Jumpers

Jumpers

Tom Stoppard / Aug 04, 2020
Jumpers The Incredible Radical Liberal Jumpers are a team of acrobatic professors of philosophy whose absurd gymnastic displays reflect a bewildering world where logic has confounded belief in moral absolute
  • Title: Jumpers
  • Author: Tom Stoppard
  • ISBN: 9780571145690
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Incredible Radical Liberal Jumpers are a team of acrobatic professors of philosophy, whose absurd gymnastic displays reflect a bewildering world where logic has confounded belief in moral absolutes In this dark, exuberant comedy, Stoppard brilliantly parodies the philosophy lecture, the detective thriller, the comedy of manners and the Whitehall farce, to follow a phiThe Incredible Radical Liberal Jumpers are a team of acrobatic professors of philosophy, whose absurd gymnastic displays reflect a bewildering world where logic has confounded belief in moral absolutes In this dark, exuberant comedy, Stoppard brilliantly parodies the philosophy lecture, the detective thriller, the comedy of manners and the Whitehall farce, to follow a philosopher s doomed flight to prove the existence of God in the face of an indifferent universe.This is the definitive text of Tom Stoppard s celebrated comedy A dazzling, hilarious and honestly benevolent work, which creates a dramatic structure from a forbidding diversity of materials The Times
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        Sir Tom Stoppard OM, CBE, FRSL, is a British screenwriter and playwright.Born Tom Straussler.See enpedia wiki Tom_Stop


    617 Comments

    1. Stoppard is obviously a genius I had hoped earlier in his career he was less jaded about love than The Real Thing suggests, but that was my only real disappointment with Jumpers.It s not about love, anyway, although it isn t silent on the subject It s about academic philosophy The Jumpers are a team of philosophy professors who spend their time tumbling Their ringmaster is the Vice Chancellor Sir Archibald Jumper, who is a jack of all trades The play pits his moral relativism against the moral a [...]


    2. an academic acrobatic troupe of university professors becomes entangled in an investigation after one of their number is murdered at a wild soiree a former actress, struggling with lunacy after seeing the heartless act of an astronaut televised live from the moon, is the primary suspect her husband the philosophy professor dictates lectures to the mirror, for the benefit of his secretary stenographer, while the investigation unfolds in the bedroom, where the dean of the department examines his m [...]


    3. 76 JUMPERS 1972 Tom StoppardThe only other play I ve read by Stoppard was, Rosenkrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead I found that enjoyable, though challenging, and found a copy of this one on a sale table I have to admit, up front, that I was soon enmeshed in an experience of which I had little or no understanding of what was going on I turned to for help George Moore is a faded and slightly foolish philosophy professor employed at a university whose slick, exercise mad Vice Chancellor Archie Jumpe [...]


    4. Stoppard s wit and absurdity is on full display in Jumpers Although I haven t seen it performed on stage, it was a great pleasure to read even if Stoppard himself is suspicious of definitive written texts The story is a bit hard to follow at times because it operates in the realm of the surreal and absurd But, if one realizes this from the get go, and involves himself in the silliness of it all, one will realize how much fun Stoppard is having Jumpers reads like a Monty Python film, and it must [...]


    5. I ve come to appreciate I don t know jack about Tom I must see some of these plays mounted, but I think they seldom are Is that they are difficult and American audiences are too impatient to work hard enough to sit through them I think so twice Stoppard was so much comfortable when all I knew was RG and Shak in love Then he was my clever fellow Now, well he s a mature fellow who has written a lot than I realized and nobody s clever fellow but his own.


    6. Rough start but as it goes on it becomes interesting and absurd Not my favourite Stoppard by any means But an amusing romp on a handful of genres how academia can be a bit like theatrics.


    7. Tom Stoppard might well have a claim to be one of our finest living playwrights Her has certainly had a lengthy career Jumpers was first published in 1972, and he was already an established and successful figure by then It is fair to say that Jumpers now feels a bit dated, but Stoppard s dazzling wordplay, and explorations of various philosophical dilemmas retain their vitality.The basic plot is hard to summarise as it frequently ventures into the absurd, pulling off the tricky gambit of blendin [...]


    8. Brilliant play The world would certainly be interesting if practicing philosophers were amateur acrobats who tried to bribe police inspectors with the Chair of Divinity I think I gained both and less respect for academic philosophy after reading it.The play itself is a surreal, hard to follow murder story, draped over the skeleton of a philosophy lecture on objective moral values If you re not interested in this philosophy or in things happening without obvious cause or consequence, it might n [...]


    9. Jumpers is a play about philosophy and acrobatics And murder Perennially popular as murder is among playwrights, I think we should admit that plays with acrobats and philosophers probably are not for everyone Still, for those maniacs for whom a frivolous blend of acrobatics and philosophy and murder present no obstacle to enjoyment, Jumpers is a play that needs to be seen I am one of those loons and I loved it The intersection of moral philosophy, madness, infidelity, homicide, and physical and [...]


    10. As expected, another dazzling throw one s brain in the blender experience from Stoppard While I wouldn t rank this with his three great masterpieces Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Real Thing, and, of course, Arcadia it certainly deserves to stand shoulder to shoulder at the top of the next tier with Hapgood Almost impossible to summarize, the play brilliantly collapses distinctions, so that mental gymnastics becomes real gymnastics, office politics bleeds into actual politics which i [...]


    11. I loved the philosophy, although George s practically monologues when he rehearses his debate could be borderline dense for a heterogeneous audience Tom Stoppard s play demands the audience s attention and consideration about the question of God s existence and the human judgment of morality amidst a chaotic and sometimes ludicrous backdrop of murder and insanity Sometimes I enjoy reading a play by itself, but this one I think I would personally glean if I ever got the chance to see it performe [...]


    12. This is a relatively early work, but it s got all the hallmarks of my favorite works music including some composed by Stoppard , philosophy, clever wordplay, and zany happenings.Framed as both a murder mystery and a story about an argument between moral philosophies, it is brilliant at refusing to answer questions Also, best ever use of Zeno s paradox.


    13. A relatively early work, and it shows Predictably witty and intelligent, of course, but the farce doesn t carry the play even as well as it does in, say,Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.


    14. Every time I read something by Stoppard I am struck 1 his intelligence, wit, and humor and 2 the thouht I should read of his works No exceptio here The literal lunacy of the modern moral ethical philosophical religious relation was as fascinating as it was disorienting Would absolutely love to see this staged.


    15. The play is potentially impressive I was trying to pry into the fabric, to swing along the acrobatic rhythm, but failed I felt like not gaining much from the play itself except the garrulous lectures on logical positivism The character Dotty got the most of my attention Favourite line life itself is the mundane figure which argues perfection at its limiting curve.


    16. I think I m missing a lot of points this play is trying to make However, I still thought it was funny and well written I also really liked the philosophical ideas presented in there They really made me think, which I liked.






    17. If you like speeches, you ll love this If you like dialogue and plot, you ll hate this I personally like dialogue and plot.




    18. Hilariously funny, but ultimately sad, because I think he s right The new version of Captain Scott and Oates is great Thoughtful, and full of pithy lines.



    19. Not one of his greatest plays The work of a young, brilliant university grad desperate to impress, a quality Stoppard never quite loses, but it overwhelms the proceedings here.




    20. Great book about death, morality and the existence of God It sounds heavier than it is, but like Stoppard s other works, the subject matter is presenting in a whimsical manner with great wordplay.


    21. Recommended by the ineffable Herb Granger I can t tell whether this is the perfect indictment or the perfect paean to existentialism.


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