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One of the most influential storytellers in Western literature, French poet Chrétien de Troyes helped to shape the ever-fascinating legend of King Arthur and the Round Table. Of Chrétien's five surviving romantic Arthurian poems, the last and longest is Perceval, an unfinished work that introduces the story of the Grail—a legend quickly adopted by other medieval writers anOne of the most influential storytellers in Western literature, French poet Chrétien de Troyes helped to shape the ever-fascinating legend of King Arthur and the Round Table. Of Chrétien's five surviving romantic Arthurian poems, the last and longest is Perceval, an unfinished work that introduces the story of the Grail—a legend quickly adopted by other medieval writers and taken up by a continuing succession of authors. In Chrétien's romance, Perceval progresses from a naive boyhood in rural seclusion to a position of high respect as a knight at Arthur's court. With the help of two teachers—his mother and Gornemant of Goort—Perceval is ultimately able to reject the worldly adventures chosen by other knights and seek important moral and spiritual answers.Acclaimed for his sensitive and faithful translations of the poems of Chrétien, Burton Raffel completes the Arthurian series with this rendition of Perceval. Raffel conveys to the modern English language reader all the delights of Chrétien’s inventive storytelling, perceptive characterizations and vividly evoked emotions....

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  • Janez Hočevar
    2019-04-01 13:18

    Un roman plein de symbolisme, de mystere et contenant une histoire double qui montre la quete de l'ideal et l'ideal meme (Perceval-Gauvain). Le roman reste inacheve, mais cela ne se ressent pas comme une faute. Je crois plutot qu'il reste ouvert a des interpretations diverses de chaque lecteur.

  • Lada Fleur
    2019-04-23 10:25

    Qu'est-ce que je pense de ce roman ? Un roman de chevalerie, derniere oeuvre du romancier, premier romancier connu de la langue francaise, premier qui a invente le genre. En langue anglaise on utilise le mot romance pour le genre leger , narratif de sujet amoureux et d'aventures.C'est un roman , non fini, precurseur de l'ecriture romanesque qui va etre repris et repris jusqu'aux meme nos jours sous la plume de Eugene Green dans son roman intitule Un Conte du Graal ecrit en 2010 et situe a Lisbonne contemporain.Graal un plat ou vase symbolique dans le roman de Chretien de Troyes vient obscurement d'un gradalis du latin ,ustensile qu'on utilise de tous les jours dont le signifie est perdu pour le lectorat contemporain et meme pour le lectorat de Moyen Age il conserve un part de mystere. Car Le Graal de Chretien se trouve resplendissant de beaute eblouissante et mysterieuse dans la scene centrale de l'oeuvre dans la procession recueillie et solennelle devant les yeux ebahis du jeune heros, Perceval qui brule de demander une question sur son origine mais qui reste sur le quia. Et au matin apres le reveil du heros , il remaque que le chateau est vide , il n'y a pas de serveurs pour lui servir ni de gens d'etable, juste son cheval qui l'attend etrille et panse . Et il sort du chateau pensif et en proie a toutes sortes d'aventures destinees a le mener au Graal . Il croise dans son chemin Gauvain ce chevalier parfait qui est aussi un miroir renverse de Perceval, Lui Gauvain , poli et civilise, Perceval sauvageon et force a un enseignement rapide par un maitre parfait mais qui n'a pas eu le temps de le renseigner plus. Tous deux ils arrivent avec difficulte a mener peut-etre leur taches respectives. Celle de Gauvain le Chateau de la Reine celle de Perceval, ou serait-elle, Le Graal retrouve apres l'enseignement final de l'ermite. Qui le sait?La voix est ouverte pour les siecles ulterieures.Le treizieme et le quatorzieme abondent en images.Cette fascination pour moi de cette oeuvre est le resultat d'une maitrise , jamais realisee mais toujours ouverte comme ce roman de ChretienExcusez-moi de cette revue pas exactement revue mais plutot une reaction au reve d'ou l'on sort, un ebahissement du lecteur reflechi apres sa dixieme lecture., ses peregrinations aventureuse.

