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Tartuffe (1664)

by Molière

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Condemned and banned for five years in MoliA]re's day, "Tartuffe "is a satire on religious hypocrisy. Tartuffe worms his way into Orgon's household, blinding the master of the house with his religious "devotion," and almost succeeds in his attempts to seduce his wife and disinherit his children before the final unmasking.… (more)
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Hilarious satire! My Kindle edition, acquired from Project Gutenberg, didn't have the best translation but the humor still shines in this play. Orgon (and his mother) is completely taken in by Tartuffe, whom the rest of the household dislike. Tartuffe and his hypocrisy are really just foils Molière uses to display the folly of Orgon's gullibility. The saying "There is none so blind as those who will not see" could have been coined to describe Orgon & Madame Pernelle! The most comic scenes in the play are when Dorine (his daughter´s maid) and later Damis (his son) try to convince him of his foolishness. I thought Cleante, Orgon's brother-in-law, portrayed the voice of reason & his description of how Orgon had a temperament which flew to extremes was so apt.

Molière has a keen eye for human nature & although Orgon & Tartuffe are exaggerated for comic effect, they still display characteristics which I can recognize in people today. I will certainly be reading more of his plays! ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
This full cast recording of Tartuffe was excellent! A great way to finish the digital audiobook of "The Moliere Collection" (I listened to this 5th play last knowing that it is a favorite of mine). ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
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  archivomorero | Nov 9, 2022 |
Sometimes it is good to see inked annotations on many pages of a book, e.g. English words and contextual phrases such as 'In this period Louis XIV just managed to quash fights between religion, cf. Northern Ireland', 'moralist - man seeking power by indirect means as he's lost potency', 'dialogue slowing down, gradually others allowed to say more' etc.Sometimes such borrowed scribble is irritating.
  jon1lambert | Aug 10, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
MolièreAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baudissin, Wolf GrafTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Block, Haskell M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caput, Jean-PolIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lloyd, Harold AnthonyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lochhead, LizTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lunari, LuigiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muscetta, CarloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tauchmann, DieterAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomas, FreydaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wendel, W.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilbur, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Condemned and banned for five years in MoliA]re's day, "Tartuffe "is a satire on religious hypocrisy. Tartuffe worms his way into Orgon's household, blinding the master of the house with his religious "devotion," and almost succeeds in his attempts to seduce his wife and disinherit his children before the final unmasking.

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Ne sentez-vous pas,
Dans l'âcre monde qui est nôtre,
L'odeur de Tartuffe?

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