Thursday, April 7

Book Review: Cyrano de Bergerac

Author: Edmond Rostand
Title: Cyrano de Bergerac
Genre: Historical Romance, Classic, Play, Drama
Pages: 240
First Published: 1897
Where I Got It: My shelf (Goodwill)

"This is Edmond Rostand's immortal play. In which chivalry and wit, bravery and love are forever captured in the timeless spirit for romance. Set n Louis XIII's reign, it is the moving and exciting drama of one of the finest swordsmen in France, gallant soldier, brilliant wit, tragic poet-lover with the face of a clown. Rostand's extraordinary lyric powers gave birth to a universal hero - Cyrano de Bergerac - and ensured his own reputation as author of one of the best-loved plays in the literature of the stage."

This story is a classic and priceless. I've never read the play in book-form, but I've seen a couple versions played on the stage. I've seen a couple versions played on screen. Now, I've finally read the play on paper.

'Cyrano de Bergerac' is by far one of my favorite plays, so I was super excited when I found this book on sale at Goodwill (yes, I like searching through the bookshelves at Goodwill, one persons thrown away book could be my treasure. I think that's how that goes...). I'll say it here and proud: I prefer the play. Seeing it being acted out is makes the story a lot more emotional and believable then reading it. Just like so many of William Shakespeare's plays too.

However, I loved the book. Edmond Rostand did a fantastic job at writing and creating this epic love-story. It can relate to everyone. I believe Cyrano's large nose symbolizes more than just his nose, but something we all hate about ourselves. It shows that we may be perfect in so many ways, but there may be one thing that makes us believe we'll never be loved. It holds us back. Cyrano did have a big nose, but he was such a wonderful and courageous man that he could've had any woman he wanted, if he didn't let his nose-issue get in the way. This tale of love teaches us to just give love a chance and not let our weaknesses get in the way. If you never read the book, seen the play, or seen the movie then you really are missing out. No matter who you are, you can take something away from this play.

It's short, sweet, and to the point. Edmond Rostand could've made it longer and believe it would've still been extremely popular. I recommend that you give this story a try. Out of 5 stars, I grant this one 4 stars. ^.^


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