- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Orion Children's Books (15 Nov. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752846795
- ISBN-13: 978-0752846798
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.7 x 13.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,852,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
02 At the Crossing Places (Arthur) Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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¿West¿s interpretation could not be further from Maloney¿s, but his controlled and appealing characterisation is also hugely successful, simple and dazzling.¿ (Daniel Paddington TIME OUT)
The second magnificent volume in the Arthur trilogy. Abridged edition, read by Samuel WestSee all Product Description
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i love the way the story never stops; the first chapter continues where the last chapter of the previous book finished. there's no sense of missing anything that happens to Arthur or to Arthur-in-the-stone.
i can't help but wonder what will happen to Gatty, and who Arthur will be betrothed to. its a brilliant, realistic, imaginative story, that charms you with its complexity and breathtaking simplicty. one of the best books i have ever read.
This book, like the first in the trilogy, is cut short into 101 chapters, and the chapters chop and change between the story of Arthur of the Marches and the myth of King Arthur in the stone. Being used to the short chapters from the previous novel, I barely noticed them. Unfortunately, though, I just couldn't enjoy the story of the mythological Arthur in this novel. I found the sections about the legend of King Arthur seemed muddled and didn't have any continuity to them, making them difficult to read and follow. There also seems to be a greater emphasis on the mythology story in this novel as well, whereas in the first book it was used less often.
In all, although I still enjoyed the story of young Arthur in the Marches at his crossing point between boyhood and manhood, and the vivid descriptions of medieval life, I felt the legend of Arthur sections could have been used to tie the book together a lot better. As it is, they are just a confusing muddle and I was left disappointed.
King Arthur was reduced to a cardboard 'Arthur-in-the stone', equally cardboard were Guinevere, Lancelot and the clichéd knights of the round table.
the author should have focused on Arthur De Caldicot, his relationships with variuos engaging young girls including the lovable Gatty (some truly touching scenes with Gatty and Arthur) the young noblewomen Winnie, Grace, Rowena and Izzie and the chambermaid and young mother Tanwen.Read more ›
Just as in "The Seeing Stone", the story is narrated by Arthur over the course of 101 short chapters, each one no more usually than a handful of pages in length. In these he describes not only daily life on the manor at Holt, but also the visions he receives through his obsidian seeing stone, of his namesake King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Compared with the previous volume, however, the sections set within the seeing stone lack coherence, and do not seem to bear as much relevance to Arthur's real life, even though they take up a greater proportion of the book. This can prove frustrating at times, particularly since Arthur's own quest takes some time to develop.
Nevertheless, the writing is still as poetic and evocative as before, with touches both of humour and of sadness, and an authentic feel which is never heavy-handed. Crossley-Holland has an exceptional eye for detail; the depth of his research as well as his passion for his subject are evident. Every location is expertly and clearly evoked - the splendour of Holt castle forms an excellent contrast to the humble manor of Caldicot, the place of Arthur's childhood.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the first book in the series and as expected with a second instalment I'm left with many questions all to be answered. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Daniel Barnes
Enjoyed the trilogy, against my expectations, as this is advertised as a childrens book. This was preowned book but pristine.Published on 16 Jan. 2014 by pud
It's fairly easy to write a medieval novel with a handful of facts but Kevin goes way beyond that. He gets into the culture, so there are fleeting references to medicinal... Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2010 by Mr. M. Jones
The sequel to "The Seeing Stone," titled "At the Crossing-Places," is less interesting than the first book of this trilogy. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2003 by EA Solinas
I really liked the first book in the trilogy but the second one was slightly disappointing but still well worth reading. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I loved the first book in this trilogy but this is a poor follow up. There is far too much about Authur of camelot and not nearly enough about Authur de caldicot. Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2001 by email@example.com
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