Today, Cyrano de Bergerac is generally only remembered as a lovelorn eccentric with a big nose. Edmund Rostand's famous play inspired by the life of Cyrano is a worldwide box-office smash but the man behind the legend is more or less forgotten. The real Cyrano was sharper, funnier and, ironically, more modern than the romantic hero he inspired. A death-defying soldier-poetToday, Cyrano de Bergerac is generally only remembered as a lovelorn eccentric with a big nose. Edmund Rostand's famous play inspired by the life of Cyrano is a worldwide box-office smash but the man behind the legend is more or less forgotten. The real Cyrano was sharper, funnier and, ironically, more modern than the romantic hero he inspired. A death-defying soldier-poet in the age of the musketeers, Cyrano's duelling skills were unparalleled, and his wit was every bit as keen as his sword's edge. He employed his sharp tongue and satirical pen in continued criticism of church and state -- his harrowing personal experiences had made him a staunch opponent of Louis XIV's bloody foreign policy -- as well as in defiance of social norms -- Cyrano refused to acknowledge his likely homosexuality as a sin: brave and independent thinking that was years ahead of its time but which meant that his life was in constant danger. Part murder mystery, part literary detective story, Ishbel Addyman presents a fascinating insight into the heroically courageous, sparklingly witty and unfailingly good-humoured man behind the legend....
|Title||:||Cyrano: Adventures in Space and Time with the Legendary French Hero|
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Cyrano: Adventures in Space and Time with the Legendary French Hero Reviews
This book has a mission: to rescue the real Cyrano de Bergerac from the shadow cast by Rostand's immensely popular stage and screen version. In doing so, Ishbel Addyman conjures up a surprisingly modern figure, who was always alert to publicity opportunities and who constantly questioned the assumptions of the church. He was not only a formidable swordsman but also one of the earliest science fiction writers, creating stories in which his hero travels in a rocket to the moon and the sun. Addyman clearly adores her subject and her enthusiasm is genuinely catching, but unfortunately the writing itself has some weaknesses: sentences are short and choppy and the use of punctuation is erratic. There could also be more focus within the chapters, which tend to dance all over the place. It's a shame, because there's no doubt that Cyrano was a fascinating and controversial figure, but this biography just doesn't quite do justice to him.For a longer review please see my blog:http://theidlewoman.blogspot.co.uk/20...P.S. Please note that I have the UK edition: "Cyrano: The Life and Legend of Cyrano de Bergerac".
Interesting account of the life and times of Cyrano, as well as his existance in fiction.A rebel and writer, as well as the swordsman I'd heard of.A creator of his own myth who clouded his origins and wrote letters against authority and church. He was a man before his time.Will now have to hunt down a copy of his: Cyrano De Bergerac's A Trip to the Moon, and watch the film by J.P. Rappeneau.
This book started off pretty promising, but half-way through I began skimming, and then I ended up just reading the last chapter. I think it is a well-written and researched book, but it really talked just as much, if not more, about tangential things as it did about Cyrano de Bergerac. I just got bored.
What an admirable man! I think the author did a great job of gather what little research there must be on this grand poet/ soldier. I love the play about him, but there was a lot left out about Cyrano too. I'm glad Ishbel Addyman wrote this. Thank you Ms, Addyman.
Some very interesting stuff in this book with some good insights but could have been sharper, with a more ruthless edit.