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Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
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Apr 13, 08

really liked it
bookshelves: rgbookclub
Recommended for: everyone, linguists, women, romantics
Read in April, 2008

Pygmalion (i.e. My Fair Lady with a different ending) raises all sorts of questions. What responsibility does the artist owe to his creation? What's important...being born into a high ranking social status, or being able to *act* as if you were? What are the natural rights of a person...of a woman? How do we gain our self-respect? What's important in a person? How important are dress, manners, method of speaking?

This is a surprisingly short play, and an all-time classic. Henry Higgins is amusing in his "old-bachelor" ways...his passion for his "science" and his utter lack of regard for people and their feelings (the Simon Cowell of his day). Eliza is charming in maintaining her self-respect...whether she's straight out of the "gutter" or playing the part of a Dutchess. A timeless story.

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