Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Cyrano


Cyrano, by Geraldine McCaughrean
http://www.geraldine-mccaughrean.co.uk/

YA/retelling/UK

The subtitle of this great little book is "For anyone who's ever been hopelessly in love" and it is billed as "the most romantic story ever told".

As you might expect from the title we have here a retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac and his all consuming love for the beautiful Roxanne. Cyrano is famed for his hideously oversized nose, and in this version, he is also famed for his panache, his swordplay, his poetry, and his wit. This is the same familiar story of Cyrano's love for Roxanne and Roxanne's love for Christian, who is not Christian but Cyrano. McCaughrean does nothing shocking or revolutionary to the familiar story, but her telling of it is truly delightful. It is light. It is poetic. It is a beautiful read. I got through it in a couple of hours that simply flew by. The dust jacket is also really nice and has textured appliques on the paper.

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