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Book Review4 out of 5 stars to La casa de Bernarda Alba, a play written in 1936 but published in 1945 by Federico Garc a Lorca after his death I adore this play for so many reasons Originally written in Spanish, I read this as part of a course on literature as part of an English degree I read it in English and watched two versions afterwards, and I will definitely say reading it in Spanish was truly the best experience The other great thing about this work is the ability to cBook Review4 out of 5 stars to La casa de Bernarda Alba, a play written in 1936 but published in 1945 by Federico Garc a Lorca after his death I adore this play for so many reasons Originally written in Spanish, I read this as part of a course on literature as part of an English degree I read it in English and watched two versions afterwards, and I will definitely say reading it in Spanish was truly the best experience The other great thing about this work is the ability to cover 5 different daughters, each with a unique personality, need and desire during their mourning period La Mama will not let them do anything but sit in proper attire but we all know that children do not listen to their mothers at various points in their life Everyone needs to read this play simply to understand the beauty that is Lorca All the plays deal with family and generational issues, gender and sexual revolutions or sorts so much could be said about what Lorca was revealing from his own life This is the kind of play that makes you love foreign or multi cultural literature and stories I remember being wow d by the ability to convey such beauty in a way that I hadn t ever experienced, when it comes to another culture I may have only been 18 or 19 at the time but it was quite profound That said, it s a play It s not that lengthy And it s not a life changer as far as coming to terms with something you are thinking about It sa wonderful cross section of a culture, a time and a family who show you an alternate way of 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Spain The play centers on the events of a house in Andalusia during a period of mourning, in which Bernarda Alba wields total control over her five daughters A tense tragedy about the devastating consequences of authoritarian rule and sexual repression Classical in its intensity, the play dramatizes an Andalusian mother s draconian attempts to control her five adult daughters following the death of her husband, Bernada Alba tightens her already firm grasp on her daughters lives, from forbidding them to leave the home to controlling how they communicate with each other Chaos ensues, the daughters turn against Bernada as well as each other, and a l A tense tragedy about the devastating consequences of authoritarian rule and sexual repression Classical in its intensity, the play dramatizes an Andalusian mother s draconian attempts to control her five adult daughters following the death of her husband, Bernada Alba tightens her already firm grasp on her daughters lives, from forbidding them to leave the home to controlling how they communicate with each other Chaos ensues, the daughters turn against Bernada as well as each other, and a lurid act of violence ties up the plot This is the second of Lorca s rural trilogy I have read, and if anything I liked it eventhan Bodas de Sangre In form and theme the two are quite similar Like a Greek tragedy, the plot is simplicity itself, with one obvious conflict and one calamitous resolution Again, Lorca s power as a dramatist comes, not from subtlety or wit, but from pure passion The incompatibility between traditional values and human impulses, with all its tragic implications, is laid bare by Lorca, who shows u This is the second of Lorca s rural trilogy I have read, and if anything I liked it eventhan Bodas de Sangre In form and theme the two are quite similar Like a Greek tragedy, the plot is simplicity itself, with one obvious conflict and one calamitous resolution Again, Lorca s power as a dramatist comes, not from subtlety or wit, but from pure passion The incompatibility between traditional values and human impulses, with all its tragic implications, is laid bare by Lorca, who shows us a culture whose religious s and gender norms oppress women and deprive them of a fulfilling life Strikingly, the cast of characters is entirely female, even though the conflict revolves around a male who is always offstage This allows Lorca to focus on a side of life that was often swept aside, while maintaining an atmosphere of tension and constraint that makes the play so riveting I am excited for Yerma I have a funny relationship with this play It was this tragedy we found when searching for a play with several female main roles in our Drama course And even funnier I played the infamous and despotic Bernarda Alba So yeah After a year of practicing and learning and adding and crossing out lines and after several performances of different length of this play I cannot help but really like it And as awful as Bernarda Alba is, it was a great pleasure to play her, to play such a cruel charac I have a funny relationship with this play It was this tragedy we found when searching for a play with several female main roles in our Drama course And even funnier I played the infamous and despotic Bernarda Alba So yeah After a year of practicing and learning and adding and crossing out lines and after several performances of different length of this play I cannot help but really like it And as awful as Bernarda Alba is, it was a great pleasure to play her, to play such a cruel character in general 3 5Altogether I liked this play I wasn t entirely moved by it, but I think I might prefer to see it performed live On paper, several of the main female characters blended together, which muddled up their motivations and personalities, but I think on stage the various actors choices may lend themselves to createdistinct individuals Ultimately it just made me sad that these women all shared the same obsession over this mystery man who, to