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Brilliant story, well told,
This review is from: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Audio CD)
I have known the legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight for several years thanks to a Channel 4 animation which I really enjoyed. The story really captured my imagination and I decided I would one day get around to reading it. However, I often find reading this type of poetry quite difficult, as these are forms ofstory-telling designed to be spoken and heard. When I saw that Simon Armitage had done a new translation of the work, I decided this would be the perfect way to hear the story again. Armitage's translation works very well, and his style of reading the poem is engaging. I initially intended to listen to it over a few nights whilst doing the washing up, but ended up sat in the kitchen listening to the whole thing in one go.
If, like me, reading this type of literature isn't your thing, this telling will is accessible and enjoyable. This is a great introduction to some of the traditional story telling of the middle ages. The story of Gawain stands the test of these many years and modern audiences may be intrigued by some of the homo-eroticism, sexuality and violence of parts of the story. A must for anyone interested in English literature, Arthurian legend, or just plain exciting story-telling.