TARTUFFE (LE) (French) Mass Market Paperback – Oct 18 1999
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En laissant Tartuffe entrer dans sa maison, Orgon ne pouvait pas imaginer qu'il allait mettre en péril sa fortune, son honneur, son bonheur et l'unité de sa famille. Et pourtant, c'est bien à quoi travaille "l'imposteur", mais toujours à l'insu du maître de maison : si Tartuffe courtise la femme d'Orgon, c'est sous prétexte de l'entretenir de religion ; s'il spolie ses enfants, c'est sous couvert de les remettre dans le droit chemin ; s'il s'approprie les cordons de la bourse, c'est pour mieux organiser la dévotion familiale. Comment, dans ces conditions, Orgon aurait-il pu s'apercevoir de son aveuglement et donner au faux dévot la correction qu'il mérite ?
Avec Tartuffe, Molière livre une satire grinçante de toutes les hypocrisies, satire qui fait mouche et qui, 300 ans plus tard, reste toujours de mise : en témoignent les mises en scène modernes, qui se succèdent, collant à l'actualité, et le nom de Tartuffe qui est définitivement passé dans la langue comme synonyme d'hypocrite. --Karla Manuele --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
VALERE "On vient de débiter, Madame une nouvelle Que je ne savais pas, et qui sans doute est belle".
MARIANE "Quoi ?"
VALERE "Que vous épousez Tartuffe".
MARIANE "Il est certain Que mon père s'est mis en tête ce dessein".
VALERE "Votre père, Madame..."
MARIANE "A changé de visée : La chose vient par lui de m'être proposée".
VALERE "Quoi ? Sérieusement ?"
MARIANE "Oui. sérieusement. Il s'est pour cet hymen déclaré hautement".
VALERE "Et quel est le dessein où votre âme s'arrête, Madame ?"
MARIANE "Je ne sais".
VALERE "La réponse est honnête. Vous ne savez ?" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The central character in "Tartuffe" is not the title character, but Orgon, a reasonably well to do man of Paris who is married to his second wife, Elmire, and has a song, Damis, and a daughter, Mariane, from his first marriage. He also has the misfortune of living with his mother, Madame Pernelle. Tartuffe is a religious hypocrite who worms his way into Orgon's confidence in order to take him for everything he is worth. Orgon is completely duped, and disinherits his son when Damis tries to prove Tartuffe is fraud. The other key character in the play is Dorine, who is Mariane's maid and the smartest person in the house, which allows her to both manipulate the action and comment on the play.
There are three crucial scenes in the play that readers should appreciate, even if it will not be covered on a future exam.Read more ›
In the play Orgon places so much faith in the mischevious Tartuffe that he nearly gives away everything (including his own daughter) to him. Both the strong-willed, weak-minded Orgon and the devious Tartuffe (of whom one could say "thinks with the wrong head") as well as the quick-tempered Damis, the clear-minded Cleante, and the wise-cracking maid Dorine are memorable characters all of whom are wonderfully developed despite the brevity of the play. The rhyme scheme makes for a quick and enjoyable read as well. A classic!
This particular translation won the prestigious Bollingen Prize. The only thing going against it is that you can essentially get two-for-the-price-of-one by getting Wilbur's Tartuffe and The Misanthrope together in another book. That book even contains the same introduction. But why stop there? I can't praise Wilbur's Molieres highly enough. If you like The Misanthrope and Tartuffe, check out the other ones, like The School for Wives and Amphitryon, two personal favorites.
Most recent customer reviews
Moliere is one of the most unique and individualistic writers ever to grace the pages of literary anthologies. Read morePublished on July 23 2001
Tartuffe was one of many plays assigned to me in a college literature class, but I found Tartuffe to be more enjoyable than others. Read morePublished on April 20 2000 by Lindsay
Tartuffe is dry, cynical, witless reading--similar to watching re-run after re-run of a sitcom such as "Three's Company". Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2000
It didn't lose a thing on the Italian-to-English translation. Its absolutely perfect. Its funny, and witty, and a 5 stay recommendation for anyone and everyone!Published on Nov. 1 1999
I dropped in here to see how Monsieur Moliere was doing with the online reviewers, and was glad to see that most people are still delighted by this masterpiece -- particularly in... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 1999
"Tartuffe" by Moliere is a feeble attempt at extrodinary literature. The writing itself is lacking in drama and power, and the development of the play through rhyme... Read morePublished on July 19 1999
I found that Moliere is one of the greatest French playwrights ever. Tartuffe must have been eye-opening to people in the 17th century. Read morePublished on April 28 1999