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    The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen

    After English actress Gemma Arterton played Hilda Wangel in The Master Builder staging of 2010 I knew I had to read the play. Gemma is an outspoken feminist in that she demands better and less superficial roles for women in the industry. She said she loved Hilda from the very beginning and that playing her was a challenging experience. Gemma Arterton as Hilda back in 2010. From www.gemma-arterton.net The Master Builder revolves around the title’s master builder, a middle-aged man who receives the visit of Hilda Wangel, someone from his past who he did not expect at all: she is asking for a kiss he promised her ten years ago.…

  • Gift Ideas,  Theatre

    Gift Ideas – Drama

    I love drama, I really do. I think theater plays can be read quickly but they usually need a second reading to fully understand them. The following, is my favourite (and no, it is not Shakespeare’s). A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1947 play by Southern author Tennessee Williams. Basically, it is the story of two women in a decadent South, being Blanche DuBois the main character. She is too old to be single, too carless to keep the family’s properties and definitely, too sexually liberated for the 1940’s. But, when she pays her sister and her new husband a visit… everything will change. I must admit that I decided…

  • 19th century,  20th century,  Best Books,  General Fiction,  Theatre

    Best Books – 2010

    2010 has been a great reading year. From compulsory readings at Uni to best-sellers to chillax, I’ve enjoyed every single page of every new book that has fallen into my hands. Here are the best ones: Prose & Fiction: The Constant Gardener (John LeCarré) – It has everything: crimes, love, social criticism and a wonderful setting: Kenia. The Awakening (Kate Chopin) – The story of a woman who rebells against society in the early 20th century. The Help (Kathryn Stockett) – Life in the 1960’s was easy, if you were not African-American or a Southern Belle in Jacksonville. This is the story of those women. The Woman in Black (Susan…

  • 19th century,  20th century,  General Fiction,  Theatre

    Summer 2010 readings

    These are the books I read his summer. The first four are really worthy and I recommend them to anyone who enjoys reading. 1. The Constant Gardener – John LeCarré 5/5 2. The Help– Kathryn Stockett 4.5/5 3. Lady Chatterley’s Lover– D.H Lawrence 4/5 4. A Streetcar Named Desire– Tennessee Williams 4/5 5. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee – Rebecca Miller 3.5/5 6. I Curse the River of Time – Per Petterson 3/5 7. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert 2.5/5 8. Mr. Rosenlum’s List– Natasha Solomons 2/5 9. The Reunion– Simone Van Der Vlugt 1.5/5 What about yours?

  • Random,  Theatre

    Summer readings

    These are the books I’m looking forward to read this summer. I will try to read them all because I’ve been collecting them for several months but, because of my college readings, it’s been impossible to deal with them properly! The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (Rebecca Miller) After watching the movie, I cannot wait to read the book:  Rebecca Miller, daughter of Arthur Miller and wife of Daniel Day-Lewis deals with the life of a middle-aged perfect housewife living in the suburbs while she tries to erase her wild past. It looks like a great psychological study of a great character. A Streetcar Named Desire (Teneese Williams) The story…