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Le Morte d'Arthur Free read Ê 8 ô Le Morte d'Arthur is an exciting magical interpretation of the legend of King ArthurThe next elegant edition in the Knickerbocker Classic seriesEtation of the legend of King ArthurThe next ele. It happened one Pentecost when King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table had all assembled at the castle of Kynke Kenadonne and were waiting as was customary for some unusual event to occur before settling down to the feast that Sir Gawain saw through the window three gentlemen riding toward the castle accompanied by a dwarf I fully expected to dislike this book The prospect of five hundred pages of jousting knights struck me as endlessly tedious and I only opened the book out of a sense of respect for its status as a classic But immediately I found myself entranced This is a thoroughly engrossing read And I should not have been surprised since it delves so heartily into the two staples of popular entertainment sex and violence Indeed one of the most amusing aspects of this book is how completely out of harmony is the chivalric code with the Christian religion; the characters do nothing but mate and slaughter while the name of “Jesu” is on everybody’s lipsSir Thomas Malory assembled Le Morte d’Arthur out of several pre existing legends some of which he translated from French manuscripts with a few stories of his invention thrown in His major innovation was to arrange these traditional tales into a semi coherent order beginning with Arthur’s ascension to the throne and ending with his death at the hands of his son The result is a patchwork of stories nested within stories all told at a pace which to a modern reader can seem ludicrous Major developments occur on every page one after the other in a staccato rhythm which can make the stories appear bluntly humorous even if it was not Malory’s intentionThe world depicted in these pages is so frankly unreal the level of violence so constant and gratuitous that its final impression is that of a cartoon “They fought once and Sir Tristram killed his opponent Then running over to his son he swiftly beheaded him too” Daily life is entirely hidden from view There are no peasants no merchants no artisans; there are no friends or happy families There are only uesting knights heavily armed men who are obsessed with challenging one another And though they profess a knightly code of conduct even the most chivalrous of knights are seen to be unscrupulous murderers and with few exceptions unrepentant adulterers The hero of this book Sir Launcelot feels very few pangs of guilt for continuously sleeping with his liege’s wife Gwynevere; and he is the best of knightsBut the characters are so flat their actions so stereotyped their lives so monotonously dramatic that I found it impossible to view them as moral actors praiseworthy or damnable They are rather centers of this bizarre world that Malory constructs And it certainly is an exciting place Monsters magicians enchantresses prophesies curses visions and of course endless combat and manic love—the small isle of Britain can hardly contain it all Sure there are parts of the book that drag particularly during the tournaments Malory’s descriptions of combat are heavily stylized consisting of the same basic elements over and over again; and as in the Iliad large engagements are pictured as a series of individual contests between heroic foes But for the most part Malory combines his traditional motifs together dexterously enlivening larger stories with innumerable episodes creating a raucous forward momentumAs a result of all this I greatly enjoyed Le Morte d’Arthur even if it was not for the reasons that Malory intended I fo

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Le Morte d'Arthur is an exciting magical interpr. I just recently finished reading Le Morte d'Arthur and it was an interesting experience It defies categorization Not a novel not an epic poem not exactly a collection of myths than a collection of folk stories certainly a product of a Christian imagination but very earthy Repetitive but after I got into the rhythm of it not boring Once you submit your prejudices to the vision of the author you become able to enter into this strange world of kings knights ladies wars and tournaments When we do we discover that Arthur and his court represent an ideal For Malory and his audience a true king was noble at all times and able to marshall his forces in service of the good A true knight trusted God to uphold his cause in the test of arms A true lady was virtuous and worthy of being defended at all costs There is much in these ideals that is noteworthy and we look down our nose at these ideas at our own peril I thinkThere is a rhythm a pattern in how the tales of King Arthur and his knights are told There is always a uest in need of a knight a lady in need of a champion and a knight in need of proving his mettle He will do so in the only way available to him at that time; through jousts and combat at arms with other errant knights he meets on his way Courts juries and judges are few and far between so wrongs can only be righted by a gentle knight who will prove with his puissance that his cause is just Again when you sit back and accept that this is the pattern Malory used the tales are enjoyable even though we know the formula and can predict with ease what is going to happen Morte d'Arthur though is than jousts and hunts Digging beneath the surface the reader discovers that the stories are filled with symbols and metaphors that show that Malory was telling than stories of jousting knights The legends of King Arthur are filled with Biblical allusions Arthur the once and future king is a type of Christ HIs knights bear resemblances to many of the apostles; Gawain is Peter Modred is Judas and so on Even hunting excursions mean than just a hunt A white hart sometimes symbolizes Christ Himself and the hunt becomes a pursuit of salvation But Malory was no mere idealist King Arthur and his knights and ladies are deeply flawed Sir Tristram and ueen Iseult indulge in an adulterous relationship for years under the protection of Lancelot Lancelot himself uses his skill in battle to prove the innocence of himself and Guenevere something few believe and even the king doubts Gawain's impetuous nature is as much to blame for the fall of Camelot as Modred's treason And in the uest for the holy Grail the knights of the round table are all held accountable for their manifold sins The uest for the Grail came as a surprise to me I always thought that the goal of the uest was to obtain the cup and give it to the king and it is often presented in this manner Malory though saw it differently The uest for the Grail was a uest for the beatific vision to be admitted into the presence of Christ while still on Earth This is the reason it could only be accomplished by one who was as sinless as Galahad This is also the reason that so many of the knights die in this uest In their pride they pursued the Grail as an object to be possessed and manipulated They embark on the uest unworthy of the uest itself let alone the Grail Half of them will pay for this affront with their livesAnother surprise for me was the way in which Le Morte made it clear that Arthur Camelot a

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Le Morte d'ArthurGant edition in the Knickerbocker Classic series. This text isn't the original one but a short version adapted for English learners In my opinion the editors of this book have summarized the original text too much and there are still passages of the text that are too slow and repetitive but there are also passages where the action is very uick and superficial But the CD narration is very good so I'm giving 3 stars for this If it weren't for the CD I would give it 2 stars