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The Quest of the Holy Grail (Penguin Classics) Paperback – February 28, 1969
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I've read this to 7-9 y.o.'s in a summer camp and they loved it. I've assigned it to undergrads and they universally thought it was a wonderful read. If you have a teen or pre-teen who is into Harry Potter, throw this at him/her, along with Cretien de Troyes.
One more thing--maybe a quibble, but some reviewers have called this a novel. It's not. The novel did not come into existence as a separate literary form until much later. The big difference is that the romance is based on the oral and literary traditions of previous centuries that extend back hundreds of years, while the novel was something new--new characters, new scenarios, new settings. Also, while "fictional" to us, Arthurian material wasn't necessary so at the time works like the Quest were written. Contemporaries believed that maybe parts were embellished, but the figures were real.
I became very interested with Arthurian literature and with the Quest. I've read many books, and this is the one I have liked best. This book is the full version of the quest that Thomas Mallory included in his book La Morte d'Arthur. So the storyline is somewhat different than it's near predecessors Chretien de Troyes and W. Von Eschenbach. I find this one the deepest in terms of symbolism, and the most valuable one.
For those who would like to go a bit back in time to Merlin's origin, the beginning of King Arthur, etc, you can find that in the book from Robert de Boron.