- By Katherine Paterson

Parzival: The Quest of the Grail Knight

  • Title: Parzival: The Quest of the Grail Knight
  • Author: Katherine Paterson
  • ISBN: 9780613286015
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Parzival The Quest of the Grail Knight Paterson distills Wolfram von Eschenbach s th century German epic into an inviting retelling of the Grail quest amplifying Wolfram s humor irony and strong moral and ethical themes said PW in a

    Paterson distills Wolfram von Eschenbach s 13th century German epic into an inviting retelling of the Grail quest, amplifying Wolfram s humor, irony and strong moral and ethical themes , said PW in a Best Books of 1998 citation Ages 1014.

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    1. Perhaps the intention was to be spot on with the "facts" (names, spouses, kingdoms, begetting and begatting, the like) but this legend is in this form for young'uns and i am fairly sure any child i know would ask for a different story after about 4 pages.i recently came into possession of a marble bust of a medieval knight. At the bottom, scratched in so you have to really look for it is: "PARSIFAL". So now, of course, we need to know the legend. It actually is an engaging plot, but this version [...]

    2. Parzival The Quest of the Grail Knight is a really good book.Like the other books I have read, I think it is a really good to me and everyone else.This book is a really good because it starts of a boy in childhood named parzival learning how to be a knight in adulthood.Parzival from childhood to adulthood had to learn the skills of being a knight by other knights of King Arthur's court and then Parzival became a knight of King Arthur and Queen Quinevere and to the Knights like Sir Lancelot, Sir [...]

    3. While I am a keen admirer of Paterson's heartfelt "Bridge to Terabithia," I was a bit disappointed in this almost by the numbers "summa" of Wolfram Von Eschenbach's "Parzival." I've read enough Arthurian novels and poems to be able to breeze past a few plot points, family trees, and characters without getting too muddled. After all, the Arthurian legend is a vast tapestry in its own right. My disappointment lies not so much in the brevity of the book, but in how dense it is for the audience towa [...]

    4. Parzival is a young naive boy who is brought up by his mother as far away from knighthood and chivalry as she can control. Until he runs into three knights on the road and decided he too wants to become a knight. We learn that his mother recognizes the dangers of chivalry and how violent it is. Interestingly enough, chivalry is what brings Parzival to near ruin. He's too polite and doesn't ask an important question. I think there are other, better, medieval lays out there. "Parzival" doesn't rel [...]

    5. This is a straightforward retelling of the Parzival story, at middle-grade level. Having read the author's note about the various Parzival/Percival stories, and specifically that she was directly retelling one person's version, I just don't see why this book was really necessary. And what's more, I feel like it shouldn't be just this author's name on the cover. I guess it's a good, simply written version for a younger kid.Anyway, the Parzival story in general is interesting. He's an example of h [...]

    6. Parzival is a young naive boy who is brought up by his mother as far away from knighthood and chivalry as she can control. Until he runs into three knights on the road and decided he too wants to become a knight. We learn that his mother recognizes the dangers of chivalry and how violent it is. Interestingly enough, chivalry is what brings Parzival to near ruin. He's too polite and doesn't ask an important question. I think there are other, better, medieval lays out there. "Parzival" doesn't rel [...]

    7. This was an awful adaptation of a knight's tale. Can't imagine ever having kids read this. It could have been more exciting. Just not. And it was confusing. Maybe the author needed to focus on a smaller portion of this knight's life and not tried to cram so much in. Just too much in this. Too many names. Not enough fleshing out of the characters. And the time jumps were HUGE. One minute he's a boy, the next he's getting married.Just say no!!

    8. I was so attracted to The Puppet Master, and I expect that I would find as awesome as that book from this book. alas, it's so far different from what I expected. I thought I would find some different part of Arthurian legend here by making one of the knights as the main character. But, the author put too many details without really exploring it. Too many things in one slim book made me rush to swallow. Too many names Parzival encountered that made me ugh. sorry, I have to end it here

    9. Quick read that was a fun retelling of the epic by Wolfram von Eschenbach. Probably decent for as young as 9 or 10 even. I decided to check it out after reading Ready Player One and was not disappointed.

    10. In Waldorf circles this is a legendary tale. "Parzival is a boy raised in the wildeness, ignorant of chivalry and of the great Arthur. But in Wolfram's tale, he is so much more than that. He is the innocent fool who through trial, loss of faith, suffering, repentance and al last, redemption, becomes the Grail Knight he was destined to be."I am not sure I "got this one".

    11. I loved this book. It's a good retelling of one of the more intriguing Arthurian myths. As I am currently writing a series based around this mythos, I found immersing myself in this story most valuable. The language is a pleasing blend of the formal and adventure tale, bringing the richness of what lies at the heart of Arthurian myth for me.

    12. I bought Parzival at a library book sale, intrigued by the lovely cover but not realizing it was a kid's book. Being a kid's book probably explains why I found it a little simple. That's a shame, though, because I've read kid's books that were complex and interesting. Although this book was all right, I think I'll stick to the more grown-up versions of the Arthur tales.

    13. A good retelling of the story of Parzival. Begins with his decision to become a knight of the Round Table, and then his dealings with the grail. I preferred the version in Parsifal's Page by Gerald Morris. This version had all the heroics and the emotion, but not the humor in Morris's book.

    14. Well-told rewrite of a 13th century German epic poem involving King Arthur, Sir Gawain and Percival about a very simple boy who, while making many mistakes, eventually fulfills his destiny. About as strange as the comic book based movies they create these days!

    15. Enjoy this book. Thought of the one by AVI, Lois Lowery and several others that I have read.Didn't realize that the story is linked to a real epic poem.Wanting to read the poem.This young man was focused in what he wanted to do in life.

    16. A good story and well written but you can get lost in all the characters that are involved. You would really have to have extensive knowledge of all of the characters involved in the King Arthur saga to have the reading go well.

    17. Be sure to visit the 390 section of juvenile literature for folk tales, Grimm's tales, stories from King Arthur legends (like this one) and more.

    18. I liked the book a lot. I have always loved and been deeply engrossed with tales of the medieval times, particularly the tales of King Arthur, so this was a very enjoyable read for me.

    19. A easy to read adaptation of the tale of Parzival, the Grail Knight. Would be a decent introduction to Arthurian tales for my kids in a few years.

    20. Am using this in my social studies class. The boys are reading this one and the girls are reading The Midwife's Apprentice. Then they get to share.

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