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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Fixed Format Layout (Faber Voices) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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Drives the force of the old poem through the green Armitrage fuse. Highly charged work.--Seamus Heany, Nobel Prize-winning translator of Beowulf

Brilliantly orchestrated.... Armitrage has produced a brilliantly well-tuned modern score for one of the finest surviving examples of Middle English poetry.

[Armitrage's] version inventively recreates the original's gnarled, hypnotic muscle, its vivid tableaux and landscapes, its weird, unsettling drama.--Mark Ford

A free and wonderfully offbeat version of this unusual masterpiece... fresh and startling, as though it had been written yesterday; it is rough-knuckled and yet it sings.... From start to finish, Mr. Armitrage has clearly had great fun; each of his words has been tasted with gusto.--Eric Ormsby

Full of make-believe and festivity, this wonderful narrative poem possesses a Mozartean lightness and wit. Luckily, several modern versions, particularly those by W.S. Merwin and Simon Armitrage, deftly replicate much of the feel and rhythm of the Middle English original.--Michael Dirda

I enjoyed it greatly for its kick and music; its high spirits, its many memorable passages. I enjoyed it because, like the Gawain poet, Armitrage is some storyteller.--Kevin Crossley-Holland

Armitrage makes it utterly, even compulsively readable, and as fresh as it must have been in 1400.--Brian Morton

Nicholas Lezard, Guardian Paperback Choice of the Week

'It might even be the best translation of any poem I've ever seen.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 182 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9Y6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,587 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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