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Hercule-Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac was a French dramatist and duelist. He is now best remembered for the works of fiction which have been woven, often very loosely, around his life story, most notably the 1897 play by Edmond Rostand. In these fictional works he is featured with an overly large nose, which people would travel from miles around to see. Portraits suggest ...more
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Published March 8th 2013 by Start Publishing LLC (first published 1897)
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Patrick
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 1994, and it changed the way I thought about stories.

Up until that point in my life, the vast majority of the books I'd read were fantasy and science fiction. Many of them were good books. Many, in retrospect, were not.

Then I read Cyrano De Bergerac. For the first half of the play I was amazed at the character, I was stunned by the language. I was utterly captivated by the story.

The second half of the book broke my heart. Then it broke my heart again. I cried for hours. I
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Manny

One of the all-time great over-the-top romances - everyone knows the story, and it's been adapted a million times. How they could have given it a happy ending in Steve Martin's "Roxanne" is beyond me. The Depardieu movie is the one to see, of course.
Agir(آگِر)
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
!سیرانو: برگ های پاییزی

!روکسان: قهوه ای و طلایی روشن،مانند موهای یک ونیزی- ببین چه طور می ریزند

سیرانو: به آخرین سفرشان نگاه کن، که از شاخه، تا پژمردن به خاک، چه دلیرانه می ریزند! و دهشت آخرین تلاشی را در شب زمین، در جذبه پروازی بی تلاش، پنهان می کند

سوینین دو سیرانو دو برژراک نویسنده و تفنگدار بی پروای فرانسوی؛ مردی که همه چیز بود و هیچ چیز نبود
او به خودش وفادار بود، آزاده در افکار و آزاده در اعمال

برای آشنایی با سیرانوی نویسنده قسمتی از کتاب معروفش داستان مضحک احوالات و امپراطوری های ماه را در ای
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Marty Reeder
YET ANOTHER READING, December 15, 2009

I forced my class to read this book for their reading time, which is usually reserved for personal reading time.

They loved it.

I can't think of a better endorsement. No other book I know of can get the full enthusiasm of both an English teacher and a classroom full of stratified and unique, individual students--especially when they have been forced to read the book.

Why? Because Cyrano has a universal appeal that spans generations. Because Cyrano is funny. Bec
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Ahmed
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
نادرا ما تلاقى عمل مترجم (تنسى وانت تقرأه انه مترجم فى الاساس)وهذا ما تجده فى اعمال المنفلوطى
فقد امتلك من براعة الاسلوب وقوة اللغه ما جعله يصبغ العربيه على العمل المترجم
ورغم ما قد يعيب القصه من تقليديه وابتذال الا ان قوة الاسلوب تجعلنا نتغاضى عن عيوب القصه
Gattalucy
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Premessa: riporto qui integralmente il commento che feci su questo libro a pochi giorni dall'alluvione che nel novembre del 2011 sconvolse la Lunigiana, terra in cui da anni lavoravo e da cui mi sentivo adottata. Chi di voi cercherà qualcosa sull'opera di Rostand, mi spiace, non la troverà. Ma credo che questo ricordo vada salvato così com'è, a ricordo di tutti quanti passarono giorni nel fango per salvare solo dei libri.

Triste cronaca di una settimana post alluvione
Scegliere cosa salvare in una
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Gabrielle
Updated review with notes on a few available English translations.


This is the most beautiful and most heartbreaking love story ever. I have watched the movie with Gérard Depardieu in the title role a million times, I have seen stage performances of it. It never fails to make me laugh and turn me into a sobbing mess by the last line.

Cyrano is the best swordsman of Paris; he is also the city’s greatest poet. He is as grand in deeds as he is in words, refuses prestige and the limelight, preferring
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Debbie Zapata
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saturday
Ah, Cyrano. You never disappoint me. How many times have I read your story? How many times have I laughed, cheered, cried and sighed over you? Too many to count, and there will be many more in the future. You are my hero.

