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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  7,076 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme est une comédie-ballet, en cinq actes en prose.

Le Bourgeois gentilhomme nous raconte l'histoire comique d'un riche bourgeois qui essaye d'imiter la façon de vivre et le comportement des nobles.
Published June 1st 2003 by J'Ai Lu (first published October 14th 1670)
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Dec 13, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I did not read this in French and therefore am afraid that a bunch of the wit got lost in translation. There is enough however (despite the full-on mastery of a language in this whimsical play) that is universal here to still feel relevant. It's so impressively relevant in fact, some 400 years after it was written, that I suffered chills and, better yet, muffled many laughs (!).

Moliere must be the Oscar Wilde of his country (or is it the other way around?). Indeed the structure of this ve
Jun 07, 2014 Realini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Moliere

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme is a funny play... or is it a farce?
I laughed and enjoyed the sarcasm.
On the other hand, there are some features of the poor Bourgeois Gentilhomme that made me pity him and even more at times, empathise with him.
He is ridiculous, vain, false and his values and judgements change from moment to moment, depending on who is presenting him alternatives: if this point of view is argued by a „noble”, then that’s the way it should be.
He goes as
Victor Morosoff
Feb 06, 2016 Victor Morosoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La preuve que la bourgeoisie et l'érudition n'ont comme source que le naturel. 4,5/5
David Sarkies
Aug 20, 2014 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like a good laugh
Shelves: comedy
A farcical attempt to climb the social ladder
31 May 2013

This is a play about a middle class merchant whose goal in life is to become a member of the aristocracy and he tries many things, including arranging his daughter's marriage, to achieve that goal. In a way this desire is almost an obsession, and his friends take advantage of this by playing a joke on him: they pretend to be members of the Turkish court and bestow him with the title of Paladin.
The desire to better oneself socially and to
Jul 21, 2016 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A comedy-ballet and issues concerning a man who wants to live above his station -- very similar in these two regards to Molière's shorter play from two years earlier, George Dandin. Like so many of Molière's leading characters, we are situated to view M. Jourdain, the title character of this play ("The Bourgeois Gentleman," or sometimes translated as "The Would-Be Gentleman") as a fool, a caricature obsessed with social standing (similar to Dandin, but more clearly so in this work). This bourgeo ...more
Sergei Moska
I'd give this somewhere between three and four stars. My reception of the story changes a lot depending on how I think Moliere wants the reader / viewer of the play to interpret the main character's troubles. In the final act, the main character gets duped by purported "Turks", and the comedy certainly comes from (1)his credulity, (2)his pomposity, and (3)the fact that he is not acting according to his "proper" station in life. Leaving aside the fact that Moliere is celebrating ossified social h ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, another great play from Moliere! This one rivals Tartuffe the most in my opinion as the best play he wrote, because I was really engaged with this one. Moliere is a master of wit in almost any situation; he is, in my opinion, a master satirist. The Gentleman in Spite of Himself is a play about the bourgeoisie trying to act as the upper class. For a majority of the play, the main character is seen having lessons from multiple teachers of fine arts, inlcuding dance, music, fenicng, and philos ...more
We read this play out loud in Euro class, but I suppose it counts since I technically read it. Anyhow, what a fun play...the whole class was laughing out loud most of the time...and the people who read were quite comical as well. I really enjoyed it/how it relates to what we are learning in the class right now...I should get on reading some more plays cause when I write dialogue it tends to be somewhat pathetic....
Paul Servini
Jan 09, 2010 Paul Servini rated it it was amazing
Molière est vraiment un formidable observateur de l'humanité. Cette pièce n'est pas une exception. Molière met la main sur les prétentions insensées que nous connaissons tous. Mais pour M. Jourdain ces prétentions ne restent pas un simple rêve. Une délicieuse comédie, mais n'oublions pas: il y a un élément de M. Jourdain en chacun de nous.
May 05, 2011 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Donna by: Michael
Shelves: plays
A wicked French farce. Note that in 17th century France you cannot be both "bourgeois" (a tradesman or shopkeeper) and a "gentleman" (landed gentry). The extremely wealthy title character is attempting to social climb his way into the upper class. The guy was just so clueless.

