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Tartuffe and Other Plays

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  361 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
This work includes seven of the plays that accredited Molière as the greatest and best-loved French playwright of all times: "The Pretentious Young Ladies," "The School for Husbands," "The School for Wives," a comedy of infidelity and his first great success, "The Critique of the School for Wives," "The Impromptu of Versailles," "Tartuffe," a highly controversial play in i ...more
Paperback, Signet Classics, 384 pages
Published February 1st 1960 by Penguin Group USA, Inc (first published 1960)
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Roy Lotz
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, francophilia
In short, when all around lies comedy,
May I not laugh at all these things I see?

Like I am of so many things, I am shamefully ignorant of the great playwrights. The world may or may not be a stage; but the stage is surely a world, one in which I am still a hapless tourist. Lucky for me, I can’t imagine a better introduction into this strange land than through the good Moliére.

Moliére was the stage personified. He directed, wrote, and acted; he had his own troupe. His infatuation with the theate
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those Who Like to Read Plays
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Good Reading: 100 Signficant Books
Moliere has long been on my to-read list because his comedies were on a list of "100 Significant Books" I was determined to read through. The introduction in one of the books of his plays says that of his "thirty-two comedies... a good third are among the comic masterpieces of world literature." The plays are surprisingly accessible and amusing, even if by and large they strike me as frothy and light compared to comedies by Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Wilde, Shaw and Rostand. But I may be at a di ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found Moliere's name on a list of greatest playwrights at #10 and just decided to plunge in. I was immediately hooked on his style. Perhaps my favorite still is the The School for Wives, Criticized. I just loved the cheek of him writing a play in which several ordinary people discuss the pros and cons of his greatest play to that point as a way of answering the bonehead critics who completely missed the point of it entirely. A very modern and inventive approach in my opinion, and deliciously f ...more
Maggie W
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny
This was hilarious and highly enjoyable to read, especially out loud with several people. While not up to Shakespeare's level by any means, Molière is a good playwright in his own right.
Tartuffe was probably my favorite of this bunch. Dorine is simply hilarious and my absolute favorite character. Tartuffe made me mad and I wanted to shake some sense into Orgon.
Overall, good selection of plays. Entertaining to read.
Brittany M
I absolutely hate this book. The way it is so over dramatic, and yes I understand it is suppose to be but like come on it's just ridiculous. This book took drama queen to a whole new level. Not only is it overly dramatic but its literally reminds me of an old person show my grandma watches. I'm just not okay with it. Plus its supper unrealistic like, "Hey daughter marry this old guy he's a priest so its okay" There is no way that would ever happen!
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I chose this play because my AP Lit kids needed a comedy and they had read my fave, Candide, already. I actually was happily surprised. This translation was excellent and stayed true to Moilere's wit and satiric tone. My students and I enjoyed the "unmasking" of the hypocrite and the unabashed brazen nature of Dorine, the maid. It made for interesting conversation and thoughtful laughter!
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
Surprisingly enjoyable! I generally find it hard to read plays and thought in addition this would be heavy and plodding, but it was easy to read and very funny. I'm looking forward to seeing them on stage if possible.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Read Tartuffe or, The Imposter -- oh my gosh, so applicable to today! The characters, the humor, the tension, the examination and awareness of human nature -- really amazing. And it *all rhymes* -- even in translation!!?!
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I only read Tartuffe here. It was not compelling enough to overcome my distaste for plays in rhyming verse.

I loved Moliere waywayway back in the day. Perhaps I read an unrhymed translation? Whatever. School for Wives pwns Tartuffe.
Aug 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, play
So apparently the books in this collection are included because of their historical significance, not because they're mindblowingly hilarious today. I could tell. I suppose it's good for me to have read them, but I didn't find them terribly entertaining.
I struggle to enjoy Moliere, as all his work feels so samey to me, and I don't think this translation helped the matter with some very forced rhymed translations. There are moments of brilliance, like The School for Wives, but so often these translations come off as awkwardly rhymed lectures.
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2012-books, plays
A broad selection of Moliere's works. Though he's regarded as high literature, and rightly so, his works are far more accessible than I had anticipated. He seeks to entertain but also adds his philosophies and personal style to what remains very human dramas.
Apr 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moliere enjoys playing with his words and using metaphors to find humor in his plays.
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are very funny plays. A good read.
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very funny!!! lol
Love Moliere, but these are not his best. And they all have the same plot line.

Still, remarkably funny for something so old and french
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tartuffe was one of the plays I read in college that was just as funny reading as it was watching.
Ann Lipscomb
fabulous...incredibly funnt play. Who knew high art could be so hilarious.
Mar 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Tartuffe" was never my favorite Moliere but it never fails to deliver once placed on a stage.
Aug 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
School for Husbands/Wives, critique, and a few others. He's quite a wit, and I like the trick of working dialogue into rhymed couplets.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads, classics
Such a fun read! Molière is great at never allowing his audience to fall into boredom. Each play contained ridiculous characters and plenty of witty remarks to spice things up.
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monologue searching!!
Catherine Handren
It's funny. It's smart. It's raunchy. It rhymes!
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marvelous classic.
Halley Sutton
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Translation was so focused on rhyming that I think the author might have lost the forest for the trees.
Malory Columbretis
This collection showcases Molière's wit and humor well. I have read another translation for 'Tartuffe' however, and prefer Wilbur's translation over Frame's.
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