But did you know you were a real person? Wait, that sounds silly. Of course you knew that, but how did it slip my own mind? Maybe other times when I read the introductory note to Edmond Rostand's wonderful play about you, this phrase never took hold in my little pea brain: The c
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Evi *
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E’ una storia d’amore e di nasi.

Le storie di nasi abbondano in letteratura c’è il naso di Gogol, c’è quello lungo e ligneo di Pinocchio, c’è quello di Moscarda nel pirandelliano Uno nessuno centomila che un giorno si guarda allo specchio e comincia a non riconoscersi più e va in crisi identitaria.
All’ampiezza del naso si attribuiscono difformi significati: alcuni fisiologi dicono che ad un naso lungo corrispondono profondità di spirito, spiccato acume e tutta una serie di buone qualità morali e
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lanalang
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro, favorites
Capolavoro! La genialità di Rostand è smisurata e queste cinque stelline corrispondono a una mia vera e propria dichiarazione d’amore verso quest’opera, dove ogni atto contiene una perla poetica, e verso il protagonista, Cyrano, micidiale con la spada e con le parole.
Le parole sono la sua arma, ma anche il suo nutrimento, la forza che gli permette di vivere e resistere alle difficoltà, senza mai piegarsi davanti al potere e senza accettare compromessi per convenienza, anche se questo significa
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Arwen56
Aldilà della storia d’amore, che pur gli appartiene e contribuisce a definirlo, il ritratto intenso di un uomo che ha scelto di essere solo se stesso, sia pure con tutti i limiti di una certa spavalderia e di un grande orgoglio. Ma disposto a pagarne sempre le conseguenze, con onestà e dignità. Uno “Stoner” di altri tempi, tempi in cui estrarre la spada era naturale come bere un bicchiere d’acqua. Ma comunque uno “Stoner”.

Ebbene sì, devo ammetterlo, mi sono commossa anche in questo caso. Sarà l
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Marquise
What an entertaining and very funny swashbuckler this was! With such a lovable hero with a big nose and a bigger heart, whose wit is as ready and sharp as his rapier. Cyrano is going to make you laugh, think and feel sad with his rhymes (which, by the way, the English translation doesn't do full justice), whilst the heroine is a bit too vapid for him.

I do wish the ending hadn't been like it was, but I appreciate why it had to go down like that and how it fits Cyrano's character and shows his im
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Simona Bartolotta
Rossana: Amavo un sol essere e due volte lo perdo!

Di certo, iniziando a leggere il Cyrano non mi aspettavo chissà cosa. E' stato appagante scoprire che anche se le mie aspettative fossero state alle stelle non sarei rimasta comunque delusa.
Il motivo è semplice: quest'opera non può deludere. Cattura sin da subito con i suoi brillanti dialoghi, di modo che anche chi non è proprio avvezzo al teatro si immerga talmente nella vicenda da assuefarsi subito allo stile. Per non parlare del protagonista,
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Arybo ✨
Letto la prima volta tra il 17 e il 19 gennaio 2017: ❤
Seconda Lettura - 30 e 31 gennaio 2018: bello quanto la prima volta. ❤
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Amaranta
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francesi, teatro
E chi non conosce Cyrano? La sua lingua è affilata e potente come la sua spada, pronto a dar battaglia ad un esercito intero. Un povero con un cuore ricco, l’animo gonfio d’amore per la bella Rossana e un naso fuori misura che gli impedisce di scoprirsi all’amata. Ma quanto di quello che a volte ci sembra limitante per noi è per gli altri una sciocchezza?! Che cosa serve all’amore se non un animo puro in cui poter crescere protetto e al riparo dalle “intemperie della vita”?!

