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Les Femmes Savantes

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,718 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Les Femmes savantes est une pièce de théâtre en cinq actes et en alexandrins.

Ce joyeux classique sait toujours amuser le public Avec sa moquerie de Philamente, une dame pas du tout littéraire qui s'est décidée d'avoir une salon littéraire éclatante. Elle n'a ni sens littéraire, ni sens commun, ce qui fait d'elle une proie facile pour Trissotin, un arnaqueur flagorneur, qui
Paperback, 191 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Larousse Kingfisher Chambers (first published 1672)
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David Sarkies
May 31, 2013 David Sarkies rated it it was ok
Shelves: comedy
A Choice in Marriage
2 June 2013

I must say that I find these French plays to be a little difficult to follow at times namely because of the way the scenes are set up. It seems that each of the scenes have only specific characters in them and when one of the characters leaves (or a new one arrives) then suddenly the scene ends and a new one begins. They are not like Shakespeare where the scenes are location specific, and the way that Shakespeare constructs his scenes and his plays I find much eas
Jan 21, 2013 Théo rated it it was ok
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1,5 étoiles.

Maintenant que j'ai vu cette pièce sur scène, je pense pouvoir dire que je n'aime pas cette pièce de Molière. Les comédiens étaient tous très bons dans leur rôle, surtout Patrick Brüll en Chrysale qui m'a fait sourire à plusieurs reprises. Mon seul reproche concerne la scène de la "grammaire/grand-mère" : les comédiennes prononçaient toujours "grammaire", excepté dans la réplique précédant celle de Martine, ce qui a fait tomber le jeu de mots comme un cheveu dans la soupe (pour le c
Another reread before the exam. This play has all of the things I'm supposed to be looking for in regards to the exam, but more than that it is the best of the three. It is funny, it's dramatic (duh) and I can very well see it play out on stage.
May 30, 2015 Lara rated it it was ok
J'ai lu cette pièce pour l'école afin de la comparer à La Leçon d'Ionesco. Je n'ai pas encore lue la deuxième, mais si elle se présente comme celle-ci, je doute y prendre plaisir! La pièce toute entière est misogyne et dresse un portrait des femmes peu avantageux. En effet, elles sont apparemment stupides, qu'elles se croient instruites ou non. Elles ne peuvent prendre leurs propres décisions car, quand elles le font tout de même, la décision est erronée ou bien elles changent d'avis à la scène ...more
May 11, 2010 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of like this one better that School for Wives, even though both are great. This is a great example of what happens when dumb people think they are smart.
Mar 06, 2015 Yann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il n'est pas bien honnête, et pour beaucoup de causes,
Qu'une femme étudie et sache tant de choses.
May 08, 2017 SARAH THE CAULIFLOWER rated it really liked it
I read this book as a school project, it was a punishment from the teacher. I thought that I would be bored out of my mind. But I thought wrong. This book is funny, it has irony, sarcasm and a great plot. Don't judge the book by how old it is or how over read it is. To be honest, this is just an old fashioned chick flick. Henriette wants to marry Clitandre, who doesn't meet Philaminte's (the mom) expectations. Philaminte wants her daughter to marry an overrated and obnoxious poet named Trissotin ...more
• Catheryne •
May 23, 2017 • Catheryne • rated it liked it
This play was quite enjoyable. It contained lots of little jokes that Molière slid in which I found to be quite entertaining. The way he made fun of Trissotin was great, and as someone who doesn't always understand or enjoy satire, I think Molière did an exceptional job. I can understand that this may have been hard to follow, since French plays can be that way, but since I was in a French lit class reading it I was able to follow along easily enough. Overall, not the worst!
Sep 15, 2014 Realini rated it liked it
Les Femmes Savantes by Molière
Irony and wit

