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A Voyage to the Moon (1899)

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  267 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Avide de liberté intellectuelle, hostile à toute autorité, il critique les preuves de l'immoralité de l'âme et de la Providence, combat la Création et les miracles, aboutit à une sorte de panthéisme naturaliste et, chemin faisant, donne la formule de l'aérostat, du parachute et du voyage vers la lune. (René Pintard)
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1657)
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Zadignose
Jun 15, 2014 Zadignose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 17th-century
"The ignorant man who thinks he's smart only because he has a diploma has to answer me."

This is a remarkable book that is very clever, entertaining, and thought provoking. Elsewhere, I have referred to it as "wise and foolish in equal measure, and thus great fun." It may be difficult to discern from the book just what the author may have actually thought, and I'm sure that is intentional. At times he's having us on. At other times, he's presenting some pretty radical ideas and reflections which
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Nathan Jerpe
So... science fiction written before The Enlightenment; isn't that an oxymoron?

A Voyage to the Moon belongs on a shelf with Gulliver's Travels, Gargantua and Pantagruel, and Candide, but I suspect you'll have trouble finding the book in English, which is a shame. Fortunately Google Books has an electronic late seventeenth-century translation that comes with some great illustrations. This is the edition that I have read. It sometimes takes a little work to tease out the meaning (or the punchline
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Pierre E. Loignon
Lorsque je suis tombé sur ce bouquin, par hasard, dans une librairie d’occasion, j’ai d’abord cru qu’il s’agissait d’une édition particulièrement volumineuse de la pièce de Rostand. En y regardant de plus près, j’ai vu que le titre était plutôt L’autre monde ou les États et empires de la lune et du soleil et je me demandais alors ce que le nom de Cyrano de Bergerac pouvait bien venir faire là jusqu’à ce que je réalise qu’il en était tout simplement l’auteur. Hé oui! Cyrano de Bergerac, ce person ...more
Dfordoom
Sep 05, 2011 Dfordoom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I’m fascinated by very very early science fiction novels and one of the most important of these pioneering works is Cyrano de Bergerac’s Journey to the Moon (or to give it its proper title L'Autre Monde: où les États et Empires de la Lune (The Other World: The States and Empires of the Moon). It was published posthumously in 1657.

Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655) was an interesting figure in his own right. He was a successful playwright and a notorious duellist. He is said to have fought at least 1
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Eva Sinner
Και μόνο το γεγονός ότι κυκλοφόρησε το 1657 και ανήκει στο είδος της επιστημονικής φαντασίας, λέει πολλά. Μιλάει για ένα ταξίδι στο φεγγάρι και την επαφή με τον "ντόπιο" πολιτισμό, που διαφέρει αρκετά απ'το ανθρώπινο είδος. Σε κάποια σημεία ήταν αρκετά διασκεδαστικό. Έχανα, όμως, την συγκέντρωση μου στις εκτεταμένες φιλοσοφικές συζητήσεις γιατί είχα στο νου μου ότι θα διαβάσω "φαντασία" και όχι φιλοσοφικές αναλύσεις και δυστυχώς το βιβλίο στο μεγαλύτερο κομμάτι του αποτελούνται από αυτές. Σε γεν ...more
Elina
Mar 16, 2015 Elina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kuussa nelijalkaiset ihmiset sivistävät itseään kuuntelemalla äänikirjoja pikkulapsesta saakka. Neitsyydestä rangaistaan ja filosofeille taataan hyvä kuolema eutanasian avulla. Sivistyneitä nuorukaisia arvostetaan enemmän kuin vanhuksia, koska nuorilla ajatus lentää kirkkaasti radikaaleja uria.

Luonnollisesti 1600-luvulla Jumalan olemassaolon kieltämisestä, kannibalismista ja kahden miespuolisen kaksijalkaisen "apinan" keskinäisistä lisääntymispuuhista tarinoinut kirjailija joutui lopussa julista
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Al Bità
A delightful read. Bergerac uses the conceit of travelling to another world populated by sentient, intelligent beings, whose ideas of life and living are different from those on earth. Thus the author can 'legitimately' present alternative world-views, and present philosophical arguments for and against different conceptions. The book then becomes a sort of time-capsule of the times in which Bergerac lived, using the rather primitive (to our eyes) scientific ideas of the time (although to be hon ...more
Marina
Jun 07, 2014 Marina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, utopia
Это невероятное происшествие исполнило мое сердце такой необычайной радостью, и я был так счастлив, что избежал верной гибели, что я имел наглость начать по этому поводу философствовать

В этой цитате вся книга. И мои общие впечатления более негативные, чем позитивные, а фраза «фактически, первая научная фантастика», которую встретила в рецензиях, очень удивила. Этой фантастики не более, чем 1%, а все остальное - философские разговоры или переживания главного героя, что философские разговоры не пр
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Perry Whitford
Dec 20, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Subtitled 'In which a 17th century French Libertine with an Infeasibly large Conk journeys to the Moon and Learns all manor of Fantastical Twaddle.' Or at least it should have been.

