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Tartuffe, or the Imposter is a comedy in five acts and in verse by Molière, and one of his most famous plays. It was condemned and banned from the stage for five years by the outcry of the « dévots », who were very influential at the kings court in Molière’s day. Tartuffe is a satire on religious hypocrisy. The religious fraud Tartuffe, a penniless scoundrel, worms his way ...more
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Published January 10th 1992 by Harvest Books (first published 1664)
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Riku Sayuj
Mocking the Heavens

As I read this I was reminded most often of the god-men of India: of their scandals, of their dedicated followers who are so willingly duped, and of the politicians who pretend to be devoted for their own purposes.

I can only imagine what parallel suggestion would have been easily engendered in the French minds as they sat through this devastating play.

It is no surprise that there was such outage. It is no surprise that it was banned for so long. The device Moliere employs is t
Ahmad Sharabiani
Le Tartuffe, ou L’Imposteur=Tartuffe, or The Impostor, or The Hypocrite, Molière
عنوان: تارتوف؛ اثر: مولیر؛ مترجم: مهشید نونهالی؛ تهران، نشر قطره، 1391؛ در 152 ص؛ شابک: 9786001195334؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه های نویسندگان فرانسول قرن 17 م
تارتوف یا شیاد، فریبکار، ریائی، غاصب، منافق؛ از مشهورترین کمدیهای مولیر است؛ روانشاد محمدعلی فروغی نیز با عنوان «میرزا کمال الدین» به روش اقتباس این اثر را ترجمه کرده است
Debbie Zapata
Jan 05, 2016 Debbie Zapata rated it really liked it
Shelves: pg
While reading the Chekhov play Ivanoff recently, I became curious about why one character told another not to be a Tartuffe. I Googled and discovered that in French and English, calling anyone a Tartuffe means that they are a hypocrite, especially one who pretends to be overly pious. And I learned that the term comes from the play of the same name by Moliere. So here we are with my first Stray Cat book of 2016; one of those books that curl purring around your ankles until you simply have to read ...more
Nov 03, 2014 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read this play for the first time, I had a strange feeling that I'd seen it somewhere before. Cretinous Orgon can't understand what's obvious to the audience and everyone else in the play, namely that the slimy cleric Tartuffe is not only trying to ruin him, but also to get into his wife's pants. He seems to have neatly engineered his own downfall when - hey presto! - a deus ex machina saves the day. It's very funny.

After a little thought, I realized that this is the basic structure of se
Jun 04, 2011 Kassia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-2011
As a Christian myself, I read Tartuffe with close precision. Taking apart each verse, I tried to figure out if the play was really an attack on Christianity and my faith. However, after close examination of the play, I found that the play doesn’t really try to attack the Christian faith. Rather, it tries extremely hard to avoid such an attack, and instead simply targets the hypocrites in the Church at the time.

Many parts of the play show the respect that Moliere had for religion. An example o
Anna *hiatus*
3 1/2

I don't know why I'm weirded out that I enjoyed this one.
Nov 19, 2009 miaaa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to miaaa by: ninus
I'm asking myself, and keep looking at the introduction, 'was this book really published in 17th century?' I'm practically astounded and enjoy every bits of it.

Pathetic people always amuse me. I'd rather have a personal conversation with my God than showing off to other people that I go to church on regular basis. Dude I know some people who go to church to find a hubby/wife/bf/gf!


Hanya bisa bilang, Tartuffe hebat! Setiap orang harusnya tidak setengah-setengah dalam melakukan apapun. Jika kau
Nicholas Armstrong
I thought this was rather good. I think my issue, as it is with most plays, is that it wasn't meant to be read. The reactions, the slapstick antics of Dorine and Orgon, these were all meant to be performed and witnessed to highten their humor. As it is, the dialogue is amusing, and much of the humor can still seep through, but I know that where I was smirking with the text I would probably be laughing at the play.

Outside of that, I think if it was a play I was watching I would love it. To commit
Jan 07, 2016 Jaksen rated it really liked it
At first read I was so confused, then I remembered I AM READING A PLAY.

A play, by necessity, is all dialogue and some action. Therefore, the fact I had no idea who anyone was, well wth was I thinking? I made a copy of the actors and who they were on notepad, and referred to his as I read until I figured out who everyone is. No info-dumps for sure. You need to read - or watch the play - and PAY ATTENTION to know who is who.

