One of my goals for 2016 is to begin reading around the world. I’ve began a list of books from every UN recognized country and while I won’t get through them all this year, I want to make a dent at least.
My first country is Norway with A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. This three act play portrays a Victorian marriage troubled by debt. According to Wikipedia, Ibsen was inspired by the belief that “a woman cannot be herself in modern society,” since it is “an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint.” The play was extremely controversial because (old-time book spoiler alert) the wife, Nora, leaves her husband and children at the end of the play to find a life for herself.
I was extremely bored throughout this whole thing. All of the conversations, save one, are about money. And the one that IS about illicit romance ends in extremely anti-climactic suicide. I mean, the couple KNOW their friend is on his way to kill himself, and they simply go on with their argument instead.
Um, hello? Goddamn Victorians.
Check one off for Norway, I guess. As in literally, one.