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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme is a comedy-ballet, in five acts in prose.

Classic satire, one of the best by France's greatest comedic playwright, pokes fun at the sham and hypocrisy of 17th-century French society. A wealthy tradesman, Monsieur Jourdain, yearns to become a gentleman in order to win the hand of a marchioness, disregarding the inconvenient fact that he is already m
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Hardcover, Plays for Performance, 89 pages
Published September 25th 2000 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published October 14th 1670)
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Fabian
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I did not read this in French and therefore am afraid that a bunch of the wit got lost in translation. There is enough however (despite the full-on mastery of a language in this whimsical play) that is universal here to still feel relevant. It's so impressively relevant in fact, some 400 years after it was written, that I suffered chills and, better yet, muffled many laughs (!!).

Moliere must be the Oscar Wilde of his country (or is it the other way around?). Indeed the structure of this v
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Rıdvan
Çok güzel bir oyun.
Tiyatro ile ilgilenen herkesn okumuş ve hatta izlemiş olması lazım.
Hatta ilginç detay; yıllar once Fransa lideri ziyarete gelen Türk temsilcilerine karşı bir iyi niyet gösterisi olması adına Moliere'e ısmarlamış bu oyunu. Dolayısıyla oyun içerisinde çok fazla Türk motifleri var. Türkleri öven pek çok şey bulabilirsiniz.
Kibarlık budalası bir adam var ki oyunun adını oyunu kuyunca daha çok beğendim.
Varlıklı bir sonradan görme var. dolayısıyla etrafında bir sürü dalkavuk var.
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David Sarkies
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like a good laugh
Shelves: comedy
A farcical attempt to climb the social ladder
31 May 2013

This is a play about a middle class merchant whose goal in life is to become a member of the aristocracy and he tries many things, including arranging his daughter's marriage, to achieve that goal. In a way this desire is almost an obsession, and his friends take advantage of this by playing a joke on him: they pretend to be members of the Turkish court and bestow him with the title of Paladin.
The desire to better oneself socially and to
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Realini
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Moliere

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme is a funny play... or is it a farce?
I laughed and enjoyed the sarcasm.
On the other hand, there are some features of the poor Bourgeois Gentilhomme that made me pity him and even more at times, empathise with him.
He is ridiculous, vain, false and his values and judgements change from moment to moment, depending on who is presenting him alternatives: if this point of view is argued by a „noble”, then that’s the way it should be.
He goes as
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Victor Morosoff
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La preuve que la bourgeoisie et l'érudition n'ont comme source que le naturel. 4,5/5
Denise Özel
Tiyatro oyunları okumaya çok alışkın değilim şu anda,ikinci oldu bu. Beni güldürmeyi başaran,eğlenceli bir oyun olmasına karşın arksında mesajlar olmasını sevdim.
Stephanie
Actually reading it out of Oeuvres Complètes - Tome II

English review below the French.
Vraiment une pièce amusante. J’ai apprécié le pragmatisme de Madame Jourdain, surtout pour cet époque – elle ne laisse pas son mari faire toutes les décisions pour elle ni pour la famille (enfin, pas vraiment), et c’est juste. J’ai pensé que les blagues avec les maîtres différents vont durer plus longtemps, mais ils ont laissé la place à l’amour entre Cléonte et Lucile. La résolution pour comment Cléonte et Luc
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Ben
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A comedy-ballet and issues concerning a man who wants to live above his station -- very similar in these two regards to Molière's shorter play from two years earlier, George Dandin. Like so many of Molière's leading characters, we are situated to view M. Jourdain, the title character of this play ("The Bourgeois Gentleman," or sometimes translated as "The Would-Be Gentleman") as a fool, a caricature obsessed with social standing (similar to Dandin, but more clearly so in this work). This bourgeo ...more
Sergei Moska
I'd give this somewhere between three and four stars. My reception of the story changes a lot depending on how I think Moliere wants the reader / viewer of the play to interpret the main character's troubles. In the final act, the main character gets duped by purported "Turks", and the comedy certainly comes from (1)his credulity, (2)his pomposity, and (3)the fact that he is not acting according to his "proper" station in life. Leaving aside the fact that Moliere is celebrating ossified social h ...more
Sarah
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, another great play from Moliere! This one rivals Tartuffe the most in my opinion as the best play he wrote, because I was really engaged with this one. Moliere is a master of wit in almost any situation; he is, in my opinion, a master satirist. The Gentleman in Spite of Himself is a play about the bourgeoisie trying to act as the upper class. For a majority of the play, the main character is seen having lessons from multiple teachers of fine arts, inlcuding dance, music, fenicng, and philos ...more
Roxy
May 10, 2008 rated it liked it
We read this play out loud in Euro class, but I suppose it counts since I technically read it. Anyhow, what a fun play...the whole class was laughing out loud most of the time...and the people who read were quite comical as well. I really enjoyed it/how it relates to what we are learning in the class right now...I should get on reading some more plays cause when I write dialogue it tends to be somewhat pathetic....
Paul Servini
Molière est vraiment un formidable observateur de l'humanité. Cette pièce n'est pas une exception. Molière met la main sur les prétentions insensées que nous connaissons tous. Mais pour M. Jourdain ces prétentions ne restent pas un simple rêve. Une délicieuse comédie, mais n'oublions pas: il y a un élément de M. Jourdain en chacun de nous.
Donna
May 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Donna by: Michael
Shelves: plays
A wicked French farce. Note that in 17th century France you cannot be both "bourgeois" (a tradesman or shopkeeper) and a "gentleman" (landed gentry). The extremely wealthy title character is attempting to social climb his way into the upper class. The guy was just so clueless.

