Tom Stoppard

Lord Malquist and Mr Moon

7.5
Pat ja tev Toma Stoparda vārds ir zināms, diez vai tev būs gadījies lasīt šo viņa grāmatu. Ne velti tās jaunākā izdevuma priekšvārdā autors apgalvo, ka viņš neesot pazīstams ar nevienu cilvēku, kas to būtu izlasījis. Un nav jau brīnums - Stopards tomēr ir pamatā zināms kā dramaturgs ("Arcadia", "The Invention of Love", "The Real Thing", "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead"), kino scenārists ("Brazil", "Shakespeare in Love" un pat kā režisors (sava paša mirušajiem Rozenkrancam un Gildenšternam). Bet ko mēs zinām par Stopardu kā prozas autoru?
2009-09-19 10:05:04
book, 1966

Night and Day

6.5
Cik zinu, šī nav viena no Toma Stoparda ievērojamākajām lugām, bet izmantojot apstākli, ka Svešvalodu bibliotēkā ir labs šī dramaturga darbu klāsts, arī to esmu izlasījis. Personīgi man Stopards ir pazīstams pirmām kārtam kā "Arkādijas" autors - nezinu, vai par šo tēmu esmu jau blogā rakstījis, šķiet, ka nē. Tātad - pirms diezgan daudziem gadiem JRT biju kopā ar vecākiem uz izrādi "Arkādija", un tā tolaik, īsi sakot, blew my head off. Būtu ļoti interesanti noskatīties "Arkādiju" šodienas acīm, bet šķiet, ka tas man patlaban nemaz nav iespējams - to sen vairs neizrāda, un arī video formātā nav dzirdēts, ka to kaut kur varētu dabūt.
2010-06-18 21:06:52
book, 1978

The Real Thing

8.0
I certainly remember having started to read this play quite a long time ago. Especially I remember it because of an episode where Max, a successful actor, talks about his problems selecting his favourite music for a radio programme because the only thing he likes is low quality pop music. If he was a fan o "Pink Floyd" it would be okay, but he was mostly addicted to bubble-gum stuff and music of the quality of The Everly Brother. Another moment I remember is also about music - it`s when Henry, a playwright, tells how Bach has stolen from Procol Harum and can`t even get the notes right. Apart from that the novel is quite a witty story of love and betrayal, with a particulary grotesque character of Brodie who`s gone to prison for lighting fire to a war memorial and who can only think in revolutionary categories but in fact he`s acting like this only to impress Annie, Henrys wife. Since I`m a fan of Stoppard`s I probably can`t dislike this play. Or maybe I`m a fan of Stoppard`s because I like his work, I don`t know. But "The Real Thing" is a real thing in deed. I`d love to see it on stage.
2005-12-09 00:00:00
book, 1982

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

9.0
A film by Tom Stoppard. Does it say anything to you? Well, for me it does. Tom Stoppard being my favourite modern playwriter I knew the film should be good. I had actually seen it a few years ago but neither my knowledge of English neither the overall capabilities of my brain could tell back then how good the movie actually is. And I really don`t care that it isn`t a critics favourite. A few quotes coming up for the film is full of those. And what else would you expect from a piece of art where Hamlet himself plays just a secondary role? B list quality guaranteed, A list not out of sight.Quote: "Whatever became of the moment when one first knew about death?There must have been one, a moment, in childhood,when it first occurred to you that you don`t go on forever. It must have been shattering stamped into one`s memory.And yet I can`t remember it.It never occurred to me at all. We must be born with an intuition of mortality.Before we know the word for it,before we know that there are words."
2004-03-17 00:00:00
film, 1990