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Dzieje Tristana i Izoldy

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This is the Arthurian legend of Tristan and Iseult. It is a tale of love, honour, intrigue, betrayal and jealousy, ending ultimately in tragedy. This story predates that of Lancelot and Guinevere, and is one of the most influential romances of the medieval period, inspiring many artists, from story-tellers to painters to composers.
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
His parents were wed in a castle standing above the sea called Tintagel "well fenced against all assault or engines of war, (with) its keep, which the giants had built long ago, (a) compact of great stones, like a chess board of vert and azure." He was lost for a long time, his royal origin hidden and unknown, but fate was kind and he was brought back to King Mark, ruler of Cornwall, brother of his deceased mother Blanchefleur (the husband of his late father, Rivalen King of Lyonesse). He served...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja*


Okay, so I did NOT love it... but it was good :)

I LOVE the 2006 film Tristan & Isolde for reasons.... mostly this:



and this:



but also because it has one of the most poignantly beautiful forgiveness scenes I have ever seen. Rufus Sewell (as King Mark) delivers an unforgettable performance. Which is saying something because I am a HUGE James Franco fan (he is the reason I watched the movie) and Rufus Sewell stole that movie from him, hands *snicker* down!!

However, this translation/compilation...more
Megan Anderson
A classic myth, but maybe not the best version.

Tristan and Iseult is a big deal: it’s said to be a major influence for the romance between Lancelot and Guinevere, Romeo and Juliet, and pretty much the majority romantic love stories after the 12th century. This myth was passed down verbally and has been committed to text by several different authors. Bédier argues that his version is adapted from the original poem, which may or may not be historically accurate. The style is conversational as if a...more
dead letter office
a despicable soothsaying dwarf!

passion and joy most sharp, and anguish without end, and death!

evil giants!

a magic, multicolored dog with a little fairy bell!

why anyone writes books without these things is a mystery to me. plus it's all true.
Bogdan
по долгу службы и взятым на себя соцобязательствам, был вынужден перечитать роман о тристане и изольде, к которому не притрагивался последние хорошие 20 лет, с первого что ни на есть курса – и с удивлением обнаружил, что я его практически не помню, а если что и восстанавливаю в памяти из общей фабулы – то исключительно очень сильно схематически и отрывочно, поскольку даже наведение конкретизирующих мостов между изольдой златокосой и изольдой белорукой потребовало значительных усилий: ну не уклад...more
Amalie
Searched and read the e-book. Why? Tristan and Isolde was one of the most influential romances in the medieval period. Although this story line has been used endlessly later, in many classic romance stories like the Arthurian romance of Lancelot and Guinevere, this is a very good read and the original.

This one, Bedier's translation which was then translated by Hilaire Belloc) is the living piece of mythology. He tells Tristan and Isolde the same way you've probably heard it a thousand times. I b...more
Jess
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Patrick\
Kept my attention. Long before Hobbits and Harry Potters there was this. Picture yourself in a hall, with log fire and torch-light, with some fairly evil smells coming from a rush covered floor - the story teller begins ... yes, this tale really works.
Filipa
Este é o relato narrativo de uma das lendas arturianas mais conhecidas do mundo, o romance trágico de Tristão e Isolda e é um mito que tem atravessado os tempos e tem atraído a atenção de muitos escritores que imortalizam este romance cada um à sua maneira. Os nomes mais conhecidos que adaptaram este mito foram por exemplo, Gottfried von Straßburg no século XIII (com um romance em prosa), Richard Wagner no século XIX (com uma ópera), Dante e este romance de Joseph Bédier. Este mito chegou inclus...more
Deborah Stack
Jan 01, 2012 Deborah Stack rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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I adore this story, and I know that the beautiful writing of Joseph Bedier is largely to thank- but I must give credit to the specific reader at librivox who helped me to fall in love with the tale.

I listened to Tristan and Iseult as an audiobook, acquired through Librivox and read by Joy Chan. (Available here: http://librivox.org/tristan-and-iseul...)

