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Cyrano De Bergerac

on September 26th, 2016 by admin

“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 groveling in the dust?  No thank you……”

These words were spoken by the immortal character Cyrano De Bergerac in a fantastic play written by French writer Edmond Rostand.  The play focuses on the wit of poet Cyrano De Bergerac who pines for the love of Roxane.  The problem with Cyrano is his gigantic nose renders him unattractive.  Despite all this Cyrano uses prose to dazzle onlookers, friend and foe alike.  The question is to what ends does Cyrano use to try to win the affection of Roxane?  You’ll have to read the play to find out.

 

Bookish Babe

Update: There are numerous translations of this play.  The version I read is from Brian Hooker, published in 1923.  I would recommend the oldest version possible for this play because the translations are much better.

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