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Pygmalion (The Shaw library) Paperback – 29 Oct 1987

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (29 Oct. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014045022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140450224
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This edition was originally published after the film was released but it does not lose any of the plays original charm. It is a lovely insight into attitudes, gender and class differences in Victorian England. It is written as a play text but is just as enjoyable to read as a story.
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This copy is rubbish.

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.
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I was assigned to read this book last year when I was in yr 8. I have to say I didn't like it instantly but it really drew me in and I enjoyed it till the end, as did my classmates. It is the story of Eliza Dolittle, a poor flower girl who is taken in by the arrogant professor Higgins. She is funded by the charming Colonel Pickering to be made into a lady. Its a lovely story and has been adapted into the musical 'My Fair Lady'. Its an easy read except some of Eliza's language at the begininning which is hard to understand. I give it an 8 1/2 out of 10
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Published as a play in 1916, 'Pygmalion' is one of Shah's play not heavy on philosophy. I, personally feel that his plays heavy on philosophy are his best - 'Man and Superman', 'St. Joan', 'Androcles and the Lion' et al. Among his plays of 'not heavy on philosophy' genre, I rate 'Pygmalion' as one of the best. It is full of fun, gaiety, humor, Shavian wit and is a wee bit didactic. As Shaw wrote in the preface of 'Man and Superman', that all good, great writing should be didactic. So, even in the mildly didactic 'Pygmalion', Shaw had more than one axe to grind so to say.
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.
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EXCELLENT CONDITION OF TAPES AND GREAT TO HEAR THIS WONDERFUL PRODUCTION AGAIN. I HAD IT BEFORE BUT I LENT IT TO SOMEONE WHEN I WAS STUDYING THIS PLAY AS PART OF AN ENGLISH LITERATURE COURSE BUT NEVER GOT IT BACK. MISSED IT A LOT AS I JUST LOVE DIANA RIGG AND ALEC MCGOWAN IN THERE ROLES IN THIS PRODUCION. WELL WORTH IT AND YOU GET BOB HOSKINS IN IT TO AS ALFRED DOOLITTLE TO.
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