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The Man of Destiny

Bernard Shaw

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Pointing to the inner door.) Go. Attend to your business: the lady is calling you. (He goes to the fireplace and stands with his back to it with a determined military air.)

GIUSEPPE (with bated breath, snatching up his tray). Certainly, excellency. (He hurries out by the inner door.)

THE MAN's VOICE (impatiently). Are you all asleep here? (The door opposite the fireplace is kicked rudely open; and a dusty sub-lieutenant bursts into the room. He is a chuckle-headed young man of 24, with the fair, delicate, clear skin of a man of rank, and a self-assurance on that ground which the French Revolution has failed to shake in the smallest degree. He has a thick silly lip, an eager credulous eye, an obstinate nose, and a loud confident voice. A young man without fear, without reverence, without imagination, without sense, hopelessly insusceptible to the Napoleonic or any other idea, stupendously egotistical, eminently quali. . . Read More

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Such gems as this: With his troops at an inn Napoleon is both amused and impressed by the innkeeper, Guiseppe. Napoleon's Lieutenant says something somewhat naive at least to Napoleon's mind. Napoleon turns to Guiseppe and says (paraphrasing) "Oh Guiseppe, what shall I do with this Lieutenant? Ev...more

I was surprised by how readable and undated the language felt.Wonderfully witty story about Napoleon and an attempted spy. The short list of characters allows for them to all be filled out and intriguing as individuals, while commenting on human nature and national characteristics.

العشرة دقائق الاخيرة من المسرحية حين يشرح
نابليون بونابرت أخلاق امة الانجليز .
تستحق نجمة لحالها لانها تنطبق على أمم لا حصر لها.

لاستماع :
https://youtu.be/QiDwLwx0jrc

10-sptembre-19

- استمعت اليها من خلال قناة الإذاعة المصرية على اليوتيوب، الصوت ممتاز واللغة المستعملة ممتازة.

- اما المسرحية، فهي تحصل في نزل في ايطاليا، حبكتها عادية جداً (سرقة رسائل)، شخصياتها اريعة: نابليون ( قبل ان يسطع نجمه)، حيث يظهره برنارد شو بالإنسان الطموح لكنه متكبر، متغطرس ونرجسي، السارقة، الملازم ال...more

3.5/5 #3 of my 2018 Shaw Project

This is a typical, yet witty, Shavian battle of the sexes involving dispatches that Napoleon, in conflict with the Austrian army at Lodi, is expecting his lieutenant to deliver. Those missives, however, go astray when the ineffectual man entrusts them to a seemingl...more

1354مرد سرنوشت...ترجمه جواد شیخ الاسلامی...شركت سهامي انتشارات خوارزمي
اولین کتابی بود که از شاو میخوندم. خوب بود. طنز زیبایی داشت. داستان نامه مهمی که از طرف بدخواه همسر ناپلئون، برای ناپلئون فرستاده شده که در ایتالیا مشغول جنگ است ...
در این کتاب، شاو از سیاست های استعماری انگلیس بشدت انتقاد میک...more

Shaw’s one-act play about Napoleon, The Man of Destiny (1897). is memorable for at least four reasons: 1) it gives us a glimpse of an indisputably great man at the point when he begins to realize his greatness, 2) it presents us with a battle of minds and wills between that great man and an equal...more

رجل الاقدار في هذه المسرحية هو نابليون بونابرت ، تصوره لنا المسرحية في زمن كان لا يزال فيه قائداً عسكرياً شابا"مملوءاً بالطموح ويتطلع الى ان ينشر، هو الآخر، قواته العسكرية ومبادئه في العالم كله، منافساً الانكليز في هذا.اثناء استراحته في ايطاليا بإحدى الفنادق الرخيصة يتعرض لسيدة مجهولة انكليزية سر...more

Napoleon Outwitted
14 January 2016

This is a short one act play about a guy named Napoleon. Just in case you don't know what Napoleon looked like here is a picture:

If you don't happen to know who Napoelon is then I suggest you check him out on Wikipedia. Now that we have sorted out everybody who...more

کمدی بودن در این نمایشنامه نسبت به نمایشنامه ی دیگری که از او خواندم یعنی کاندیدا بیشتر است. داستان جذابیت خاصی دارد و به خواندنش می ارزد. تکه های شاو به ناپلئون و به خود انگلیسی ها و ... ظرافت های جالبی دارند.

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