Sunday, July 6

Book/Play Review: Lysistrata by Aristophanes

Author: Aristophanes
Title: Lysistrata
Genre: Play, Humor, and classic
Pages: ebook
First Published: 411 BC
Where I Got It: On my shelf (free download)

Aristophanes' play, Lysistrata, takes place toward the end of the Peloponnesian War and centers on the lives of the soldiers' wives. One woman, Lysistrata, under the impression that a man's libido is ultimately his driving force in life, comes up with an interesting peace solution: to deny their husbands sexual relations until they can settle on a peace agreement that will end the war. However, Lysistrata's strategy effectively creates even more war than before as the sexes begin to feud with each other. Aristophanes' play is both comic and poignant as it reveals the relationship between men and women in classical Athens society."

I heard of this a long time ago and it peaked my interest, but I never really gave it a shot. Now that I am taking LIT411, this was an assigned reading and I was excited!

Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh you Ancient Greeks you. You know how to make me a happy kid. This was just a classic satire piece of the time. Honestly, if you don't laugh out loud at least once while reading this (or watching this) then you have no humor. I felt bad, because I read this for a little bit during our road trip to Ohio and I couldn't help but just laugh! You just can't help it.

I really want to watch this performed live, but I doubt I'll ever get the pleasure. :/ Oh well, I guess. Just watching a rendition on YouTube or whatever will sate me...I guess. 

The only thing I really didn't like was some of the chorus parts. Some where funny, but it got old at some points. I'm glad the writer took a break and had dialogue of the characters again. Other then that, I adored this play. I know I'll be re-reading this in the future. 

In the end, this was fun and funny. People who love plays and love a good laugh will enjoy this play. It is free online, which is where I got my copy, but be careful with translation you get, because there are a couple out there that kind of suck. 0.0 Well, I shall stamp this with 5 stars. 

Favorite Character(s): Lysistrata, Calonice, and the Old Men (they were a riot!)
Not-so favorite Character(s): The Magistrate


Blodeuedd said...

I should read this :)

Carole Rae said...

You should! You'd get a kick out of it.