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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pierre Bordas et Fils (Jan. 1980)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2047303532
  • ISBN-13: 978-2047303535
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.3 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,187,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière (1622-73), the French actor-manager and dramatist, was one of the theatre's greatest comic classics. Inspired by traditions of French farce and the 'commedia dell'arte', he courted controversy with his satiric commentaries on the society of his time and on eternal human foibles, but was saved by the patronage of the 'Sun King' Louis XIV. Christopher Campbell read English and French at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He is the Literary Manager at the Royal Court Theatre. Christopher has worked as an actor in Canada, France and Belgium, as well as here in the UK. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Moliere is considered one of France's leading playwrights, often compared to Shakespeare. He is famous for his comedy and 'La Tartuffe', or 'The Imposter' is perhaps his best-known play. Therefore I came to this expecting great things, but was utterly underwhelmed by the plotting and characterisation. Even Shakespeare's flimsiest comedies have interesting twists and turns, plenty of muddles and misunderstandings, and some emotional depth to the characters but there was none of that here.

In summary: Orgon, a wealthy man, takes in the hypocrite Tartuffe, thinking he's very holy - all his family see through Tartuffe and try to enlighten Orgon without success - Orgon decides that his daughter will marry Tartuffe, and signs over his property to the hypocrite - he sees Tartuffe attempt to seduce his wife (she has persuaded him to hide under the table to observe) and realises his mistake - is it too late? no! Tartuffe is arrested and all live happily ever after.

I imagine it could be funny in a slapstick way as a live performance, if you like pantomime humour, but plot-wise it was dull, plodding and predictable. As far as I could judge the French text was very elegant and witty, and seemed easier than Shakespearean English. If I were to go back and read it again I'm sure I'd find many more allusions, puns and clever observations that I missed; but I'm not sure I'll bother.

Incidently, this edition had plenty of notes, introductions, character studies etc. as well as pictures of the play being performed - a good edition if you have to study the play.
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By A Customer on 3 May 1999
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The most amazing thing about this play is the skill of its author. The story is original and interesting. The actual writing is what captivated me. So witty is the dialogue, so humorous it is at times, that I laughed out loud. It is quite amazing that such ancient text sounds like something you would hear on a sitcom. This is not boring or confusing speech, like in Shakespeare; this is very down-to-earth. Aside from the alluring rhyme, Moliere has an incredible ability to take a page-long theme and express it perfectly and succinctly in one sentence, and with poignancy. If I were given the task of writing dialogue about the theme of hypocrisy, I would write page after page of ineffective, watered-down, wordy dialogue that repeatedly misses the mark of expressing the point well. Moliere's lines, however, are so well-crafted that the ideas are ingeniously short and accurate. He fits so many good points into one entertaining, rhythmic, memorable sentence. Tartuffe is my favorite play of all!
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A hilarious romp from the 17th century master of comedy, Jean-Baptiste Molière.
A penetrating exposé of religious hypocrisy which was banned after its first showing, although later revised and shown again, under the protection of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Tartuffe was the original Rasputin - a beggar taken in by a rich man, he posed as a monk while trying to seduce his benefactor's wife and usurp his property.
In French, in alexandrines (rhyming couplets). A masterpiece by France's comic Shakespeare. Easier to read though - if you're a Francophone!
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Well laid out with an introduction and letters from Moliere. Missing one star because it would be good to have the footnotes at the foot of the pages, not the end of the chapters.
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