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Le Mariage de Figaro

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Beaumarchais's comedic sequel to The Barber of Seville, chronicling the misadventures of the title character
Paperback, 319 pages
Published May 30th 2003 by Larousse Kingfisher Chambers (first published 1784)
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Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, drama
“Mon cavalier, répondrez-vous à mes questions?”

At the culmination of this brilliant play, written just a few years before the beginning of the French Revolution, the all-powerful Comte de Almaviva challenges Figaro to answer his questions. Figaro, superbly, retorts:

“Eh! Qui pourrait m’en exempter, Monseigneur? Vous commandez à tout ici, hors à vous-même.”

That is the perfect definition of a tyrant: being in command of everything, except for himself. The play, which celebrates esprit and cunning i
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: théâtre
"Par le sort de la naissance,
L'un est roi, l'autre est berger ;
Le hasard fit leur distance ;
L'esprit seul peut tout changer.
De vingt rois que l'on encense,
Le trépas brise l'autel ;
Et Voltaire est immortel..."
- acte V, scène 7

J'ai toujours eu tendance à confondre Marivaux et Beaumarchais, mais si j'avais fait l'effort de lire "le Mariage de Figaro" plus tôt, j'aurais certainement pu mieux les distinguer.
Depuis que je me suis lancée dans la biographie de Beaumarchais et la lecture de son cy
Le Mariage de Figaro est une comédie qui pousse les thèmes du Barbier de Séville jusqu'au ridicule. L'intrigue se fonde sur une histoire d'amour contrariée autour de laquelle viennent se greffer tout plein d'autres intrigues. Figaro veut se marier avec Suzanne, mais il est jaloux du Comte qui réclame "le droit de cuissage".

Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

The original French text is available at Wikisource.

The concept of "humour" was discussed and analyzed in this book by the author
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this book for my European Humanities class ,and I'm so glad my professor assigned it. This book was hilarious. I wondered why my professor assigned the class the second book in the series but the book was easily understandable. It was easy to find out what happened in the previous book. The story is like a Twelfth Nights mixed with Midsummer Nights Dream. It was very entertaining.

The only reason why I gave it 4 stars is because it felt a little rush at the end and I didn't really l
Drunkenness Books
Quoi de mieux qu’une petite chronique sur ce classique des programmes scolaires à quelques semaines de la rentrée ?! Quel lycéen n’a pas eu à étudier et à disserter sur les mésaventures de Figaro, les manigances du comte Almaviva et les états d’âme de la jolie Suzanne ?! Avec plusieurs années de recul et pas mal de relectures, je peux aujourd’hui affirmer que Le mariage de Figaro est l’oeuvre qui m’a fait aimer le théâtre !!
L’action se déroule 10 ans après Le Barbier de Séville et permet au spec
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ready for production in 1778, the French censors and King Louis XVI prevented the staging of this play by Beaumarchais until six years later, largely because of its political radicalism. Many contemporary and subsequent critics have attributed to the play an important precipitating factor in the French Revolution, although in retrospect it may have been more a reflection of emerging anti-aristocratic sentiment than its cause. Mozart’s opera of the same title was based on it and was produced in 1 ...more
Dorian de Jandreau
I was looking for this book in my country very long. I finally found it and ordered immediately, because first time I got known to this story was Russian musical with my favorite singer Philip Kirkorov. He played Count Almaviva. Since that New Year night when I saw that musical, I got obssesed with this story. And I started reading this book in Lithuanian after so many years after that musical's premiere on TV. And I love this book. Drama, intrigues, jokes, passion- everything I love. I so love ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mozart & Daponte's Operatic Mythology

A Gaggle of Gods and Goddesses

By Roger Cantrell

When Lorenzo Da Ponte wrote the Italian libretto for "Le Nozze di Figaro", he must have immediately seen the fascinating parallels between the lives of the characters in Beaumarchis' play and those of classic mythology. The emotions the characters portray are timeless; anger, joy, compassion, jealousy, love, and sexual passion. From
Sergei Ter-Tumasov
Очень смешная история!!!