io parto per strappa
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Gabrielle Dubois
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
I just loved it! The story, the writing, the characters; the alexandrines of Edmond de Rostand are lively, right, poetic, tender, funny; to read in French, because as always, the poetry of words has it’s own music that cannot be heard in another language ... I must admit that I have a little trouble concentrating myself to write this review, because it is February the 15th, and my friendly neighbors from the Vietnamese pagoda are celebrating their new year tonight. The drums will sound until two ...more
Evan
Ah Cyrano, you of the forever-unbesmirched white plume, you who compromiseth not, you witty boastful holy heathen. You whose facial prominence was unbegotten of lies, as Pinocchio, but by the cruel capriciousness of nature, who was made very much of flesh not wood and whose human heart lay unseen under the shadow of your long disability; you seemed consigned to a certain Pinocchio-like boyhood when you wanted to be a man in full. But, ah fate! Your nose was a beacon signalling unhappiness and yo ...more
Maria Guarascio
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classici, teatro
Chi è il Cyrano? Ce lo dice lui stesso:
Filosofo, fisico, poeta,
uomo d'armi, musicista,
trasvolatore di spazi, gran polemista e anche amante - ma per conto d'altri,
Qui giace Cyrano de Bergerac
che in vita sua fu tutto e non fu niente...

Sono versi che richiamano sicurezza e coscienza di sé: è Un uomo molto colto, innamorato delle parole nonché di Rossana. E proprio come gesto d'amore, giacché si ritiene brutto e indegno di lei, rinuncia a rivelarsi in favore di Cristiano, bello ma ignorante, a c
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Alexa
(Originally posted here !)

I have noticed that my latest reviews are brought about by intense feelings that had to be expressed. This applies to this book VERY MUCH. You know those stories where the guy falls in love with a girl, but the girl likes someone else, and so the guy helps that someone else just for the girl’s happiness? This is like a classic version of that. It is so heartbreaking and at the same time so beautiful that I just can’t help but stop as I drink the words in. This is the k
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Guido
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teatro, favorites, francia
Questo è uno di quei casi in cui la memoria di un'opera e del suo protagonista è stata lentamente distorta dagli anni e dal successo. Bisogna leggere Cyrano de Bergerac, perché è romantico, sentimentale, divertente; perché Rostand, con stratagemmi e anacronismi, è riuscito a rendere la sua commedia eterna e modernissima, e l'aspetto comico è stato troppo spesso dimenticato; e infine perché gli altri personaggi non sono meno memorabili del protagonista. Alcuni, come Ragueneau, meriterebbero un co ...more
S©aP
Non lo avevo mai letto. Come accade per tanti di quei "classici", di cui si sente parlare così spesso da averne, poi, più che una semplice idea, un'opinione vera e propria.
Ricordavo, vagamente, la versione televisiva italiana, in bianco e nero - Domenico Modugno 'as' Cyrano - seguita con curiosità agli ...albori della conoscenza. Conservavo una serie di immagini di risulta, confuse e distorte dall'uso e dall'interpretazione altrui, quali la celeberrima canzone di Guccini; le allusioni al naso e
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Amal Gamal
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الحب الأسطوري والتضحية التي لا مثيل لها.
في البداية لم تستهويني قراءتها حتى إنني مللتها وتمنيت أن تأتي ذروة التشويق حتى لا أتركها قبل أن أنهيها.
الشاعر أو سيرانو دي بيرجراك:
الذي بذل حياته قائمًا بدور المُلقن الذي لا يعُدُّه الجمهور شيئًا وهو كل شيء.
فقد قام بدور المُلقن ل كرستيان كي يُسعده ويُسعد قلب ابنة عمه التي هي أحب الناس إلى قلبه.
وسرق (موليير) من روايته الجديدة (أجربين) مشهدًا ليضمه إلى روايته هو وينسب الفضل له بإعجاب الجمهور وتهليلهم بتلك القطعة الهزلية التي خطًها بقلم سيرانو.
هذا الشخص القبي
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Dinny ibadillah
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ini..
novel cinta pertama yang saya selesaikan, saat masih buta dan remang-remang tentang apa itu cinta
recomended buat para pecinta