  • Lada Fleur
    2019-03-29 12:21

    Grimpez donc par cette anfractuositequi est ouverte dans la roche,et,quand vous serez arrive la-haut,vous verrez devant vous,dans un val,une demeure ou je reside,a proximite de riviere et de bois.Le voila qui d=sans attendre monte la-haut,jusqu'au sommet de la colline, ou il parvient.Quand il fut monte sur la hauteur,il regarde loin devant lui,mais il n'a vu que ciel et terre.Que suis-je venu chercher ici, s'est-il ecrie,Eien que folie et sottise!Que Dieu fasse aujourd'hui la pire honea celui ui m'a envoye jusqu'ici!Vraiment il m'a mis sur la bonne voie,enme disant que je verraisune maison, sitot parvenu au moment!pecheur, toi qui m'a dit cela,tu as commis une grandebassesse,si tu l'as fait pour me nuire.C-est alors qu'il a vu devant lui , dans un val,apparaitre le haut d'une tour,on n'aurait su trouver, d'ici jusqu'a Beyrouth,tour si belle ni si bien assise.On setrouve ici dans le point le plus important de la narration mythique et romanesque de Chretien de Troyes,. Il s'agit de Perceval et de sa recherche , cette recherche qui devient la plus importante d'une vie, celle ou il cessera d'etre un individu quelconque et deviendra homme de poids.Ayant fait mes recherches la-dessus je peux dire que l'originalite de Chretien se trouve la par rapport aux autres recits celui de Mabinogien et Sir Perceval. Ici se trouve la poetique de Chretiende Troyes , Chretien assume ici un mythe interiorise, une histoire racontee a la maniere de son jeune protagoniste. . Chretien met des choses en perspective jusqu'a alors inconnues. Il met en avant l'espace-temps personnel, sans reperes, avec une innocence dont il joue C'est le tout debut d'une narration suite d'un recueillement solitaire, le point d'une emergence individuelle- Il y a un parcours a faire de la part de cet individu. Mais c'est une voie amorcee par Chretien. Il expore par-la de terrains nouveaux

  • Rachel
    2019-03-28 15:02

    Really enjoyable! Surprisingly modern translation, very easy to follow. Of course, it's not all that modern in ideas. It seems to primarily be a story of chivalry and godly men, Perceval and Gawain, the most honorable knights known. Sexism out the wazoo, which makes me grateful to be in this the 21st century. Fascinated with the great power of oaths—can't go 10 pages without a new oath on someone's life and God's name! Even prisoners, with no reason except want for their life, will carry through a promise to deliver themselves as prisoner to King Arthur. If this custom of never making false promises was powerful enough to deliver the greedy to the king's feet of their own volition, it must truly have been the most powerful. The only really broken oaths we see are of the "wicked girl", the Proud Beauty of Logres, before her transition to good. I would go as far to say that it would truly be considered sinful, wicked, to break an oath, especially as made in the name of one's own life or that of God.I'm saddened that Chretien de Troyes didn't survive to finish the story! It feels like it must only be halfway finished, but it's so well-told that I want to bring him back to life just to write out another 10,000 lines! Masterful storytelling, even if very different from what we're used to in contemporary writing. (Also laughed at several of the parts he says would be useless to tell: "And the boy told the story / You've been hearing. To tell it / Again would be stupid and boring: / Who wants a twice-told tale?" Very aware he's a storyteller!)

  • Felix Cortes
    2019-03-26 11:10

    Ok... Tengo que decir que el libro esta muy muy intrigante y muy bueno siendo un cuento medieval frances, o romance, whatever. Mi problema con el libro y la razon por la que no le doy una estrellita mas se basa en el hecho de que... NO TIENE FINAL!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! Me frustre mucho. Tambien me enfogona el hecho de que la historia de Perceval termina muy abruptamente. Y Gauvain, a pesar de ser nice, no es tan epico para mi como Perceval. El personaje de Perceval era mucho mas adorable, ya sea por su salvajismo e ignorancia, y me intrigaba el hecho de como se convertiria en un hombre mas "decente," a diferencia de Gauvain, que es muy cortes y noble y bueno al punto de aburrirte. Pero si, esta muy genial, pero te deja con mas dudas que el series finale de Lost.

