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The Adventures of Robin Hood: An English Legend

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Recounts the life and adventures of Robin Hood, who, with his band of followers, lived as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest dedicated to fight against tyranny.
Hardcover, The World's Best Reading, 318 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Reader's Digest Association (first published 1917)
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Tiffany
Sep 13, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: classic book lovers, people who love an adventure
I grew up with all the knowledge of Robin Hood, as my Uncle is a huge Robin Hood afficianado... I knew who all the Merry Men were, saw all the films, he even had a little old play set of Robin Hood (we girl cousins fought over who got to be Maid Marion), and I don't know how many times I have seen the Disney cartoon version... Maybe 15? To this day, the theme whistle in the movie is the one you will catch my Uncle whistling as he goes about his work... He even had a costume when I was a kid, tha ...more
Dryden Robinson
Mar 01, 2016 Dryden Robinson rated it it was amazing
An 1902 novel written like a 12th-century piece of history. This book was amazing, but like so many others was very difficult to read. If you are looking for a challenge that involves folklore, legend, heroism and action, then this is for you. While not the original Robin Hood text, this is a very close second. It follows the adventures of our beloved hero and his band of Merry Men, along with many old characters not depicted in movies.
The book opens on Robin's home in the forest of Locksley, w
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Cory
Jun 15, 2014 Cory rated it liked it
Shelves: classic
Stephen King once claimed that if you had to look up the word for your writing, it was the wrong word. I am paraphrasing quite a bit with that, but I think I've communicated the gist of his words well enough. The book starts slowly and eventually does grip you in some places, but the author's use of "Ye Olden time" English does distract heavily from the story itself. You can just see him sitting there with a dictionary and a thesaurus, editing his manuscript again and again to find more archaic ...more
Christy
May 07, 2014 Christy rated it it was amazing
There are more than 100 of editions of Robin Hood on Goodreads, written by at least 100 different authors–everybody from Walt Disney to Alexandre Dumas. Who knew that so many people had taken pen in hand to tell the Robin Hood legend? So I don’t know how Paul Creswick’s version compares with the others, but as a stand-alone novel, it’s excellent.
During the time that I’ve been reading it, Chuck and I have been listening to the audio version of Ivanhoe (only one version, by Sir Walter Scott) and
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Kirsten
Amidst a vast array of Robin Hood tales that the early 1900s unfolds, Creswick's Hood is as good as they come. Say not that the story starts too slow! Perhaps there are chapters before Robin dons the Lincoln green, but for all that the tale depth along the way. Dive into the struggle of the son of a Saxon lord suffering with the degrading of justice because he is not Norman. Find what friendships are formed in the meeting of those who share the same longing for the return of true justice. Linger ...more
Melana
Mar 17, 2016 Melana rated it really liked it
" The Adventures of Robin Hood: An English Legend", by Paul Creswick tells the story of the man who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. The story takes you through ups and downs as Robin Hood does his thing. WARNING: This book is challenging. It is set a long time ago, so all the words are a bit weird to the twenty first century vocabulary. Even though this is a slight promblem to a little people, but it's still a very good book. If you like a book about a hero who fights against tyranny a ...more
Ariana
Aug 30, 2015 Ariana rated it liked it
It was nice to read an early tale of Robin Hood. The remakes I'm familiar with all have much of the same story and characters so it wasn't a strange read for me but it wasn't a boring one, either. The language is archaic so it takes a bit of time to get used to it, and definitely a lot more concentration, but the beauty of the adventure story isn't lost to me despite that.

It was interesting to see how Robin started off as a small boy then grew into the man who lead his group, and it was fun to
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Ian Baaske
I'm not sure how this book made it into the Reader's Digest Classics Library. My guess is Paul Crestwick IV curated the collection. While Robin Hood is a classic story, this is not a classic telling. There are a few kind of cool moments, like when Robin of Locksley's household is besieged by the sheriff and they fight their way out. Or when Robin Hood joins with his outlaw predecessor Will O' The Green for a battle with the sheriff's men. But the violent, detailed battles are the exception. Many ...more
Gary
Apr 29, 2014 Gary rated it liked it
Obviously, the story here is familiar. This is not a re-imagining of Robin Hood, it's a simple re-telling, a collection of many of the original tales in a single place.

The first thing any reader will notice is the style. This book was written in the early 20th century, but it written in a deliberately archaic style, and it's difficult to read or get involved in.

The story starts when Robin is just a boy, well before his days as an outlaw. The opening chapters are structured very much like a moder
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St-Michel
Aug 08, 2008 St-Michel rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, own
Having only ever known the legends of Robin Hood from movies (i.e. mostly the Disney animation, and no, Dake, I have never seen the Kevin Costner one, but have sure heard that putrid Bryan Adams song more than enough times in my life), I have really never known much of the legends save what everyone knows: the basic characters; how Robin split a shaft in twain and so on and so on. There is so much in this book, which from what I've read and come to understand, is one of the better takes on the l ...more
Colin
I just finished this book for the first time since I was a child. I didn't remember much of it from then and most of what I thought I knew of the book is based on movies I've seen since.

