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Staff Reviews 7-20-23

A Doll's House

By Henrik Ibsen

Release Date: 1879

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3 Stars - A surprisingly modern and engaging story with a twist of suspense. I couldn't call this a romance, but it has some dark Victorian romance vibes as well. There are many different versions of the play/novel. A slow start and quite a bit of confusion made it difficult for me to enjoy the first half or so, probably because there is little setting or character description. Nora isn't especially likable, and she's emotionally all over the place. While the story presents a lot of feminist ideology and struggle very aptly, she doesn't really appeal the average reader, whether male or female. She's secretive, selfish, and not the least bit understanding or frugal. Although, she does openly scold herself for these characteristics. And she blames her circumstances on everyone around her, while some things are indeed her own fault. What I found really intriguing is that this story could practically be the basis for many modern female lead psychological thrillers that are so popular today. We get overtones of outside secrets and danger but ultimately it's the case of a women who is trapped in her own mind, possibly finding herself to be her own worst enemy.


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