  • Rodrigo Bastidas
    2019-04-12 12:21

    Chretien de Troyes es considerado el primer gran autor de novela de caballería. Establecido al norte de Francia, él dicta las característica que se seguirán en todas las novela de caballerías posteriores. Algunas de esas características son: el rompimiento de la necesidad histórica en las narraciones feudales y la inclusión de elementos fantásticos; la auto-referencia como escritor, y la ironía y el humor como elementos primordiales para la construcción narrativa. Además de las innovaciones, es claro que Troyes es depositario de una serie de elementos que estaban presentes en formas narrativas anteriores: la épica griega, la poesía trovadoresca, los temas celtas o bretones. Tampoco se debe desconocer la importancia que da el autor a los elementos contextuales que rodean la escritura de la obra. Uno de ellos es la relación que hace Troyes entre el Rey Pescador (enfermo) y Baudolino IV (leproso); los dos esperan la salvación del reino a través de sus súbditos: Felipe de Flandes (a quien Troyes dedica el libro) y Percival, de manera que personaje histórico y ficcional quedan relacionados directamente. Las novelas de Troyes suceden en el mundo del Rey Arturo. El Rey Arturo es un personaje de origen céltico y bretón alrededor del cual se ha establecido toda una mitología llena de personajes y objetos mágicos; héroes épicos y éticas de caballería. La aventura aparece como uno de los elementos más importantes en este tipo de novelas, dado que no solo forma parte del argumento, sino que hace que el personaje pase de un medio cerrado (casa, castillo, escuela, espacio cortés) a un medio abierto (bosques, diferentes ciudades, caminos); esto con el propósito de que tenga una serie de pruebas que lleve a su perfeccionamiento moral. De ahí que los caballeros están siempre en pro de una aventura, y la aventura máxima será la contemplación del Grial.Algunos de los elementos que Troyes incluye en sus novelas y que tendrán una gran importancia para la literatura posterior de caballerías, es la inclusión del Grial como elemento mágico (y que reemplaza la búsqueda del amor, por la búsqueda de un objeto con característica espirituales) y la historia de infidelidad entre Ginebra y Lanzarote. Esta novela es la última que escribió Troyes, la cual quedó inconclusa. La estructura de esta novela es episódica y cada una de las acciones individuales se irá encadenando en una serie de coincidencias que nunca se logran completar, dada la no-resolución del libro. Desde el inicio, este elemento se puede ver en la forma como Troyes encadena la dedicatoria (Felipe de Flandes, quien le encargó el libro) a la historia de Percival.

  • Chris
    2019-04-12 14:07

    This new edition of Nigel Bryant's eminently readable 1982 translation of the first tale to feature the grail was timed to coincide with the release of the film of The Da Vinci Code, but is as far removed from that work's fantasies as the Mona Lisa is from a Barbie doll. Chrétien's unfinished poem, beginning as a literary folk tale of a simpleton who makes good, was already within a few years of his death being embroidered and invested with more significance than was originally intended. Bryant's version includes the whole of Chrétien's text (as found in a key manuscript in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris) and extracts from its four Continuations linked by synopses. He has revised his translation of nearly a quarter-century ago with occasional substitutions or recastings, generally for stylistic reasons, it seems, and overall this appears to be for the better. Compare these two versions from a passage in which Perceval sees knights for the first time (1982 version first):– Stay back! A boy who's seen us has fallen to the ground in fear. If we all advanced towards him at once he would be so frightened that he would die, I think, and could not reply to anything I asked him.– Stay back! A boy who's seen us has fallen to the ground in fear. If we all advanced towards him at once he'd be frightened to death, I think, and couldn't answer any of my questions.The end of the second extract certainly flows a lot more smoothly, and over the course of this edition makes the revision more readable.In 1982 Perceval cost £19.50 for the hardback; allowing for factors such as inflation, the transition to robust paperback and its limited popular appeal, this edition still represents good value. Even if the D D R Owen Everyman Classic translation of 1987 is substantially cheaper, it doesn't include the Continuations which allow us to witness the rapid evolution of a legend. All serious students should have a copy.

