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Le Misanthrope

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,374 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
Rêver de vivre dans un désert. Détester tous les hommes, et plus ou moins les femmes... Faire son coléreux dès que l'occasion se présente. Refuser la moindre concession à la société. En un mot, être Alceste. Une hauteur d'âme respectable et qui impose le respect ; mais peut-on fréquenter un tel homme sans le railler ? Un dilemme que les autres protagonistes de la comédie d ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 13th 2000 by Gallimard (first published 1666)
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Oct 30, 2014 Florencia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, french
This play was written in the 17th century and it is so contemporary, because of that feeling of rejection towards society and almost everything that surrounds it. And... the subsequent isolation that the person feels, of course.

It happens all the time. People that are sick of other people but then, they can't stand that deep loneliness they find. They were never ready for it, and they end up believing they are indeed cursed or something and kind of give up, accepting that miserable existence; v
Jun 18, 2014 Yann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Je n'avais plus lu Molière depuis le collège. Quelle erreur! Cette pièce écrite en 1666 nous place à Paris dans l'ambiance des salons parisiens, où la noblesse se retrouve pour se livrer à ses activités favorites: la conversation, l'amour et le dénigrement. Le héros, Alceste (le fort, en grec), semble avoir été jeté la veille dans ce milieu tant il y détonne; doté d'une sensibilité à fleur de peau, il ne peut souffrir d'être le témoin des caresses hypocrites que toute cette société policée se pr
Maria Espadinha
Jun 23, 2016 Maria Espadinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Estrelas Nascem do Caos

Se a humanidade, de repente e sem aviso prévio, desatasse a dizer apenas a Verdade e nada mais que a Verdade, que efeitos sociais surtiria?

Será esse o caminho para a paz generalizada ?

Ou um rastilho para um conflito caótico?
Nesta peça satírica, por intermédio das vozes de Alceste e Philinte, a Honestidade Radical é confrontada com a Hipocrisia Social!

Alceste defende a Verdade Absoluta! Incondicional !
Custe o que custar , doa a quem doer , a Verdade deve ser sempre
I am Danielle.
Why has it taken me so long to read this? What entertainment! Hilarious, dramatic entertainment! I'm sorry I'm gushing a little too much, but I was not expecting this to be so funny and good. After watching Alceste à Bicyclette (thank you again to a classmate of mine from French for the recommendation), I planned on reading The Misanthrope and Molière's other works. I'm delighted that I did. Every time I thought things were going to calm down with its dramatics, it kept escalating more, and more ...more
Molière, or Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, satirizes french 17th century social hypocrisy. The main character despises all forms of false, insincere remarks and thinks people’s pride should be about honesty and not good behavior and proper welcome. The comical situations that arises are a consequence of such an opinion. He gets into trouble for being truthfully honest, which border on rudeness and earn him enemies.


The funniest thing is that the woman who might be the worst of them all, who lo
David Sarkies
Oct 20, 2014 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of French comedy
Recommended to David by: A bookshop
Shelves: comedy
The philosopher and the aristocratic woman
25 March 2013

One of the things that I like about reading plays is that they tend to be short and are easy to get through in a short amount of time. However the problem I have is that since they tend to be written so as to be performed on stage (in the same way that poetry is generally written to be read aloud) it makes it difficult to actually follow what is happening. With regards to many of Shakespeare's plays this is not a problem because you can fin
Rebekah Morgan
Apr 27, 2016 Rebekah Morgan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I hate this book for the same reason I hate most Woody Allen movies and mid-century coming of age stories written by men. The main character is just the author inserting himself into a story where he is absolutely insufferable but all these women are in love with him. There's no real plot, just a strange movement in and out of different apartments where the characters have conversations I couldn't begin to care about.
Rousseau said in a letter that Alceste should be played not as a clown but as
Jun 30, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have a hard time rating books or plays when I want to throttle the characters near to death. I know that this means the author did an amazing job capturing the hypocrisy of the characters. However, maybe he did too good a job if the characters of Alceste and Celimene are able to make me so angry it spills over toward the work. I think the character of Alceste reminds me of how I acted when I was in high school and that I was "cool" to be sarcastic and find fault with movies or books, rather th ...more
Alison ☆彡
Rating: 2 stars

Yet again, I had to read this for school.

A couple of months ago, I read my first Molière book ever, which was L'École des Femmes. It was better than what I expected so I had high expectations for this one. Unfortunately, I didn't found it as good.

