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Sitting through the longueurs of Simon’s book shouldn’t have to be the penitential price for our enjoyment of the musical portion of the show.
And even with its longueurs, the book is full of wonder.
Fortunately, the novel’s exciting ending helps to compensate for its longueurs.
A lot of the material is thus delivered semi-impromptu, with all the stutters and longueurs that entails.
Running at about two and a half hours, An Octoroon retains The Octoroon's plot contrivances, and stretches that should resonate viscerally—including a stark reminder of real-life unspeakable evil—have dampened impact as a result of its longueurs.
Departure might be further impelled by the production’s longueurs as Arden and his actors mistake non-expression for ’50s-era British reserve.
The recitatives that had been thought to be the opera’s longueurs here were shown to be, in fact, as subtly inflected as Gregorian chant.
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Did You Know?
You've probably come across long, tedious sections of books, plays, or musical works before, but perhaps you didn't know there was a word for them. English speakers began using the French borrowing longueurs in the late 18th century. In French, "longueurs" are tedious passages, and "longueur" literally means "length." The first recorded use of "longueur" in English comes from the writer Horace Walpole, who wrote in a letter, "Boswell's book is gossiping;. . . but there are woful longueurs, both about his hero and himself."
LONGUEUR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of longueur for English Language Learners
: a boring part of something (such as a book or play)
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