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Perceval ou le conte du graal (French Edition) (French) Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 2013
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Another thing you should know is that the book was never finished by its author, and this can be quite frustrating. It does add some uninvited mystery, for better or worse, but you'll be kept hanging by the time you're done with Chrétien de Troyes' final work.
What to expect? Roughly:
- Perceval's story
- Gawain's adventures
Both of which are made of various adventures usually involving young ladies in distress, mysterious castles, prideful knights, fights, and some magic.
The book contains the original version - on the left page - and the modern French translation - on the right page. It's written in verse (the translator(s) chose meaning over rhyming, so you don't get thousands of lines in flat rhymes, which I wouldn't complain about).
If you've read and liked previous works by this author, you won't be disappointed (apart from the fact that the book was never finished, that is). And, should read this, you'll be haunted by the bleeding lance and the mysterious grail forever, since we'll never know what the author was going to do with these things.
Summing up: classic Arthurian adventures, Perceval and Gawain, a non-finished epic. If you can deal with the latter, then do read this, but I'd recommend reading previous works by the same author before you get to that. Something like Lancelot would be a great place to start (at least it's a finished work).