The thing I liked the most in L'École des Femmes was the plot-twist and sadly, there was none in this one. Or at least, I didn't found one... That's the main reason why I gave it three stars.

I love how it is written, Molière is really a g
Mar 12, 2013 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Wanda, Carey
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3
How to lose friends and infuriate people - a mockery of manners and morals set amid 17th century French aristocracy. Disgusted with French society, where powdered fops gossip in code and bejewelled coquettes whisper behind fans, poet Alceste embarks on a one-man crusade against fakery, frippery and forked tongues. But could the woman he adores be the worst culprit of them all? And in this rarefied world will his revolution prove merely revolting..?

Dec 03, 2012 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This play, first presented in 1666, was not initially well received by its audience which felt that it was too gloomy and intellectually challenging. It is in fact thought-provoking as well as being timeless in the issues it raises, dealing with honesty and integrity vs social politeness and expediency. The plot is simple and without much nuance, pitting the rather austere and rigid honesty of Alceste against the more accommodating and flexible social interactions of his sometime friend Philinte ...more
I tend to side more with critics who deem this play a comedy rather than a tragicomedy. Molière refused to conform with the traditional comedic structure of his time, and ended his play by ending the relationship of the central couple... and I'm thankful for that. Alceste's exhausting, relentless railing of mankind's hypocrisy and feigned sincerity is juxtaposed with Célimène's desperate attachment to a society of individuals she finds repulsive - where knowing the right person is important only ...more
Joyce Lian
Sep 12, 2015 Joyce Lian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
French philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, claimed this was Moliere's best work. Can easily see why 'coz of the irony, climax and comedic situations resulting from the characters' moral shortcomings. On top of that, lots of witty dialogue.

Apart from the witty dialogue, there are quotes worth citing,
Let us torment ourselves a little less about the vices of our age, and be a little more lenient to human nature. Let us not scrutinize it with the utmost severity, but look with some indulgence at i
Mar 07, 2014 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Misanthrope it is said is one of Molière's best known works, and as this is the fourth Molière play that I've read, I find that a shame, as I found Tartuffe and The School for Wives both superior to this work. Unfortunately, best known does not always mean the best developed or the smartest; we could point just as well here to the well-knownness of Marx's The Communist Manifesto as well, his most famous but perhaps least developed work. These two examples are both excellent works in their ow ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Norrin2 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Moliere and what I wanted to know was can a play written by a Frenchman in 1666 amuse an American 350 years later? In other words is this comedy written in such a different place and time it might as well be another planet still funny?
I'm happy to say the answer is "Mais oui!" This book made me laugh out loud several times. I loved Alceste's bitter but witty rants about how horrible everybody he knows is. His review of a rival's sonnet is so scathing he lands in court.
"But gentlemen, I
Après avoir assisté à un cours sur cette pièce grâce auquel j'ai davantage réfléchi sur celle-ci et qui m'en a montré toute la richesse, je l'ai davantage appréciée qu'à la première lecture. Alceste, qui m'agaçait, m'apparaît à présent plus complexe que je ne le pensais, de même que Célimène. Cela a facilité mon identification aux personnages et m'a fait prendre plus d'intérêt aux souffrances des personnages. Molière ne m'amuse néanmoins toujours pas: je perçois dans ses comédies l'aspect de dén ...more
Hanne Rømsing
Oct 19, 2015 Hanne Rømsing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Første pensumbok/teaterstykke
Ami Nicholson
You have to love Molière. I am always amazed by how contemporary these older writings are. People have changed very little in the last three hundred years. The Misanthrope is a play about human nature at its basest level. Alceste, the primary male character, is a creature prone to vanity and arrogance. He always speaks his mind, much to the chagrin of others, and he prides himself on his judgmental opinions. He finds little value in friendships and believes that the trappings of society are comp ...more
May 08, 2012 Marie-aimée rated it liked it
Shelves: french, fr, theater, comedy
Une chouette comédie, où Alceste devient un véritable caractère, un original contradicteur qui reste malgré tout intégré à la société, où on ne connait pas la profondeur des sentiments de Célimène. Le plus intéressant dans cette comédie est à mon avis la façon dont Molière parvient à tourner en ridicule "l'atrabilaire amoureux".
Emilie Andersen
I'm not quite sure why this is a comedy? I didn't really laugh at all and the ending wasn't exactly happy :b. I enjoyed the play but not much happened so I can't give it more than 2 stars :).
Ala'a  Muhammad
The main reason why I liked this play is that I can relate to it, and it is really funny xD This comedy of manner takes place in France the 17th century while im here, KSA, the 21st century.
I also love the way the characters are presented and may I announce my latest OTP; Alceste and Philinte <3
Anh Quan
Jun 25, 2013 Anh Quan rated it it was ok
Shelves: french
"[..]et Boileau écrira à propos du Molière des Fourberies de Scapin, « je ne reconnais plus l’auteur du Misanthrope »"
Me too buhro.
Oct 14, 2015 Dridge rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Argh, I feel like such a cheater marking down this play as „read“ because I read it in French and therefore did not understand too much of it. But I would have felt bad if I would not have read in the original language since I’m entirely amazed that mostly all Molière-plays are completely written in alyway rhyming verses. There are many German and English plays in verses but hardly ever with rhymes. (Since it is so hard to do, Faust I took Goethe 20 years to write!) What an amazing work from Mol ...more
Jan 31, 2016 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moliere's polemic against fake people continues with his play entitled The Misanthrope featuring Alceste, a man so fed up with people who won't truly speak their minds he has sworn to hate humanity altogether. However, a man's philosophy will crumble under the weight of love. The woman he can't let go happens to be a little too well connected with that world he hates so fiercely. He isn't unaware of it either, for example,