be honest, doesn t sound all that great This obs 3 5Altogether I liked this play I wasn t entirely moved by it, but I think I might prefer to see it performed live On paper, several of the main female characters blended together, which muddled up their motivations and personalities, but I think on stage the various actors choices may lend themselves to createdistinct individuals Ultimately it just made me sad that these women all shared the same obsession over this mystery man who, to be honest, doesn t sound all that great This obsession ultimately led to the dissolution and demise of the family, and basically NO characters get any sort of redemption However, I do love a good dramatic play, and this one hit all the points lies, deception, death, mourning, family, and a secret love affair From BBC Radio 3 Drama on 3 Following the death of her second husband Bernarda Alba, a tyrannical matriarch, rules over her house and daughters, imposing an eight year period of mourning To hear Lorca s Rural Trilogy complete, Yerma and the award winning Blood Wedding are broadcast in the following two weeks in Drama on 3.Federico Garcia Lorca 1898 1936 is, with Cervantes, the best known figure in Spanish literature Written in 1936 and completed just a few months before his execution,From BBC Radio 3 Drama on 3 Following the death of her second husband Bernarda Alba, a tyrannical matriarch, rules over her house and daughters, imposing an eight year period of mourning To hear Lorca s Rural Trilogy complete, Yerma and the award winning Blood Wedding are broadcast in the following two weeks in Drama on 3.Federico Garcia Lorca 1898 1936 is, with Cervantes, the best known figure in Spanish literature Written in 1936 and completed just a few months before his execution, The House of Bernarda Alba is Lorca s final tragedy.I liked it but I still prefer the original play Coincidentally, another play featuring the fortunes of a band of desperate upper class sisters after their father dies When you re looking for widely available plays with lots of roles for women, this sort of thing comes up a lot But where Chekhov s The Three Sisters is dry comedy and disappointed romance, Federico Garcia Lorca s The House of Bernarda Alba is hot, repressed passion and the capital D Drama.Honestly, the role of the tyrannical matriarch Bernarda is a steal And then there s the Coincidentally, another play featuring the fortunes of a band of desperate upper class sisters after their father dies When you re looking for widely available plays with lots of roles for women, this sort of thing comes up a lot But where Chekhov s The Three Sisters is dry comedy and disappointed romance, Federico Garcia Lorca s The House of Bernarda Alba is hot, repressed passion and the capital D Drama.Honestly, the role of the tyrannical matriarch Bernarda is a steal And then there s the horny, senile grandmother Maria Josefa, and the sly housekeeper Poncia The daughters are less exciting overall, though snarky and hunchbacked Martirio is an exception Does the play get too dramatic at the end Perhaps, but it must be a hoot to play Rating 3.5 stars 4 5A tragedy in which the reader enters Lorca s wounded soul This was the final play Lorca wrote before he was captured and killed by fascists in 1936, at the start of the Spanish Civil War It deals with the titular character Bernarda controlling her five daughters by locking them up in her Andalusian house after her second husband has died Bernarda seems to believe that keeping the daughters away from society constitutes a period of morning As tensions start rising and the women become mo 4 5A tragedy in which the reader enters Lorca s wounded soul This was the final play Lorca wrote before he was captured and killed by fascists in 1936, at the start of the Spanish Civil War It deals with the titular character Bernarda controlling her five daughters by locking them up in her Andalusian house after her second husband has died Bernarda seems to believe that keeping the daughters away from society constitutes a period of morning As tensions start rising and the women becomeandoppressed, a love interest, Pepe el Romano, appears Bernarda can oppress everything but the feelings in her daughters hearts.Overall this was a quick, enjoyable play to read with only 3 acts in total The characterisation is very precise and each character has a distinct approach to their situation Bernarda s relentless, barbaric control over her daughters was shocking she is so bitter and twisted in her approach to them Though I liked reading about a villainous female character for a change, it s not something I ve seen much of in the Civil War narratives I ve studied Bernarda also has a vile attitude towards her servant La Poncia and her mother Mar a Josefa , who she treats as being insignificant Obviously the themes of oppression and family relationships were pretty much constantly presented throughout the entire play, but I was also interested in the themes of death, madness, marginalisation, and marriage These are all presented in the context of 1930s Spain Read for college This is the second play I ve read by Lorca and I enjoyed it eventhan Yerma, his other play I ve read La casa de Bernarda Alba offers an insight into what society in the 20th century in Spain was like, especially for women We can especially see the oppression they went through imposed both by society itself and also by their mothers This is an aspect I usually appreciate in books they can be the best way of understanding and studying the past, which is crucial for hu Read for college This is the second play I ve read by Lorca and I enjoyed it eventhan Yerma, his other play I ve read La casa de Bernarda Alba offers an insight into what society in the 20th century in Spain was like, especially for women We can especially see the oppression they went through imposed both by society itself and also by their mothers This is an aspect I usually appreciate in books they can be the best way of understanding and studying the past, which is crucial for humans to learn how to better in the present