Cyrano de Bergerac may be most commonly associated with his uncommonly huge hooter, but more than that he was a free-thinking rabblerouser who liked to fight, fornicate, and indulge his intellect in wild fantasies, such as this one: "I believe, that the moon is a world like ours, to which this of ours serves likewise
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Chris
Jul 16, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Remember the Bizarro world? It's a planet in the Superman comics called "Htrae," and everything there appears backwards, or skewed somehow, to us Earthlings (hold a mirror up to "Htrae" sometime). Bizarro Superman, for example, is a deformed, backward speaking man, not all that good at saving the world. There are peculiarities of the society, too--bonds meant to lose money, cops prided on their stupidity--which appear strange from our point of view.

What Cyrano De Bergerac does in A Voyage to th
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Czarny Pies
Nov 09, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Edmond de Rostand. Evidemment.
Recommended to Czarny by: Ceux de qui s'intéresse à l'histoire de la science fiction
Shelves: french-lit
Le genre de science-fiction est de nos jours dominés par les américaines. Les francais ont droit d'autre part d'etre fier du fait que le grand pionnier at été un des leurs.

'Les voyages dans la Lune' de Cyrano est comme le grain de moutarde de Saint Matthieu qui est plus petit que toutes les semences ; mais quand il a pris sa croissance, il est plus grand que les herbes et devient un arbre, de sorte que les oiseaux du ciel viennent et demeurent dans ses branches.
Eugenie
Oct 02, 2015 Eugenie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lecture absolument hilarante. Un tout nouveau coup d'oeil pour moi sur le XVIe siècle! L'effet comique a peut-être été renforcé par l'image de Gérard Depardieu dans Cyrano de Bergerac qui venait sans cesse, pour moi, se superposer au personnage principal, mais n'enlevons rien au texte génial de Cyrano de Bergerac. Un libre-penseur/libertin s'envole vers la lune et remet ainsi en question, à travers ses rencontres et aventures, les idées de son époque.
Rhys
Jan 02, 2016 Rhys rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel was very entertaining in parts but rather dull in others. Bearing in mind that it was published posthumously in 1657 it certainly stands out as a remarkable early example of highly imaginative and influential science fiction (or speculative fiction). But during some of the monologues on natural philosophy I found my attention wandering...

The best parts of the book are the various ingenious and absurd ways the author invents for travelling through space; the odd (to us) society, custom
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Dawn
While in no way sorry I read this book, I have to say that I just didn't understand most of it. The philosophical questions of life have never been something I spent any time on and this book is just a reason to present arguments that, for the most part, I don't have any interest in.
Diane Murray
Nov 27, 2012 Diane Murray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Back in high school I did a translation project with a few sections of this book. It was incredibly hard to slog through the dense French philsosophising, but some of the things in this book are just plain incredible, mostly because it's so old and it's still hitting a lot of fascinating sci-fi stuff. I can tell there's a lot of social commentary, too, but need to read it again...

A very obscure book, but very much worth it. So much worth it that I'll post my (somewhat stilted) translation of som
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Wayne
Apr 20, 2009 Wayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of argument, discussion, history and philosophy
Recommended to Wayne by: a gift from Alfonso
Shelves: french-classics
This was a very interesting read.
For one thing the author is better known as a character in an excellent play and movies - Cyrano de Bergerac (1619 - 1655).

And his science-fiction type story is firmly planted in the tradition of creating an alternative society so that one may all the better have a good stab at one's own. Bacon's earlier "The New Atlantis" published in 1624 and Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" are in this tradition.

Sometimes the language is difficult and the topics obscure, but happ
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dejah_thoris
Read for my MOOC. Technically, this is science fiction, but most modern readers won't like it because it focuses more on scientific arguments of the day than anything else. So, yes, he goes to the moon, but it's mostly to discuss moral and scientific ideas, so it's pretty dry.
Veronica
May 26, 2009 Veronica rated it really liked it
this book is by the real Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac (cruel parents to name him that), and although i enjoyed it, the more i read, the crazier he seemed. i mean, in the play it was cute and funny, but in a real book written by an educated adult, it is slightly disturbing. i would not recomend this unless you have a knack for reading old english and lengthy sentences, though.
Ernest Hogan
Dec 03, 2015 Ernest Hogan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satire of what people thought they knew about the universe in the sixteenth century becomes bizarre world-building. When will your concept of reality become obsolete, it it isn't already?
Anthony
Jan 14, 2009 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
bergerac goes to the moon 200 years before verne, and his travels are full of more learning, more poetry and more moon monkeys. i read this in an 18th century typeset which was fun but you do have to pause when you see a word that looks like "fmafh'd".
The Carrion Librarian
Apr 12, 2011 The Carrion Librarian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to The Carrion Librarian by: Origins of Science Fiction in the Early Modern Period
Shelves: assigned-reading
Very humorous, though at times very heavy on the nitty-gritty of the philosophy.
Max
Jul 16, 2008 Max rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a wonderful book which i found after finding out that bergerac was a real person
Matt
Oct 11, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this. A unique experience given by the sheer imaginative leaps made so long ago.
Alex
Sep 24, 2011 Alex marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
More proto-scifi. I suppose I should probably look for a version in English though.
Shanti Hofshi
Une belle fenêtre sur la science et la pensée philosophique du XVIe siècle.
Marie PIERRE
Sep 04, 2014 Marie PIERRE rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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