George Bernard Shaw
The Apple Cart: A Political Extravaganza
July 17, 2019 Comments.. 733
The Apple Cart A Political Extravaganza Many of Shaw s early plays were either banned by the censor or refused production He began the practice of writing the challenging mocking eloquent prefaces to his plays which were sometimes l
  • Title: The Apple Cart: A Political Extravaganza
  • Author: George Bernard Shaw
  • ISBN: 9780140450262
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1930 Many of Shaw s early plays were either banned by the censor or refused production He began the practice of writing the challenging, mocking, eloquent prefaces to his plays, which were sometimes longer than the play itself In 1925 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature The Apple Cart is Shaw s comedic play in which the King defeats an attempt by his popularly1930 Many of Shaw s early plays were either banned by the censor or refused production He began the practice of writing the challenging, mocking, eloquent prefaces to his plays, which were sometimes longer than the play itself In 1925 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature The Apple Cart is Shaw s comedic play in which the King defeats an attempt by his popularly elected Prime Minister to deprive him of the right to influence public opinion through the press in short, to reduce him to a cipher.
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    1. Kenny says:

      5 of my 2018 Shaw ProjectShaw s The Apple Cart of 1929 combines political satire and futuristic visions and is still amazingly topical and accurate in its predictions As a comedy of ideas, this play is not for everyone It is one of Shaw s unusual works As Shaw makes clear from every possible angle, although everyone may hold to the notion that democracy is good and right, the true power even self proclaimed democracies is not arrived at or wielded democratically The discussions of manufacturing [...]

    2. Manny says:

      At the end of this little known play, the US tears up the Declaration of Independence and asks to be readmitted as a member of the British Empire thus, as Shaw astutely points out, in effect annexing Britain by means of a constitutional coup Would it work in practice Maybe someone who knows about the legal issues can comment There are plenty cute ideas too Shaw was clearly having fun when he wrote it.

    3. Yooperprof says:

      Actors love Shaw because he writes lines that are fun and punchy His characters have character, interesting quirks, edges they are fully human Even a minor play like The Apple Cart which brims with the politics of Great Britain in the 1920s is saturated with Shavian wit Surely, if Shaw were alive today we would be sharing his brilliant epigrams and enjoying his latest satirical take on the contemporary political scene Actually, many of his observations in The Apple Cart from 85 years ago are str [...]

    4. Mark Mallett says:

      I was drawn to this by way of a story a blog entry, really of an open source advocate who was attacked by a pair of people whose jobs depended on the tendency of certain proprietary systems to decay and malfunction it was assured that there would be predictable demand for routine hands on maintenance by expert repair personnel, and any alternative that did not have this problem was seen as a threat The writer compared this to the parable of Breakages, Limited in Shaw s play The Apple Cart i.e th [...]

    5. Hassan Raza says:

      A great play and a good read I have a 1930 print by R R Clark Limited Edinburgh

    6. Sherlock says:

      Read it years ago.

    7. Dr.J.G. says:

      When in heat of parliamentary debate a member is insulted for his race, he can point out much that is true who is a native, and who is cultured, for instance A rational colleague may calmly point out that you are not white, but oatmeal at best Chinese call us Pinks they flatter us In fact, the word in Chinese is not Pinks when they speak to other Chinese, it is barbarian or foreign devil , when refering to race of European descent A king might be tolerating a beautiful attractive mistress and fa [...]

    8. BLRBrazil says:

      I saw the play on television and was so impressed I immediately wanted to buy the book So the next day, during my lunch break, I sought out a bookshop near my office in the City of London The place I found was tucked away in a corner down a cobbled side street and inside there were books from floor to ceiling and piled up on tables But when I told the man what I was looking for he went straight to a hardback copy and brought it over to me At 1.25 1971 prices I was already delighted with my purch [...]

    9. Mugdha Mohan says:

      Written 100 years back But so so relevant to timeless political establishment Fell in love with the character King Magnus One of the best things about these evergreen classics is they are written so fluid with such ingrained wisdom.Though am happy with current crop of Indian English writers who are going easy on vocabulary and making it a comfortable read Still its a long way to encompass such wit, truth and philosophy in easiest of instances quoted.Eagerly looking for such writers in present ti [...]

    10. Mike Jensen says:

      Based on my first reading, I was ready to give this play 5 stars, but it did not hold up as well a decade later It is a sometimes very funny satire on democracy, political gamesmanship, governance, business having the real power, and the sort of people drawn to power and the powerful, but these wonderful parts do not add up to a whole More than worthwhile, and by all means debate its ideas some parallels with the US in 2009 are striking, some are not , but the play is not as sharp as Shaw though [...]

    11. Maria says:

      I never cease to be amazed by how contemporary Shaw s work feels or the intelligence and scope of the female characters While this political meditation ended up feeling long to me, I love portions of it And I am fanatical about the Interlude that bisects the first and second acts It is a perfect 15 or so pages between the king and his mistress and it is just everything I want to see onstage of course my current favorite audition piece is pulled from this section.

    12. Laila says:

      Okudugum en zekice kurgulanmis eserlerden biriydi Gunumuz siyasi arenasinda olan seyleri o zamandan betimlemis diyebilecegimiz kitapta Kral Magnus karakterinin keskin zekasi cogu zaman gulumsetti Bir gecede zevkle okuduklarimdandi Okuyani pisman etmeyecek kitaplardan.

    13. محمد عبادة says:

      I deem it to be a masterpiece of the Royalist Bernard Shaw Of course I need to re read it

    14. Courtney says:

      Shaw, George BernardThe Complete Bernard Shaw PlaysIn compilation only.

    15. Carol Waters says:

      Well, that explains a lot, actually And it s funny.

    16. Purvi Petal says:

      A cute drama worth an hour or two s read, nothing , but enjoyable.

    17. Russell says:

      His best play

    18. Shubham Sharma says:

      Superb Work by G.B.S.

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