Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur, by Howard Pyle

This is going to be a super quick post.  I have completed my Arthurian Lit Reading Challenge via Howling Frog Books.  This title was the last of four books on my list.  It was your typical Howard Pyle style, which I do find entertaining, but I think two Pyles in one year may be a little much for me. There were some stories of Pyle's that were in The Four Arthurian Romances by Chretien de Troyes, such as the story of Geraint and Enid.  I actually enjoyed Chretien's interpretation even more. 

For most of the book, I was reading along and just enduring it, until the very end.  The story of Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere grabbed my attention, and I really relished it.  I mean, the termination of the Knights of the Round Table due to the battles between King Arthur's knights and Sir Launcelot's knights was horrible.  But later I felt badly for Launcelot, especially because of the Queen's rejection of him after King Arthur had died.  He truly loved her, I think.

So, yay!  I have completed another reading challenge, having read a couple of titles that I would have never read had I not joined, and I am really grateful that I was exposed to them.  Thanks, Jean @ Howling Frog Books.


Cleo said...

Congratulations! You've shown good organization for this challenge ...... unlike me. I'm not sure if I can even look at my challenge. I think I'll have enough books read but I'm not sure if I'll have enough serious books. If only I can get to Chretien by the end of the year, or perhaps Parzival but courses and the mammoth read of Le Morte d'Arthur is sucking up all of my time. In any case, brava, Ruth! You inspire me to be more organized with my challenges!

Ruth said...

Thanks, Cleo. I'm taking it easy next year w/ my challenges. I'll focus on TWEM and Fanda's challenge, but I'm leaving room to improvise w/ books I feel like reading out of the blue. I felt too pressured this year.

BTW, Chretien was great, but it was also long.

Jean said...

Congratulations!! Well done you.

Every year I swear to cut down on challenges ...