Оказывается вот у кого учились сценаристы "мыльных опер", у Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. У этого автора очень смешной и наблюдательный юмор, который вызывает не просто улыбку, а именно смех! Мне понравились взгляды Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais на жизнь, хотя его жизнь примером для подражания не является. И удивительно, что человек с таким талантом, писателем (ну, или драматургом), в принципе, не являлся, а был, скорее, бизнесменом. и литературе много вр
Maan Kawas
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very beautiful play by the French playwright Beaumarchais, considered as a sequel to his first play ‘The Barber of Seville’, which has an underlying message! Though the play is filled with funny situations, it indirectly conveys a criticism to the social system, namely, the aristocracy, and its authority (political and military power). We can see Figaro and the Count compete for Suzanne, Figaro wants to marry her, while the Count wants to trifle with her before her wedding. However, the play i ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Séville, Figaro, le valet du comte Almaviva prépare ses noces avec la jeune Suzanne, mais il doit affronter un dangereux rival dans la personne de son maître, dont la flamme pour son épouse décroit. Les futurs mariés auront besoin de toute les ressources de leur prudence et de leur astuce pour triompher de la passion du comte. Mais leurs machinations vont être perturbés par l'intempestif et aimable Chérubin, qui brûle pour la comtesse délaissée. Je m'étais régalé plus d'une fois avec la versio ...more
Jade Liu
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an awesome read. When I started, I had no idea that it was essentially the second work in a trilogy, but it soon became clear that there are preceding events that characters keep alluding to, and this has led me to want to read the other two plays as well. The plot is both simple and complex. For those who like to read realistic works, this is not for you. In general, theatrical works do not have believable plots. Rather, they use theater as a means of reflecting on society. This p ...more
Lisa Thomasse
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai absolument adoré ! Chaque réplique comique est recherchée et piquante.
C'est un 5/5 mérité !
Nathan Albright
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge2017
The sequel to Beaumarchais' excellent The Barber Of Seville [1], this play takes place after Figaro's efforts to assist Count Almaviva in winning the hand of his wife, where Figaro himself looks to wed the passionate Suzanne. Yet there are obstacles in the behavior of the Count and in the machinations of others. Again, as before, Beaumarchais has created a compelling and uproarious drama out of the problems of people in finding suitable wives, a problem I am very familiar with personally, and th ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ne znam kad sam se zadnji put ovako ismijala na neku komediju.
Komedija iz 18. stoljeća koja u sebi nosi toliko poleta, vrckavosti, ali i toliko poruke.
Preko Figarova lika, lika dosjetljivog čovjeka, otkrivamo toliko o ljudskom biću. Cijeli niz poruka nam se donosi kroz smiješne situacije, odnosi spolova su veselo prikazani i nose tračak kritike (ali zavijen upravo onako kako treba, ne napadno, već na simpatičan način), čak se može vidjeti i kritika društva u kojem netko uspije samo zato što je i
Comme étudiant FLE, ça valait la peine, mais pas énormément plus.
La Folle Journée ou le Mariage de Figaro est une comédie en cinq actes qui fait suite au Barbier de Séville . Écrite en 1778, elle ne sera jouée sur scène qu'en 1784 car, contrairement au premier volet, Beaumarchais établit là une satire de la société de son époque.

Cette pièce se déroule quelques années après les événements du Barbier de Séville. Figaro est à présent serviteur du Comte Almaviva et s'apprête à épouser Suzanne, qui est au service de Rosine devenue Comtesse. Alors que la noce se p
Le Nozze di Figaro by Pierre de Beaumarchais

Figaro is worldwide famous and appreciated as a masterpiece, but much more because of the music composed by Mozart and less for the contribution of the “original” author, Beaumarchais.

For all its strengths, the comedy is not one of the greatest works man has ever created. It is funny, witty and made glorious by the work of the genius of Mozart.
Speaking of which, Malcolm Gladwell comes to mind, with his amazing book- Outliers. In it he analyses the conc
Jul 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Le Mariage de Figaro est la suite du Barbier de Séville. Autant j’avais apprécié la première pièce, autant cette suite m’a semblé fade, limite insipide.

On retrouve les personnages, mais Figaro n’a plus rien de piquant, de spontané et de sympathique : il est là, c’est tout, ni plus ni moins. Rosine est méconnaissable, désagréable et ne sert à rien non plus. Pire que tout je pense, c’est le Comte, qui est également méconnaissable, mais qui est juste à l’opposé de l’image qu’on se faisait de lui da
Dolle, sprankelende komedie. Vorm van absurd theater (voorloper Beckett en Pirandello).
Figaro is hier de meester-intrigant, maar helemaal niet meester van de intriges; al zijn plannen en listen mislukken. Hier meer figuur van Sancho Pancha. Opmerkelijke schets van vrouwenfiguren; nemen de intrige in handen. Maatschappelijke achtergrond: geld gaat geboorte vervangen als bron van macht
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, french, france
'Le Mariage De Figaro' is the second part of a theatrical trilogy by 18th century playwright Beaumarchais, but can also be read as a stand-alone work as one can just jump in and start reading without encountering any problems.

The central plot revolves around Figaro, a servant of Comte Almaviva, who wants to marry his beloved Suzanne. This, however, is not as simple as it sounds as Comte Almaviva has some interest in Suzanne himself. This marriage isn't the only romantic motive in the book thoug
I read it for my French Literature class, it was very short yet full of events. Their is a constant shift in the actions a series of misunderstanding. I would recommend it to anyone studying French literature. It changes from the usual Moliere (even if he is an excellent author) yet can be placed in the same sphere of genre.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play
"Безумный день, или Женитьба Фигаро" восхитительная, чудеснейшая и лучшая из комедий, которые только могут быть в мировой литературе. Такое переплетения комедии положения, мудрости, глупости одних и находчивости других героев пьесы, вряд ли удастся кому то ещё создать подобное произведение, как это получилось у Бомарше.
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absorbente. Hilarante.
Con ganas de leerme El barbero de Sevilla, ya que no conozco todo el trasfondo de la historia.
Tuve la oportunidad de ver la adaptación operística de esta obra en el Liceu de Barcelona.
Melusine Parry
Très peu d'intérêt.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
C'est un livre que j'ai lu pour les cours et qui n'était pas trop mal... Cependant j'ai parfois eu du mal à le comprendre...
Amalia Niculescu
The perfet comedy...I've nerver seen actors speak so rapidly in a piece of theatre.
Paul Servini
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something like a modern day farce but one which ends happily. Very entertaining, if unfortunately very far from what actually happens in real life today.
Pete Peterson
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clever, but I still think that, despite its influence, Beaumarchais' original play is actually not quite as good of a story as Da Ponte's libretto based on it.
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was a French playwright, watchmaker, inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, publisher, horticulturalist, arms dealer, satirist, financier, and revolutionary (both French and American).

Born a provincial watchmaker's son, Beaumarchais rose in French society and became influential in the court of Louis XV as an inventor and music teacher. He made a number o
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