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Very few of my adolescent loves have survived the rigorous critique I learned in graduate school This novel has it enthralls and moves me as much as it did when I first read it when I was nineteen But it s also very, very smart one paragraph might contain Wordsworthian neo plantonism, agrarian critique of industrialized agriculture, matrilineal kinship relations and their ability to resist capitalism, or pastoral food production as rebellion Historicism abounds, as do striking ideological c Very few of my adolescent loves have survived the rigorous critique I learned in graduate school This novel has it enthralls and moves me as much as it did when I first read it when I was nineteen But it s also very, very smart one paragraph might contain Wordsworthian neo plantonism, agrarian critique of industrialized agriculture, matrilineal kinship relations and their ability to resist capitalism, or pastoral food production as rebellion Historicism abounds, as do striking ideological critiques that scream of Althusser However, the action and the characters are also riveting Amd Arthur s voice is as human damned AND sympathetic as any I ve read I ve loved every minute I ever spent with this novel Even though Arthur drives me nuts, I have a soft spot for Arthurian stories because they re part of what launched me into being a medievalist That said, this is one of my absolute favorite retellings because Godwin is pretty much a genius about characterization I know enough about the historical references of Arthur like History of the Kings of Britain and such to appreciate how much Godwin works into this story he s truly done his research, including the Briton Saxon Roman clash of the 5 Even though Arthur drives me nuts, I have a soft spot for Arthurian stories because they re part of what launched me into being a medievalist That said, this is one of my absolute favorite retellings because Godwin is pretty much a genius about characterization I know enough about the historical references of Arthur like History of the Kings of Britain and such to appreciate how much Godwin works into this story he s truly done his research, including the Briton Saxon Roman clash of the 5th century.I also like that all these characters are feisty Arthur is snarky, Guenevere is totally sarcastic and fierce even flat Percival has some spunk to him, if only toward the end They re very real characters in a way that Arthurian folks often aren t And the Morgana and Modred Godwin cooks up are some of the best fictional represenations out there I understand why they are the way they are, rather than just there has to be a hubris flaw somewhere A fantastic read that will be staying on my shelves with the few other Arthurian adaptations I like that of Stephen Lawhead and Peter David, if you re interested This was an Arthur I totally understand capturing the imaginations of generations, truly giving Britain a standard to follow as the world turned over Far and away my favorite book of all time Highly underrated.Godwin is a genius with a flair for muscular, supple prose and astonishing charaterizations This imaginative re telling of the Arthurian legend is one of my annual re reads. Favorite QuotesThere s not a stone or leaf or life that men won t put a name to It gives them a nice safe box to collect things in They get in the habit of collecting things and end up surprised at the weight they re carrying A dream they thought might fit someday, something bright and sweet like a woman, picked up for her shine and somehow never left or at least never forgotten Or an ambition There s a fine item in any man s bag A great, glowing ambition They never fade, never wear even Favorite QuotesThere s not a stone or leaf or life that men won t put a name to It gives them a nice safe box to collect things in They get in the habit of collecting things and end up surprised at the weight they re carrying A dream they thought might fit someday, something bright and sweet like a woman, picked up for her shine and somehow never left or at least never forgotten Or an ambition There s a fine item in any man s bag A great, glowing ambition They never fade, never wear even when you ve outgrown them Always there to look at and remember and play might have been.A while ago in real time you saw the eagles And you wished.You go through it like a dark room, you sweat, you fear, the fear passes, you come out of it and utter nothing but meaningless words about what you saw or felt.The day comes when love means something beyond a reflection of ourselves, when there isbehind than ahead and the house of mind is haunted in every chamber with old songs, old ghosts, old hopes.And youth, though they see every day the cradle and grave shaped so alike, never believe death will happen to them I told you it was a comedy.I know why men lose sight of the face of God because it is so close.Part of what we are is whom we ve loved.We play very dangerous games with life and no one knows our rules.Where do the strong go to be weak Perhaps a moment comes when must is to tired to fight and want breaks free to cry I am just once before the sun goes down As a big reader of one subject, I go out of my way to read all versions and formulate my own opiniongood read.. A retelling of the Arthurian legend reminded me of Bernard Cornwell s The Winter King in that this is a very gritty, militaristic view of Arthur s story, without any mystical or supernatural elements Perhaps Winter King was evengritty and unromantic, but Firelord is also set in a potentially believable 6th century Britain Arthur is an ambitious man Merlin is his inner voice, not an advisor or wizard with aims on kingship and unification of the tribes of Britain Howeve A retelling of the Arthurian legend reminded me of Bernard Cornwell s The Winter King in that this is a very gritty, militaristic view of Arthur s story, without any mystical or supernatural elements Perhaps Winter King was evengritty and unromantic, but Firelord is also set in a potentially believable 6th century Britain Arthur is an ambitious man Merlin is his inner voice, not an advisor or wizard with aims on kingship and unification of the tribes of Britain However, he is torn between his Roman upbringing and his not fully explained, and initially almost dreamlike passionate relationship with a woman, Morgana, of one of the most primitive tribes of the land a tribe sometimes referred to as Faerie.Rome is losing influence over Britain, and the old tribes are dying out.Together with his wife, the eminent stateswoman Guinevere, Arthur seeks to forge a new Britain But when Morgana, and Arthur s son from that first marriage, Modred, show up at Arthur s doorstep, jealousy and bitterness mix with politics to tragic resultThe story also has the Grail, Lancelot, Tristan and Yseult, the Knights of the Round Table all the classic elements, but