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Gawain & Lady Green [Paperback]

Anne Eliot Crompton

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31 Dec 2010
Sir Gawain stumbles upon the magical Holy Oak village during the May Day festivities. To his surprise, he is crowned the May King and quickly falls in love with the May Queen, Gwyneth. But when Gawain abruptly returns to King Arthur's court, he leaves Gwyneth heartbroken and alone. Riddled with guilt for leaving his true love, Gawain accepts a deadly challenge from a mysterious green stranger. When it's time to face his doom, Gawain's only chance at life and love is to accept the help of a woman.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc; Reprint edition (31 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402237855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402237850
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,218,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deliciously witty, feminist retelling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.A" - Publisher's Weekly

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Anne Eliot Crompton grew up in a college town in the 1940s, a time when women's roles in myth were less acknowledged than today. When she married and moved to the country to raise children and animals, she realized how much heavy lifting had been done by women throughout human history. Part of her life's work has been to shine light on their immense contribution to the human story. Having come full circle, she now lives in a college town in Vermont.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story! Not-so-great writing style.. 14 Jan 2012
By katie k - Published on
I had an interesting experience with this book, and must present a mixed review. I picked it up because several years ago I greatly enjoyed writing a paper about the original poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight."

I was fascinated by the traditions, beliefs, customs, and characters presented in this novel. The author obviously knows a great deal about this time period. One of the problems I had with her writing style is that I felt, as the reader, she assumed I already did as well. She wrote as if speaking to someone in her field of expertise, not a "layman." As a result, I frequently found myself lost or grappling to make sense of particular passages. Similarly, she didn't introduce certain characters very well. Suddenly she was speaking about this person while I was asking myself, "what? where did they come from?" or "who??" Also, I had a hard time with the ever-shifting narrator's voice between the two main characters. I was trying to figure out which was talking at the beginning of certain chapters.

All that being said about my frequent "what's going on?" questions, the subject of this book and the way the story unfolds is delightful. I felt connected emotionally to the two main characters by 1/3 of the way in. That's when I felt it got good.

Overall, an entertaining, enlightening, passionate story with a difficult-for-me writing style.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The magic of Camelot comes alive once again 3 Mar 1997
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Sir Gawain of the Knights of the Round Table travels as an envoy from the
High King Arthur to the Druids. Saxons killed his traveling companions when
he stumbles upon a village. He is named the May King and spends quality time
with Lady Green. Gawain begins to think that he may love her and makes vows
to the May Queen, Lady Green, who has fallen in love with him. However, as he
learns about the fate of the May King, Gawain does a non-chivalrous act and
flees into the night. He rationalizes his act by claiming he has problems
with his good Christian soul and heritage mingling with her paganism and
Satanism. At Camelot, a legendary song about his exploits is created.
.. ....One night a green knight rides into Arthur's manor and challenges all the
knights to a New Year's game. He offers his neck to any knight willing to use
his ax to cut off his head. However, one year and a day later, the same
knight must offer up his neck to the Green Knight. Since none of the other
knights of the Round Table except Arthur took up his offer, Gawain
reluctantly agrees to the terms. He chops the off the head of the Green
Knight, who calmly picks up his head and informs Gawain that he will see him
next year at the Green Chapel.
........Gawain, for the sake of high honor and the reputation of his King and his
fellow knights, searches for the Green Chapel, knowing full well that when he
finds it, he finds death. He prays for the Lord to forgive him for his sins,
as he continues his search for the obscure Green Chapel. When Gawain finally
finds the Green Chapel, he learns the secret behind the Green Knight.
However, will his courage be able to complete his geas of honor and enable
him to understand the greater lessons of life and death?
...GAWAIN AND LADY GREEN is an incredibly refreshing retelling of the
fabulous Medieval poem. Anne Eliot Crompton brilliantly brings alive the
clash of titans (Christianity Vs Druidism), and the hypocrisy behind foolish
conceit that can kill the greatest of loves. Anyone who enjoys the Arthurian
legend or a Middle Ages Romanticism needs to read this great story and its
predecessor, MERLIN'S HARP.

...Harriet Klausner
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