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Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
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May 31, 2010

really liked it
Read from May 31 to June 01, 2010

It's hard to imagine the kind of effect a play like this had on its audiences when it was first performed. The subjects dealt with are still the stuff of sidelong glances and judgmental gossip to this day, and Ibsen's sometimes annoying (to this modern reader, anyway) habit of never allowing his characters to come out and say anything clearly seems to me a testimony to the degree to which he was breaking taboos even by writing "Ghosts." But for all its Victorian stuffiness of expression and circumlocution, this is still a powerful and fascinating play to experience.

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