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Ivanhoe: (A Modern Library E-Book) [Kindle Edition]

Walter Sir Scott
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Book Description

Hailed by Victor Hugo as 'the real epic of our age,' Ivanhoe was an immensely popular bestseller when first published in 1819. The book inspired literary imitations as well as paintings, dramatizations, and even operas. Now Sir Walter Scott's sweeping romance of medieval England has prompted a lavish new television production.

In the twelfth century, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe returns home to England from the Third Crusade to claim his inheritance and the love of the lady Rowena. The heroic adventures of this noble Saxon knight involve him in the struggle between Richard the Lion-Hearted and his malignant brother John: a conflict that brings Ivanhoe into alliance with the mysterious outlaw Robin Hood and his legendary fight for the forces of good.

'Scott's characters, like Shakespeare's and Jane Austen's, have the seed of life in them,' observed Virginia Woolf. 'The emotions in which Scott excels are not those of human beings pitted against other human beings, but of man pitted against Nature, of man in relation to fate. His romance is the romance of hunted men hiding in woods at night; of brigs standing out to sea; of waves breaking in the moonlight; of solitary sands and distant horsemen; of violence and suspense.' For Henry James, 'Scott was a born storyteller. . . . Since Shakespeare, no writer has created so immense a gallery of portraits.'

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up--This is an excellent abridgment of the classic by Sir Walter Scott. The story line is very smooth and easy to follow. David Warner's reading is perfect. His British accent is easy to understand and adds to the telling of the story. Music added at the beginning and end of each side provides additional atmosphere. There is enough background information at the beginning of the presentation to allow listeners to follow the plot and the characters. This would be an excellent study tool when reading this work as a school assignment. The addition of a vocabulary list might help listeners with some of the unfamiliar words. The story has enough action and romance to make it a good listening experience for a wide range of ages, making it a valuable purchase for school and public libraries.?Pat Griffith, Schlow Memorial Library, State College, PA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The Modern Library is making a killing on TV/feature film tie-ins to classics. Like its recent incarnations of Gulliver's Travels and Emma, this offers a quality hardcover for little more than a paperback price.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 866 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456505483
  • Publisher: Modern Library (October 31, 2000)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1IUY
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,416,546 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and well-loved Classic! September 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I would doubtlessly recommend Ivanhoe to read. History may be often dull but Sir Walter Scott makes history extremely exciting by romanticizing his novel. It directly deals with hatred between the Normans and the Saxons, the discrimination of the Jews, chivalry, and politics--but it is a unforgettable tale of heroism, honor, and love. I felt that the characters were so fascinating and fun to read about. I was enjoying and cheering on the good characters like Ivanhoe, King Richard, and Robin Hood to beat the hated and evil villains. I liked the idea of love added in the story, like how Rowena and Rebecca were both in love with Ivanhoe. I even felt a little sorry for Brian de Bois-Guilbert who would do anything for Rebecca's love but is constantly rejected. I thought how it was appealing how the author questions Ivanhoe and Rebecca's feelings for each other. Suspenseful and action sequences also added entertainment to the story. This book may be a little too detailed for some readers, but I didn't mind. I felt that the details were brilliantly used to decorate the story in an outstanding fashion. The old English wording made me feel like I was actually in the medieval England. I have to admit that it took a great deal of persistence for me to finish this book and it was a challenge for me to read. However, I found Ivanhoe to be a wonderful pleasure. It is no wonder that Ivanhoe is such a well-loved tale!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mother of All Historical Novels! July 13, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not to put too fine a point on it, but this book, by Sir Walter Scott, was the progenitor of what was to become a venerable tradition in English letters (and in other European literatures as well): the historical romance. There have been many after IVANHOE, and frequently with a finer eye to the period in which the tale is set (for IVANHOE contains quite a number of anachronisms -- even Scott acknowledged it), but few have done it quite as well as Scott. He uses an archaic English to give voice to his characters, but one which is readily absorbed because of the speed & quality of the tale. So, though these people certainly wouldn't really have spoken as he has them speaking, they yet sound as though they should have. Peopled by many 'stock' characters and situations, this tale was fresh in its time & still reads well today -- a testament to Scott's skills as a teller of tales and a sketcher of marvelously wrought characters. In this tale of the 'disinherited knight' returning home to find the world he left turned upside down, young Ivanhoe, after a stint with King Richard in the Holy Land, must fight the enemies of his king and kinsmen anew. Yet the hero is oddly sidelined for much of the tale as events swirl around him and the brilliantly evoked villain, Sir Brian de Bois Gilbert, in the pay of Prince John, struggles to win treasure and the beautiful Rebeccah, who yet has eyes only for Ivanhoe, a knight she can never hope to win herself. There's lots of action and coincidences galore here and Robin Hood makes more than a cameo appearance, as does the noble Richard. In sum, this one's great fun, a great tale, and the progenitor of a whole genre. All those which came after owe their form to it. Worth the price and the read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IVANHOE!!! March 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ivanhoe is one of my favorite works. I can't stand to read some of these disparaging reviews. First of all I need to clear something up: Ivanhoe is NOT by any means BORING. It is full of ACTION and EXCITEMENT. What leads some to call it "BOOORING" is really the result of Sir Walter's careful eye for detail. The reader must also keep in mind that Scott was a Romantic, and works of that genre tend to be wordy. Ivanhoe is not a quick read- if you choose to read it, be prepared to spend some quality time with the characters. The only complaint that I have of Scott are the numerous anachronisms- however, they are usually rather slight and should not upset the story's credibility for the reader. On a brighter note, Scott paints realistic, though not three-dimensional, characters who always stay true to themselves. This work is a must-read for those who wish to enhance their literary backgrounds. Having read it, I have come across numerous references and allusions to the story, which I can now fully appreciate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is tolerance the lesson? January 9, 2006
Depending on your tastes Ivanhoe could either be considered a favorite or despised. Make no mistake - for today's average reader "Ivanhoe" is an extremely difficult read. The language was considerd archaic 200 years ago. Also, the reader must have a fair amount of knowledge about the Middle Ages - if you have never heard of the battle of Hasting or why it is significant... this is defintely not the book for you!

