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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In a house on an island a very dr couple pass their time with private games and half-remembered stories.
With brilliant eccentricity, Ionesco’s ‘tragic farce’ combines a comic portrait of human folly with a magical experiment in theatrical possibilities.
Paperback60 pages. Published November 19th by Faber Faber first published Old Man eillas, Old Woman. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Chairsplease sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Is this the play where the old couple madly rocking in their chairs say ‘More, more! See 1 question about The Chairs…. Lists with This Book. Jan 30, Huda Yahya rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 18 comments.
It was written in and debuted the same year. The play concerns two characters, known as Old Man and Old Woman, frantically preparing chairs for a series of invisible guests who are coming to hear an orator reveal the Old Man’s discovery. It is implied that this discovery is sillws meaning of life, but it is never actually said. The guests supposedly include “everyone”, implying everyone in the world; there are other implications that this is a post-apocalyptic world. The Old Eufene, for example, speaks of the destruction of Paris.
The invisibility of the guests implies that the Old Man and Old Woman are the last two people on the planet.
As the “guests” arrive, the two characters speak to them and reminisce cryptically about their lives. A high point in the happiness of the couple is reached when the invisible emperor arrives.
Finally, the orator arrives to deliver his speech to the assembled crowd.
Played by a real actor, the orator’s physical presence contradicts the expectations set up by the action earlier in the play. The old couple then commit suicide by throwing themselves out of the window into the ocean. They eugenr that life couldn’t get any better at this point because the whole world is about to hear the Old Man’s astounding revelation.
As the orator begins to speak, the invisible crowd assembled in the room and the real audience in the theatre discover that the orator is a deaf-mute. At the end of the play, the sound eugne an audience fades in. Ionesco claimed that this sound was the most significant sullas in the play, writing in a letter to the first director, “The last decisive moment of the play should be the expression of View all 4 comments.
Oct 23, Linda rated it liked it Shelves: There are only two people in the play, except the orator that make an entrance later. The other characters are invisible.
Eugdne the Old Man och Old Women are the only ones left in the world. Perhaps an apocalypse has destroyed the earth, leaving nothing behind. They say that there is no Paris anymore, and talk about an old memory repeatedly.
The chairs might symbolise their long lost friends. Another explanation is that the imaginary guests are real people, but with an absent mind. They are there, but at the same time not.
However, despite being invisible, they seem more alive than the strange orator, who seems more like a robot than a human being. Are they in the future? There are many themes in the play. The need to be remembered is easy to identify with. No one wants to be forgotten forever. When finding the meaning of life, or whatever discovery the Old Man has made, will garantee it. Perhaps the chairs symbolise the importance to not forget people. Or perhaps the couple might have dementia?
Or being prisoners, bored and wanting to entertain themselves? It doesn’t really matter. The play is about memories, and the ability to remember a past that was better than the present.
It is about regret.
The Chairs by Eugène Ionesco
The Old Woman often tells her husband what he eillas have become if he only were more ambitious. Now, when he has the answer to everything, and will reveal the secret to the world, he will finally be someone.
He will be remembered. The reason that the orator doesn’t succeed to reveal the Old Man’s discovery is perhaps because of the Old Man. He doesn’t dare to reveal his discovery himself. If not believing in oneself, no one else does. He seems to have escaped many things in his life. He denies having a son and he admits having abandoned his dying mother. Is the empty room a form of escapism? The lack of responsibility is a great theme. By the way, perhaps the orator really tells the audience the meaning of life.
Eugebe are just unable to understand it, because it’s impossible to understand. What’s good about this play is that it makes you think.
There are many interpretations possible, and the story surely means different things to different people. Nov 28, Helga rated it really liked it Shelves: A tragic play written by Ionesco about the relationship between a very old couple after being married for more than 70 years, their love for one another, their what ifs and would have been-s, their reminiscences and disappointments over lost opportunities. Feb 16, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: A crazy crazy play to say the least.
Try ot understand it if you dare. I think that with Absurd drama that is siolas only way to get SOME grasp of what is really going on, or the true feel of the play. Two old people going in and out of many doors bringing hundreds of chairs into a room full of visitors that are not there. You try to understand. Honestly earth shattering stuff Love th A crazy crazy play to say the least. Probably it is one of my new favourites. El teatro del absurdo no es adecuada para mi.
Personas invisibles hablando con otras personas invisibles. La Anciana hablando con personas invisibles y el Anciano hablando con un Emperador invisible. Oh, es El teatro del absurdo no es adecuada para mi. Les Chaises is, so far, my favorite play of Ionesco’s. It took me an absurdly Plus, I can read in French again, so double win.
Mar 31, Michelle Lynne rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved reading The Chairs. The plot in itself ee the concept of trying to find the meaning of life, when the endeavour in itself seems almost pointless, was really interesting to read about. I loved the absurdist and existential themes. Jan 09, Conor Morgan rated it liked it.
Not sure if it’s pretentious or really really intellectual, either way though, it doesn’t really make sense, and is therefore interesting yet hard to enjoy.
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Nov 16, Mohamed Osman rated it liked it. Mar 29, ivana18 rated it really liked it Shelves: What is the meaning of life? Can we really know the answer to that iobesco question? Or better yet, can we handle the answer to that question?