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 actice 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 performed 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 entirely 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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This work is part of the Plays Pleasant of George Bernard Shaw. When the Bulgarians, through the help of the Russians, win the war against Serbians, a Swiss professional soldier fighting for the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Haythem Bastawy - Goodreads

An excellent play by Shaw! The fecundity of war and the hypocrisy and pretentiousness of society have been ridiculed by such a simple and clever plot. The Swiss chocolate cream soldier, captain ... Read full review

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In the course of his long and prolific career, George Bernard Shaw (18561950) 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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