- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Editions Larousse (Feb. 2005)
- Language: English, French
- ISBN-10: 2070305430
- ISBN-13: 978-2070305438
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.3 x 17.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,696,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Le Tartuffe (Folio Plus Classique) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 2005
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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
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.Published on 18 Dec. 2013 by Tempus Fugit
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