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The Cid / Cinna / The Theatrical Illusion

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  175 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The Cid, Corneille's masterpiece set in medieval Spain, was the first great work of French classical drama; Cinna, written three years later in 1641, is a tense political drama, while The Theatrical Illusion, an earlier work, is reminiscent of Shakespeare's exuberant comedies.
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 288 pages
Published January 30th 1976 by Penguin Classics (first published 1975)
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This guy's a lot more fun than Racine
Paul Miller
One of the most fun great books I’ve read yet. A crackling good yarn. Lots of tension and excitement. Memorable characters. Would make a great movie. Don’t have much profound to say about it. It is a tragedy based on opposing imperatives from honor and romance. Since honor has evaporated as a social norm, The Cid can’t quite translate.
Feb 04, 2010 Joe rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Love the monologue from Act 3 Scene 5 of The Cid, which is otherwise a bit too straightforward. But of course this gets five stars for The Illusion.
Since I only read The Theatrical Illusion from this publication, my four-star rating counts for that one only.
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Pierre Corneille était l'un des trois grands dramaturges français du XVIIe siècle , avec Molière et Racine. Il a été appelé «le fondateur de la tragédie française» et était productive pendant près de quarante ans.

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