it three weeks ago, because parts of it don’t fit together quite well to me, and parts of it are hilarious, and parts of it seem overlabored, but those speeches stick in your brain like an earworm and overall reading this left me with weeks of that sense of wonder we all chase after when we read.

The thing about Shaw is that he has a vision for this play, and the vision is a huge and grand one, worthy of
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Taryn
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Erik Graff
Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: WFMT, my parents & my H.S. English teacher, Mr. Sileski
Shelves: drama
I first heard St. Joan performed on Chicago's WFMT as a radio play as a little boy. This is to say that my parents listened to it and allowed me to stay up for the whole thing. The production included the voices she claimed to hear. I had had auditions myself in feverish states and the portrayal was fascinatingly reminiscent. The whole while a spider was building her web on the lamp at my right hand, a web finished and already catching moths by the time of the play's conclusion.

I next read the p
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Duaa Ahmed
بصراحة احترت كيف اقيم المسرحية..
فمن الناحية الأدبية هي حقا ثرية بالمفردات اللغوية الرنانة الجميلة .. وأشيد بالمترجم (الفنان) فعلا
ومن ناحية التسلسل القصصي فهو جذاي جدا وشيق فتشغلك المسرحية ولا تريد أن (تقفز) أية صفحة

لكن عقيديا ودينيا رفضت المسرحية تماما .. ناهيك عن وجهة نظر أحد شخصيات المسرحية عن نبينا محمد عليه أفضل الصلاة والسلام .. لم أحب ما كتب
والفتاة جان تم عرضها في القصة وكأنما هي رسول بعث مؤيدة بالمعجزات!!
ثم تفاجأت انها شخصية حقيقية تم اعتبارها لاحقا في الكنائس المسيحية علی أنها قديسة ويج
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Sookie
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joan of Arc was a strong woman, a feminist and acted on the voice of God that she heard.

When she spoke, the clergy and the military listened. She led her country to victory before getting captured and dying after the trial.

As is the case with Shaw, his dialogues are brilliant and offers socio-political commentary on the time period.
Khaled Alanssary
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
التجربه ألاولى لى مع الكاتب الأيرلندى جورج برنارد شو
القديسة جان .. أو كما مترجمة بالعربية جان دارك ..
تأخذنا المسرحية إلى العصور الوسطى .. هناك فى فرنسا .. حيث تقبع فرنسا تحت وطأه الاحتلال الانجليزى، ووسط ضعف الجيش وتراخيه ، فى ظل دوفين ضعيف غير متوج لا يجد مالا ينفقه فى حفل للتويج لكثره ما أدين به لرجالات القصر والاقطاعيين .. فى خضم هذه الفوضى .. تظهر تلك الفتاه القرويه الساذجه ذات التسعة عشر ربيعا التى ترفل فى ثياب الجنود .. لتقلب الامور رأسا على عقب .. بشجاعتها وفصاحتها وقوه بيانها وزعمها ان
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James
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, irish-lit
"The most inevitable dramatic conception, then, of the nineteenth century is that of a perfectly naive hero upsetting religion, law and order in all directions, and establishing in their palce the unfettered action of Humanity . . ." (GBS writing in The Perfect Wagnerite.)
In Saint Joan Shaw attempted, and perhaps achieved, a masterpiece based on this conception. The play is a perfect example of the hero as victim transformed into savior. In the first scene the Robert de Baudricourt ridicules Joa
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Shriya
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shriya by: Gayatri
A question for everyone: How could anyone NOT like Saint Joan ? That it is 'beautifully well-written' goes without saying! (I mean, it's Bernard Shaw , guys? How can you find faults with him? He's the modern day combination of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, though he probably would have taken a turn in his grave right now just because I called him that!) But what's beautiful about this play is, not only is it well-written but also, it is one of those rare tragedies which move you to tears and ...more
Archit Nanda
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
A Passage to the Preface:
George Bernard Shaw has the unique ability to use his wits to tickle to your bones. This is as much evident in the play as in the preface that accompanies it. In the preface, he talks about practically everything from St. John to Medieval History to Critics and Playgoers. Shaw's satire leaves nothing untouched, not even Shakespeare, and he makes fun of everything that he chooses to ponder upon.

