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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  12,208 ratings  ·  399 reviews
Harpagon est un vieillard odieux et avare. Avare jusqu'au ridicule, puisqu'il fait comparaître en justice le chat d'un de ses voisins pour lui avoir mangé le reste d'un gigot ! Avare jusqu'au sordide aussi. Ne cherche-t-il pas à prêter à un taux usuraire l'argent qu'il refuse à son fils ? N'est-il pas prêt à vendre sa fille à qui offre de la prendre sans dot ? Quant à sa p ...more
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Published December 1st 2003 by Cle Intl (first published September 9th 1668)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
L'Avare = The Miser, Molière
The Miser (French: L'Avare) is a five-act comedy in prose by the French playwright Molière. It was first performed on September 9, 1668, in the theatre of the Palais-Royal in Paris.
The aging but vital Harpagon is hoarding every centime he can get his hands on, making sure that his two children, the virginal Elise and the dandy Cleante, live under his iron will. To complicate matters, Elise has fallen in love with the handsome Valere, who masquerades as a servant in t
Huda Aweys
A lot exaggeration and Artificiality, But nice play :) !

the miser a French comedy by Molière ....
Harpagon the protagonist, who spends most of his time guarding his money and searching for ways to reduce or avoid paying household expenses. At the end of the play, he is more concerned with his money than he is with the welfare of his children.
Cléante Son of Harpagon. He loves Marianne, the young woman he saved from drowning and to his bad luck his father wishes to marry,Élise Daughter of Harpagon and beloved of Valère. Against her wishes, Harpagon hop
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Based on Plautus, this is one of five Moliere comedies I read in my rudimentary French (but good Latin) in grad school after one defeat or another. My paper at a post-doc at Harvard with Marge Garber compared Shakespeare and his Plautine sources. I've always considered the Bard best as a comedic writer, though one must concede Moliere his equal there.
"L'Avare" is fairly late in Moliere's career, unlike Shakespeare's early uses of Plautus (here, "Aulularia"), and scandalously, in prose. A Duke d
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"What use will money be to us if it comes only when we are too old to enjoy it?"

This is my second encounter with Molière's brilliant work, and I, similarly to before, found it to be very entertaining.

Molière attention to irony, exaggeration, humour, and also to darker matters are what shape his comedies and make them truly great.

I strongly recommend anyone, who is only beginning to read plays and has struggle understanding and enjoying their structure, to read this one.

I laughed out loud at ti
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This French classic was my first experience of Molière and made me a lifelong fan. Unfortunately, the translation in this Kindle edition (my copy is from Project Gutenberg) by Charles Heron Wall isn't as good as the one I remember from years ago (Richard Wilbur's?). While easy to read, I miss the rhyming couplets and the word play isn't as sparkling as I expect from Molière.

Even with these flaws, I still had fun reading this. The ending reminded me of something from a Shakespeare comedy ("The C
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theatrum-mundi
A very nice comedy that I enjoyed. Moliere was using a lot the models from his contemporary society, slightly exaggerated, to create vivid comedy plays. It is likely that the same people that inspired him to create those plays were also amused when they saw them on stage.
The reason I rated it 4 was because it is not as good as "The middle class gentleman".
My copy of this book is in Romanian.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t quite remember the last time I had this much fun reading a play. Oh, misunderstandings! How amusing they can be when you are not the one involved in them. Must confess I wasn’t quite expecting that ending.

A surprisingly light read. Must definitely write a thank you note to my wonderful friend who has yet again recommended a book I found myself enjoying.
Silvia Cachia
Everybody should read, at least, one play by Moliere.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
There is only one thing I liked (maybe even loved?) about The Miser and that's the Harpagon monologue. Not surprising, because Harpagon is also the only interesting character. Everyone else is... a filler material at best. Not good, not bad, not in the gray area. They are just not ineresting, boring, dull. And that's a problem when you are told the play is character driven.