Joy Chan's soothing voice drew me entirely into the ancient story, and as she adopted a slight affect for each character, rendering each distinct,...more
Ariel
The story of Tristan and Iseult is a myth as old as time itself, a legend of love and loss. It is tragic, romantic and beautiful. Joseph Bédier’s retelling of this classic tale is arguably the most accurate translation. Tristan, an epic soldier and esteemed guard, falls in love with Iseult, a fair maiden and kind queen. The love is forbidden, the trials are hard, but they are determined to be together, somehow.
When I was a teenager I fully believed the story of Tristan and Iseult to be romantic....more
Bethany
I'm glad I read this beautifully written, beautifully translated classic... but man I hate Tristan and Iseult. I would probably have given it more stars for its legacy and place in history, but I'm reacting badly to the thousands of "oh how romantic" sighs I hear when I talk about this book. I know my history, I can understand this may have been an epic love story in medieval times of chivalry and honor, but now it just reads like two people finding excuses to justify being total dicks. I'm too...more
Merry
A short but very faithful translation of the French classic detailing the romance between Tristan and Isolde (also spelled Iseult). Made popular in the 12th century, the story recounts the adulterous love between the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess Iseult. They meet when Tristan is sent by his king to bring her to the king for their wedding, but on the way the two inadvertently drink a potion meant for Iseult and the king that will make them fall in love forever. Iseult and the kin...more
Adrian Stumpp
Bedier's version is wonderful. He doesn't do anything overtly daring wtih the story. He tells Tristan and Isolde the same way you've probably heard it a thousand times. I bet he even used Wolfram's text as the original. On a sentence by sentence level, though, this is a breathtaking book with no lack of lines that leave me reeling, heart pounding, and so jealous I can't see straight. An exquisite rendering of a classic medeival romance and most definitely a very good read.
Fabiola Fulco
Leer Tristán e Isolda me demostró que realmente todo se ha inventado, incluso antes de que nosotros mismos tomáramos conciencia de ello. Es increíble cómo a través de la Literatura los temas se van repitiendo constantemente, moldeándose en cuanto a convenciones y ambientes pero nunca reformando las emociones. Porque todos los seres humanos, independientes de la época, amamos y sufrimos en iguales escalas.

Probablemente esta edición no sea la mejor, no soy quien para asegurarlo y por ello prefier...more
Kelly
I was only very mildly interested in this book throughout. It is written and translated from such old language and verbage that makes it uncomfortable to read and to connect with. It also cannot make up its mind if it is a romance or a tragedy - the correct formula for a tragic romance is lost within the first couple of chapters. It is also, at best, very, very fanciful and highly unbelievable. It may be a better read to a younger and/or a more naive person.
Pam (E.P. Scott)
Well, for a historical romance (the first one I have ever read), it was good. Quite enjoyable actually. Tristan and Iseut are thrown every curve ball, but they are resolute, find a way amidst treachery, cruelty, jealousy. They are truly star-crossed lovers. But, in the end, it is not meant to be and they are betrayed. But even in the moment of death, love doesn't falter for these two. I admit, I flicked a tear off my cheek as I read their final moments.
Kate Lawrence
After several hundred years, this classic tale is still riveting! I imagined it recited in a drafty hall lit by candlelight on a winter's night. This forbidden love elicits the listener's sympathy more than it otherwise would because the lovers do not pursue their passion of their own free will. They have drunk a powerful love potion by mistake, and are thus bound by a spell that they cannot break. Time after time their affair is almost revealed, but then something happens that allows them to co...more
Li
I enjoyed this passionate story, and the straight forward, no nonsense style of writing was refreshing (a modern author would have taken five books to write this story). The two things that bugged me were 1) I always hate stories where being unfaithful is justified because it's "true love" and 2) their love was the result of a potion and not really "true love" anyway.
Lisa
Listened to this on Librivox and it was beautifully narrated but very confusing because there were so many characters. This is one action packed story. It's supposed to be this great romance but Tristan and Iseult didn't fall in love, they had a spell cast on them so is that a romance?
Taymara Jagmohan
They loved each other, and they did not know they suffered.

Sometimes I guess it is a good and a beautiful gesture to have someone believe in you.

He/she will be the prime witness to all your activities, and will encourage you, or deter you at some points in those very activities.

It is the sharing which mattered, and above all I loved how they left it all in the heart for a judgment. Often too many words, actions and pictures disregard the truest value of what love is.


