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Le Bourgeois gentilhomme est une comédie-ballet, en cinq actes en prose.Le Bourgeois gentilhomme nous raconte l'histoire comique d'un riche bourgeois qui essaye d'imiter la façon de vivre et le comportement des nobles....

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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Reviews

  • Fabian
    2019-02-22 17:33

    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 very astute play incorporate what I've observed in Wilde's creations: smart asses, heavy issues belittled or underplayed in a light matter, ubermemorable situations, un-serious allegory, & overdone farce.The Bourgeois "Gentleman" is like that dumb Emperor from "The Emperor's New Clothes." He is a buffoon and everyone, including the reader, laugh wholeheartedly at his constant, utter retardation.It is a fun read which questions whether the bourgeois are really "all that."

  • Rıdvan
    2019-03-21 15:20

    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. Bu cahil sonradan görme ile herkesler dalga geçiyor. Bu "budala" ise bir "asil" olduğuna inanmış, hiç birşeyi farketmiyor. Aman ne kadar da asil birisiniz dediğiniz anda bu adamdan canını alabilisiniz ki, genelde herkesler bu adamın parasını almayı tercih ediyor. Zavallı karısının ısrarlı ikazlarına ise asla kulak asmıyor. En sonunda ise bu saftiriği kandırıp kızını sevdiği adamla evlendiriyorlar. Damadın bir Türk asilzadesi olduğunu, Osmanlı'da makamının ise "mamamuşi" olduğunu söylüyorlar. Harika bir komedi:)

  • TS
    2019-03-01 20:34

    fun fact: when you go to a French middle school, your drama class doesn't consist of shakespearean plays but of French comedic plays about rich old cis straight white men making complete fools of themselves for prestige and social status. it's a Fun Time™

  • Bianca
    2019-02-21 19:25

    “secretul scrimei stă în două lucruri: să dai și să nu primești”

  • David Sarkies
    2019-03-17 17:07

    A farcical attempt to climb the social ladder31 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 raise oneself up the social ladder as been with us since time began and while we no longer have the aristocracy, we do have an elite ruling class of which many people desire to be a part. In a way it is a middle-class phenomena with somebody not happy with the fortunate lot they have in life and desiring more, and doing whatever they can to get there. In some cases, such as this play, there are rather comic results, but in other places, such as The Great Gatsby, the results are disasterous. The desire to be a member of the aristocracy is purely a social desire. People of the middle class tend to have their luxuries (I know I have) while not having ridiculous amounts of wealth. The wealth is only a part of it, the desire is to be noticed among the people that matter, and to be looked at with envy by those who do not. I can't say that I have necessarily interacted to a large extent with the ruling elite of my society, though in the corporate world they do come and go, and they do throw parties for us. I have sipped champagne at the races in a marquis with high profile lawyers, and have hated it. I have also sat on buses travelling through the fashionable streets in Naples and have felt a depression come over me that I would never be wealthy enough to shop there, yet not realising that there are many people here in Australia that will never have a chance of going on a bus ride through Naples. I have spoken to people who drive expensive cars, and have even been in them, and an envy rises up inside of me until I realise that I don't actually want to spend money that I don't need to on a car that I don't want. Okay, some of these cars are really nice, but others of them are simply horrible. Somebody once proclaimed that they had spent $70 000 on a new BMW and I resisted the temptation to reply with 'well, that'll teach you,' or 'I guess you won't be doing that again in a hurry.' Buying expensive things and going to expensive places is all about status and looking good, however when the money runs out we discover that these idols desert us just like all the others. When I was in Milan our travel agent had booked us at a five star hotel and I thought it was simply way over the top. To me huge marble foyers and chandeliers don't make me feel important, but rather take resources away from people who need them. For instance, when we went to breakfast I saw a smorgasbord of food and a handful of people eating it and I said to myself, 'is that all going to waste'. My brother looked at all the food and then did what he always does: poured himself a bowl of cornflakes. Mind you, the only thing I like about diamonds is that people will pay ridiculous amounts of money for them, and they are a good store of value. However, the catch is that they don't pay any interest, therefore you have no income stream.

