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  • ISBN: 1599869209
  • Author: George Bernard Shaw
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: World Literature
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Filiquarian (November 7, 2007)
  • Pages: 116 pages
  • ePUB size: 1537 kb
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Arms and the Man is a comedy by George Bernard Shaw, whose title comes from the opening words of Virgil's Aeneid, in Latin: Arma virumque cano ("Of arms and the man I sing").

Arms and the Man is a comedy by George Bernard Shaw, whose title comes from the opening words of Virgil's Aeneid, in Latin: Arma virumque cano ("Of arms and the man I sing"). The play was first produced on 21 April 1894 at the Avenue Theatre and published in 1898 as part of Shaw's Plays Pleasant volume, which also included Candida, You Never Can Tell, and The Man of Destiny. Arms and the Man was one of Shaw's first commercial successes.

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The sixth of March, 1886. In the garden of major Petkoff's house

The sixth of March, 1886. In the garden of major Petkoff's house. It is a fine spring morning; and the garden looks fresh and pretty. Louka, smoking a cigaret, is standing between the table and the house, turning her back with angry disdain on a man-servant who is lecturing her. He is a middle-aged man of cool temperament and low but clear and keen intelligence, with the complacency of the servant who values himself on his rank in servility, and the imperturbability of the accurate calculator who has no illusions. He wears a white Bulgarian costume jacket with decorated harder, sash, wide knickerbockers, and decorated gaiters.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) is one of the world’s greatest literary figures. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he left school at fourteen and in 1876 went to London, where he began his literary career with a series of unsuccessful novels. In 1884 he became a founder of the Fabian Society, the famous British socialist organization.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Arms and the Man deals with the subjects of love and war. It takes place in 1885-86 in the backdrop of the very end and aftermath of the Bulgarian-Serbian war. 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, and he wrote more than 60 plays.

Arms and the Man book. Like his other works, Arms and the Man questions conventional values and uses war and love as his satirical targets. Arms and the Man is a comedy written by George Bernard Shaw, and.

Arms and the Man is a comedy by George Bernard Shaw that takes place in 1885, during the Serbo-Bulgarian War. Raina Petkoff is engaged to the gallant Sergius Saranoff, hero of the recent Bulgarian victory over the Serbs. But she is distracted by the abrupt arrival of Captain Bluntschli, a Swiss mercenary who fought for the Serbian army. He takes refuge in her bedroom after the battle and although he is initially threatening, reveals that he carries chocolates instead of bullets.

Title: Arms and the Man. Author: George Bernard Shaw. To the irreverent-and which of us will claim entire exemption from that comfortable classification?-there is something very amusing in the attitude of the orthodox criticism toward Bernard Shaw

Title: Arms and the Man. Posting Date: November 21, 2010 Release Date: January, 2003 First Posted: June 17, 2001 Last Updated: June 21, 2015. To the irreverent-and which of us will claim entire exemption from that comfortable classification?-there is something very amusing in the attitude of the orthodox criticism toward Bernard Shaw. He so obviously disregards all the canons and unities and other things which every well-bred dramatist is bound to respect that his work is really unworthy of serious criticism (orthodox).

Arms and the Man is a comedy written by George Bernard Shaw, and was first produced in 1894 and published in 1898, and has become on the the most popular plays of George Bernard Shaw. Like his other works, Arms and the Man questions conventional values and uses war and love as his satirical targets. This edition of Arms and the Man is in the form of a paperback book.
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Aver
I recently re-read and reviewed Shaw’s Man and Superman (Penguin Classics). I was not overwhelmed, so I decided to give another of his more famous works a try, for the first time. Alas, I found this work even less satisfying.

This play first premiered twenty years before the commencement of the First World War. The setting is the Balkans, the source of much conflict. Events in the Balkans would be immediate cause of the “Great War.” Almost 30 years earlier, those tangled alliances and competing ethnic rivalries were very much extant, demonstrated by the Battle of Slivnitsa. It was a “proxy war,” of sorts. Bulgaria, on the one side, with Russian generals commanding their troops. The other side was Serbia, with Austrian generals. Bulgaria decisively won this battle. The play commences at the immediate aftermath of the battle. For the commencement of WWI, the Russians had changed sides, and were supporting their Orthodox “brothers,” the Serbs, against Austria.