Celimene: But you grow jealous of the universe.

Alceste: Because you welc
John Gaynard
Nov 18, 2011 John Gaynard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some months ago, I went to see Molière's play Le Misanthrope at the Théâtre du Ranelagh in Paris. I last saw it a few years ago but, with the help of age, I had forgotten some of the details. So, even if the production wasn't that great it was good to hear this masterpiece of social satire once again.

I won't repeat the whole plot of The Misanthrope, but here are some lines from the Wikipedia resume (Alceste is the misanthrope):

"The plot... involves a trial before the Royal Court of France that r
Maan Kawas
Oct 06, 2013 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very beautiful play by the great French playwright Moliere that shows his wittiness as well as mastery of use of language and depiction of characters! The play addresses a very important social aspect in human nature in general- although it seems to give hints to the French Society then – which is social hypocrisy and gossiping. The protagonist Alceste seems so rigid in his attitude against hypocrisy and doubled-faced people, which is reflected in his intolerance toward such a behavior in othe ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting dry and I got witty. I thought it would be stilted and instead I got clever rapid-fire barbs. Moliere’s cheeky play pokes fun at French aristocracy and social norms of the time. The main character, Alceste, despises the superficial French aristocracy. He refuses to pay false compliments and makes himself unpopular with the court.

Despite his high moral standards and distain for those around him, he’s still deeply flawed. He falls in love with a chronic gossip and flirt, Célimène.
Mar 19, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous and still totally relevant and applicable hundreds of years after it was written. In fact, I'd love to see a "Clueless"-style film adaptation which updates the action to an American high school. The cat fight between Célimène and Arsinoé in Act 3 Scene 5 is priceless.
Nada R
Sep 24, 2015 Nada R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
صادمه .. !
أترضي بالنفاق ؟ أم تحظي بكراهيه الجميع !
أتكون متذمرا .. أم تقبل التساهل !
كم من الاضطراب و تشتت المشاعر يجعلك تفكر في ذاتك ..
فعلا .. خير الأمور الوسط
Feb 22, 2014 Fil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, classics, plays, ebook
Le misanthrope par excellence déteste l'humanité et avec raison; stupidité, cupidité, superficialité et j'en passe. Puni pour être honnête envers lui-même et ses proches, Alceste a une haine générale pour les humains sans cibler une personne en particulier.

Malgré cela, il se laisse prendre et tombe amoureux d'une femme frivole et dénuée de sentiment profond. Malheureusement, et sans grande surprise, tout fini un peu mal pour lui.

Ce commentaire peu flatteur sur notre société, tant applaudie, est
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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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“Betrayed and wronged in everything,
I’ll flee this bitter world where vice is king,
And seek some spot unpeopled and apart
Where I’ll be free to have an honest heart.”
“My hate is general, I detest all men;
Some because they are wicked and do evil,
Others because they tolerate the wicked,
Refusing them the active vigorous scorn
Which vice should stimulate in virtuous minds.”
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