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Wilbur is at the peak of his form in this stellar translation of an unusual Molière play-populated with Greeks and Greco-Roman gods and flavored with the essences of vaudeville, fan-tasy, high comedy, farce, and even opera. Afterword by Richard Wilbur.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 14th 1995 by Mariner Books (first published 1668)
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Bine
Oct 29, 2012 Bine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seit langer, langer Zeit endlich mal wieder eine "Pflichtlektüre". In diesem Fall ein Drama, das ich für meinen Kurs "Einführung in allgemeine und vergleichende Literaturwissenschaften lesen muss.
"Amphitryon" wurde (laut meiner Ausgabe) 1668 in Paris uraufgeführt. Ich habe gehört, dass das Stück für Molière von daher untypisch sein soll, dass es nicht um französische Adelsmänner geht, sondern dass er seine Komödiantische Moralpredigt im antiken Rahmen, nämlich mit dem "Tatort" Theben und antiken
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Marti Martinson
Apr 10, 2015 Marti Martinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I was allowed ONE book to keep on a deserted island, the Works of Shakespeare OR the Works of Moliere, it would be Moliere.....in English, of course.

The poets do what pleases them. It is not the only stupidity we have detected in these gentlemen.

Damn! Who would have thought that JBP knew Bill O'Reilly:

How many people describe battles from which they remained far away! In order to act my part without discredit, I will rehearse it a little.

JBP never ceases to amaze --and amuse!-- me.

I feel incl
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Dorottya
Sep 11, 2015 Dorottya rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
I have to say, after reading some, from head to toe excellent plays of Molière's, I was disappointed by this one. I'm not saying it's a bad drama, but it leaves a lot to be desired.
I was soooo annoyed by the stupidity of almost all of the characters, especially Sosias and Amphitryon. They even admit to themselves both that there is another one of them existing somehow, and they still forget about it when they meet each other or "each other", and instead of stopping and thinking which one it coul
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Amandine
A nouveau une pièce de Molière lue pour un de mes cours et à laquelle j'ai été aussi insensible qu'à mon ordinaire. L'humour de Molière ne m'atteint décidément pas et me laisse de marbre. Le sujet lui-même était assez intéressant : la question du double, du sosie et de l'imposture, mais traité peut-être un peu trop rapidement à mon goût. La fin arrive trop facilement et m'a paru déplacée presque. Quelques aventures supplémentaires ne m'auraient pas déplu.
En ce qui concerne la forme versifiée, M
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Cyndie
Jan 04, 2014 Cyndie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quand les dieux se mêlent des histoires d'Hommes, cela devient la pagaille, surtout quand il est question de séduire une femme fidèle à son époux.
Pas mal, mais c'est loin d'être la meilleure pièce de Molière.
Heidi
I don't know about Wilbur. I read this in a wonderful Finnish translation by Otto Manninen.
Gods messing with with people's lives. Semi-hysterical farce.
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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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