- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Distribooks Inc; Student edition (April 2, 2001)
- Language: French
- ISBN-10: 2011679613
- ISBN-13: 978-2011679611
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,906,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (French Edition) (French) Student Edition
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Originally published in 1883, and reprinted on numerous occasions, this Cambridge edition of Molière's classic comédie-ballet provides the original French text, together with an introduction written in English, and English summaries for each of the five acts. This will be of value to anyone with an interest in the French language and its literature. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Larousse editorial team includes many language and reference experts based in countries around the world. In this way the linguistic team keeps it's finger on the pulse of living languages as spoken by the native language speakers of these countries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Bourgeois Gentilhomme is Mr. Jourdain, with pretenses galore. He is a social climber, seeking the rarified air of nobility. He realizes that he must acquire various forms of learning, along with certain skills, to be accepted. He hires tutors to teach him the arts, music, dance, and dueling, all in an effort to achieve that elusive, and very thin veneer of respectability. In the process, he often makes a fool of himself, and is laughed at by his wife, and even by Nicole, the maid.
In “society,” Jourdain goes to great lengths to impress a marchioness, Dorimene. An impoverished nobleman, Dorante, sees Jourdain as an easy “mark,” and keeps hitting him up for money, with promises of even bigger payoffs just over that next receding hill. Lucile is Jourdain’s daughter, and he aspires to marry her into nobility, and she is not interested. The play concludes with Jourdain being tricked into authorizing her marriage to a Turkish “noble” who really isn’t.
The play was first produced in Chambord, in 1670, for Molière’s patron. Many years later, it was the first French play that I had a part in, well, “sorta,” in Villefranche sur mer, in a French “immersion” school in 1989. Admittedly, it was a very bit part, and only a small part of the play that us struggling French learners played. But I tucked it away that this play was selected as a quintessential French classic play, and I decided that one day I would read the entire play (now, finally done) as well as see it at the Comédie-Française in Paris, (not yet done) which would be along the lines of seeing Hamlet ( Folger Library Shakespeare) at Stratford-upon-Avon. With a suitable companion, the people-watching might be as good as the play.
It should be noted that despite the display of the title on the cover of this Kindle edition, the text is in ENGLISH, which I failed to note, but nonetheless read, despite one of my “vows” to read French writers only in French. The current description of the book on Amazon (USA) is incorrect, stating that it is in French. In the “product details” it is correctly identified as being in English. Overall, despite its “classic” label, I found the satire rather overdone and heavy-handed, and thus will rate it as 4-stars.
This is an english version of a very well known, very funny play by Molière. He makes fun of M. Jourdain, a middle-age man who wants to rise above his class. It's classic comedy whose themes are still modern, a few centuries later.
Since I expected the text to be in its original french and did not read this edition, I can not comment farther. I gave it five stars because really, you can't go wrong with Molière.
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