No Exit and Three Other Plays

No Exit and Three Other Plays

Book - 2008
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In these four plays, Jean-Paul Sartre, the great existentialist novelist and philosopher, displays his mastery of the drama. No Exit is an unforgettable portrayal of hell. The Flies is a modern reworking of the Electra-Orestes story. Dirty Hands is about a young intellectual torn between theory and praxis. The Respectful Prostitute is a scathing attack on American racism.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Paw Prints,, [2008]
ISBN: 9781439510179
1439510172
Branch Call Number: 842.91 Sartre
Characteristics: 275 pages ;,21 cm

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mikey69
Apr 11, 2020

Sartre has an artist's eye with a knack for taking a thing and standing it on its head. NO EXIT, AND THREE OTHER PLAYS (Vintage Books, $8.95) contains four plays that serve as prime examples of this. Whether re-working the Electra-Orestes story in THE FLIES, punching a hole through intellectualism in DIRTY HANDS, or reimagining hell with NO EXIT, his path to a subject is consistently fresh and unexpected.

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Nymeria23
Jun 08, 2015

A story of the acquaintance and company of three da**ed people stuck in a room together for the rest of eternity, where they learn more about each other and become the 'torturers' in their personal hells.

Lauren Jul 22, 2008

No Exit is an existentialist play about three people condemned to eternity in Hell. The play explores what makes it 'Hell', as well as the consequences of your choices.

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Nymeria23
Jun 08, 2015

Sexual Content: Two characters begin to be sexually involved- it stops though

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Nymeria23
Jun 08, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Characters are in Hell, are dealing with their past lives and each other's company

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Nymeria23
Jun 08, 2015

Violence: Eludes to past violent events of the charcters

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mikey69
Apr 11, 2020

Sartre is to theatre what Gaultier is to fashion. Both have a knack of taking a thing and standing it on its head to fully and better appreciate it. NO EXIT is one such look at hell. In THE FLIES, he re-works the Electra-Orestes story, bringing it up to a modern clip. He explores the vagaries of intellectualism in DIRTY HANDS, and challenges racial division with THE RESPECTFUL PROSTITUTE. When reading Sartre, expect the unexpected.

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Nymeria23
Jun 08, 2015

I read this play for my English class, and thought it was okay. I liked the fact that the three 'absentees' were waiting for their torturer, but they simply tortured themselves. Even once the door is open, revealing the opportunity to escape the company of each other, no one leaves for fear of being truly alone. Interesting concepts, can't believe what a sleaze Garcin was, what a despicable person Estelle was, and what an intolerable person Inez was. I couldn't find any sympathy for them, which I guess, was the point.

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mikey69
Apr 11, 2020

Sarte is to theatre what Gaultier is to fashion.
http://www.penhead.org/

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Nymeria23
Jun 08, 2015

“INEZ: Prove it. Prove it was no dream. It’s what one does, and nothing else, that shows the stuff one's made of.

GARCIN: I died too soon. I wasn't allowed time to - to do my deeds.

INEZ: One always dies too soon - or too late. And yet one's whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are - your life, and nothing else.”

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Nymeria23
Jun 08, 2015

Nymeria23 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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