professornana (professornana) wrote,

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We were up and at 'em early this morning as the hubby had his first cataract surgery and we had to be at the surgery center at 5:30 am. I grabbed up a slim book since they had told us the procedure would take about 15 minutes. While we waited for him to be called back, I managed to begin CYRANO by Geraldine McCaughrean. I completed the book when we got back (and yes, the surgery took about 12 minutes and then we headed home). What a terrific book, one that draws readers in immediately with the flamboyant Cyrano accosting a ham of an actor in the theater.

It is not long before we meet the fair Roxane and her beloved Christian and the courting begins. I remember reading Cyrano in college and finding it a bit tough. This book should be part of the high school literature class: it will make the transition to the longer work so much easier for readers. Even without the tie to the classic, this is a novel that would work well in secondary English classes. Tie it to Hemingway's works about war, to Shakespeare's writings about love, or just allow readers to enjoy the writing of this talented author.

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