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This review is from: Tristan (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
who said twelth century french literature was boring. obviously a tried and tested tale, told in an informal style (sometimes a little too informal; strassburg's constant demural that he isn't a great enough poet to describe things begins to ring too true too often, underlining, rather than glossing over unecessary details, his inadequacies.) the author is interested in the whole courtly set up and Tristan's mastery of these now sometimes arcane fripperies to seemingly underline his dilemmas with iseult, the romantic (in the modern sense of the word) end of the tale coming somewhat later in the tale. i am a little unsure of whether it's my modern interpritation of Tristan and his medieval manners, but he does come across as rather self-absorbed and lacking in true modesty, his manners towards people being impeccable, but his treatment very dismissive (rather charitably one could suggest strassburg intended this, asmuch as the strong homeo-erotic element suggesting that King Mark is smitten with his ward, but i tghink that 'charitable' would be the word). But the tale does involve and strassburg is good at actusal scenes and the construction of the whole. rather a good read.