Saint Joan's character is in the league of those 'manly women' characters who
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Ben Fairchild
Dec 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am re-reading the lengthy introduction. It is a good antidote after my cradle of filth concert. I would promote St Joan as a lesbian icon. Anything to get some greens onto the kid's plates these days! Reconciling Christianity in an honest way whilst embracing relativistic psychology is a great challenge.

Shaw is very fair in showing that the harsh justice of the medieval Church was no harsher than today's society in seeking to protect itself from challenges to the status quo (he points out the
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Slightly
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Arthurian lovers
Most Joan of Arc stories are rather one sided. They clothe Joan in a white hat and the Inquisitors in black hats. the plot turns into a rather bland "hero's journey". Shaw doesn't do that.
He looked at the story through a sympathetic lens. It was refreshing to catch myself agreeing with the "bad guys". When Joan came face to face with her judge and jury, I could feel the conflict within some of the jury members regarding Joan's status as Saint or Witch.

I feel like Shaw was using this story as
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John
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I'm fascinated by Joan of Arc, so reading this play was a no-brainer for me. SAINT JOAN doesn't attempt to be biographical; rather, it spends a lot of time dealing with the ways in which church leaders and politicians were scandalized by Joan and her accomplishments. Shaw's writing is brilliant (as I've come to expect from him), and the play aptly demonstrates how people would much rather venerate a dead saint than listen to a live one.
David Sarkies
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of Church History
Shelves: historical
A Hero and a Legend
6 September 2012

After reading Henry VI part one I thought that I might return to Shaw's play about Joan of Arc, and in a way I am very glad that I did because when I wrote the review on this play previously I felt that I left out quite a few things, and in many ways, missed the point that Shaw was trying to make. I will try not to repeat any of the things that I have said previously about the play because they are still correct, with the exception of the final paragraph beca
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Yasmin
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shaw was by far best as a playwright, although I never heard him give a speech, perhaps he was as good or better at that. I'm not used to speakers in plays having very long dialogue and very little action, hardly anyone gesticulates or uses much emphasise. However, this may give actors more leeway with the characters for their own interpretation. The preface is certainly very long for a preface and seems more like a defence, but in the way that it has been written Shaw likely felt he needed to d ...more
Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inspired young woman, a young country girl without education, saved France - from foreign invasion as much as from destruction and chaos - and the then powers had her not only imprisoned and tortured, but burnt alive in public, for fear they will lose their power, their straglehold over people.

Few intellectuals have either bothered - or really have had the courage - to set matters straight, down even on paper, much less pay the homage due to the young woman who seems to have had more courage
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Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
Joan of Arc.
A play about Joan of Arc. She was courageous and full of faith. She reminded me of David the son of Jesse in the Bible. He was chosen by God to lead the Israelites against the Palestines.

Joan of Arc also believed that she was chosen by God to lead the French against the English.

David fulfilled his mission and afterwards was hated by the King and his fellow countrymen. The same situation arises in Saint Joan. The King begins to feel uncomfortable with her around and grows impatient w
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Sarah
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, irish-lit
There's good Shaw, then there's bad Shaw. I would put Saint Joan in with the good category, because there was a lot to enjoy about this play, although I have yet to read anything by Shaw that can amaze me as much as Pygmalion. Saint Joan is a retelling of the story of Joan of Arc and her followers, which is a pretty good basis for a play.

What I like most about this play is Joan herself. Popularly seen as a saint and as a heroine, Joan is presented here as haughty, self-righteous, and over-confi
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Charles Matthews
Shaw has often tried my patience as a reader: Not only are the plays talky, but there are also those windy prefaces. And I once had a grad school roommate who was both a devout Shavian and bipolar: When he was manic and off his meds, he would deliver harangues on the greatness of GBS. This is just to say where I'm coming from in this attempt to read Saint Joan. To be fair, I don't think Saint Joan is a great play, but it's certainly a well-made one, efficient in exposition and full of witty spee ...more
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George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, socialist, and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama. Over the course of his life he wrote more than 60 plays. Nearly all his plays address prevailing social problems, but ...more
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