The setting is an upscale room of the Petkoff’s, a leading and rich Bulgarian family. Catherine is approximately 40, her daughter, Raina, 23. She is engaged to Sergius Saranoff, who has just lead a successful cavalry charge in the battle. Suddenly a man breaks into the room, seeking refuge. Turns out he is a Swiss mercenary officer, who did not go to the highest bidder, but rather the first country in the conflict that he came to, when traveling from Switzerland. Shaw plays to the national stereotype, and the officer loves his chocolates, more than bullets even, and is henceforth called the “chocolate soldier.”

Slapstick abounds. Russian officers break into the house, in pursuit of the “chocolate soldier,” whose name is Captain Bluntschli. He is hiding behind the curtain, and is protected by Raina and Catherine, even though Raina’s fiancé had just been in a battle attempting to kill Bluntschli. In addition to the “geopolitical tangles,” Shaw stirs in star-crossed romantic tangles as well, with the forthright and head-strong maid, Louka, playing a prominent role. There is a reasonable amount of social criticism as well, none too shocking for today, but perhaps for the time it was: there is the ever-so-familiar, and ever-so-repeated “folly of war,” and there are the various affairs that the “gratin” of Bulgarian society are engaged in.

For better or worse, for most of two decades my theater-experiences were mainly in Riyadh. The selection of plays was not overwhelming: usually only one, in an expat compound. Comedies of mistaken identity seemed to be a frequent choice, with the denouement being a cheerful resolution and a happy ending. Sometimes I wanted to scream, but these singular plays “were the only game in town.”

Thus, I saw Shaw’s play largely through that Riyadh prism, and therefore may be demonstrating my bias against light-hearted comedies when I rate this play 3-stars.
nadness
Any serious fan of the theater should be fully aware of, if not in love wit, George Bernard Shaw. This volume contains Candida, The Man of Destiny, You Never Can Tell, and, one of the all-time greats, Arms and the Man.

Arms and the Man deals with the subjects of love and war. It takes place in 1885-86 in the backdrop of the very end and aftermath of the Bulgarian-Serbian war. Bluntschli is an incredibly wonderful creation of Shaw's. I'll leave the quips on love alone, but there are some wonderful lines about war that must be laid out here.

Sergius: Soldiering, my dear madam, is the coward's art of attacking mercilessly when you are strong, and keeping out of harm's way when you are weak. That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Ger your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms. (46)

Sergius: I refuse to fight you. Do you know why?
Bluntschli: No; but it doesn't matter. I didn't ask the reason when you cried on; and I don't ask the reason now that you cry off. I'm a professional soldier: I fight when I have to, and am very glad to get out of it when I haven't to. (78)
Anarus
This is my favourite play of Shaw's helped by the fact that I saw it live at a university theatre while I was in high school It's an interesting version of an English comedy of manners set in eastern Europe where without foreign generals the natives "couldn't have a war.'

The hero is a Swiss mercenary and the other romantic protagonist is both cynic and idealist caught between his urges and ideals. This play is half "She stoops to conquer" and half "The Importance of Being Ernest" This play finds Shaw at his wittiest and least didactic though the social commentary is still both heavy and biting. Here as in many of his plays all sides get their say, and it's not quite clear what the moral is. Which is perhaps how art should be.
Ironfire
The back of this book is quite confusing. The text begins by talking about the correct author but the summary of the play is all wrong. The correct play is printed inside but the outside leads one to wonder about the editor.
Qulcelat
It is a cute little story. Somewhat silly in places, and I am not quite sure what the author really was going to tell us, but entertaining enough to spend your time reading.
Nirn
Bernard Shaw the man!
Pedora
One of his better and most entertaining ones! His cynical take on war heroes and those who worship them. Also it's a comedy of manners vs reality, and as always, reality and common sense wins.
Totally illegible - an absolute waste of $3.00
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