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The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bédier
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Dec 16, 15

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bookshelves: classics, folk-fairy-myth-legend
Read in January, 2006

a lovely classic and a very poetic/traditional translation. Not quite a modern translation but it definitely seems to carry the depth and grace of the original.

The logic of the lovers in the story is quite muddied and so the story takes a bit of the roundabout nature akin to the arthurian legends or shakespeare, but perhaps mideval lovers are not meant to hang onto logic quite they way we do in modern times.

Regardless, though, it's a real adventure story with magic and myth, battles and great beauty.

I also recently realize that the copy I have is an original printing of the version that Edward Gorey created the cover art for. I'm not sure how much the value is, but it's a wonderful old copy that I should probably not just leave lying around on the bookshelf.

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