Year 12, Book 56

56. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

I first read the play A Doll’s House during my senior year of high school. I remember that it really resonated with me at that point, and it was always a play that stood in the back of my head as one I really liked. Upon rereading it, I have no idea why it would have been something that would have made such an impact on me as a teenager.

I reread it recently before going to see A Doll’s House, Part 2 on Broadway. One would think that as a middle-aged woman I would have connected to it more now than I did 20 years ago, but I did not. I realized that I really didn’t actually remember much about the plot other than that Nora left her family at the end. I still enjoyed it, but I don’t think there was any way it could have lived up to the magic that it was in my memory. The sequel play was wonderful though. I give it 6 out of 10.

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