Arcadia

Arcadia Arcadia takes us back and forth between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries ranging over the nature of truth and time the difference between the Classical and the Romantic temperament and the di
  • Title: Arcadia
  • Author: Tom Stoppard
  • ISBN: 9780571169344
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • Arcadia
    Arcadia takes us back and forth between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging over the nature of truth and time, the difference between the Classical and the Romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life Focusing on the mysteries romantic, scientific, literary that engage the minds and hearts of characters whose passions and lArcadia takes us back and forth between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging over the nature of truth and time, the difference between the Classical and the Romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life Focusing on the mysteries romantic, scientific, literary that engage the minds and hearts of characters whose passions and lives intersect across scientific planes and centuries, it is Stoppard s richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and emotion It s like a dream of levitation you re instantaneously aloft, soaring, banking, doing loop the loops and then, when you think you re about to plummet to earth, swooping to a gentle touchdown of not easily described sweetness and sorrow Exhilarating Vincent Canby, The New York Times.
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  • This weekend I was looking at my almost seven year old daughter and marveling at how quickly she s grown up I thought she s still so young and she s still so new But then I thought no, she s not Not really The atoms and molecules that make up her body are actually billions of years old Inside, she carries pieces of what are now distant stars She carries pieces of the original humans She carries pieces of me She carries pieces of her children And yet, there has never been and there will never be [...]


  • view spoiler And after all that it all ends in people waltzing, oblivious to it all going up in flames I endlessly, endlessly love this play hide spoiler


  • Enough people love this play that it presumably has some good qualities But I just couldn t get past the snide, obnoxious characters, and the facile, frequently inaccurate treatment of science and math, which panders to the science is just the product of fallible human impulses and, like, we don t really know anything for sure anyway, man attitude that has become the norm among intellectuals and wannabe intellectuals who, for one reason or another, aren t interested in science.As a presentation [...]


  • The only play I ve ever read that made me want to be an actor, however briefly just for long enough to speak some of Stoppard s incredible lines Witty, erudite, passionate, petty, catty, dry, elegant or vile, there s not a character who doesn t get off a zinger at least once per appearance, and usually oftener Lady Croome alone barely walks into a room without puncturing egos left, right and center Encountering a scene of midnight shenanigans in her country house, she tells the perps they re luc [...]


  • I first encountered this play my freshman year of college, and here I am in my final semester, reading it once If you have read this play yourself, you might see the beauty and significance in that duality Nevertheless, I adore this play so, so much Tom Stoppard is a complete genuis.The play follows two time periods, the early 1800 s and a contemporary setting, both in the same exact location, an English manor house In the 1800 s we observe Thomasina, a 13 year old intellectual, and her tutor, [...]


  • Mathematical discoveries glimpsed and lost to view will have their time again You do not suppose, my lady, that if all of Archimedes had been hiding in the great library of Alexandria, we would be at a loss for a corkscrew Stellar writing, just a spot under fed I would ve appreciated bulk, fury some Sturm und Drang Alas a two tiered production featuring landed aristocracy, precocious children and the ribald aura of Lord Byron Ruminating over these historical effects almost 200 years later in t [...]


  • This is another wonderful play by Stoppard This story takes place in two separate time periods, many decades distant from each other, and the events in the earlier period are being studied and referenced by the characters in the latter.The play captures the often violent dance of art and science, beautifully arranged in waltz time It delves into chaos theory and questions how much our knowledge is limited by the time we have and the speed at which we can process information It asks the question [...]


  • The Waltz of TimeReading Iain Pears brilliant novel Arcadia just now, I wondered how it might have been influenced by Tom Stoppard s 1993 play of the same title, which has been described in the article I shall cite below as maybe the greatest play of our age Answer very much, and yet hardly at all Stoppard casts his play of ideas as a drawing room comedy or rather two comedies alternating in the same room, the one beginning in 1809, the other in 1990 Pears infuses his ideas into a melange of fan [...]


  • My favorite play by Tom Stoppard, who s often been referred to as one of the cleverest and most literate minds currently writing for the stage or anywhere else, for that matter His work is unfailingly intellectual in the best sense of the word, alive with the energy of a naturally brilliant and inquisitive mind constantly in motion gleefully absorbing new information, delighting in the juxtaposition of unlikely ideas philosophy and gymnastics, for example and forever doubling back to challenge a [...]


  • THOMASINA Septimus, what is carnal embrace SEPTIMUS Carnal embrace is the practice of throwing one s arms around a side of beef.Oh my god, I wish I d written this The wittiest, most hilarious play out there Don t believe me Here are some of the highlights youtube watch v pCCnB For some reason they neglect to include the funniest bits Why Blisteringly clever with fantastic characters and a simple but brilliant premise the inhabitants of Sidley Park in the 20th century trying to figure out what ex [...]


  • Philosophy vs science progress What is important to mankind What makes us happy The play Arcadia 1993 is complex Stoppard explores many different themes and contrasts such as past and present, and order and disorder They melt together and show that everything is connected.The play is set in a country house, Sidley Park, in Derbyshire, and follows the lives of people living there in the 1800 s and present day This is a rich play with questions than answers It involves philosophy, history, class [...]


  • I would like to make it clear, right out front, that I adore some of Tom Stoppard s work But this is insufferable, elitist piffle The fact that it is so highly praised in so many circles confirms, to my mind, that the arts, like the rest of our culture, are utterly degenerate.Kurt Vonnegut once described the job of a writer as being a good date With Arcadia, Stoppard wears too much cologne, won t stop talking about himself, blows smoke in our face, farts in the elevator, and seems to think that [...]