It is important to speak correctly, but much more important to think and live in the best possible way.
The irony is that Les Femmes Savantes are witty and know a thing or two, but prove ignorant in some domains that are most important.
I am thinking now of the situation when a man declares his love for a woman that happens to be the niece of the one he is talking to. But the aunt is so self-absorbed that she takes the statement as a declaration of love f
Feb 23, 2017 UnicornReaderWriter rated it liked it
Shelves: february-2017
It was a very funny read, I like Molière he is definitely one of my favorite classic authors and his stories are always a bunch of fun with a great moral and a nice spirit about it; I can't help enjoy his wittiness.
Lots of love!
Jul 26, 2016 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Les Femmes savantes, c’est l’histoire de Henriette, amoureuse de Clitandre (oui, il y a des prénoms qui valent leur pesant de cacahuètes dans cette pièce) mais que la mère souhaite marier à Trissotin, un pédant qui étale sa science malgré son peu de connaissances. Hé oui, comme dit l’adage, la culture, c’est comme la confiture, moins on en a, plus on l’étale, mais malgré cela il fait parfaitement illusion auprès de Philaminte (la mère) ainsi qu’une de ses filles et sa belle-sœur. Les trois femme ...more
Simon Mcleish
Jul 11, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in May 2000.

Molière's last but one play is not among his best known and is perhaps unlikely to become so given its subject (the absurdity of women pretending to philosophical knowledge - though it could easily be present as an attack on those in general who pretend to be learned). As the type of knowledge which is associated with intelligence has also changed (from Greek and Latin to science), it may also seem to a modern audience to attack its target rather
Sep 29, 2014 Kemsy rated it liked it

Les femmes savantes review by Kemsy , aka Strangeways Stranger, aka Katerina, me.

3/5 6.5/10
I would love to read the original, it would surely be wonderful.Sadly,my French are not that good.Still,the translation of the copy I read was very professional and I believe it transmitted correctly the spirit and the ideas of the original. I think I might call this fast-paced (if this can be said for a play) because it was mostly exciting reading the arguments and ,oh, all of Trissottin’s
Jan 03, 2013 Bev rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, book-club, classic
This was the first book I read for the Woodland Shakespeare Book Club, to which I was invited this coming week end.  It is a play, translated from the French.  What's interesting is that I found the text on line for free but the problem was that I couldn't put bookmarks in it, so whenever I put it down, I had to search through the book trying to find my place again.  I finally gave up and bought a Kindle book and it was a totally different translation, much more "colloquial" and written entirely ...more
Oct 23, 2016 Fariba rated it liked it
Ah Molière! 5 stars for the witticisms, 1 star for the message. Molière, like Voltaire, is a satirist I hate to criticize because he is an excellent writer and satirist. But the blatant misogyny - I just can't excuse it. For Molière, a woman certainly has no use for a room of her own. He considers education in a woman useless. The women in the play are pretty ridiculous, but if satire is a type of social commentary, Molière's Les Femmes Savantes is definitely a critique of the female literary ...more
Fabrice Conchon
Dec 03, 2015 Fabrice Conchon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'une des deux plus belles pièces de Molière (avec Le misanthrope), drôle et profonde à la fois, servie par une langue et des alexandrins absolument sublimes.

Il y a tellement de vers que je peux citer de mémoire ("Un idole d'époux et des marmots d'enfants", "Mariez-vous ma soeur ... à la philosophie" etc etc ...), il y a les plus belles scènes de dialectique i.e. échange d'arguments et de contre-arguments pour tenter de vider un débat avec toujours ces alexandrins envoûtants : du grand, du très
Tartuffe reworked with misogyny added. The "charlatan dupes family into following his teachings, but in the end he's a hypocrite who just wanted money" plot was obvious and uninteresting enough in Tartuffe, but when the foolishness that the family swallows is the idea that women should be educated, and Our Lovable Heroine is the innocent girl who just wants to get married and not be forced to get mixed up in horrid men's things like the acquisition of knowledge...I tend to be getting rather irri ...more
Apr 09, 2011 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Donna by: Michael
Shelves: plays
I thought the humor in this one was funnier than in Tartuffe or the Misanthrope...until it turns into female-bashing near the end (although the wife IS an idiot). It's hard to fault the father for insisting on his right to choose a husband for his daughter when his choice is the daughter's true love and his wife's choice is a money-seeking fool. But still, to degrade women's learning would be totally outrageous until you see how the women act. An interesting play.

