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The Romance of Tristan: The Tale of Tristan's Madness (Classics) Kindle Edition
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In todays modern world of storytelling this seems a bit clumsy, and indeed it would be better to be heard than to read this tale. It is full of contradictions and Beroul loves to get his word in every now and then. To modern readers this is also quite funny. Tristan and Yseult mistakenly drink a love potion that makes them fall into each other's arms, although Yseult is to be betrothed to the Cornish king, Mark. Those who tell King Mark of his wife's infidelity are accused by the author of being evil, but with the best will in the world, Mark is obviously being cuckolded. Even before the love potion is drunk it is obvious that Tristan and Yseult are in love, and when it wears off they are still in love.
With adventure and passion this is well worth a read if you are into medieval writings, otherwise you may wish to give this a miss. With a detailed introduction by Alan S Fedrick there is more than enough to get your teeth into here. This is an old tale that has appeared in many versions over the centuries, and is loved by a lot of people, but don't expect something in the style of how tales are written today.
Personally I loved this book, seeing in it a lot of comedy, but whether that was ever the original intention, who knows? If you want to read something different then this is well worth a go.
It is a beautifully vivid and humane story with some hauntingly erotic scenes that can still make a modern man weep - sunlight falls from Mark's bare-chested grasp upon the sleeping face of Yseult ; his nephew sleeps innocent upon the grass; his naked blade thrust between them [ who needs Game of Thrones...?!]
the deep theme of true love is rather philosophical - we are left questioning throughout whether it is a madness affliction or a drug-induced delusion - when the spell wears off, these two 'lovers' seem to be mechanically clanking together in a state of deep confusion.
The Germanic, chivalric versions are stolid, macho, puritanical and artificial by comparison with the original born of the physical mystery of mind and body; Beroul feels more like Chaucer or Shakespeare, with the bardic magic of Mabinogyon, high and low art woven with insightful ambiguity into real human experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent edition of this great Cornish legend, with very helpful introduction and notes.Published 17 months ago by M Bowden
A decent retelling of the legend with far more sympathy for the lovers than some versions have given them. Would have liked a longer story but still good.Published 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
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