Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

by Edmond Rostand
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Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

Rostand's masterpiece-and the ultimate triumph of the great French romantic tradition-is the magnificent hero-for-all-seasons, Cyrano de Bergerac.

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ISBN-13: 9781619490574
Publisher: Empire Books
Publication date: 11/23/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Savien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655) French soldier, satirist, and dramatist, whose life has been the basis of many romantic but unhistorical legends. The best-known of them is Edmond Rostand's verse drama Cyrano de Bergerac (1897). Bergerac's major works were two posthumously published accounts of fantastic voyages, VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE (1657) and L'HISTOIRE DES ÉTATS ET EMPIRES DU SOLEIL (1662). Carol Clark is an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. She taught French there for many years, lecturing particularly on seventeenth and nineteenth-century topics. She has previously translated Baudelaire and Proust for Penguin.

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Cyrano de Bergerac 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
clemmy More than 1 year ago
I am not one for plays, and I thought this was wonderful. Shakespeare gets old, especially in school, where all you read are his tragedies; they are so dull (we all know that at least two people die per tragedy (four in the case of Hamlet)). So...I read this for fun. The writing is wonderful and so is the plot. Cyrano just makes you want to be impulsive and a little violent after you see the wonderful time he has. I wish I knew a guy who was so quick-witted (yeah right) and so fearless in a still, sort-of-sane kind of way. He also reminds you that there are still truly faithful people in this world, a lesson which I think would do well to be preached in school (far better than the repetitive brow-beating with death and infidelity; Great Gatsby, anyone?)
Benedick_101 More than 1 year ago
I saw a little bit of the Steve Martin version of the play (Roxane), and my father explained the story to me, and later that week at a bookstore, I saw it, and read it for twenty minutes, and was hooked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be particuarly wonderful. It was wholesome, funny, and had a interesting, captivating plot. It had a certain quality that, once you began to read, anything else that was the slightest distraction became a huge hiderance. This book made me think, which is something that I, personally, look for in a book. Everything from the language to the historical French referances to the detailed format and all over details in the story made me invision the time and see the wonderful French culture that the characters expierenced. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys the classics, wants to get into a good book, and likes a little challenge in the language. I read this for Honors English 9 and it was fairly easy, aside from maybe the 4 or 5 times i had to pop out the Merriem-Webster ;) I hope someone will take my advice and read this amazing piece of historical literature. Happy reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't stop reading, could never find the right place to stop. Cyrano de Bergerac had an unusual but unique and 'page-turning' balance of tragedy, comedy, and romance. I admit, the story caught me off guard a few times and I was having a hard time following, but over-all I really enjoyed it and I definitely recommend it to anyone interested, and even those of you who aren't!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I kid you not, tears streamed down my face in the end! and I thought the best life lesson to be gathered was Cyrano's self-sacrafice, even when Roxane is basically his, he won't say it was he who wrote the letters. And I loved the referance,(as a Dumas fan) to D'artangan the Musketeer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this the first time around my senior year in HS back in 2009 and absolutely loved it! Re-read it now for a theatre presentation and once again fell in love with it.
Native1queen More than 1 year ago
I had the wonderful pleasure of being introduced to this masterpiece when I was in high school, not once but twice.  The first Time was when I took my French class and the second was in my English literature class.  I did not think much of this work of art when it was read to me in my french class, because well I could not understand the full-meaning. However, that very next semester I had started my new English class. After everyone had taken their seats  My teacher had started to speak softly and then more robust as he progressed further. The passion at which he spoke gave me chills. Then he had asked all the females in the class, "Have you ever dreamed of one day a man doing anything to make you happy? Even if it meant that they would live in misery? A man who was not only confident but also spoke with conviction? Well if you have then you would not be alone, for most women want a love like that.. And for you men in class hear is how you speak to a lady, a guide on how to win her heart not just her body....."  The way he spoke about this character gave me chills. At the time I was thinking, "Well at least I am having to read a book that wont bore me, but it is still  required reading. " It has now been 15 years and I find myself still longing to read this book.  It is a book that I am no longer forced to read because I want to get a good grade,but a book that I thoroughly  enjoy reading. I highly recommend reading this book to anyone. Not only does it speak of love, but friendship and loyalty and sacrifice and humor and self confidence.   It also has the power to incite a person to strive for better in all aspects of their lives.  If ever you were to read a classic, this would be an amazing place to start. 
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