  • Sarah Bilodeau
    2019-03-29 14:01

    This is the story of Perceval who goes on the quest for the grail after seeing knights pass through the forest near his house wherehe lives alone with his mother as she has secluded the family form society due to the loss of the men in the family from chevalresque fighting. Its her explanations of the knoghts job that inspires Pereval's wander lust which sets the rest of the story in motion. Perceval is unable to learn from the experiences e has along hsi journey - he doesn;t properly understand the messages written in blood in the snow, on the face of Blanchefleur and doesn;t ask questiosn when he sees the lance and grai pass by in the Fisher King's castle. As a result of his naivete, the grail is never found. his chara cter shows contrast with Gauvin, the knight who demonstates justice, eloquence, and diplomacy inthe court and eventually winds up in a mystica castle with women from his family who represent "Les 3 Parques". What's interesting about this book is that it starts out as the lessons of a mother to her son and ends with Guavin in a mystical castle filled with women --my question: what's Chretien trying to tell us about what knights should be learning from their women?? The book is unfinished so we will never know . . . .

  • Andrew Ahn
    2019-04-20 14:13

    In my search for a Perceval story I read as a kid, I had to go back to the source. I truly love the mythological essence that this unfinished poem creates that has influenced the deepest part of my psychology and probably the psychology of most authors and readers of fantasy.That said, the Perceval tale is based of the Celtic Finn stories. But the over Christianized version (and anti Jewish sentiment which is defined by the times) makes this hard for me to completely love. Wolfram completed version is equal importance of God and Christian faith but its not being shoved down the readers throat and coming a century later harkens back to some of the original pagan themes. Even the grail as we know it, is more a Cornucopia dish than anything related to the Christ.The ease of Chretien's version does make for an easier read (in translation) (compare to Wolfram's) and to get an overall understanding of the story it is the simpler way to go.But in the end I do wonder how Chretien version was going to end. Did Wolfram get it right or does Gawain as the duality to Perceval the most deserving? I guess this is when our subconscious creates the truth or personal truths.

  • Anthea Carson
    2019-03-25 16:05

    I heard Wagner's Parcival opera on the radio one Saturday afternoon and decided to pursue the book that had inspired this. It was surprisingly difficult to find but I ordered a used copy from Amazon eventually.I can't forget the imagery from this book, written in 12th century France. I am amazed at the character arc from the imbecilic young Percival who wants to be a knight so he can dress like one to the repentant and sorrowful man who missed his chance to grab the grail. The story changes direction, promising to get back to Percival but never does, instead ending literally in mid-sentence during the story of Gawain.The scenes of the wasteland by TS Eliot was inspired by the haunting description of the inside of the castle where there is no sound of children playing, nor business of shops selling baked goods, nor mills grinding because the lands lies desolate due to the wounds of the Fisher King.If you love history, and love literature, be sure not to miss reading this gem.

  • Jose Vera
    2019-04-20 15:04

    Este libro es una de esas fábulas que tanto me gustaba leer de niño. Un libro de valientes caballeros enfrentando grandes aventuras en nombre de la cristiandad y del rey Arturo.El libro esta dividido en dos partes; la primera parte trata sobre Percival, caballero joven, obtuso, terco y bastante tonto; pero sin embargo valiente y leal. Aquel que por su orgullo e ignorancia perdio la oportunidad de salvar al rey pescador y obtener el grial.La segunda parte del libro es la historia de Gwain; el epitome del caballero arturiano; que posee todas las características de Percival pero no sus defectos. La historia de Gwain son las aventuras que pasa en su busqueda por el Grial.Un punto que me pareció sumamente divertido, fue el ver como era considerada una mujer en la edad media; pues o era la dama recatada, obediente y sumisa o era la mujer malvada y manipuladora.Es una lástima que la historia este inconclusa; pero es divertido leerla. Desde los afectados diálogos entre los personajes hasta las aventuras de fábula (¡esa parte del leon lo vale todo!).