  • Realini
    2019-03-08 18:19

    Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by MoliereLe 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 far as to be shaved, in an age of plenty of chevelure, if not real, at least from a large whig. He is mocked, in the name of a Turkish ritual.But there are still some traits of Le Bourgeois that should be celebrated, instead of laughed at. His desire to learn philosophy, music and dance is laudable, although the satire seems to paint an image of a man who is so stupid, that we come to resent everything he does.We laugh when Jourdain learns about prose and poetry. He did not know that, for the last twenty years he had been making...prose. He is enticed by the philosophy professor when they are talking about vowels. It is hillarious to hear them practice the <>.The fact that Jourdain is unpolite, and sometimes rude to his wife and servants doesn’t help to make him likeable, but, like Maugham was saying, sometimes it is interesting to see positive traits where they are most unexpected, when we deal with villains and outlaws.Then , I feel compassion when I see how badly hurt Jourdain is. In a comedy, things like that have to happen: especially in slap comedy and Le Bourgeois feels like such a genre of humor at times.At other moments, I felt i was reading Vanity Fair. Various characters take advantage, mock or laugh at Jourdain, but in my eyes they do not come off so much better than the negative hero.Today we have Jourdains everywhere: in politics, where they pretend they are noble and have the purest aspirations, but then thy are dragged off to jail for corruption.I ride a bike through town and I notice how invisible I’ve become. Drivers of fancy and cheap jalopy cars alike feel they pass a fly, a bee when they speed past me. With the traffic jams we have, it is quite often the opposite, but still -the feeling of superiority, for having the means to burn gas, own lots of metal and plastic, be able to throw someone off the road, seem to make them...aristocrats, Jourdains of the

  • Victor Morosoff
    2019-02-25 18:09

    La preuve que la bourgeoisie et l'érudition n'ont comme source que le naturel. 4,5/5

  • ElifYıldız
    2019-03-06 19:17

    Ya ben seni çok sevdim MOLIERE!Bu yazarla yeni tanıştım. Bu yazara ait olan okuduğum ikinci kitap, Kibarlık Budalası. Kitabı gerçekten çok sevdim. Bu yazarın kaleminden Piyes okumak şahane. Aslında yazarın konu edindiği hikayeler mümkün her yerde bir benzerini görebileceğiniz hikayeler. Ancak yazar bu hikayeleri piyese döktüğünden ve kendi şahane dilini kullandığından bambaşka bir şeye dönüşüyorlar. Bu kitapta Türklere yapılan vurgular özellikle, hem beni şaşırttı hem de hoşuma gitti denebilir. Kitaba ayrı bir hava katmış, o tür vurguların bulunması. O sebeple de olsa gerek ayrı bir mizaç tutumu oluşmuş bu kitapta. Uzun lafın kısası ben severek okudum, umarım size de hitap eden bir kitap olur.

  • Mehdi Jemaa
    2019-03-08 15:20

    c'est sans doute la pièce de molière qui m'a fait le plus rire. et puis encore une fois je ne peux qu’attester du génie de molière qui lui permet de comprendre si bien la Nature humaine, pour cette fois-ci c'était la tendance qu'a chacun de nous à vouloir toujours paraître mieux qu'il ne l'est vraiment, et ce qui est paradoxal dans cette pièce c'est que l'on rit énormément du comportement du bourgeois gentilhomme, mais parfois l'on a aussi pitié de lui. en tout cas c'était une excellente et agréable lecture.

  • Denise Özel
    2019-03-07 17:16

    Tiyatro oyunları okumaya çok alışkın değilim şu anda,ikinci oldu bu. Beni güldürmeyi başaran,eğlenceli bir oyun olmasına karşın arksında mesajlar olmasını sevdim.

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-27 12:26

    Actually reading it out of Oeuvres Complètes - Tome IIEnglish 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 Lucile pourraient se marier, comme Monsieur Jourdain est contre leur mariage, était originale et efficace. Par contre, je pense qu’il fallait mieux aller voir cette pièce, pour vraiment apprécier les scènes, les danses, la musique, et les blagues tous ensemble.Truly a very amusing play. I appreciated Madame Jourdain’s practicality, especially for that time – she doesn’t let her husband make all the decisions for her nor her family, not really, and justifiably so. I thought the jokes with the different teachers/masters were going to go on longer, but they ceded place to the love between Cléonte and Lucile. The resolution for how Cléonte and Lucile could get married, as Monsieur Jourdain is against their marriage, is original and effective. However, I think it is better to go see this play, to really appreciate the scenes, the dances, the music, and the jokes all around.

  • Ben
    2019-03-11 19:30

    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 bourgeois shopkeeper wants badly to be recognized as a member of the aristocracy, but he is extremely superficial, wanting to be a part of this class by image and reputation only. He is duped by artists seeking his patronage, seeks to enhance his knowledge by the help of a philosopher who teaches him only the movements the mouth makes when saying letters of the alphabet and the difference between prose and verse, as Jourdain is unconcerned with any deeper issues, such as logic or moral philosophy, finding them too tedious. If George Dandin was an unsympathetic fool, M. Jourdain is a complete jackass and it is at his expense that we laugh throughout. This play, like many of Molière's, is also very interesting in terms of its socio-economic-historical value, concerned at least partly with the growing economic power of the bourgeoisie versus the high social status of the nobility (we find this in Dandin as well), something explored in several of the playwright's works, and an issue that would be taken up by many great French writers for centuries to come. By the time of Proust, 250 years later or so, this latter group still captivated the imaginations of great writers, but their world had all but faded away.