The convenient ending could have been done well; I love a play with the same "plot twist". However in this case it's not co
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
How many of us have encountered someone very well off financially and yet cheaper than dirt? I've met my fair share of these people and it is with this type, the miser, that Molière is concerned in this work. I pictured the typical pop culture depiction of Dickens' Ebeneezer Scrooge when reading the story about the ever so miserly Harpagon, a man who cares more about his écus, which he never spends, than his family or anything else in the world, for that matter. Harpagon is undoubtedly a caricat ...more
Maan Kawas
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very beautiful play, comedy of manners, by the great French playwright Moliere! The play is full of satire against the greedy avaricious misers, represented he by Harpagon, who can be considered as an obsessive greed. To Harpagon, money is more important than his children and their welfare, and he considers money his real treasure and he would not hesitate to accuse his son of stealing his wealth box and having him put into jail. The plot is so dramatic and beautifully constructed, and the eve ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can see why this comedy is so famous :-)
Read 3.5 dramas out of 6.
My absolute favourite was Les Précieuses ridicules !! I was reading it at class, and I couldn't help laughing out loud. Molière made my day haha.
But seriously, I am in love with his style and characters. I'm sure I'll finish all of these plays, I am just taking a little break.
Passe une bonne journée!
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3/5 (5/10)

3.5 stars
The Miser by Moliere

Another version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at:


This is at least the third time that I meet with Harpagon.
Memorable is the film with Louis de Funes.

The last version is adapted for the BBC.
I sympathize with Harpagon and I propose a different approach this time.

- Yes, the old man is despicable from some points of view
- He fights with his children over arranged marriages, even competing with his son over the bet
Dhara Mehta
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes.
Each one thinks they are immune to flattery, but no, it works without fail (p5)
A plague if misers and avarice (p11)
It is a sad day when your own children turn traitor and become enemies.
The verb “to give makes him so physically sick that he won’t ever say, “Give your uncle my regards; it’s lend him my regards.”

Moliere’s wit is captured in The Miser. The protagonist is consumed with avarice or satiable desire for wealth. Although the playwright is compared to Shakespeare, I find
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lektira, 2013
Another classic I read and I loved it. I wish I could watch it in theater one day. In Paris. Oh, how I'd love to live in Paris for at least a year.
The situation in this comedy is rather hysterical: a father who has a lot of money but saves it too much, a son who loves a woman who loves him back, the comical rivalry between those two, a man who is sucking up to the father so he can marry his daughter and at the end, a sneaky matchmaker.

There's nothing else I can say about this.

Well, screw N
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
“All men are alike in their words. Their actions only show the difference that exists between them.”
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, read-in-2010
A satiric play which is laughing at strict customs of the past... and the love for money, of course. Extremely funny.
Katya Kasha
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
had to read along with the english version to make sure i caught the nuances of the original, everyone should make some effort to read it!
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of Moliere's finest French farces.
Good play but I expected different end.
Jun 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
One should not live to eat, but eat to live.

(It sounds better in French. It's funnier.)
Mihailo Bozovic
May 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone
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Adriana Zilova
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Bernhardina Hörnstein
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feel-good
If you can make me laugh, you win me over. The Miser just did, with it's stereotypical, hysterical main character and the slightly confused bunch of people surrounding him. The play is about an old man named Harpagon who is greedy beyond words, although he has many to describe himself, his passion for money and all things of beauty. Everyone dislikes him, including his own children, for being rude and self-absorbed. Some of the most funny parts include the characters plotting against each other, ...more
Parisa Mh
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
This book is a classic comedy about a very mean and avaricious man who wants to get married to a young girl while his son loves her too. Also, he decided to force her daughter to marry a rich man although another noble young man loves her. In the middle of all this chaos, a decision changes everything and a truth is revealed.
Un classique de la Comédie Française à propos d'un homme qui est avare et détesté
Michael A.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5/5. Surprisingly dense plotting as far as characters and their relationships to each other goes. This wasn't Moliere's funniest play that I've read (there's definitely funny moments and the ending has such an absurd, convoluted revelation that I couldn't help but laugh in confusion at it all) but it was probably the one I personally enjoyed the most out of the five of his plays I've read. I think the characterization is strong and Moliere's classic theme of his not-so-veiled distaste for the ...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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