Pygmalion (The Shaw library) Paperback – 29 Oct 1987
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The description describes it as 'unabridged'. IT IS ABRIDGED!
Do not buy this if you want the whole play!
Luckily my teacher spotted the errors before my exam - otherwise I would have been tested on parts (such as the party scene at the end of Act 3) which I didn't know existed.
I would like a refund so I can buy a COMPLETE version of the play.
The central theme of Pygmalion is the gift of speech in human
beings. Shaw has tried to depict as to how a person speaks affects their own personality and the people around. As a corollary to this theme, Shaw hoped to popularize the science of phonetics. In the short preface of the play, Shaw also makes a plea for enhancement of the English alphabet (with it's too few vowels and few consonants) to make English reading pronunciation rational. Both his wishes of popularizing phonetics and getting the English alphabet enlarged remain unfulfilled even today, perhaps a measure of how much ahead of the times he was or still is!
The locale is London's Covent Garden vegetable market. The time is late night. It is pouring heavily, everybody is seeking the shelter of a church's portico. Among the shelter seekers is an impoverished, bedraggled flower girl Liza with a terrible cockney accent. Liza is trying to peddle her flowers to the crowd of shelter seekers. A middle- aged gentleman, professor Higgins is taking down her speech (in Bells Visible Speech) in his notebook.Read more ›
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A beautifully crafted play. If you like sarcasm and witty remarks and a good historic setting this is your book. And it's the original story behind my fair lady. A must have.Published 11 months ago by maria
Easy to read book. Not very long, but interesting all the way through.Published 16 months ago by Bernie