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Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
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Feb 26, 2010

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bookshelves: 17th-century, 19th-century, classics, france, plays, paris
Read from February 26 to March 08, 2010

This is another book where I know I'm the odd one out. To start, I did start the book fully expecting to love it, but as I read, several issues came up. I have almost no good theater experiences, so that's a start to my indifference. I suspect if this had been a novel, I would have enjoyed it more (I certainly enjoyed the movie version). Also, love-triangle. Not my thing. I also was very annoyed by Cyrano in the first act - I know that it's supposed to be witty and funny and everything, but it just reminded me of the lame drama kids in high school that thought stuff like this was the height of hilarity (along with Shakespeare's comedies). I also was probably prejudiced once I found out in the intro that it was written in the late nineteenth century, since so many of the theater pieces I actually do love (i.e. Strindberg, Ibsen) were being written at the same time. There are definitely lots of books I love that aren't cutting edge, but this realization didn't help things. I will say that I got to like Cyrano, and definitely felt the sadness and romance of the story, but it wasn't my favorite. I think the things that I did find interesting would have been better served in a different format, but again, I know that this is a personal thing to me, so don't base anything on my review.
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Cheryl So agree! Wjsh we could have really discussed this book and torn it apart. I was all prepared to present my version of Cyrano as manipulative and Roxanne as immature and both of them taking advantage of poor Christian who died alone with no one that loved him - it would have been amazing!

message 2: by Ann (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ann Oh man that would have been awesome!!!! I miss those days of book club, where I was allowed to say whatever I want.

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