Read in Don Juan and Other Plays ISBN 978-0199540228.
Mateo R.
Intertextualidad

Menciones directas:
* De la ira (41 d.C.) de Lucio Anneo Séneca.
* Catonis Disticha (ca. s. III d.C.) de Dionisio Catón.
* Mención al escritor Décimo Junio Juvenal.

* Ambientes: Mansión.
* Figuras recurrentes: Estafador/a de viudas, filoaristócrata, nuevo/a rico/a, sirviente atrevido/a, snob.
* Bailes: Minué.
Bogdan
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatrum-mundi
This is one of the greatest comedies ever written. I believe it is still appliable into today society, even though it has been written long time ago, when the French middle-class started to pretend nobiliary origins and imitate the high-ranking society.
Rita
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Será que é normal eu ter passado o livro todo a sofrer de second hand embarrassment? De facto só numa comédia destas é que alguém pode ser assim tão tolinho!
Mas gostei muito, apesar de ter ficado a sentir-me muito mal pelo coitadinho do homem.
Kelly
Read in French in high school. Was our first piece of actual literature we got to read, so had both French and English translation to help me. I'm glad I did so I got to enjoy the jokes as well as learn the language. One of the best ones we read.
Fèe ♡
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, classics
Soooooo funny. I loved it !!!
Amalie
I wish I could enjoy this in French!
Alex
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious!!
Alejandra Zárate
Molière ❤ ...more
Alycia
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had to read this book for my French class and I have to be honest, I didn't LIKE the book but Molière has a great way of explaining what is bad in society's life so that was good, I guess
Metin Yılmaz
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
Muhteşem bir Moliere eseri. Yıllar önce kralın isteği ile Türk elçisi onuruna hazırlanan oyunun hem Haldun Dormen ve ekibinden seyretmiş, hem de şimdi okumuş oldum.
Cyrano Demontcuq
La pièce est assez banale, mais ça reste un bon renseignement sur les relations entre une bourgeoise qui fait tout pour accéder à la noblesse et une aristocratie qui profite de cette situation pour leur soutirer de l'argent.
Daniel Garwood
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essentially, Monsieur Jordain – Le Bourgeois gentilhomme – is obsessed with the nobility. He throws his time and money at becoming a ‘person of quality’. A work of comedic genius, that I will read again.
Catherine
This is basically the same story as The Imaginary Invalid, but the names are just changed. Same concept.
Cassandra
I'd like to see that play.
Ali
Aug 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
بورژوا ژانتیوم یا "نجیب زاده ی متوسط" 1670، یک کمدی در پنج پرده، همراه با موزیک و رقص و آواز است. نمایش نامه طنزی ست در مورد شخصیتی از طبقه ی متوسط که مایل است جزو "اشراف" بحساب بیاید (نجیب زادگی کسبی نیست، خونی و ارثی ست). ژوردن که فرزند تاجر ثروتمندی از طبقه ی متوسط است، در تلاش برای رسیدن به هدفش، لباس های با شکوه سفارش می دهد و خوشحال است که شاگرد خیاط او را "عالیجناب" خطاب می کند. او تلاش می کند آداب نجیب زادگی چون رقص، رفتار، موسیقی و علم را هم فرا گیرد، و همین از او یک دلقک می سازد. مثلن ...more
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
En esta obra sabremos de Monsieur Jourdain, burgués que pretende pasar por noble imitando sus modales y conocimientos. Además, planea volverse a casar con una Marquesa.
Con el fin de que se hable de él en la corte, hace de amistad con el Conde Dorante, quien se aprovecha pidiéndole cuantiosas sumas de dinero. Es a través del Conde, que Monsieur Jourdain le envía regalos a la Marquesa Dorimena para enamorarla. Pero el astuto Dorante, le lleva a la Marquesa los presentes como suyos, por lo tanto,
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Nuria
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
En esta comedia Moliére nos presenta, a través de su característico humor, una situación muy común en su época: la de una nobleza que gozaba de privilegios y a pesar de ello vivía en la ruina y la de una burguesía que, envuelta en su riqueza, no podía ascender a los puntos más álgidos de la escala social. El protagonista de esta historia, un rico burgués, se obsesiona con la idea de semejarse a la clase noble y gasta, sin ningún reparo, en profesores que le instruyan en volverse culto y pomposos ...more
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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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“« Par ma foi ! il y a plus de quarante ans que je dis de la prose sans que j'en susse rien, et je vous suis le plus obligé du monde de m'avoir appris cela. »” 1 likes
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