The book is VERY different than the currently popular view of Robin Hood. For one thing, while he does rob only those with some money, he is not as liberal with those funds as we tend to think of him now. I'd thought of him (and he has frequently been depicted) as actively seeking out the poor to bestow charity o
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Brandon Tyler
Feb 02, 2016 Brandon Tyler rated it really liked it
I noticed that there was a ring to it like it had no other reason. I wonder if they are going to make a movie ! I was reminded that this story reflects on my life. I think this story should be longer than it is. I realized that's this story had a lot of volunteers for fighting in the army
Kendra Ardnek
Jul 08, 2015 Kendra Ardnek rated it it was amazing
This is my my favorite version of Robin Hood. I prefer Pyle's version of Will Scarlett, but I love the Maid Marian Arch in this one.
Sam Frankenstein
Jun 23, 2015 Sam Frankenstein rated it it was amazing
I thought that this was a wonderful and excellent retelling of the Robin Hood legend. The vernacular may have been a bit old school, but I found it easy to understand and I loved how the characters were portrayed. Robin was every bit the witty and funny charmer I picture him to be, Friar Tuck had the attitude I like so much and associate with him, and Marian was actually pretty tough and independent compared to how women were usually portrayed in old legends (despite many retellings being writte ...more
Christopher
Apr 22, 2014 Christopher rated it really liked it
As good a telling of the Robin Hood story as any, this is a classic and must read for the Locksley aficionado.
Alial El
May 28, 2012 Alial El rated it it was amazing


The book was extremely good, I expected to be a boring story with the same reoccurring themes that many robin hood stories have. Such as robin hood being an archer, him stealing and what not and his quarrels with the Sheriff, but this book was much more than that. It showed robin hood as a fair and noble man and displayed just how witty and clever he was. He interacted with the characters and almost always found a friend within an enemy w/ the exception of a few of course. Overall it was a good
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Rd.djunaedi
Mar 17, 2010 Rd.djunaedi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku ini menceritakan kisah hidup Robin, mulai dari dia kecil, kehidupan keluarga, kisah cinta, pertemuannya dengan rekan-rekannya di sherwood,duel-duel nya dengan ksatria kerajaan.

Bahkan buku ini menambahkan epilog, dimana pada epilog ini diceritakan bagaimana kisah hidup Robin berakhir secara tragis karena pengkhianatan. Sebuah kisah akhir yang sangat jarang diceritakan pada versi Robin Hood lainnya, baik cetak maupun elektronik.

Buku yang cocok untuk anda yang menggemari kisah klasik, anda aka
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Timothy Boyd
Feb 10, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it liked it
Very good telling of the Robin Hood stories. Nice and quick read. Recommended
Franz
Jan 17, 2015 Franz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am happy I picked this up and read it; it is quite different than the movies I have seen. The first half of the book deals with how Robin became Robin Hood; it is the story of his youth. The end includes an epilogue that tells how he died.

Camilla
Aug 28, 2012 Camilla rated it really liked it
I really loved reading this book. It was adventurous and humorous and all-around exciting. A very light read, despite the sad parts of the story. It was more interesting to me to read the scholarly essay at the end describing the legend of Robin Hood and why it came to be after I had read through the story. That way I was able to appreciate the mindset of the people in real life who would have lauded Robin Hood as a legendary hero. The historical perspective made the story all the more enthralli ...more
Claire
Jun 09, 2014 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-audiobooks
It was about what you would expect. Lots of running around in the forest~
Sarah
Jan 01, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-self
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Nancy St. Clair
Feb 25, 2011 Nancy St. Clair rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, classics
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Jenna Rose
Sep 20, 2010 Jenna Rose rated it it was amazing
Just finished. This is the Robin Hood of my childhood and it went to fast, but it gave me the relaxing diversion I sought, my own imagination adding to it I am certain. NC Wyeth's Illustrations a delight, the scent of the leather binding so sensuous. Now if i can just get my hands on the edition by one of my most favorite authors, Alexander Dumas, I shall once again journey back in time!
Arya
Jun 07, 2010 Arya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, adventure
When I first finished this book I considered it a five star story, however now that I know that there are several different versions of Robin Hood I will admit that it wasn't as good as it could have been. I adore Robin Hood so I loved the story, but it was rather slow in places and could have been much, much better. I will try a different version and see how they compare. . .
Jennifer
Oct 12, 2015 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Eh. Not a particularly enjoyable read.
Tasha
Aug 29, 2011 Tasha rated it it was ok
This was just ok. The language was especially hard for the girls to follow and I had to answer a lot of question they had because they couldn't quite figure out what was going on. It is a lot different than the Disney-fied version (aren't they all?). Now I can say that I've read it, though.
Jon
Jun 09, 2009 Jon rated it liked it
Written in like 1902 or something eh? The old English lingo and setting is a welcome escape from ones own world (thats the point of reading isn't it?)
Though, I wish I'd never heard of Robin Hood before and this would have been a lot more fun. It was still a good read with plenty of blood.
Ian
Nov 01, 2013 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
critanya tentang robin hood, kira2 uda tau lah kayak gmana; yg parah mao printing ny hahahahahaha banyak yg salah penempatan paragraf lah, penerjemahan yg aneh lah, sampe puyeng bacanya hohohohohoho
untung beli ny diskonan , ehhhh apa gara2 ini diskonan makanya gw dpt yg edisi rusak ya????
Zane
Feb 17, 2013 Zane rated it really liked it
This was the Robin Hood I read in the 6th grade, and it was such a cool book that I cried when we finished it. The interwoven themes of love, espionage, and virtue make this a must-read for all middle schoolers. Hail the noble thief of Nottingham Forest, Sir Robin Fitzooth of Locksley!
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