rada lupa sih tapi sumpah ini..
romantis abis.. penyadurnya oke dan sangat piawai membuat syair2 cinta dalam dialognya
cukup membawamu terbang ke abad pertengahan di sebuah kota kecil di Perancis
yang terkotak2 oleh status sosial dan kekayaan
tokoh Sreno mencerminkan kebaikan dan ketulusan ditengah persaingan cinta yang jelas tak berpihak padanya
dan tetap menyuguhkan keAg
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Adnan  Nour
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من أقدم ما قرأت من روايات ، و قرأتها من النسخة التى أهداها والدتى لوالدتى فى فترة خطبتهما.
الرواية جميلة جدا ، تسلسل الأحداث و التركيز على دوافع و نفسيات الأشخاص أكثر من رائع.
أسلوب المنفلوطى قوى جدا ، و إن كان يغلب عليه الاستطراد الشديد.
لم يعبها سوى تفرع القصة فى فروع مثل العلم الفضائى و غيره من المباحث التى شتتت القارىء غير المحب للمنفلوطى.
مشهد الختام ، و مشهد وصول الحبيبة للمعركة من أروع ما يمكن وصفه.
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Antonella
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ma poi che cosa è un bacio?
Un giuramento fatto un poco più da presso, un più preciso patto, una connessione che sigillar si vuole, un apostrofo roseo messo tra le parole t'amo; un segreto detto sulla bocca, un istante d'infinito che ha il fruscio di un'ape tra le piante, una comunione che ha gusto di fiore, un mezzo di potersi respirare un po' il cuore, e assaporarsi l'anima a fior di labbra."
Probabilmente questi di Cyrano sono i versi più conosciuti dell'Opera, teneri, inebrianti, dolcissimi.
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Molly
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't we all just want to be loved how Cyrano loved?
Suad Shamma
My favorite section:

"What would you have me do?
Seek for the patronage of some great man,
And like a creeping vine on a tall tree
Crawl upward, where I cannot stand alone?
No thank you! Dedicate, as others do,
Poems to pawnbrokers? Be a buffoon
In the vile hope of teasing out a smile
On some cold face? No thank you! Eat a toad
For breakfast every morning? Make my knees
Callous, and cultivate a supple spine,-
Wear out my belly grovelling in the dust?
No thank you! Scratch the back of any swine
That roots u
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Thomas
Oct 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thomas by: School
"Cyrano de Bergerac" is basically about this swordsman named Cyrano, who is an amazing fighter and poet and is in love with his cousin Roxanne. The only bad thing is that Cyrano has a huge nose which keeps him from approaching Roxanne in earnest. Anyway, there's also this other guy that likes Roxanne named Christian, but although Christian has really good looks, he is a screw up with words and doesn't know how to communicate with females. Finally, there's another guy (whose already married) that ...more
David Lemons
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read "Cyrano" in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, just as things were heating up between the Arabs and the Israelis leading to the 6-Day War. What a pleasure to read the wit and romantic comedy of Rostand during such a stressful crisis. The next time I would like to read it in French, of course with a good French-English dictionary by my side.

Great literature, especially comic literature such as that of Voltaire and Shakespeare, or Wilde and Amis, can sustain us through the grimness of life.
Kt
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This left me a little stunned by the end. What a rich and complex gamut of emotions bleeds through in this play! Lyrical poetry, satire, guilt, violent passion-Rostand brings all of it on.

It is interesting that appearances should dictate so much that it becomes the overarching theme. Mocked at, spoken disparagingly of because of his nose-a metaphor for his grotesque visage, Cyrano is quick to defend himself by means of witty sarcasm concealing his insecurity. That he abstained from doing so in C
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Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand was a French poet and dramatist.

Rostand is associated with neo-romanticism, and is best known for his play "Cyrano de Bergerac". Rostand's romantic plays provided an alternative to the naturalistic theatre popular during the late 19th century. One of Rostand's works, "Les Romanesques", has been adapted as the highly successful musical comedy "The Fantasticks".

Rostand b
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