Arms and the Man

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Courier Dover Publications, 1990 - Drama - 56 pages
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In the opening scene of Arms and the Man, which establishes the play's embattled Balkan setting, young Raina learns of her suitor's heroic exploits in combat. She rhapsodizes that it is "a glorious world for women who can see its glory and men who can act its romance!" Soon, however, such romantic falsifications of love and warfare are brilliantly and at times hilariously unmasked in a comedy that reveals George Bernard Shaw at his best as an acute social observer and witty provocateur.
First produced on the London stage in 1894, Arms and the Man continues to be among the most performed of Shaw’s plays around the world. The play is reprinted in its entirety here from an authoritative British edition, and is complete with Shaw's stimulating preface to Volume II of Plays: Pleasant and Unpleasant.
  

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Nice lighthearted comedy with a happy ending. - Goodreads
It is complex--in both plot and character. - Goodreads
This is the launchpad plot of this riotous play. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sierra - Goodreads

Coming right off the heels of reading Shaw's "Major Barbara", I found his "Arms and the Man" to be slightly dissatisfying. The characters, although charismatic and amusing, were difficult to relate ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

Whoops, forgot to mark this as read! Another read for one of my literary classes. This gets three stars because... it was okay? Nothing really stands out to me. I thought it was a bit silly in parts ... Read full review

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Contents

to Vol II Pleasant Plays of Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant
vii
Act I
1
Act II
17
Act III
35
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In the course of his long and prolific career, George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) wrote 60 plays, in addition to music and literary criticism. An avid socialist, he regarded his writing as a vehicle for promoting his political and humanitarian views.

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