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Select a valid country. Please enter up to 7 characters for the postcode. My favorite story was the tale of Sir Tristram. I particularly enjoyed the rivalry of Tristram and Palomides, who is probably my favorite character in the entire book, and a welcome surprise since I wasn't familiar with him in advance.
What I enjoyed most about Le Morte d'Arthur are its complex and realistic characters while the heroes may have superhuman strength and endurance, they exhibit realistic personality flaws and believable motivations. I also liked the way the individual tales were linked together into a cohesive unit, with events and decisions causing repercussions that ripple along throughout the rest of the saga.
The female characters aren't always very well-written, which is perhaps not surprising given the age and theme of the work, with most of them falling into the general categories of damsel in distress, conniving temptress, mischievous sorceress, sacred virgin, or unfaithful wife. But there are some good surprises here, including stories in which the damsel rescues the knight, rather than the other way around, and there are a few female characters with some depth, such as Maledisant.
The other thing that bothered me were the spoilers and anticlimaxes--the places in which Malory gives away the ending or an important part of it midway through the story, or else at the end of an episode casually mentions that our hero later gets slain by so-and-so. These sorts of things would never fly today, but of course Malory was writing at a different time, for a different sort of audience one that would likely already be familiar with these stories, having heard other versions of them.
This review covers the text from the beginning of the Tristram story. Sep 06, Marie rated it it was ok. I had to sort of force my way through it, as an essential part of my Arthurian reading. Still, I find that it wasn't worthwhile, really. I had thought it would give me insight into modern Arthurian stuff, which seemed to have little to nothing to do with most of the lays I had read. Someone said that most things are based on Le Morte, so I thought I'd check it out.
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I think most things are based on things based on Le Morte. It's just so tediously written. I wonder it did well on first publication. Sure, the really good Arthurian stuff was all in French, but c'mon, Chaucer did some translating back in his day - was there no one more skilled than this punter in the 15th C to bring the French Arthurian romances back home to England?
I mean He summarizes. He's formulaic.
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It's prose so you wonder why he can't describe things a little more interestingly. He even has a few "Except that wasn't Gareth, it was Gawain, my bad" lines. It's like listening to someone badly re-tell a story. View 1 comment. Feb 12, Jesse rated it liked it Shelves: classics. I found, when I started reading it, that this volume was more difficult than the first.
I awarded it to the fact that the first third of the book is a continuation of a the story about Tristram. I didn't really know much about this knight before reading "Le Morte", but I still don't find his story all that intriguing.
I feel like it was, perhaps, just another rendition of the love triangle between Lancealot, Artur and Gwen. Only this time we have zero qualms about rooting for the adulterer. Once I found, when I started reading it, that this volume was more difficult than the first. I have previously read "The Once and Future King" and many of the stroies in that book at least the meaningful ones, for me showed up. Even so, it was still quite a drudge to get through everything. I want to learn more about the Arthurian legends, and this seemed like a good place to start.
However, it was a long hard road, and a bit unsatisfying when it all boiled down. For me, the most redeming factor, and the thing that kept me going for all 53 chapters, was reading about the final showdown between Arthur and Mordred. The last bit about what became of Lancealot and Gwenivere was also a nice addition.
All and all, it was worth it for me. But I think that if you are interested in the adventure and romance that this legend conjures up in our modern minds, try something else. Feb 26, Robert rated it it was amazing. I lived in an apartment building in that had a book swap on every floor. I was traveled each floor mining for literary gold-- and found it with this book.
I love this book, it goes into detail on King Arthur and the knights of his court. It tells the major and minor story lines. I go back to it often. Dec 26, russell barnes rated it it was ok Shelves: medieval-classics. This is the way that Arthur ends, not with a bang but a whimper. Two volumes, almost pages of relentless jousts, avoiding horses, mighty buffets that's knights groaning under sword strokes rather than tables groaning under the weight of scotch eggs and pork pies , ladies dying for love, dwarves, more tournaments, spears breaking, the quest for the Holy Grail, page upon page of listing Knight's names, further tournaments and knightly adventures featuring jousts, Arthur and Mordred meet in pos This is the way that Arthur ends, not with a bang but a whimper.