'For men see this and that o...more
Lara Kairos
One of my most beloved romance books since my childhood. My grandmother had it in her library, and I often pulled it off the shelf when I came to visit her. A fascinating tale of medieval love, passion and strife.
Martina Uzunova
"Любовта на жените идва бързо, но така бързо идва и омразата; а дойде ли враждата, тя трае по-дълго от приятелството. Жените умеят да сдържат любовта си, но не и омразата си."
Veronica
Not a bad tale, however the translation is rather stilted and I can sense a beautiful flow under there however cannot access it.
Czarny Pies
Several years ago I attended a performance of Wagner's Tristan und Iseult. I loved the Liebestod at the end not so much because it was a wonderful aria but because it marked the end of six tortuous hours in my seat . A month ago I read I read Joseph Bedier's fabulous retelling of the legend and my feelings have changed. It allowed me to see what Wagner was trying to accomplish. I no longer remember my evening at the opera as a torture but as an enchanted experience. I heartily recommend Bedier's...more
Patrícia
Há histórias intemporais de amor que duram vidas e são transmitidas de geração em geração como exemplo do amor cavaleiresco. Remontando ao tempo de Artur, Camelot e Merlin, este amor proibido advém de várias versões da lenda que foi popularizada por vários autores, principalmente entre os séculos XIX e XX.
Joseph Bédier recontou algumas das lendas do imaginário arturiano e esta foi uma delas, imortalizando mais uma vez, uma história de amor, que no fim, venceu tudo e todos e inspirou românticos e...more
Jennifer
I enjoyed reading this much more than I thought I would. I originally thought I’d spent hours sorting through archaic language, dictionary in one hand, barely able to make sense of the story. I was also relieved it was in prose, rather than a poetic lay. I’ve read those and sometimes that is what I want, but not usually. Instead, I breezed easily through each chapter (written beautifully enough to stand alone as short stories), and finished the book glad I’d read it.

I was surprised at the fast...more
Sara
I loved this book! I bought a new app (1.99) called Free Audiobooks for my i-pod touch, yes, I am chuckling at the app called Free Audiobooks that cost me $1.99…. :) Best two bucks ever! All the books are public domain and read by volunteers at Librivox, a total of 2,947 classics! This should keep me entertained and not have to run to the library and download all those cd's to the computer. I liked the library e-version of books you could rent online and in three weeks when your loan was up they...more
aubrey
romantic and sweet. violent and passionate. lovely. this book made me wish that i was raised on stories like this. it was absolutely fascinating!

{....and NOTHING, i repeat NOTHING! like the film version that made me first despise james franco and his ugly crying face. if anyone were to make a film version of this, it would be 4+ hours long and opulent and beautiful..full of dragons and magic and the love and loyalty of friends and family not just the passion of lovers.}

so, why did i not give i...more
Jesse
This was great.

I decided to read this story becasue I'm trying to bone up on my knowledge of the Arturian Legend. And having just read "Le Morte de'Arthur", I couldn't help but notice that there was a huge amount of time spent in that book on Tristram and Iseult (like an entire 3rd of the book!). The names were fairly unfamilar to me, but I felt like the story was just another version of the love triangle between Lancelot, Gwenivere, and Arthur (see my review on "Le Morte de'Arthur"). Also, I of...more
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انتشار 1 7 Nov 28, 2007 11:54PM  
  • Tristan: With the Tristran of Thomas
  • Lancelot: The Knight of the Cart
  • The Quest of the Holy Grail
  • The Romance of Tristan
  • The Lais of Marie de France
  • The Romance of the Rose
  • Parzival
  • The History of the Kings of Britain
  • Le Morte d'Arthur, Vol. 2
  • The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends
  • The Idylls of the Queen: A Tale of Queen Guenevere
  • The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse
  • The Lady of the Lake
  • The Mabinogion
  • Prince of Dreams: A Tale of Tristan and Esyllte
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Bédier was born in Paris, France to Adolphe Bédier, a lawyer of Breton origin, and spent his childhood in Réunion. He was a professor of medieval French literature at the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland (1889–1891) and the Collège de France, Paris (c. 1893).

Modern theories of the fabliaux and the chansons de geste are based on two of Bédier's studies.

Bédier revived interest in several importan...more
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