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Book Review: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Summary:
It’s Christmas time and Nora is eagerly getting ready for the holidays with her husband, Torvald, their children, and their friend Dr. Rank when her old friend, Christine, shows up in town.  Christine is recently widowed and is looking for work.  Nora, who appears flighty and silly at first, informs Christine that she saved her husband’s life when they were first married by taking a loan from, essentially, a loan shark to pay for them to take a trip to Italy.  He remains unaware of both the loan she is working on repaying and the fact that his life was ever in danger.  Unfortunately, things come to a head when the man who loaned her the money, Krogstad, threatens to reveal all to her husband.

Review:
This three-act dramatic play was first performed in 1879. It explores the nature of domestic relationships in a way that still holds relatability and power today. The play accomplishes this using the same set design of the Helmer family’s living room throughout all three acts. I found myself impressed by the different feelings evoked by the identical set in each act.

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4 out of 5 stars

Length: 88 pages – novella/short nonfiction

Source: Audiobooks app for the iTouch, iPhone, and iPad.

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  1. January 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I absolutely loved this play when I read it in high school. Ibsen wrote another play about politics that I really liked.

  2. January 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Ah Henrik Ibsen is a name I am very well acquainted with from my degree. I know of
    A Doll’s House but I haven’t read it myself, my favourite Ibsen is a little less well known play called The Lady From the Sea.

  3. Meshack Kipkorir
    January 13, 2022 at 11:53 am

    this play make me happy I like it. It is very interesting play

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