Two volumes, almost pages of relentless jousts, avoiding horses, mighty buffets that's knights groaning under sword strokes rather than tables groaning under the weight of scotch eggs and pork pies , ladies dying for love, dwarves, more tournaments, spears breaking, the quest for the Holy Grail, page upon page of listing Knight's names, further tournaments and knightly adventures featuring jousts, Arthur and Mordred meet in possibly the smallest chapter of the two volumes, and promptly die within a couple of paragraphs.
Underwhelming is not the word. There are some fascinating textural and historical devices through the whole work: It was one of the first books published by Caxton, and despite some debate who actually wrote it, it is accepted the Malory that did write it was stuck in the Tower of London during the Wars of the Roses. Consequently there is huge amount of betrayal and conflict between various Knights of the Round Table. Alliances are made and broken within a blink of an eye, often over trivial slights, and people are wounded or die as a result, which must have been a pretty accurate representation of life at the time of the Lancastrian and Yorkist struggle.
Also, given the weight of popular culture behind the legend of Arthur, the Grail takes a relatively small section of the whole, and some of the Knights we know and love turn out to be darker and more brutal than the rosy presentations we have know, particularly Gawain, whereas Lancelot comes off much better, which is odd as it's quite clear he's been copping off with Guinevere.
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I have to say this is one of those books I've wanted to read for years and years. I've searched the second hand book shops the length and breadth of Blighty trying to find a matching pair in eager anticipation of something as beautiful and gripping as Gawain and the Green Knight , only to get massive list of Knights' names, far too much avoiding of horses and a lingering sense I've sorted of wasted all those years. Oct 13, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: absolute-favorites , reads. A few short words cannot express how much this book meant to me and how much the teacher who I had to read it for meant.
This book holds the secrets of the universe, of our society, of our pursuit of lonliness and comradery at the same time. If you want to find the cyclic nature of our society check here, if you want to find your character flaws, check here. If you want to see the world in a whole new way, read Thank you Professor Lynch Jul 30, Miriam Cihodariu rated it really liked it Shelves: england , wales , ireland , scotland. Part two of Malory's collected tales is even better than the first.
By the time a reader reaches part two, they presumably had enough time to become more accustomed to the language.
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Also, the second part is more story-full and lots of things tend to happen, or at least many of the 'big' things we all know from popular culture the Guinevere-Lancelot plot, the Mordred plot, the betrayal of Arthur and his death, etc. Loved the Maledisant character as a more atypical female char not evil sorceress Part two of Malory's collected tales is even better than the first. My only tinge of sadness regarding the book is the fact that I realized that my ability to emotionally feel the story is dampened by the English style.
But here, I can read them and be intellectually interested in some of the details involved, but I'm not personally moved. I'm sure this is due to the old style of writing and the the bluntness inherent in it. Apr 15, James Badger rated it really liked it. Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur is one of the most important Arthurian works ever published.
This is not to say, however, that it is a fun read. By the time you finish volume 1, you begin to sense a very formulaic approach. This is less of a narrative and more of a catalog of Arthurian tales. Very often Malory is guilty of skipping the fun bits of the story the phrase, "and he did many glorious deeds of arms" comes to mind while presenting some of the less interesting bits in excruciating detail.
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It is the Arthurian equivalent of Holinshed's Chronicles. It's not a thrilling read, but it does provide the basis for several substantially more thrilling takes on the tales. After something of a slog through Volume I, this is where things get good. All the stories of any importance are here, from Lancelot falling for Guinevere hardcore, to his one-sided and doomed romance with Elaine, and most of all the surreal Grail sequence, in which the best knights are sent into a metaphysical "spiritual wasteland" where their own sins become their surroundings and enemies. Ending with a "Six Feet Under" style montage of character deaths and a dreamlike description of Arthur's After something of a slog through Volume I, this is where things get good.
Ending with a "Six Feet Under" style montage of character deaths and a dreamlike description of Arthur's pseudo-funeral at the hands of witch queens of ambiguous intent, this volume contains all the drama and mysticism that the meandering Volume I often lacked. May 18, Ernest B.
Gilman rated it it was amazing. Verified Purchase. Le Morte D'Arthur paperback was thin and had microscopic writing. I swear you had to either have excellent eye vision or you had to buy a magnifying glass to be able to read it. I highly consider looking at the measurements of the book before clicking the order botton. Go to Amazon. Discover the best of shopping and entertainment with Amazon Prime. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery on millions of eligible domestic and international items, in addition to exclusive access to movies, TV shows, and more.