Read in Moliere, "The Misanthrop
Jun 18, 2013 Hamza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Une belle pièce de Molière, comique comme d'habitude, dans laquelle il traite l'éducation de la femme. La femme est-elle conçue pour le seul but de la reproduction? ou bien elle a tous les droits à être instruite comme l'homme?
Il est vrai que ses idées sont bien longtemps "démodées" et que je suis tout à fait pour l'éducation de la femme, mais cela ne doit, en aucun cas, l'empêcher de remplir sa fonction principale dans la vie : Construire une Famille.
Ana Rînceanu
I think this is the first time I've actually enjoyed reading a dispute about the importance of grammer. This has such a simple plot line, but the witt and the comedy of this sitiation and it's characters stike a cord even with todays readers. After all we are still trying to figure out how to manage the relationship between man and women, between body and mind. After reading this, I look forward to the stage performance, Philaminte's character in particular.
Nov 15, 2014 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished reading this and it was pretty enjoyable! I didn't think the characterisation was as good as Le Misanthrope (which was amazing) and the plot was a little bit harder to follow, but as usual I love reading in French and Molière has a beautiful style to read. Plus, I saw this play at the theatre earlier in the year so I think that helped me to understand everything more in a couple of scenes :)
Zaynab Nasri
j'aurais pu donner 5 étoiles s'il n y avait pas cette horrible fin, toute la beauté de la langue française y apparaît, mais ce mariage trop prévisible, ce mari qui avait raison, et cet homme qui prétendait le savoir mais ne pensait qu'à l'argent, on n'aurait tout de même pu faire mieux, même en me rendant compte du contexte de l'époque, je me demande à quoi sert une telle pièce sinon qu'à amplifier les idées misogynes qui existaient déjà.
Nicole Lopez-Isa
Feb 20, 2014 Nicole Lopez-Isa added it
Shelves: plays
I'm glad I picked up this play as my first Molière read. It was histerical, and the writing, as well as rhyme scheme, astounded me. I can't wait to see this on stage, as I'm sure it will be even more enjoyable live than on paper.
هاجر بلحاج
Apr 27, 2014 هاجر بلحاج rated it liked it
لسخريةِ الأقدار , قرأت معظم الكتاب في صالونٍ لتصفيف الشعر :)
هي مسرحيةٌ غنيةٌ لغوياً كعادة موليير وكلاسكياته . موليير ينتقد بطريقةٍ أو بأخرى النساء "المهتماتِ بالمعرفة والشعر والفلسفة" , بطريقةٍ كوميدية , لكن ممتعة في نفس الوقتِ .
لولا النهاية , لكنتُ أضفتُ نجمةً أخرى :)
Apr 10, 2012 Nukalurk rated it liked it
Shelves: français, classics
Il a écrit cette pièce en vers mais il se moque des précieuses qui ne voulaient parler qu'en vers. Cette pièce est une suite de la pièce « Les précieuses ridicules » où il avait déjà commencer à ridiculiser le mouvement de la préciosité.
Jun 22, 2016 Malvina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you think you're smart because you play with words, but're not really. Fun and farce, with a dash of irony. Should be good fun to see onstage, apart from the slight misogyny...but I guess it was a play of the times.
Pouvoir relire Molière en français au petit bonheur n'est pas une activité dont la pertinence est discutable, c'est un droit humain!
Je me permets une question : comment aurait été la pièce s'il s'était agit "Des Maris Savants" ?
Je me
Oct 26, 2011 Phoebe rated it it was ok
This is a Moliere piece that has aged less well, a bit like Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. It's just hard to look past the misogynistic attitude and forceful message that women shouldn't try to be too learned...
Ida Aasebøstøl
Mar 06, 2016 Ida Aasebøstøl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
God, I hate intellectuals.
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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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