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Misalliance (Dodo Press) [Paperback]

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Large format paper back for easy reading. Lesser known but no less accomplished play from one of the greatest english speaking playwright

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Pages   108
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.26 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2005
Publisher   Dodo Press
ISBN  1905432569  
ISBN13  9781905432561  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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."

George Bernard Shaw was born in 1856 and died in 1950.

George Bernard Shaw has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bantam Classics
  2. Bernard Shaw Library
  3. Dover Thrift Editions
  4. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)

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Misalliance  Dec 11, 2003
Title: Misalliance
Author: George Bernard Shaw

Brief Summary:
Misalliance is a Shaw drama set in 1909 in the house of John Tarleton, of Hindhead, Surrey. The play is centered around a middle to upper class family and their close friends: Johnny Tarleton, the son; Bentley Summerhays, the economically blessed, however socially undeveloped friend of the family; Mr. Tarleton, owner of underwear company; Ms Tarleton; Hypatia, rebellious daughter of Tarletons; and Lord Summerhays, father of Bentley. This so called "average" family goes through a turn of events to turn it upside down and inside out revealing the secrets to each person's true character. They have unexpected guests that literally "drop" in for a visit; Mr. Tarleton meets fate with the end of a loaded gun, and love triangles and infidelity are everywhere. Deceit and power, parents versus the younger generation, and the male female power struggle are the main themes that run throughout the book. The unexpected is the only thing that stays predictable through the play. Shaw does a very effective job of satirizing society's values, secrets, and powers with money. He uses the stereotypes of individuals to over dramatize the characteristics within this very dynamic group of people.
The biggest obstacle in this book is getting past the introduction. Shaw uses more than the first half of his published work to set up and express his own feelings towards society's rituals and traditions. He digresses about his every thought; he holds nothing back. He touches on all the ideas that he will be satirizes in the play. After awhile, the repetitive criticism becomes monotonous, no matter how true his ideas may be.
Overall I believe Shaw effectively gets his point across in an entertaining manner. I would rate the play as a highly effective satire of the privileged society's false superiority.

Misalliance- A Debate in One Sitting  Dec 5, 2003
To be frank, I read the play Misalliance because it was a requirement for one of my classes. It was an interesting play to read, but overall I would not recommend it. The play's jokes, for the most part, weren't funny and the plot was dull excluding a few select parts that were tolerable. The only redeeming quality is that the characters of the play are quite interesting. The variety in personalities creates drama as each person gets on the nerve of the other people. The best drama was produced between the older characters vs. the younger characters. This is easily understood because what person hasn't had a conflict with their parents? I'm sure everyone has, which also makes the play easy to relate to. Even with the plays interesting characters and fascinating quarrels the play doesn't flow well from scene to scene. Scenes abruptly end and randomly start with almost little to no transition.
If you want to experience Shaw's Misalliance I would suggest not reading it because reading it doesn't capture his humor like the play being acted out live. Though if you do decide to see the play, be prepared to be bored out of your mind for the first half of it. The first half of the book is for getting to know the characters with the only humor coming in the latter portion.
A Book of Social Change  Dec 4, 2003
Misalliance, written by George Bernard Shaw, is a fascinating view of the relationship between parents and their children. The first half of the play is a tad dry or as Hypatia (the young daughter who seeks adventure) would put it; the play is filled with "talk, talk, talk". However with the help of an aeroplane things quickly change.

The introduction of a Polish acrobat (Lina) who is nothing like the other two women in the play, results in a strange but intriguing plot twist. The actions that ensue upon the arrival of Lina add action and liveliness to the play. From there the play takes off with crazy tales of love and lust and there is truly no way of telling how this will all end.

However great for readers, for what Shaw seems to lack in plot for the first half of the play, he makes up with interesting characters and with ideas that are important to address. He addresses not only the relationship between parent and child but he also shows how women are changing as they look to move to liberate themselves from the control of men. This play shows the evolution of woman in society. Lina is seen as the woman of the future, Mrs. Tarleton is of the past and Hypatia, a woman in between the two, wants to change herself from the times of her mother to follow the footsteps of Lina.

A review of Misalliance  Dec 4, 2003
The play of Misalliance is centralized by the main idea of ¡¥How people live in the old world while waiting for the new world to come?¡¦ Also, surrounding the main idea, issues such as the interpenetration of parents and children¡¦s world, change in ideologies, social expectations verses personal desires...etc are raised in the play. Associated with these profound issues, Misalliance is filled with humors which will surely bring pleasure to readers. This play is packed with pace, humor, romance and concepts all in one; which not only expressed the author Bernard Shaw¡¦s beliefs thoroughly, but also bring supreme entertainment to readers. Being a youth myself and brought up in a traditional Chinese family, I find this play highly relevant to my life as I am constantly rebelling against my parents¡¦ will. This play truly brought out the minds of us new generation, and our opposition against traditional views. I recommend this book to readers of all ages, especially adolescents, for both deep reading and entertainment.
Misalliance Review  Dec 4, 2003
Misalliance is a play focused on the values and interactions among family. The play is based on the story and drama of two upper class families the Summerhays and Tarleton's. Throughout the play they discuss issues that are relevant to the time and heated topics that are not often discussed by families. The women such as Hypatia bring about issues of control and how they should lead their own lives while not letting a husband control their lives. The issue of older men cheating and chasing around younger women is another underlying topic throughout the play. Elderly married men from the play chase women around, while the women of the play try to go out on their own and establish their own being.

I enjoyed this play and found it to be interesting because a heated discussion is carried throughout the play. The drama and conflicts of the characters and issues in the play carry the discussion right up until the end. This discussion evolves and changes as each character is introduced with their own beliefs. One thing I did not like about the play though was that the discussion was very lengthy and at times was not filled with anything exciting. Overall I would recommend this play to anyone who is looking for a discussion of family values and beliefs in one easy sitting. The humorous and social discussion that evolves throughout the play carries the book along and makes it an interesting story.

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