Personally, I found "Ivanhoe" to be both enjoyable and enlightening. While I do realize that Sir Walter Scott did make some historical errors - I found his despriction of "the Lists" to be informative.

The quality of the plot for "Ivanhoe" can not be questioned. It has all of the elements for a great read... deceipt, honour, a love triangle, prejuidices, castle sieges and battles to death! Scott's mastery of detail (sometimes a little TOO mastered) engulfs you into the world of the 12th century.

I especially enjoyed the involvement of Robin Hood, Richard The Lionheart and Prince John as main characters. Their historical involvement really helped to hold my interest.

The treatment of Jews is an interesting development throughout "Ivanhoe". Despite all the characters treating people of the jewish faith as sub-human "Ivanhoes" the last three pages show the prejuidices can be overcome and people of different faiths should learn tolerance. This is suprising stuff for the perion in which Sir Walter Scott penned it!

I found "Ivanhoe" to be very enjoyable - and at times a page-turner. The difficulty of the language was a challenge at times (and I am sure their are few plot points that I did miss), but as a whole I would suggest it to all readers who enjoy a bit of a challenge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quick Read
This was a good summary of the events of Ivanhoe and is great for younger readers who want to know what happens in this story but can't find or read the whole novel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by zombie phreak
5.0 out of 5 stars My son LOVES this book!
My now 9 year old brought this book home from school the entire 3rd grade school year and when school ended he had to turn it back into the library so we bought a copy for home. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ashley Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent re-read
I read this classic in high school. Rereading it was most enjoyable. Clearly, the political and social issues were beyond the experience of a 16 year old in 1961 who had a... Read more
Published on December 19, 2012 by Doug Spence
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of humour, a joy for language lovers
I particularly like the detailed descriptions of the characters, the use of ancient language - e.g. "Thou shalt have" - and the humour the book is full of. Read more
Published on June 6, 2011 by VENTURINI VIVIANA
4.0 out of 5 stars Great old English classic.Learn some history
Here is a great old English classic by Sir Walter Scott. In high school our next period Literature class had to read Ivanhoe. I missed it. Read more
Published on March 17, 2011 by Thomas Erickson
2.0 out of 5 stars not so classic
I'll start out by saying I love classics but Ivanhoe fell below my standards.

My main problem with this book is that it is supposed to be an adventure/romance with... Read more
Published on May 15, 2010 by Mark Hanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative at times, Interesting at times and well, too slow at times
I'm glad that I read this book and I think that it had many exciting and enjoyable moments. The characters were interesting, for the most part, although I thought it slightly odd... Read more
Published on July 8, 2008 by HardyBoy64
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic of honor and relationships
Ivanhoe shows up on just about every list of the 100 greatest books ever written. There is good reason for this. Read more
Published on March 23, 2008 by Bobby Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars The words of the wise fool
Beside being a great adventure story, full of chivalry and bold intrigue, the real heart of the story is the dialogue, for Sir Walter Scott would not have crafted it with such care... Read more
Published on March 21, 2006 by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars Considered a Classic for a Reason
It's one of those books I always knew I should read but wasn't sure I wanted to. Then my commute changed from 5 minutes to 30 and I discovered books on tape. Glorious! Read more
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