I have just told any play-goer or play-reader what he or she already know
Feb 26, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2013, drama
Tartuffe was banned from public performance for several years because of the Catholic church--the Archbishop of Paris declared that anyone who saw, performed in, or even read the play would be excommunicated. Apparently he was upset about the false piety of the title character. For me though, the work is more of a scathing critique of a family patriarch who leads his family to misery and disaster because of his blind allegiance to such a figure (an even bigger dig at the church?). But the real s ...more
Nov 27, 2014 BookCupid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, own
Ah, Tartuffe! Proof that adoration towards a human being is wrong.

Orgon invites Tartuffe into his home, promptly giving him all of his time and devotion, as well as his young daughter's hand in marriage. His family thinks Tartuffe is using him. Can Orgon see reason before it's too late?

Even though I was expecting some sort of coup, Molière surprised me with the outcome. Funny with great rhymes and quotes, Tartuffe just became one of my favorite comedies.
Nov 02, 2015 Daphne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quest

Any book or play that starts with a grandmother reading the hell out of her entire family - well, sign me up.


The body of the text? Well, it's twisted, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable. The maid was - well, spicy as f***


Final thoughts?

David Sarkies
Mar 18, 2013 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
Isn't it interesting that there are some sectors of society that get really upset if you poke fun at them, or criticise them in anway. Normally this happens because these particular people are well aware that what they are doing is wrong, and that they are simply playing on people's stupidity to get away with the frauds that they are conducting. Much of these offence that is generated is not so much offence at the fun, but rather that what the person is doing is ripping the veil off of their fr ...more
Aug 22, 2014 Tristan rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, plays
A hilarious comedy about the early, french Con-Man, holds with such poetics the flaws of man and his blind adoration and faith in religion. Religion, although popular during this time (1660s), is being criticized in that one could not blindly believe in a preacher preaching, so one must tread carefully in lying faith.

Although the ending felt tacked on, it served for two meanings for me. One that faith in the King could be blindly assured; and the irony of allowing yourself to do so in the forme
Sep 10, 2015 Taka rated it really liked it
Shelves: french_lit, poetry, 2015
Surprisingly really good--

I acted in a Molière play (in French) back in college as Argan from La malade imaginaire, albeit in a few famous scenes, and have seen, with my limited French, scenes from Tartuffe that advanced French students played. But dammit, I didn't know how good and funny Molière is until I read this. His comic sensibility is impeccable, with keen observations about human foibles that echo across centuries and are still very much applicable today: the exaggerated way Mariane and
Daria Bejan
Si parca ar semana cu scrierile lui Caragiale.

Se dice que es de sabios rectificar, algo parecido debe decirse sobre los libros que releemos y, por fin, sacamos un buen provecho. Leí por primera vez “Tartufo” en mi juventud y “simplemente” me resultó un libro bueno y “gracioso”, y ahora creo haber conseguido, con esta relectura, el verdadero valor y significado de este texto.

Gran obra humorística con una gran carga crítica social. Un alegato contra la hipocresía, especialmente hacía los “santurrones” que con su fingida beate
Mar 04, 2014 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Molière tackles in this work religious hypocrisy and does so in a manner that is superior to (but as controversial as) Sinclair Lewis' Elmer Gantry. But as daring as Molière's classic work may have been in the 1660s and as controversial as it may still be today, the playwright's fault (in my eyes) is his glowing admiration for the monarchy. Much like the philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, one can't help but wonder how much more radical would have been his writing if not so constrained by ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(my translation is by Morris Bishop)

At first glance a relatively easy play to categorize simply as farce, further reflection on Molière’s Tartuffe raises vexing questions. The story is simple. A religious zealot, Tartuffe, is rescued from poverty by Orton and brought to live in his benefactor’s home where his strict moral attitudes raise havoc with the rest of the family. Eventually Tartuffe makes the mistake of wooing Orton’s wife, Elmire, is kicked out of the house (but only after Orton has su
Ana Mardoll
Mar 31, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Tartuffe / 0-151-00281-9

