Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Review: Cyrano - Geraldine McCaughrean

Synopsis: Cyrano. Master swordsman. Brilliant wit. Big nose. This heroic (and homely) man is, of course, doomed to love the fairest lady in town. Resigned to unrequited love, Cyrano suddenly finds himself in the odd position of wooing his beloved Roxane on behalf of another man - a man more handsome than himself. How does he do it? As only Cyrano can. With eloquence. With passion. With panache!

Absolutely hilarious; I was laughing from the very first words of the beginning chapter. Cyrano is the sort of full-of-himself character which somehow manages to be sincere and endearing rather than obnoxious and an absolute blow-gut. He's the sort of friend everyone would like to have for any occasion.

Review: I confess that I have not yet read the play for which this book is based off of, so I can neither commend nor frown at the Author for any particular liberties she might have taken. But from what I do know of the original story, Geraldine McCaughrean did a splendid job in its retelling without changing anything. Cyrano has always been a stage-stealing character, and the Author only brings him more to life, and ending everything tragically without leaving the Reader feeling disappointed.

Two thumbs for Cyrano!

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