all re examined and explained An interesting addition to the Arthurian canon Oh WOW that was good.King Arthur on his death bed narrates his life from boy running around the hills of his step mother s Roman style villa to a very weary aged king in his last hours after the inevitable battle with Mordred Lancelot and Guinevere and Merlin and Magana and Tristian and the Holy Grail and Camelot all dance through the pages as he chronicles his journey But it s all just a bit different this time round gritty and fantastic and familiar and alien all rolled into one.Between Rom Oh WOW that was good.King Arthur on his death bed narrates his life from boy running around the hills of his step mother s Roman style villa to a very weary aged king in his last hours after the inevitable battle with Mordred Lancelot and Guinevere and Merlin and Magana and Tristian and the Holy Grail and Camelot all dance through the pages as he chronicles his journey But it s all just a bit different this time round gritty and fantastic and familiar and alien all rolled into one.Between Roman Briton and Saxon England we have the hazy time period when King Arthur may have ruled, and Parke Godwin fills in the pieces here with 1 3 history, 1 3 fantasy, and 1 3 sheer, basic, human drama.In this version Merlin comes now and then to visit Arthur in visions he may be some sort of spirit, he might be a Time Lord, he might be some sort of weird time twisting in on itself allowing for Arthur to meet his future self, or he might well be having hallucinations cooked up and served by his own brain.Godwin seems to be going for some so of mystical, or at list metaphysical kind of angle, butandresearch today supports the idea that we humans do a lot of thinking and planning out and puzzle solving at a sub or un conscious level so when we suddenly have a fully formed idea the painter suddenly seeing the picture before his eyes fully formed, the musician waking up with a full song in his ears, the writer suddenly knowing the plot, beginning, middle and end it isn t coming from the magical ether, but rather a timer has gone off in our unconscious oven, and the idea is ready to be looked at consciously.But I digress.Arthur goes on a lot of campaigns, at first fully embracing the ideals of old Rome, but pretty soon realizing that the glory days of Rome are long gone, and what s , the only thing they are ever going to get from Rome are pretty letters dripping in perfume, promising everything and nothing as the once magnificent empire shrinks to the size of a pinprick on the map.And then Arthur gets a lesson in realpolitik when he spends 6 months living feral with a very small tribe of nomadic, short people who are going to go on and be the basis of tales of fairies and elves He falls in love with Morgana, a matriarch of the group, who teaches his the simple lesson of Love.But he has to give that all up because There Is Work To Do Oh, isn t there always He leaves her pregnant with a vague nagging feeling that may come back to haunt him later, and oh boy does it ever with a vengeance But in the meantime, there is a crown, queen, and country to claim, and then the day to day business of holding on to what you ve claimed.When King Arthur lays out the whole mess with Guinevere he is a surprisingly fair narrator Turns out he doesn t even care she was having a fling with ole Lance, because he gets it that a person has ore needs than just one other person can fulfill, but he DOES object to her taking the power of life and death into her hands That is so totally only up to him, and no one, not no one, can make that decision but him, and he is Royally Pissed Off.So she whips up an army of her own based on Righteous Anger to negotiate her way out of a cell, to a bargaining table, to back on the throne Which just proves my theory that, throughout history, the winners are always the one with the better army and better PR Just when Arthur thinks he might be actually be successful in keeping things civilized, Mordred shows up and demands a reckoning Parke Godwin s specialty is the retelling of the classic legends In Firelord he takes the legend of King Arthur and rewrites it in a way that fits the likely historical era in which the real man who was probably the basis of the legend lived It s not a history text, but entirely a fictional novel, but the book brings a historical realism to the story that really resonated with me Beloved Exile follows Guinevere after Arthur s death and is set in the period that the Germanic tribes are slowly Parke Godwin s specialty is the retelling of the classic legends In Firelord he takes the legend of King Arthur and rewrites it in a way that fits the likely historical era in which the real man who was probably the basis of the legend lived It s not a history text, but entirely a fictional novel, but the book brings a historical realism to the story that really resonated with me Beloved Exile follows Guinevere after Arthur s death and is set in the period that the Germanic tribes are slowly taking over from the Romanized Celts The Tower of Beowulf is the same sort of retelling of the old Germanic saga {DOWNLOAD EPUB} Ø Firelord ë From the ruins of empire, a great king arises Enslaved for centuries, used and then abandoned by the Roman conquerors, Britain is a shattered land with petty warlords and tribal leaders fighting over its pieces like mongrel dogs The time is ripe for a warrior king who will unite this wounded realm and a young centurion courageously answers the call name is Artorius Pendragon and it is his destiny conquer with indomitable iron A man flawed, filth and painfully mortal a clear eyed leader with a strong distaste for war s necessary cruelties he will know a glory unparalleled in historical annalsan ultimately, will lose his heart and his kingdom to greatest betrayal of all Anyone reading this should take it with a grain of salt, because I only got 64 pages in before deciding to quit which is not something I do very often, not finishing a book The narrative surrounding Arthur was well enough, but the moment Merlin steps in everything got so confusing for me that I didn t have a clue what was really going on By the time I got into The Earth is a Woman chapter I got so lost that I had to put it down and have been avoiding picking it back up I m sure it probabl Anyone reading this should take it with a grain of salt, because I only got 64 pages in before deciding to quit which is not something I do very often, not finishing a book The narrative surrounding Arthur was well enough, but the moment Merlin steps in everything got so confusing for me that I didn t have a clue what was really going on By the time I got into The Earth is a Woman chapter I got so lost that I had to put it down and have been avoiding picking it back up I m sure it probably gets better, and maybe someday I ll pick it up again, but for now it s going back on my shelf