The Visit

by Friedrich Durrenmatt, P. Bowles | Plays & Scripts |
ISBN: 0224009141 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Morgaine77 of Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on 5/21/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Morgaine77 from Münchenstein, Baselland Switzerland on Sunday, May 21, 2006
I got this book especially for my Birthday Buddy 2006 Ibis3, since I gathered from her Wishlist and Profile that she likes classic literature.

Friedrich Duerrenmatt is a famous Swiss Writer and I enjoy his work very much. Actually, one of his books "The Pledge" was made into a movie, starring Jack Nicholson.
The exact translation of the title of this play would be "The old lady's visit". It's about this old lady, Claire Zachanassias, who comes to visit her tiny home village. She was driven from it when she was a young girl because she was pregnant. Now she's old and stinking rich and in for revenge on the man that got her pregnant and left her alone.

For me it's a deliciously evil comedy, one that I tremendously enjoyed reading at school. I hope you'll enjoy it as well!

Journal Entry 2 by Morgaine77 at on Saturday, June 3, 2006

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Now travelling to Ibis3 in Canada. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by Ibis3 from Newcastle, Ontario Canada on Friday, June 9, 2006
Thank you so much! I received this book (along with some chocolate and some hand-made soaps :) ) in plenty of time for my birthday. I couldn't help but open the envelope early.

Looking forward to reading this--it sounds really good. As a bonus, it's on Bloom's Western Canon list, so I'll be able to chalk up another one when I'm finished (Dunzy would say it's a 'canonical skinny' LOL).

Journal Entry 4 by Ibis3 from Newcastle, Ontario Canada on Thursday, December 21, 2006
Thanks Morgaine77 for introducing this author to me. I hope you like Buffy & J.D. Robb as much. :)

It took me a bit of effort to get into it at the beginning (I think because it's a play and that beginning is meant for the audience to get their bearings--it's lacking when you don't have the visual elements), but after that I found it quite good--on one level a kind of condensed "Countess" of Monte Cristo, on another level a philosophical contemplation of justice, greed, human weakness, and civilisation. It would be really fun to see this as a play with the ever wealthier townspeople trying to convince Ill that they have no intention of taking the offer, the incessant string of husbands all played by the same actor, the sets getting more and more rich while the sense of impending doom gets higher and higher. Brilliant.

Journal Entry 5 by Ibis3 from Newcastle, Ontario Canada on Friday, December 22, 2006
Reserved for Sugaryfun for a Ray It Forward.

Journal Entry 6 by Ibis3 from Newcastle, Ontario Canada on Friday, February 9, 2007
Sent today as a Ray it Forward. Thanks again Morgaine77 & enjoy Sugaryfun!

Journal Entry 7 by Sugaryfun from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Oops, I thought I was up to date with all my journalling, but I must have missed this one! It arrived safe and sound last week. Many thanks to Ibis3. It may take me a little while to get on to reading this one, as I've just started university again, but it's a short book, so I should be able to fit it in sometime. It looks like an interesting story.

Journal Entry 8 by Sugaryfun at Mount Tamborine Markets in Mount Tamborine, Queensland Australia on Monday, January 13, 2020

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It was about time this book went travelling again. Left on a picnic table during the Sunday markets.

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