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In Rhinoceros, as in his other plays, Eugene Ionesco startles audiences with a world that invariably erupts in explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety. A rhinoceros suddenly appears in a small town, tramping through its peaceful streets. Soon there are two, then three, until the “movement” is universal. This is not an invasion of wild animals, but a transformation of average citizens into beasts, as they learn to move with the times. As the curtain comes down, only one desperate man remains. Rhinoceros and Other Plays PDF
Rhinoceros is a commentary on the absurdity of the human condition made tolerable only by self-delusion. It shows us the struggle of the individual to maintain integrity and identity in a world where all others have succumbed to the “beauty” of brute force and mindlessness.
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- Identification Number : B00VKI3UJO
- Publisher : Grove Press (March 31, 2015)
- Publication date : March 31, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1531 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 162 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,045 in Kindle Store
Pippin O’ Rohan
A Severe Case of Rhinoceritis and Joining The Herd
August 14, 2012
You are sitting at your desk high up in a skyscraper at the office, typing briskly a draft speech by your boss who is behind closed doors. It is nearing lunch hour; the atmosphere is muted and quiet; the phones ring occasionally and your colleague, both mentor and friend, is holding the fort. Slightly isolated from your other co-workers, a commotion breaks out in the distant air and while slightly curious, you are more in tune with the task at hand.
Finally, you can no longer ignore the increasing noise volume and you decide reluctantly to find out what is happening. Your supervisor’s assistant is on the phone and you both make eye contact. You get up on your feet and slowly go out to check the premises (a long labyrinth of corridors and offices), quietly passing the chairman’s office, while noticing that his assistant is also occupied on the phone and not to be disturbed.
A small cluster of colleagues are gathered near the water fountain and you hear the word ‘kangaroo’ – one large one is actually on your floor? While you are enchanted at first at such a wondrous impossibility, you also hear that this ‘King Roo’ is aggressive and has just damaged the faux marble wall behind the reception desk, before leaping off in the direction of the central copying room. A hoax? A prank of some kind? This kangaroo has been seen by quite a few witnesses by now and the buzzing has begun with validity. You are able to ascertain that the security people are missing and that Mr. Rizzoli, a senior management banker, is taking control of the situation at the peril of his new Armani suit. None the wiser, you decide to return to your office and cool it until further notice.
Unfortunately, your boss opens his door on your return and wants an explanation for this noise disruption. You are hardly going to tell him that apparently a large kangaroo is hopping around the 62nd floor in the office, or he may fire you for making childish jokes in the middle of a busy working day. What happens next is your guess or mine. And, actually this is known as second-guessing, usually not a good exercise at the best of times.
The late playwright Eugène Ionesco, the founder of the Theatre of the Absurd, wrote his famous ‘Rhinoceros’, introducing it to a French audience with great success after WWII. It was well received by those who were startled by his view of the absurdity of the human condition made tolerable by self-delusion. A subject matter that might engender a book discussion of some kind and the plausibility of the absurd.
The characters in Ionesco’s play, which takes place in a small provincial town in France, after seeing a rhinoceros trample through their peaceful streets, first start falling ill and turn into rhinos, and then later on quite anxiously in order to ‘move with the times’. There is only one last hold-out, Bérenger, a mild-mannered man with some strength of character, who having lost his young woman and friends to contagious rhinoceritis, proclaims: “I’m the last man left, and I’m staying that way until the end. I am not capitulating!”. This decision comes at a cost.
While ‘Rhinoceros’ is now somewhat forgotten, it has been most described as a political parable, but this excellent short play can also be read as the struggle of an individual to maintain his integrity and identity in a world where many others have succumbed to the “beauty” of natural energy and mindlessness. One could adopt here the philosophy of ‘whatever makes one happy’, although the rhinos in the play have short tempers and are subject to loud mournful trumpeting.
This one for Anne, a classmate at school and now an eye-doctor, who used to astonish us with her family stories of how her brother was turning their family castle and grounds into an animal reservation to maintain the coffers of their estate. Today, in 2012, it is the largest one to be found in France. I may surprise her on a next visit to her neck-of-the woods for the pleasure of saying hello, especially if I start to see rhinos in New York, or pink elephants for that matter. Ionesco’s classic holds up extremely well and remains both topical and contemporary as we go tramping on.
“The Living are Getting Rarer”
June 3, 2011
“There are more dead people than living. And their numbers are increasing. The living are getting rarer.”-Ionesco.
Ionesco wrote this play in his traditional style, that is, using humor and the idea of the ridiculous to develop satire. Rhinoceros is a commentary on Nazism and a result of Ionesco’s experiences with fascism, yet it is extremely readable, if one remembers not to take it to seriously. That being said, the lessons it offers are serious, concerning groupthink, the absence of rational thought in humanity, and the slippery slope to an unconventional, self-destructive conclusion. And yes, this book does contain plenty of rhinoceros, in a small town, stampeding out of control. Cue the ridiculous: enjoy!
If you’re feeling out of place…
July 10, 2018
The book is great! But it came ripped due to poor packing.
Rhinoceros is relevant in an age of institutionally and politically driven fears and hatred. Touches on many points of absurdity, dangers in group mentality, and blind fear of loneliness, all wrapped in humor.
As advertised and on time
January 30, 2021
As advertised and on time
February 18, 2020
I understood the metaphor, but the dialogue was a little too absurdist for my taste.
May 18, 2009
Ionesco has written wonderful plays showing the idiocy of modern life and its materialistic bent. It is perfect for the very sad and realistic times we live in; his absurdity has become our reality. He, with great artistry, has held up the mirror to a corrupt society on the political, social, psychological and religious levels. He doesn’t pull punches. Everyone should read him. He’s profound. And yes he does use humor to make his points.
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