  • Othy
    2019-04-21 18:11

    If only Chretien de Troyes had finished this story!!! Perceval is a rather dynamic story, I thought, and was rather complicated (in a good way) at times. This particular translation I thought was good as it read well without seeming too sing-songy (which can happen with rhyming couplets, though credit for the readability maybe should go to Chretien de Troyes before Cline).

  • Andrew
    2019-04-21 13:03

    As with Knight of the Cart, the story's great but the translation is not. Really looking forward to reading a better one!

  • Morganu
    2019-04-18 11:14

    The beginning of the mysterious chalice that led to the eternal quest...

  • Melissa
    2019-04-04 15:07

    I read a different French edition of this text. Loved it. Chretien de Troyes is such a fantastic medieval writer.

  • Fred Lente
    2019-04-09 13:06

    It ends right in the middle! I mean, for shame, author who died 1000 years ago. FOR SHAME.

  • Aleks Canard
    2019-04-24 17:13

    I heard about this book because apparently Ryan Gosling read it in preparation for his role in The Place Beyond The Pines which is one of my favourite movies. The book starts off great, but it lost me once Gawain became the focus instead of Perceval. Still worth a read even though de Troyes died before writing the conclusion. Though maybe in a story about the Grail, no ending is the most fitting of all.

  • Gretaoli
    2019-04-11 15:17

    La penna di Chretien non si smentisce! L'unica pecca è la sua incompiutezza.

  • Sandra
    2019-03-28 14:24

    I've decided to stop reading this. I generally like reading about Arthurian Legend, but I knew picking a book about the Holy Grail would be tricky because that's my least favourite part of the legend. I tried reading this to improve my French, but seeing as that's already quite a chore, I need the story to be engaging and this story wasn't.The knight, Perceval, is an arrogant douchebag who seems to think he's better than everyone else. And surely, he's a good knight, but just because he prays more than the average person shouldn't make him so conceited, but that's exactly what he was: conceited. He was also, like mentioned, very religious which got on my nerves because if every other word you have to look up is related to religion and not directly related to the story, it gets very frustrating. Especially so when you do not really speak the language. Looking words up takes time and takes you out of the story so I would like it to be worth it. Here, it generally wasn't. What also bugged me, I was more or less halfway in and there had not been a single mention of the Holy Grail yet. I felt a bit cheated.On the upside, the book was quite a nice children's edition and contained loads of extra information about medieval times and knights, which was fairly interesting.I found I understood the French grammar better than I had expected, so not the whole reading experience has been a waste (thankfully). But I shall need to find another book to practice on, that will hopefully not get on my nerves so much and hopefully this book can find some more interested readers.