  • Sergei Moska
    2019-02-28 17:19

    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 hierarchies, my enjoyment of the play diminishes a lot when I think that another part of the comedy comes from (4)the audience's laughter at the heavy-handed stereotypes. This isn't for PC reasons - it's because it cheapens the comedic integrity. "My goodness, can you believe he's getting taken in by something so absurd?!" is funnier than "Foreigners are silly and funny!". The latter just reminds me of a really embarrassing dinner at an aunt's...

  • Sarah
    2019-03-09 16:22

    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 philosophy. His encounters and manners are hilarious to read about, and probably even more hilarious to see perfomed. This is obviously a mockery of the middle class; while being scathing in nature, it is just a funny farce that presents some of the real trends of the time. In my opinion, this is one of Moliere's better works.

  • Roxy
    2019-03-15 12:27

    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
    2019-03-20 20:31

    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
    2019-02-22 18:20

    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.
    2019-02-25 20:10

    IntertextualidadMenciones 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
    2019-03-22 20:09

    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
    2019-03-21 17:13

    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
    2019-03-09 12:29

    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 (^・ω・^✿)
    2019-03-23 18:17

    Soooooo funny. I loved it !!!

  • Amalie
    2019-03-15 20:10

    I wish I could enjoy this in French!

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  • Alejandra Zárate
    2019-03-10 13:31

    Molière ❤️

  • Alycia
    2019-03-20 14:17

    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
    2019-03-20 13:19

    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.

  • Will
    2019-03-23 16:13

    "MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- Je vous expliquerai à fond toutes ces curiosités.MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- Je vous en prie. Au reste il faut que je vous fasse une confidence. Je suis amoureux d’une personne de grande qualité, et je souhaiterais que vous m’aidassiez à lui écrire quelque chose dans un petit billet que je veux laisser tomber à ses pieds.MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- Fort bien.MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- Cela sera galant, oui.MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- Sans doute. Sont-ce des vers que vous lui voulez écrire ?MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- Non, non, point de vers.MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- Vous ne voulez que de la prose ?MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- Non, je ne veux ni prose, ni vers.MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- Il faut bien que ce soit l’un, ou l’autre.MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- Pourquoi ?MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- Par la raison, Monsieur, qu’il n’y a pour s’exprimer, que la prose, ou les vers.MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- Il n’y a que la prose, ou les vers ?MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- Non, Monsieur : tout ce qui n’est point prose, est vers ; et tout ce qui n’est point vers, est prose.MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- Et comme l’on parle, qu’est-ce que c’est donc que cela ?MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- De la prose.MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- Quoi, quand je dis : "Nicole, apportez-moi mes pantoufles, et me donnez mon bonnet de nuit [16] ", c’est de la prose ?MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- Oui, Monsieur.MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- 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. Je voudrais donc lui mettre dans un billet : Belle Marquise, vos beaux yeux me font mourir d’amour ; mais je voudrais que cela fût mis d’une manière galante ; que cela fût tourné gentiment.MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- Mettre que les feux de ses yeux réduisent votre cœur en cendres ; que vous souffrez nuit et jour pour elle les violences d’un...MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- Non, non, non, je ne veux point tout cela ; je ne veux que ce que je vous ai dit : Belle Marquise, vos beaux yeux me font mourir d’amour.MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- Il faut bien étendre un peu la chose.MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- Non, vous dis-je, je ne veux que ces seules paroles-là dans le billet ; mais tournées à la mode, bien arrangées comme il faut. Je vous prie de me dire un peu, pour voir, les diverses manières dont on les peut mettre.MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- On les peut mettre premièrement comme vous avez dit : Belle Marquise, vos beaux yeux me font mourir d’amour. Ou bien : D’amour mourir me font, belle Marquise, vos beaux yeux. Ou bien : Vos yeux beaux d’amour me font, belle Marquise, mourir. Ou bien : Mourir vos beaux yeux, belle Marquise, d’amour me font. Ou bien : Me font vos yeux beaux mourir, belle Marquise, d’amour.MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- Mais de toutes ces façons-là, laquelle est la meilleure ?MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- Celle que vous avez dite : Belle Marquise, vos beaux yeux me font mourir d’amour.MONSIEUR JOURDAIN.- Cependant je n’ai point étudié, et j’ai fait cela tout du premier coup. Je vous remercie de tout mon cœur, et vous prie de venir demain de bonne heure.MAÎTRE DE PHILOSOPHIE.- Je n’y manquerai pas."

  • Ines
    2019-03-23 12:36

    Une pièce de théâtre très humoristique écrite par Molière, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme est l'histoire d'un bourgeois naïf, et facilement duper, qui veut devenir gentilhomme. Molière a créé un personage qui est la compilation de tous les vices de la bourgeoisie française de son époque. Un très bon livre pour ceux qui veulent lire un livre drôle pendant les vacances.

  • Cyrano Demontcuq
    2019-03-19 19:33

    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.