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Le Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Malory
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I still have trouble believing I made it all the way through this. I really did have to struggle through it, and I feel bad saying that because this is a classic. It might not be the oldest written form of Arthurian Legend, but it what all others are based on. It's obviously a classic. However, it was written in the 1490s (yes, that's right, I said 1490s). A lot simply wasn't invented yet. For example, the quotation mark, or any punctuation except for a period. Also, there are a lot of archaic words, like "fain", that aren't really used in English anymore. If you're a King Arthur completist and have to read everything ever written concerning him, I'd check this out but you really do have to work at it. If you're looking to kick back and relax you'd be better off reading one of the more modern adaptations, not for the story, just for the language and punctuation which are both huge hurdles.
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message 1: by Elisabeth (new) - added it

Elisabeth M Since you suggested that modern readers might enjoy modern adaptations more than the Malory, I thought I'd recommend one. Check out John Steinbeck (yes - *that* Steinbeck). His version is called *The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights.* Apparently Steinbeck grew up on the Malory and loved it. I've only so far read the first few pages of his retelling, and I can say it's way more engaging (at least, to a contemporary reader), getting at the meaty significance of the events while remaining truthful to the original. A friend recommended it to me because she loves Steinbeck and knows that I'm studying Arthurian legend, and I was surprised I'd never even heard of it before. This is my effort to continue passing the word.


message 2: by Dee (new)

Dee I am a quarter of the way through and having SO much trouble continuing. I love Athurian stories but this one is just so darn hard to get through! Does it get better or should I let it be for now?


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