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Private Lives (Anglais) Broché – 20 juin 2013

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Coward's wit and precision as a modern dramatist is nowhere better exemplified than in this classic modern play from 1930. Elyot Chase and Amanda Prynne (originally played by Gertrude Lawrence and Noël Coward), recently divorced from one another five years previously, arrive coincidentally at the same French hotel. They are honeymooning with their respective new spouses. Encountering one another by chance, each is at once horrified and fascinated by the other. Together they leave for Paris and begin a roundelay of quarrels and love intrigues that culminate in their getting back together.

Biographie de l'auteur

Noël Coward was born in 1899 in Teddington, Middlesex. He made his name as a playwright with The Vortex (1924), in which he also appeared. His numerous other successful plays included Fallen Angels (1925), Hay Fever (1925), Private Lives (1933), Design for Living (1933) and Blithe Spirit (1941). During the war he wrote screenplays such as Brief Encounter (1944) and In Which We Serve (1942). In the fifties he began a new career as a cabaret entertainer. He published volumes of verse and a novel (Pomp and Circumstance, 1960), two volumes of autobiography and four volumes of short stories: To Step Aside (1939), Star Quality (1951), Pretty Polly Barlow (1964) and Bon Voyage (1967). He was knighted in 1970 and died three years later in Jamaica.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Wonderful Gem by one of the Great Wits of Theatre 24 novembre 2013
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To start, I am a huge Noel Coward fan and this is easily one of his best. The wit is crackling and classic Coward, and features the tumultuous relationships among two exes and their new spouses. The main characters, Eliot and Amanda, are a volatile pair, and their relationship is both passionate and deeply, deeply dysfunctional. They have left each other and found new love with Sibyl and Victor, companions who are much quieter and much less exciting. Sibyl and Victor and meant to represent traditional notions of femininity and masculinity respectively, and it's not surprising that they end up being terrible matches for the unconventional Eliot and Amanda.

The show is definitely a product of its time, and the violence in the show is played for laughs, but modern audiences should turn a critical eye to the very real issue that underlies this play. At one point, after Amanda says that she always thought it was inexcusable for a man to hit a woman, Eliot replies "On the contrary, I think some women should be struck regularly, like gongs." This sentiment is problematic, and though it becomes part of the over-the-top and very stylized violence that epitomizes the volcanic romance between Eliot and Amanda, it doesn't play the same way today as it may have in Coward's time. Rather than relegate this piece to history as a relic, however, the play provides a terrific opening to talk about the issue of violence in intimate relationships in a more complex way; it's like Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" for the 1930s crowd.

If you haven't read any Noel Coward, this is a great place to start as it showcases his wit and masterful construction beautifully (Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, and Easy Virtue are also highly recommended). If you are already a Coward fan but haven't read this particular work, you will not be disappointed.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 14 février 2016
Par Sally - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Timelessly funny play
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 30 juin 2014
Par E. J. Lewandowski - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Brilliantly written play!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 "quite" trivial 23 février 2008
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This is the first of Noel Coward's plays I have listened to, and I was "quite" unimpressed. The script IS sometimes witty to be sure, and all actors did a marvelous job, but overall the story is "quite" trivial, and the dialog sounds like an imitation of Oscar Wilde, but without his depth, and with much much much less sense of humor. Overall, "quite" disappointing. Four-five truly witty jokes and a lot of "quite"s do not "quite" make the trick. All the LA Theater productions of Wilde's plays are "quite", no, actually VASTLY superior.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice!! 21 octobre 2011
Par Reem A - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A very good book in great condition. I was pleased to find this book somewhere and very happy that it was in this condition. I can't wait for you to surprise me by having the next "out there" book that I think of :)
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