Review: La casa de Bernarda Alba

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La casa de Bernarda Alba
La casa de Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Review

4+ out of 5 stars to La casa de Bernarda Alba, a play written in 1945 by Federico García Lorca. I adore this play for so many reasons. Originally written in Spanish, I read this as part of a course on literature as part of an English degree. I read it in English and watched two versions afterwards, and I will definitely say… reading it in Spanish was truly the best experience. The other great thing about this work is the ability to cover 5 different daughters, each with a unique personality, need and desire during their mourning period. La Mama will not let them do anything but sit in proper attire… but we all know that children do not listen to their mothers at various points in their life. Everyone needs to read this play simply to understand the beauty that is Lorca. All the plays deal with family and generational issues, gender and sexual revolutions (or sorts)… so much could be said about what Lorca was revealing from his own life! This is the kind of play that makes you love foreign or multi-cultural literature and stories. I remember being wow’d by the ability to convey such beauty in a way that I hadn’t ever experienced, when it comes to another culture. I may have only been 18 or 19 at the time but it was quite profound. That said, it’s a play. It’s not that lengthy. And it’s not a life-changer as far as coming to terms with something you are thinking about. It’s more a wonderful cross-section of a culture, a time and a family who show you an alternate way of living.

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2 thoughts on “Review: La casa de Bernarda Alba

    foodinbooks said:
    June 15, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Garcia Lorca always had such a way of telling horrible family truths without speaking the actual words. This play, and Blood Wedding, had a profound effect upon me after I read them in the original Spanish in college. Family honor is a wonderful quality, but when it is taken to the extreme, it can be beyond destructive.

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