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Perceval by John Perkins
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Jun 23, 11

bookshelves: childrens, classics, library-school

In this retelling of an unfinished 12th-century tale, John Perkins attempts to remain faithful to Chretien de Troyes's original while bringing it to a modern audience. Like many of Chretien's romances, the story begins with a young boy (Perceval) seeking out King Arthur's court in order to become a knight. In this case, Perceval is a rather foolish, much too literal, youth who must undergo several trials before maturing. Unlike other knights, Perceval is the only one destined to complete the ultimate quest of Arthurian legend: finding the Holy Grail. The illustrations of Gennady Spirin, although done in traditional medieval style, serve as simple ornamentation to the text and are perhaps too doctrinal for a young, modern audience. While written on an elementary level, the story would best be presented by an enthusiastic reader.

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