- 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)
Tartuffe (French) Paperback – Jan 1980
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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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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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Item arrived as described but took a bit longer than expected. The edition was perfect and price as well. I do recommend this edition .Published on 15 Oct. 2011 by AZAM
Tartuffe is, without doubt, one of the works responsible for placing Molière alongside to the geniuses of Aeschilus and Shakespeare. Read morePublished on 8 April 1999
A wonderful book, what more can one say about it? The author has translated it into rhyming couplets that are perfect for the type of play/drama it is. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 1999