Arcadia (Tom Stoppard)

I have fond memories of seeing this wonderful drama at the theatre a few years ago and, because of my familiarity with play, I decided to read it in 2021. Reading a play does require greater concentration and imagination than reading a novel, but I wasn’t disappointed. It was like meeting an old friend.

Arcadia (1993), written by Tom Stoppard, explores the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, certainty, and uncertainty.

Arcadia takes us back and forth between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging over the nature of truth and time, the difference between the Classical and the Romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life. Focusing on the mysteries—romantic, scientific, literary—that engage the minds and hearts of characters whose passions and lives intersect across scientific planes and centuries, it is “Stoppard’s richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and . . . emotion. It’s like a dream of levitation: you’re instantaneously aloft, soaring, banking, doing loop-the-loops and then, when you think you’re about to plummet to earth, swooping to a gentle touchdown of not easily described sweetness and sorrow . . . Exhilarating” (Vincent Canby, The New York Times). Source

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One thought on “Arcadia (Tom Stoppard)

  1. I find I can move my stories along easier with dialogue which is essentially what a play does, telling a story through conversation.

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