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The King's Indian: Stories and Tales

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In this exceptional book, author John Gardner explores the literary form as a vehicle of vision, and creates heroes that personify his tremendous artistic ideals. A Boston schoolmaster abandons his dreams of owning a farmhouse in rural Illinois only to be taken on a voyage across the seas and into self-discovery, faith, and love; an artist's rapturous enthusiasm inspires a ...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published April 23rd 1989 by Vintage
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Tony
This book of 'Stories and Tales' is in three parts. The first part is five stories: a Protestant minister finds a biblical justification for terrorism; a physician seeks refuge from a tornado and finds....klones; Brother Nicholas, with a vow of silence, tortures himself with homosexual thoughts; a jail guard has doubts; everybody likes John Napper, a painter who soothes.

The second part is Tales of Queen Louisa. Queen Louisa is mad. Her husband wants to be called The Bold King Gregor (but you don
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Dec 20, 2014 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars
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John Gardner is just... a god, to me. Even if this isn't his BEST set of short stories, it is worth five stars just for "John Napper Sailing Through the Universe." Ugh, my heart.
Benjamin
Pirates, whalers, knights, terrorists, and mad scientists.
Some of the Jesusy parts in the first story were boring but this book is worth reading.
Matt Gaither
Not so great. Read "The Art of Loving" collection before this, I don't feel like Gardner quite had his chops in this one.
Bill
One of the few books from which the author actually speaks to the reader
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John Champlin Gardner was a well-known and controversial American novelist and university professor, best known for his novel Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf myth.

Gardner was born in Batavia, New York. His father was a lay preacher and dairy farmer, and his mother taught English at a local school. Both parents were fond of Shakespeare and often recited literature together. As a child, Gardner
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