“Poet and soldier, brawler and charmer, Cyrano de Bergerac is desperately in love with Roxane, the most beautiful woman in Paris. But there is one very large problem – he has a nose of stupendous size and believes she will never see past it to return his feelings. So when he discovers that the handsome but tongue-tied Christian is also pining for Roxane, generous Cyrano offers to help by writing exquisite declarations of love for the young man to woo her with. Will she ever recognize who she is really falling in love with? Set during the reign of Louis XIII, Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) was one of the great theatrical successes of its time and remains as popular today for its dramatic power and, above all, for its good-natured, passionate and swashbuckling hero.” – Amazon
This was my final summer reading book, so understandably I just wanted to get it over with. However, that plan turned out to be a bust when I got caught up attempting to pronounce everything right. This lead to a lot of frustration on my part, which resulted in me skipping any names that looked difficult, in an attempt to maintain a slight bit of my sanity. As the story continued, I found myself enjoying the story, and I was eager to
read it. Although there were a couple parts I had trouble understanding, I soon discovered that reading it out loud helps a lot, especially when a character is reading a poem, which there are quite a few instances of. The writing was also easy to read, but didn’t sound like it was written for five year olds, a nice in between that is much rarer than it should be. Honestly, the only reason I took away a star is for the incest in the novel. However, as 19th century literature I wasn’t too surprised to discover the love Cyrano felt for his cousin, although I’m still disgusted. In the end, Cyrano de Bergerac reminded me of a cross between Romeo and Juliet and Wuthering Heights, although I’m not entirely sure why.
I recommend lovers of classics, plays, and unrequited romance read Cyrano de Bergerac because it takes all three of those categories and wraps them up into one story. Somehow I enjoyed the story, even though I typically dislike all three of the things I mentioned before, but it tells them in an interesting way. If you do in fact choose to read the play, please keep in mind mot only the time period it’s set in, but also the one it was written in. With this in mind you should be able to look over a lot of the things that would probably be frowned upon, or even downright illegal in today’s time period. However, in the time period, these things were considered normal, even if it might be difficult to grasp today. Overall, Cyrano de Bergerac is a wonderful storyh and I think that anybody who can appreciate old literature will enjoy it.
About The Author
“Edmond Rostand’s best-known work, Cyrano de Bergerac was first performed in Paris in 1897, starring the famous actor Constant Coquelin. The play was a success in France and beyond. Rostand wrote many other plays, and was one of the last great Romantic dramatists of the period. His other lasting work is L’Aiglon, which provided a triumphant role for actress Sarah Bernhardt.” – Biography.com