  • I should have liked this than I did, truly I mean, I get that this is a play about how one goes about mapping emotional and physical complexity onto intellectual models and how it breaks down and breaks apart, in the same way that Romanticism signalled the end of the Enlightenment, or how the two had trouble coexisting in the same garden But they can be united By fractals And sex My problems were thus 1 I didn t like any of the characters They were all so self impressed, self pleasing, and whil [...]


  • The minority report once , alas Although reading a play, rather than seeing it in a theater especially with the quality of actor and actress that Tom Stoppard s work usually brings onstage , is like judging food made with only half the ingredients of the recipe This is a work half set in an England about to begin its Regency period, with lots of nineteenth romantic bravura precocious and doomed genius, trysts in the gazebo, sailing to gather specimens, and dueling, into which Lord Byron threaten [...]


  • Tom Stoppard s play Arcadia, one of the finest dramatic works of our time, manages simultaneously to be audacious, complex, thought provoking, poignant, and hilarious It shows no evidence of failing to pass the test of time because its themes are so perennial and its conception and execution so striking.The action of the play takes place in two periods of time but the same setting, an English country house in 1809 and the present Scenes alternate between these periods, a fresh set of characters [...]


  • I listened to the audio version of this in the car and just loved it It was a full ensemble, made easy by the fact that it s a play, so everything is spoken anyway It s so clever, and keeps you on your toes trying to figure out the relationships and what s going on It was sometimes a little tough to figure out the voices and who was speaking, but I m pretty sure I got most of it.The words and ideas in this are just so beautiful It s a story about science concepts and historical dialogue, and loo [...]


  • I think the intricacies of this play are best enjoyed through performance not reading, especially the last acts when centuries cross There were several laugh out loud lines I rather enjoyed However, the plot lines of sexual interference, science and math theory, and Lord Byron were just too twisted within the time warp for me to keep straight I d much rather see this on stage I think I d highly praise its unique direction.


  • Hmmm lots to think about in this two act play Despite Stoppard s wonderful touch with the one line quips and ripostes, this play isn t really a comedy Within the humor there are some serious ideas regarding how academics interprete artifacts to construct a version of the past and whether the world universe is determinate or chaotic.I would love to see a production of this


  • Historical research, Newton s laws of physics, romance what s not to love Stoppard outdid himself with Arcadia Even outside a classroom setting, this play has high returns even for a casual read.


  • I read this first in a college course called The Scientist on Stage, which was a really wonderful class, definitely one of my desert island favorites It was a version of the class Patton Oswalt describes in his Physics for Poets bit we, the liberal arts students, learned big science concepts by reading plays that featured science and scientists The class was taught by a quantum physicist who was clearly delighted by everything he got to teach us He gave us concepts like they were stories, and th [...]


  • Arcadia is a fatalistic farce, a comedy about the consequences of taking poetry and science seriously It juxtaposes scenes from two different time periods, early 19th century and present day England The scene is a Derbyshire country house One time period is trying to predict the future the other trying to reconstruct the past In 1809 Septimus Hodge the tutor of Thomasina is helping her to make mathematical discoveries, Septimus has been discovered in a compromised position with the poet Ezra Cha [...]


  • So close and yet so far This had a lot of the ingredients that should have produced an awe inspiring flourless chocolate cake of a play, but it just didn t come together for me I enjoy plays that are able to play with historical characters and ideas and connect them to bigger themes, I enjoy the play of contrasting or apparently contrasting ideas like poetry and science, Romanticism and Enlightenment,etc especially when the author is able to complicate the black and white into gray and I enjoy p [...]


  • Stoppard s wit and craftsmanship infuse every line This is an absorbing exploration of the differences between the Romantic and Classical temperaments between feeling and thought as well as an investigation into the connections between science and literature, all shaken and linked by the unifying disruption of sex It s a tour de force that requires your share of creative work, but also makes you laugh out loud Jeff B Reader s Services


  • Brilliant I d had no idea I mean, I had an idea of Stoppard s genius, but why d I wait so long to read this play Erudite and multi leveled Enlightenment rationality and science chaos, Newtonian geometry, English gardens against with Romantic literature and art Lord Byron, high emotion, beauty, sex, and wild nature Indelible characterization And so, so funny.


  • I m not typically a large fan of plays, but this is written quite excellently It reads as easily as a novel and had my attention There are many smart references to literature, history, and the arts This will easily be one I read againtely a novelty for me when it comes to plays.




  • I LOVE THIS PLAY Setting aside musicals where Les Mis has my heart forever and ever , this is my absolute favorite play I saw this first, during the current 2011 revival in New York City I go back and forth whether it was better to see it or read it first, but I think I liked seeing it first I got to witness it brought to life and glimpsed the big picture before going back and reading the lines and seeing what I missed.Everything takes place in the same room in the same house in Debryshire, Engl [...]


  • my first introduction to stoppard, it remains my favorite what can i say any play that starts with a discussion of what carnal embrace means has won my heart this was the first play i had read in a long time that was so intellectual, that trusted so much of its audience there is no pandering to a common intelligence as a viewer, as a reader, we are expected to be like thomasina studious, learning, not knowing everything, but being a bright bubble of course, she was on a different level, but i d [...]


  • Tom Stoppard and math It sounds like a marriage made in heaven Stoppard is excellent at taking obscure ideas, relating them to the meaning of life and then somehow turning them into a dramatic scenario He throws so many facts and concepts at the reader that at times it felt like I was holding on for dear life I tried my best to keep up but I may have to read this play a few times to rehash some of the deeper philosophical ideas Luckily it s a pretty short read.I have to say this was not my favo [...]


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