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The Story of Roland

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Here are related the daring feats and great exploits of Roland, worthiest of the barons of France in the time of Charlemagne, and those of Oliver and Reinold and Ogier the Dane, all heroes who were his companions in arms and who rivalled him in the number and greatness of their exploits. The story is culled from the works of song-writers and poets of five centuries and in ...more
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published 1930 by Charles Scribner's Sons (first published 1883)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 30, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, classics
I actually have the Easton Press leather bound copy of this book. I found it at my favorite used book store.

Have you heard of Roland? I find in this day when schools are more involved with building "self esteem" than education that there are a lot of classics (and for that matter a lot of history and an a lot educational fundamentals such as reading) that are neglected or completely unheard of. From the legends of Charlemagne Roland is the "proto" Paladin. One of the 12 Paladins of Charlemagne h
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Christina
Oct 29, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first found this book while looking through an old bookshop in North Carolina. I had convinced myself that I was going to start collecting old books, and there was no better place to start. The copy I got was published in 1896, and it has become one of my favorites.

When I first purchased the book, it was solely for the age of it and the great condition it was in. I soon realized, however, that there was a lot more to it than that. I began to read it and absolutely loved it. I will, more than
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K.
Sep 09, 2010 K. rated it liked it
Shelves: for-hero-group
for heroes group--so far really great.

Rating system fails me here, because while I (for reasons I'll state below) may give this a 3, I think our hero kids will likely give it a 4 or 5.

First, for me:
Pros:
*Gorgeous language & imagery
*Written in a style a bit above the modern boy--but that's a good thing--especially for a kid who perseveres and reads it all.
*So totally the typical "knight in shining armour" story
*Lots of mention about what makes a real hero (not merely a good fighter)
*Great
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Me
Feb 11, 2013 Me rated it did not like it
Note: I listened to this book, so I apologize if character spellings are wrong.

I hated this book. A lot. Since I do believe in being optimistic, I'll list the 'good' parts of the book.

1. Duke Nanom sounded so much better as Nomnomnom
2. When elephants were mentioned for one page, imitating elephants.
3. Yelling out good morals to the characters.
4. The most fun of all, yelling out "and then he died" every possible chance. I really hated Roland.

Now however I have a chance to list everything I h
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Carl
Apr 12, 2009 Carl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the Roland that I grew up on.
Debbi
I liked it well enough but my son wanted less talk and more action so we've decided to move on.
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I ALWAYS APPRECIATING WHAT I READ MOST OF THIS STORY SPECIALLY THOSE STORY
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