- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Little Brown & Co (P) (April 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316091464
- ISBN-13: 978-0316091466
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.8 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,057,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel Paperback – April, 1990
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I am most interested in Arthur, as opposed to all of the ancillary characters, so Arthuriana that focuses more on others, with Arthur as a symbol but not a realized human being, is not satisfying to me. This is why I love Stewart's Arthurian Cycle and White's book (because, even though there's a focus on other characters later in White, Arthur's character is well-established and his sensibility and the reader's appreciation for him is what makes the book so powerful). I have mixed feelings about Berger's Arthur--in some ways he's simplistically rendered and a non-entity, but there is power in that simplicity, particularly in the final chapters of the novel, as Arthur's dream begins to crash around him.
I'm still processing the depiction of Lancelot and Guinevere's relationship. I appreciate Berger's take on it as being more about power dynamics and desires to control or be controlled than about love, but those dynamics make it more difficult to be sympathetic to either character or the betrayal of their husband/best friend.
But I'm very glad that Berger gives Gawaine his due. Stewart's cycle focuses on the twisted aspects of the Orkney clan's dynamic, and Gawaine loses much of his charm. It's refreshing to read a portrayal as filled with affection and admiration for the character as Berger's. In the end, however, I think he paints himself into a corner.Read more ›
It is a mystery why this book was not well received when it was published, as it deserves a better fate. Maybe future generations will rediscover it and know it for the masterpiece it is. In my view, it is Berger's best book.
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Inasmuch as Mr. Berger wrote this re-telling of the Arthurian legend between iterations of Little Big Man, it is an impressive demonstration of his range. Read morePublished 13 months ago by James M. Gilligan
This mildly provocative retelling of Malory's Le Mort D'Arthur took me by surprise--I liked it more than I expected to. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Deb Oestreicher
Takes some getting used to, but I really enjoyed this different style of writing and presentation of King Arthur's legend.Published 20 months ago by TechGoddess
Great read for those who haven't been exposed to King Arthur and the nights of the round table. Written in the manner in which they spoke at that time. Read morePublished 21 months ago by GiselW
Great novel. Makes the legends come alive. The last line is one of the best last lines EVER.Published 21 months ago by Thomas L. Snyder
Could not get into it. I rarely do not finish a book - this was onePublished 23 months ago by vanessa
In spite of the occasional humorous sections and the all-too-current exploration of whether even a good government can lift humans above their baser selves, ultimately the cynicism... Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by Virginia L. Yingling
This book was a big disappointment to me. I had always had respect for the chivalry of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table, but the bawdy tales in this book left a lot... Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by Charles Leland