Introduction of the ebook: Pygmalion
Pygmalion is a play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological character. It was first presented on stage to the public in 1912. Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to pass for a duchess at an ambassador’s garden party by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes, is impeccable speech. The play is a sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system of the day and a commentary on women’s independence. In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion fell in love with one of his sculptures, which then came to life. The general idea of that myth was a popular subject for Victorian era English playwrights, including one of Shaw’s influences, W. S. Gilbert, who wrote a successful play based on the story called Pygmalion and Galatea first presented in 1871. Shaw also would have been familiar with the burlesque version, Galatea, or Pygmalion Reversed. Shaw’s play has been adapted numerous times, most notably as the musical My Fair Lady and the film of that name.
Review ebook Pygmalion
I saw the movie years and years ago. I just got around to reading the book last week. And what a profound book it is. The argument for example that the “undeserving poor” are no less needy than the “deserving poor.” That discussion will make you laugh until you cry. Secondly, it is not the way one behaves that makes her a lady, but the way she is treated…….poetry.
Bernard Shaw is not just a talented writer. He is a philosopher. And the book is far from preachy, it is utterly fun.
After reading the book, I was anxious to go back and see the film once again. The film holds amazingly true to the book. And of course Audrey Hepburn is excelllent. BUT – Julie Andrews played the part on Broadway, and I can’t help but imagine what the film might have been with Julie Andrews – who really does sing. The exquisite Audrey Hepburn actually sings in the film, but much of her singing is dubbed for her.
All of that aside – the book is a GEM – and further more It is FREE on kindle !
So what are you waiting for ? Download now and experience the splendor of thought mixed with entertainment from the written word. – from amz