Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pelléas et Mélisande” as Want to Read:
Blank 133x176
Pelléas et Mélisande
Maurice Maeterlinck
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Pelléas et Mélisande

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  201 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
"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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Pelléas et Mélisande, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Pelléas et Mélisande

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 369)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
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
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.
Nikita Svetlov
Jul 27, 2011 Nikita Svetlov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really felt love between characters
Rolyath marked it as to-read
Aug 26, 2016
Barbara Petkēviča
Barbara Petkēviča marked it as to-read
Aug 15, 2016
Jorie rated it really liked it
Aug 08, 2016
Jessica Lee-Cullin
Jessica Lee-Cullin marked it as to-read
Aug 08, 2016
Reni  Grueva
Reni Grueva rated it it was amazing
Aug 06, 2016
Addicted to Books
Addicted to Books marked it as to-read
Aug 05, 2016
Spelbreker rated it it was ok
Jul 29, 2016
Luís Blue Coltrane
Luís Blue Coltrane marked it as to-read
Jul 27, 2016
FH marked it as to-read
Jul 27, 2016
Steven Chang
Steven Chang marked it as to-read
Jul 25, 2016
VAN marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2016
Stina rated it it was ok
Aug 08, 2016
Jehovahkill rated it it was amazing
Jul 13, 2016
Michael Oblescak
Michael Oblescak marked it as to-read
Jul 12, 2016
ArtichokeHeart marked it as to-read
Jul 10, 2016
Kaci Myers
Kaci Myers marked it as to-read
Jul 08, 2016
Hannah Holt
Hannah Holt is currently reading it
Jun 30, 2016
Carolin rated it really liked it
Jun 30, 2016
Friedrich marked it as to-read
Jun 14, 2016
Josepha_Anh Peyrebrune
Josepha_Anh Peyrebrune rated it really liked it
Jun 13, 2016
Axelle Kieffer
Axelle Kieffer rated it liked it
Jun 03, 2016
Francesca Tripiedi
Francesca Tripiedi marked it as to-read
May 28, 2016
Juan Manson
Juan Manson marked it as to-read
May 18, 2016
Bridget rated it liked it
May 18, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Ruy Blas
  • Yellow Face (TCG Edition)
  • The Weavers
  • The Clean House
  • Malpertuis
  • Dream of Fair to Middling Women
  • Caligula; suivi de Le Malentendu
  • The Human Voice: A Play = La Voix Humaine
  • Other Desert Cities
  • Screwtop Thompson and Other Tales
  • Pieter Daens, of hoe in de negentiende eeuw de arbeiders van Aalst vochten tegen armoede en onrecht
  • Seminar
  • Songs
  • Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot/Endgame: A reader's guide to essential criticism
  • Becket
  • Truth for All Time: A Brief Outline of the Christian Faith
  • The Theatre of Tennessee Williams: Battle of Angels, The Glass Menagerie , A Streetcar Named Desire (the Theatre of Tennessee Williams, #1)
  • Nietzsche Contra Wagner
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
More about Maurice Maeterlinck...

Share This Book