  • Gijs Grob
    2019-04-21 10:01

    Gelezen in de Nederlandse vertaling van Lambert van Looij, Margreet Meijer-Kouwe & Ingrid Nijkerk-Pieters.De titel van deze onvoltooide middeleeuwse Arthurroman is misleidend, omdat maar de helft van het boek over Parsival en een nog kleiner deel over de graal gaat.Na enkele vermakelijke avonturen van de domme, naïeve maar onoverwinnelijke Parsival stapt het boek over op een andere held: de smetteloze, voorkomende en al even onoverwinnelijke ridder Gawain, en daarmee wordt het boek een stuk saaier. De lange zeer beleefde dialogen, de enorme hoeveelheid hoofse liefde aan immer schone jonkvrouwen en de grote aantallen dappere ridders waarmee gestreden dient te worden met lans en zwaard helpen ook niet mee.Het verhaal springt alle kanten op en raakt uiteindelijk kant noch wal. Je zou bijna zeggen: geen wonder dat het niet voltooid is. Niet alles uit de Middeleeuwen is goud.Nog even wat opmerkingen: Koning Arthur is slechts marginaal aanwezig, Excalibur heet hier Gawains zwaard te zijn en de graal heeft hier niets met Christus van doen. Deze vertaling is overigens weer eens bij een Antroposofische uitgeverij uitgekomen (zie ook The Kalevala).Overigens kom ik er pas meer dan een jaar later achter, dat dit een prozavertaling betreft van een in eerste instantie rijmende tekst, dus over De Troyes' stijl kan ik alsnog helaas niks zeggen.

  • Chelsea K.
    2019-04-01 17:09

    How maddening! I was so pumped to read the origin of the Arthurian Grail myths, but there are a couple things I didn't know going in that I definitely should have: 1) this is the FIRST conception of the grail, ie/ not the Holy Grail today's pop culture knows. I feel like I should have seen that coming. This grail is just a glorified magic platter being kept in a Celtic mystic tower with a vague connection to Christ. This is not the Grail that was used at Christ's Last Supper, as later myths will purport. 2) The story as it exists is not about the grail at all, but rather about Perceval and later Gawain (why, when it's called "Perceval"? I have no idea). Which leads us to 3), this is a story with no end. Literally, no end. It cuts off in the middle of the sentence with absolutely zero resolution to the main threads of the narrative. The grail shows up in person exactly once, on the sidelines, and is brought up only a few more times, but in the context of keeping silent/speaking out. What did Chretien want to happen? No idea. He didn't even (maybe) have an assistant finish the story, like with Lancelot. The version I was reading had an afterward that went over later attempts by unrelated authors to resolve the story, but it's not quite the same as knowing what Chretien himself wanted to happen. I repeat, how maddening.

  • Maan Kawas
    2019-03-30 10:28

    Beautiful book, though it is more about Sir Gawain than Perceval!

  • Marc
    2019-04-20 16:04

    Opmerkelijke tweedeling : cyclus rond Perceval en cyclus rond Walewein.Hoofdopzet van het gedicht is zeker didactisch : concreet laten zien wat hoofs gedrag is. De invulling daarvan varieert nogal : dat gaat van voornaam en edel, naar ronduit christelijk, en in elk geval « naar het hart ». Het Graalthema bindt in lichte mate de twee verhalen van Perceval en Walewein, maar speelt eigenlijk maar een secundaire rol. Het wordt zeker niet zo mystiek uitgewerkt, als in latere perioden ! Opmerkelijk zijn de verschillende toonzettingen : het eerste stuk over Perceval is onderhoudend en amusant, zelfs heel schertsend en humorvol ; de cyclus over Walewein is daarentegen ernstiger, met meer aandacht voor het fantastische dan de psychologie. Sommige stukken (cfr 10) zijn gewoon drammerig en plots heel religieus getint. Groot contrast met de soms vrijmoedige beschrijving van de relatie tussen ridder en jonkvrouw (steevast « vriendinnen » genoemd). Opvallend : enkele antisemitische uitvallen !

  • Melissa Rudder
    2019-03-26 11:03

    Chrétien de Troyes’ The Story of the Grail (Perceval) has spawned numerous continuations and (some might argue more importantly) a Monty Python movie. Oddly enough, the grail hardly captures the central action of the story, as… returning to my usual Chrétien complaint… the story doesn’t seem to have much of a central action.The story features interlacing, where Chrétien switches between the story of Perceval and the story of Gawain, but, unlike the glorious Terry Brooks, for instance, his interlacing fails in increasing suspense, and instead results in greater disinterest. And, though the story is unfinished, it hardly looks as if the few similarities between Perceval and Gawain’s quests were going to culminate in a shocking, unified climax.Perceval’s character, surprisingly enough, really interested me. He reminded me of Peter Pan: able in battle, but childish and innocent to a fault. He was, by far, the most interesting Chrétien character I met.

