Captain Brassbound's Conversion
Large Print Edition
By George Bernard Shaw
Tutis Digital Publishing (2008)
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - October 8, 2010
In this three act comedy, no person or act is exactly what he, she, or it appears to be. Captain Brassbound's conversion is not from atheism to Christianity, but from a rough character to something slightly more refined, a conversion that lasts only until he leaves the influence of a rather beautiful but silly woman. Indeed, the missionary in the play was only capable of converting one man during his 25 years of activity in Morocco, and this man, a thief, only seems converted, like Brassbound and the woman, when he is near the clergyman. The Muslims in Morocco call the missionaries Epicureans because they seem to a life of luxurious idleness.
The play focuses on the mesmerizing power of a beautiful but foolish woman upon men. She has her way with every man she meets, Christian and Muslim, pious and thief. Brassbound is a brigand who controls a group of thieves by the force of his personality and his physical strength. The uncle of the beautiful woman cheated him and his mother and he wants revenge. But he abandons his plan because of the influence of the woman. Readers will enjoy the play's humor.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Rabbi Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes daily samples of the Targum books on www.ouradio.org.