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PYGMALION ( Penguin Plays ) by Bernard Shaw
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PYGMALION ( Penguin Plays ) (edition 1974)

by Bernard Shaw

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Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. A brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views. In Shaw's hands, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The one thing he overlooks is that his 'creation' has a mind of her own. This is the definitive text produced under the editorial supervision of Dan H. Laurence, with an illuminating introduction by Nicholas Grene, discussing the language and politics of the play. Also included in this volume is Shaw's preface, as well as his 'sequel' written for the first publication in 1916, to rebut public demand for a more conventionally romantic ending.… (more)
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SHE MARRIED THE WRONG GUY!

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  kat_the_bookcat | Feb 7, 2019 |
Pygmalion
by George Bernard Shaw
1916
Washington Square Press
3.9 / 5

When Henry Higgins, a linguist, meets cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, he makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can teach her to speak such perfect English that she could pass as a duchess in polite High Society.
He forgets that Eliza is an independent woman, and will not be bought and coddled.

Classified under the genre of romance by many, to me, it was also a study of class relations and the perceptions and attitudes towards gender that were prevailing at that time, early 1900's.

I really enjoyed the book, but gave it only 3.9 stars. Why? Henry Higgins. The characters are so well developed with a depth and diversity, I felt an instant understanding of them. I just did not like Higgins. At all.

This was first a stage play, introduced to the public in 1913, and first printed in 1914. This went on to be the musical 'My Fair Lady' and is an unforgettable book. ( )
  over.the.edge | Dec 11, 2018 |
Pygmalion is not a romance. Rather, it is a snarky, witty examination of "middle class morality", the ethics of playing with a person's life and feelings; also, that of transformation, gaining self-respect, and strength of character. Shaw also examines class, the station of women, and the skewed morality it brings: “I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've made a lady of me I'm not fit to sell anything else.”

I listened first on audio. I got the inkling I was missing details, so I read it, too - and I am glad I did. The preface, and especially the afterword, explains a lot about Shaw's motivations; and offers a brilliant analysis of Eliza's character and the relationship between her and Higgins. They are friends, complement and respect each other, but are not romantically suited or involved. Eliza is too smart to marry Higgins - she would never want to spend her life fetching slippers, but would rather have someone fetching them for her.

Take that, My Fair Lady. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
Glad we picked this for last month's Classics Club read. I saw the movie when I was a child but missed all the subtext. Via Mr. Doolittle, Shaw makes some rather pointed observations about class, well beyond the obvious points made with Eliza.
  Kim_Sasso | Mar 14, 2018 |
essential to read the words, before or after seeing Henry Higgins on screen ( )
  frahealee | Dec 4, 2017 |
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Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another.
It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.
The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.
What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day.
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