  • Miriam Joy
    2019-04-21 17:27

    I'm pretty sure I read this one for my Chretien de Troyes essay last year, but maybe not; a lot of it seems unfamiliar, although I can see parallels and common themes with the ones I know better. I don't yet know whether I'll write my essay on this -- though I've got a soft spot for Gawain and he appears quite a bit, I'm tempted to fall back on the texts I already know super well, like Lancelot and Yvain. This edition's good, though, with the facing translation so that you can find the Old French fairly easily. Shame Goodreads doesn't have all the details (e.g. cover, capital letters!).-- reread again: i'm never going to be free of chretien de troyes am i he's going to follow me foreveri will be rereading these texts until i'm as old as arthur is in these stories (so, in my nineties)

  • Martin Hernandez
    2019-04-01 10:13

    Esta fue la primera historia de caballeros andantes. El autor introduce el mundo mítico de la corte del rey Arturo y sus caballeros, que buscan el Grial donde se recogió la sangre de Cristo crucificado, y Perceval es uno de los legendarios Caballeros de la Mesa Redonda. El estilo de Chrétien de Troyes oscila entre lo humorístico (destaco el episodio de Sir Perceval y los cinco caballeros en la Yerma Floresta Solitaira, al principio del libro) y lo épico (impresionante el episodio de Gawain en el que el caballero se ve obligado a defender un torreón utilizando un tablero de ajedrez como escudo). El personaje de Perceval en particular, con su rústica sencillez, resulta entrañable y sumamente carismático. Una obra que todavía hoy en día consigue arrancarle al lector una sonrisa o hacerle vibrar de emoción.

  • Faedyl
    2019-04-14 17:04

    Esta no es una versión en verso como el original. Me pareció una traducción precisa, preparada para nosotros los lectores no sumamente técnicos porque, auqnue tiene abundantes notas explicativas (al final, las odeo! ponganlas al pie mein got!!) no son de esa clase de anotaciones que te enloquecen de información. Precisas, acotadas, interesantes y aportan. Ya había oído del trabajo de Rosaspini y he leído muchos de sus otros libros, aunque este me pareció bien técnico y, es sabido, asi son las cosas que me gustan, fieles a la verdad y rigor histórico.Si querés una versión "leyendística", este libro no es para vos, pues, como algunos saben, la historia de Chretiéne no tiene conclusión, entonces te vas a quedar con las ganas de saber el final. Como todo texto medieval, no importa el final, sino ser leído. La imaginación hará la leyenda.

  • M.
    2019-04-19 18:26

    You would think medieval stories about knights and Christianity would be really dry, but no! De Troyes somehow finds a way to please his patron while making fun of chivalry and the arbitrary rules of society at the time. I had a good laugh, and I now think the Middle Ages are a lot cooler than I thought possible. There's also a scene that reminds me of The Big Lebowski, which could read something like this:"Is this the madman, sir?""No, random knight, this man is Welsh, there's nothing to be afraid of."You do have to do a bit of a close reading to get all the irony (at a glance, it really is just a story about an overzealous knight), but it's absolutely worth it. The only problem is the story was never finished!!

  • Varsha Seshan
    2019-04-14 15:23

    Even though I started reading this book in the knowledge that it was an incomplete work, I was disappointed when I realised I could not find out what happens next!To read this book with any kind of pleasure, I found it necessary to put aside all modern ideas of the woman, femininity and everything I associate with normal ideas of womanhood. Until I did that, I hated the book. Once I did that, I quite enjoyed it!

  • Pan
    2019-04-07 11:11

    this work was really great at the beginning, but once chretien's part was over the voice changed just enough to piss me off. after the first continuation i just skimmed and read stories here and there, i just couldn't read it all straight through at that point.three stars for chretien, two for the rest.