The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht

Set in Victorian London, the narrative revolves around a cunning antihero who leads a group of beggars and is involved in various criminal activities. He marries the daughter of the king of the beggars, only to be betrayed by his new wife and a former lover, which leads to his arrest. As he faces execution, a deus ex machina twist saves him at the last moment, allowing him to return to his life of crime. The work is a biting satire of capitalist society, showcasing the corruption and moral ambiguity that pervade all levels of society, from the lowly beggar to the esteemed official, all underscored by memorable music that adds a layer of irony to the darkly comedic plot.

The 7171st greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 45

Since this book was first published in 1928, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 45.0.

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