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Jumpers Tom Stoppard


Tom Stoppard

Published 1989
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76. JUMPERS. (1972). Tom Stoppard. **.The 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 Wikipedia for help…“George Moore is a faded and slightly foolish philosophy professor employed at a university whose slick, exercise-mad Vice Chancellor Archie Jumper forces a tumbling and leaping curriculum on the faculty. One such flipping prof, McFee, is shot dead in the cabaret chaos of the opening scene, setting off a suddenly very urgent philosophical duel on the moral nature of man. Caught in between is Dotty, George’s disturbed wife and Archie’s “patient.” Dotty, a former student of George’s, ended a semi-successful stage career when the sight of astronauts on the moon unhinged her sanity. According to Dotty, the conquering of the moon revealed the human race – once scientifically and spiritually the center of the universe – as “little, local.”You might guess how much (or little) this helped, so I did what I should have done much earlier on: I closed the book and put it on my donation pile, never to be picked up again.