Read in Don Juan and Other Plays ISBN 978-0199540228.
Aug 05, 2009 Bogdan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatrum-mundi
This is one of the greatest comedies ever written. I believe it is still appliable into today society, even though it has been written long time ago, when the French middle-class started to pretend nobiliary origins and imitate the high-ranking society.
Oct 19, 2015 Rita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Será que é normal eu ter passado o livro todo a sofrer de second hand embarrassment? De facto só numa comédia destas é que alguém pode ser assim tão tolinho!
Mas gostei muito, apesar de ter ficado a sentir-me muito mal pelo coitadinho do homem.
Read in French in high school. Was our first piece of actual literature we got to read, so had both French and English translation to help me. I'm glad I did so I got to enjoy the jokes as well as learn the language. One of the best ones we read.
Oct 10, 2014 Alycia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had to read this book for my French class and I have to be honest, I didn't LIKE the book but Molière has a great way of explaining what is bad in society's life so that was good, I guess
Metin Yılmaz
Aug 03, 2016 Metin Yılmaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
Muhteşem bir Moliere eseri. Yıllar önce kralın isteği ile Türk elçisi onuruna hazırlanan oyunun hem Haldun Dormen ve ekibinden seyretmiş, hem de şimdi okumuş oldum.
Aug 23, 2016 Amalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could enjoy this in French!
Mar 19, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alejandra Zárate
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Cyrano Demontcuq
La pièce est assez banale, mais ça reste un bon renseignement sur les relations entre une bourgeoise qui fait tout pour accéder à la noblesse et une aristocratie qui profite de cette situation pour leur soutirer de l'argent.
Nov 22, 2016 Anıl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
zamanının ötesinde bir komedi.
Aug 05, 2007 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
بورژوا ژانتیوم یا "نجیب زاده ی متوسط" 1670، یک کمدی در پنج پرده، همراه با موزیک و رقص و آواز است. نمایش نامه طنزی ست در مورد شخصیتی از طبقه ی متوسط که مایل است جزو "اشراف" بحساب بیاید (نجیب زادگی کسبی نیست، خونی و ارثی ست). ژوردن که فرزند تاجر ثروتمندی از طبقه ی متوسط است، در تلاش برای رسیدن به هدفش، لباس های با شکوه سفارش می دهد و خوشحال است که شاگرد خیاط او را "عالیجناب" خطاب می کند. او تلاش می کند آداب نجیب زادگی چون رقص، رفتار، موسیقی و علم را هم فرا گیرد، و همین از او یک دلقک می سازد. مثلن ...more
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
En esta obra sabremos de Monsieur Jourdain, burgués que pretende pasar por noble imitando sus modales y conocimientos. Además, planea volverse a casar con una Marquesa.
Con el fin de que se hable de él en la corte, hace de amistad con el Conde Dorante, quien se aprovecha pidiéndole cuantiosas sumas de dinero. Es a través del Conde, que Monsieur Jourdain le envía regalos a la Marquesa Dorimena para enamorarla. Pero el astuto Dorante, le lleva a la Marquesa los presentes como suyos, por lo tanto,
Sep 15, 2012 Nuria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
En esta comedia Moliére nos presenta, a través de su característico humor, una situación muy común en su época: la de una nobleza que gozaba de privilegios y a pesar de ello vivía en la ruina y la de una burguesía que, envuelta en su riqueza, no podía ascender a los puntos más álgidos de la escala social. El protagonista de esta historia, un rico burgués, se obsesiona con la idea de semejarse a la clase noble y gasta, sin ningún reparo, en profesores que le instruyan en volverse culto y pomposos ...more
Esma Tezgi
Nov 27, 2016 Esma Tezgi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Mösyö Jourdain soylu olmak isteyen bir adam ve soylu olabilmek için eğitim almaya, soyluların arasına katılabilmek için kendine dostlar edinmeye çalışıyor. Ancak onun budalalığını ve cahilliğini gören insanlar onun bu durumundan faydalanırlar. Bizde oyun boyunca Mösyö Jourdain'in soylu olmak uğruna verdiği boşa uğraşına ve bu uğurda gülünç durumlara düşmesine şahit oluyoruz.

Okuması zevkli bir oyundu, her ne kadar tiyatro okumayı sevmesem de bu oyunu okurken zevk aldım. Moliere herkese hitap ed
I preferred the first half when Monsieur Jourdain is conferring with all of the "maîtres." I love when he concludes that, all language being either poetry or prose, he has been speaking prose his entire life without even realizing it! This is apparently a "cult" scene for French people who usually read this in school. The whole ruse with the Grand Turc at the end was a bit much, but it could be funnier seeing it performed rather than just reading it. This and the somewhat flat characters (compar ...more
Kim Vargas
Sep 12, 2014 Kim Vargas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este teatro cuenta la historia de un protagonista que es millonario y un completo idiota, ignorante, con deseos de saber y mostrar "su sabiduría" y "su alto nivel". Todos se burlan de él y nadie le tiene respeto; obviamente, él no se da cuenta, porque está acostumbrado a que todos lo adulen y despilfarra su dinero en cosas realmente innecesarias solo por estar al mismo nivel de la gente "de categoría".

¿Cuántos señores Jourdaine tenemos en la actualidad?
Eso fue lo que me dio más gracia de todo.
May 15, 2014 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Kayla by: Teacher
I thoroughly enjoyed the story of M. Jourdain as he works to somehow become a "gentleman". This story is entertaining from start to finish and packed with funny moments. This books reflects a common theme that can also be found in other stories such as Candide. That is the inability to be content. M. Jourdain has a loving wife and daughter, a beautiful home and more money than he knows what to do with and yet he chases after a woman who is out of his reach. He is also made a fool of time and tim ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Dhini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-france
pertama2 saya harus bilang bahwa buku yang saya baca ini, hanya versi abriged-nya aja, jadi cover-nya juga ga kayak gambar yang ada ini... tetapi secara isi, cukuplah bagi saya utk bisa menikmati buah karya dari sastrawan besar Perancis ini..

Le bourgeois gentilhomme, lakon drama tentang orang kaya baru yang di"kipas2in" oleh seorang yg licik n culas, agar sang orang kaya ini bisa dekat sama kalangan istana... dan utk itu, orang kaya tsb harus mau ngeluarin banyak uang. Sebenarnya, sang istri uda
El burgués gentilhombre retrata, desde la farsa, al tipo de comerciante venido a más, pero poseedor inevitable de un complejo de inferioridad derivado de su clase.

Jourdain es un hombre que aúna en cantidades iguales dinero e ignorancia, ansiando formar parte de la aristocracia a través del rechazo a sus iguales, lo que lo convertirá en el objeto de la más burda de las bromas siendo, además, ajeno a la realidad del engaño: aquellos por los que desea ser aceptado le utilizarán en su propio benefi
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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, also known by his stage name, Molière, was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known dramas are Le Misanthrope, (The Misanthrope), L'Ecole des femmes (The School for Wives), Tartuffe ou l'Imposteur, (Tartuffe or the Hypocrite), L'Avare ou l'École du mensonge (The Miser), Le Malade ...more
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