Cyrano de Bergerac: A Heroic Comedy in Five Acts

Cyrano de Bergerac: A Heroic Comedy in Five Acts

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Cyrano de Bergerac 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cyrano de Bergerac, in my opinion is one of the greatest romances of all time. It speaks of sacrifice and adoration in beautifully melodic language, all three of which (sacrifice, adoration, complex language) seem to be things dead in our modern society. Having been raised on classical literature, I found the book to be somewhat easy to comprehend and would highly recommend it to anyone with a true romantic's soul. Cyrano demonstrates the epitome of heroism in this story, being both well versed and an singular swordsman! The one thing he lacks is beauty and his self-consciousness is what prevents him from rising to the top of his sex. Despite his physical ugliness, Cyrano, in loving Roxane more than wanting to satiate his own desires, demonstrates a love that every woman longs for. I recommend this book for romantics, swashbucklers, poets, adventurers, and lovers and everyone else who doubts that there is such a thing as 'true love'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The guy that copied this did a bad job: random symbols and uppercase letters were common on every page, with the phrase "Digitized by Google" interrupting the text in random places every few pages. It was extremely distracting and not worth trying to ignore while reading. Good thing it was free.
Gail Smith More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure if I don't know french well enough, or if the copying was just plain bad. I can hardly understand what was going on, and the "digitized by google" kept popping up and confusing me. Good thing this was free.
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slimikin More than 1 year ago
The first time I read this was years and years ago, and while I enjoyed it, I was really too young to absorb much more than the basic storyline. My second encounter with Cyrano, however, came over IHOP pancakes as a good friend of mine read the entire play aloud, complete with voices and director's asides about stage setting and the actors. An unforgettable experience, certainly, but as amazing as it was, it was still truly Cyrano's story that gripped me. And it was Brian Hooker's translation---gorgeous, lush, evocative---that brought the play to stirring, poignant life. Cyrano de Bergerac is a beautiful piece, and I have no doubt threads of its story and its words will stay with me for a long time to come.
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Cyrano De Bergerac is a French play written by Edmond Rostand. It is a classic, romantic, tragedy, set in 17th century France during a time of war with Spain. It tells a story of unrequited love between a man named Cyrano, who has a genius for poetry, and an extremely large nose, and the lovely and beautiful, Roxane(sic) . Cyrano loves his cousin, the beautiful Roxane, but Roxane thinks she is in love with another, the young and handsome cadet, Christian. In reality, Roxane is in love with the eloquence of words. Christian, who can't express his feelings for Roxane, asks Cyrano to help him win her. Roxane is wooed by the words she reads in Christian `s letters, and falls romantically in love with Christian, but the words she has grown to love and adore are the words, wit, and poetry, of Cyrano. Cryano wins the lovely Roxane for Christian, and on the eve of war the two are wed, but before the marriage can be consummated, Christian is ordered to the front. Roxane makes Cyrano promise that he will keep Christian safe. Roxane also extracts a promise from Cyrano to make sure that Christian will write to her everyday. Cyrano, writes the promised letters daily. Facing death, he crosses enemy lines day after day and risks his life so that Roxane receives the promised letters from Christian. Christian does not know the letters are being sent. After some weeks of war, Roxane comes to the battlefield to see her Christian. The soldiers believe that they will die that very night in a desperate battle, so Cyrano has written a final letter for Christian to send to his Roxane. Christian reads the letter and sees the tear stains and now realizes that Cyrano himself, has been in love with Roxane all along. Christian goes to Roxane to find out for sure whether or not she loves him for himself. She tells him that even if he were ugly she would still love him. Christian takes this knowledge back to Cyrano, and upon hearing this, Cyrano is given hope. Christian orders Cyrano to tell Roxane that he has been the one writing to her. In the end Christian dies at the start of the battle and Cyrano does not tell his secret but allows Roxane to believe that the final, sweet, farewell, was written from the loving Christian. Fifteen years go by and Roxane still sits in a convent mourning her lost love. Finally, having been foully run over by his enemies, Cyrano comes to say good by as he knows he is dying. Roxane discovers that it has been her old friend, Cyrano, whom she has really loved all these years. As Cyrano is dying, Roxane laments, 'I have loved but one man in my life , and I have lost him twice.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
The play is absolutely steller. The heart and soul of a man is to be seen,listened to,and under the flesh the illumination of his worth is magical,quixotic, loyol and forthright and honerable. It blows me away when I read young critics say it's boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt this play is the most romantic I have read. The play is classic and can transcend the time barrier, allowing readers of all ages to relate to it. The dominant theme in this play is courtly love and can be seen vividly in every scene, especially, the balcony scene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i had to read this book in order to get into an honors english class. reading plays isn't my type of book. i thought the book was long and boring, and took forever. overall the storyline was okay, but i wouldn't recommend it, and never read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall I thought that the book was pretty good. Although I thought that the book could of had a better begining and ending.I would probably recommend this book to a friend if they were into a romantic comedy type book.
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I read this book for the high school english class and I thought this book was a very good book a sad ending but the messege and everything about it was really good and I recommend everyone to read it.
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Cyrano de Bergerac was, in my opinion, a mediocre book at best. The plot was tired and predictable, the characters boring. The only interesting characters are quickly dismissed, and the reasons for doing so border on foolishness. The characters, who were supposed to be the embodiments of true love and devotion turned out to be something quite different, the embodiments of shallowness and obsession. The most upsetting problem with the characters is that they are not developed. Rostand presents the reader with a general idea of who a character is, then quickly moves on. Actions are few and far between, and no sense of action is really conveyed. Perhaps taking Cyrano from the stage to print caused this, but that doesn't change the fact that it is dull. Rostand fails to convey any suspense at all, even when it is apparent that he is trying to. However, as a comedy, Cyrano de Bergerac excels. The humor is diverse; ranging from subtle to out-right insults. Cyrano often speaks insults that are incredibly funny, even by today's standards. That brings the book from a failure to a prime example of mediocrity, although there is still not enough humor to merit reading this book. All in all, the book is simply trying too hard to be something it is not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that Cyrano de Bergerac was funny! It made me laugh on certain parts of the book. The book really made me think that intelligence is really what matters instead of beauty.