With scathing satire, gorgeous poetry, clever word choice, and a beautiful English translation, Tartuffe viciously attacks religious hypocrites who posture and preen in public and the dupes who are foolish enough to believe that holiness can only be measured by the outward show of morality. Moliere utilizes the sharp-witted servant girl motif to provide a cutting Greek chorus and to propel the action in a way that the obedient daughter stereotype cannot. In the end, hypoc
Karen Michele
Sep 23, 2015 Karen Michele rated it really liked it
Shelves: 15-fall
I listened to a full cast audio version of Tartuffe and I was impressed and frequently laughing out loud. The actors/readers were so good at expressing what could have been sing-song poetry in a way that kept the story flowing right along that it took me a while to realize it all rhymed. I can see how the religious controversy surrounding the book could arise in the time period in which it was written, but it was pretty mild by today’s standards. The banter between the daughter and her “real boy ...more
Lit Bug
May 10, 2013 Lit Bug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, owned, comedy, french, satire
Moliere is the best-known writer of French comic satires, and this play was written in 1664, in French. French comedy abounds in wit and satire garbed in comedy full of puns among other literary devices.

Owing to the merciless satire on orthodox religion, it was banned for five years. English Restoration comedies of classic authors such as Congreve and Wycherley are a direct result of the French influence.

The French (original) version is far richer in allusiveness than the English one. Would rate
It is really interesting to read this in translation - the version I read was cleverly done to retain the rhyming verse, but I do suspect it has lost something not reading it in the original French. I wish I knew the language well enough to be able to appreciate it in French, but the humour and satire comes through just as well.
Jan 17, 2015 §-- rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Some good comedy early on, but this is ruined by the deus ex machina ending and the seemingly countless hoops Moliere jumps through to establish that he is no enemy of true religion. The poetry, in translation anyway, is often quite elegant, very stately and formal. Moliere builds suspense by talk about Tartuffe for Acts I and II, before even showing us Tartuffe in Act III. We don't get to see very much of Tartuffe's con-man act, though we are told much about it in exposition. As soon as he arri ...more
Ahmed Azimov
Apr 08, 2014 Ahmed Azimov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عظمة موليير تكمن في شعبويته، في تواصله مع الجمهور، في سعيه الى قيمة أخلاقية حداثية لمجتمعه كما جين أوستن.

ربما قيمة نصوصه أدبيا لاتوازي تلك العظمة.
Sep 29, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: Caleb Hill
Shelves: school
i liked this play a lot... a bit slow at the beginning, but the plot and writing were great. it was so witty and funny, i laughed out loud a lot ;)
Tartüf genel olarak kendisini iyilik abidesi bir dindar olarak Orgon'a inandırmış düzenbaz Tartüf ve onun foyalarını meydana çıkarmaya çalışan Orgon'un aile bireylerinin hikâyesini anlatıyor. Bu esnada bu kadar da olmaz dedirten, eğlenceli şeyleri okuyor, din kılıfı altında ne tür düzenbazlıkların yapılabildiğini de görüyorsunuz.

Tartüf, Moliere'in okuduğum dördüncü eseri. İnsandan Kaçan dışında, Tartüf de okumuş olduğum Don Juan ve Cimri ile aşağı yukarı benzer bir anlatıma sahip diyebilirim. M
Oct 01, 2015 Raúl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, theatre
'Guardad, Lorenzo, mi disciplina y cilicio y orad porque el Cielo os ilumine siempre. Decid, si alguien me busca, que he ido a repartir limosnas entre los presos'.

Tenía ganas de leerme esta obra, desde que vi hace años la película Tartüff (1925) de Murnau, una joyita del cine mudo, con el actor expresionista Emil Jannings interpretando al beato lujurioso; imposible imaginar ya de otro modo a Tartufo que con esa cara de trasgo. La obra original, de Molière, de 1664, es una comedia a nuestros ojos
Jul 12, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, classics, reviewed
How disappointing! I really liked this play when I first read it way back in middle school. It was my first exposure to Molière, and I remembered being so impressed with his work. I am still impressed with Molière, but not so much with Tartuffe.

I guess when I was young Tartuffe was so different from the usual plays that you have to read in school. It wasn't Our Town, or Death of a Salesman (both of which I can't stand), it wasn't the ancient Antigone or Oedipus Rex, it wasn't William Shakespear
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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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