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Pelléas et Mélisande

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"Une variation supérieure sur l'admirable vieux mélodrame", notait Mallarmé à propos de Pelléas, dont l'intrigue, effectivement, peut sembler bien conventionnelle : le Prince Golaud recueille à l'orée d'un bois une jeune fille dont il va faire son épouse. Mais c'est du frère de Golaud, Pelléas, que Mélisande tombe amoureuse, et le destin fatal qui pèse sur les personnages ...more
181 pages
Published 1956 by Fasquelle (first published 1892)
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Amandine
J'ai eu un peu de mal à comprendre l'histoire de cette pièce et où Maeterlinck voulait en venir. L'intrigue est assez simple, mais comme souvent avec les œuvres symbolistes, j'ai préféré délaisser le sens à rechercher et me laisser charmer par la musicalité des mots, la beauté des images. J'ai particulièrement aimé le jeu entre clarté et ombre, lumière et obscurité qui traverse toute l’œuvre. Le style de Maeterlinck est absolument magnifique, savoureux: un véritable délice et bonheur de lecture ...more
Eden Turbide
There is some good ideas, but they are underdeveloped. For example, the story between Pellas and Melisande could be epically romantic, but nothing is "shown in stage". Nothing is really explained.

The characters are also underdeveloped and thus uninteresting. When Melisande is first introduced, she is mysterious and you wonder where she came from. The reader then thinks the mystery will be unfold, but nothing - and I really mean nothing - is told. The result is that the character is just incohere
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Czarny Pies
Oct 12, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
Pelleas and Melisande is the first canon shot in the war of the avant-garde against the tediousness of realism and naturalism. Mélisande is a water spirit from traditional French Folklore who is discovered next to a pool of water by Prince Golaud who promptly resolves to marry her. Melisande agrees but subsequently falls in lover with Golaud's brother Pelleas. When Golaud learns of the truth he kills his brother Pelleas and mortally wounds Melisande who survives long enough to give birth to a da ...more
Yulia Pomarina
I saw an opera Pelleas and Melisanda by Claude Debussy on a libretto by Maeterlink. Decadence. It is very good to see mood in which people lived before WWI. It seems that they were very unhappy.
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Jul 27, 2011 Nikita Svetlov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really felt love between characters
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Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck (also called Comte (Count) Maeterlinck from 1932; [mo.ʁis ma.tɛʁ.lɛːk] in Belgium, [mɛ.teʁ.lɛːk] in France; 29 August 1862 – 6 May 1949) was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was a Fleming, but wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dram ...more
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