- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books (1960)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000TXK1KC
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,558,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Romance of Tristan and Iseult Paperback – 1960
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More than a mere "love story," this is a philosophical exploration of the human soul. Are Tristan and Iseult really guilty of adultery? Do they have a free will? Do they truly love each other, or is their affair nothing but a sorcerous delusion? Is King Mark the villain of the story, or is this a tale beyond conventional heroism or villainy?
Readers familiar with the Arthurian legend will quickly draw parallels between Tristan and Iseult and Lancelot and Guinevere, whose tragic love brought Camelot to its knees. Indeed, Malory cites Tristan (whom he refers to as "Tristram") as a knight of such prowess and nobility that he is second only to Lancelot himself--and a close second at that.
If you are a dreamer, a hopeless romantic, this is the book you've been looking for.
Bedier's translation (which was then translated by Hilaire Belloc and completed by Paul Rosenfeld) has repainted "Tristan and Iseult" into a truly living piece of mythology. Presented with exquisite detail, and with portions of the story even my four previous readings had never uncovered, this is, I believe, how the tale was meant to be told.
The achetypal doomed-romance, "Tristan and Iseult" is the well-known tale of the romance between those two lovers, born of a magical philtre, and doomed in the face of Iseult's marriage to King Mark. The age of chivalry practically shines from the pages, and the heart-wrenching story itself is a joy to read, with only a few bumps and jolts of prose along the way (likely, I imagine, translation difficulties).
If you are at all interested in mythology, especially that of Arthurian theme or times, Bedier's translation of "Tristan and Iseult" is the one for you. You won't be disappointed.
"Tristan & Iseult" is fast-paced and beautiful. It is also an invaluable tale to read as an example of the archetypes and symbols of the tragic hero, imbedded Christ imagery, woman on a pedestal, etc.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Hard to find. Worth a read. Every kid should have to read in school.Published 6 months ago by Devan L.
Been reading lots of epic & romance over the last few years and this one is absolutely special -- it sails. Read more
I've never read a love story that had more of an impact on me than Bedier's Tristan and Iseult. It is a beautiful book and a quick read, so you've really no excuse in not giving it... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Me
Perfect story of two lovers who will stop at nothing to be together. I strongly recommend this to everyone :)Published 13 months ago by Ellen Corcoran
I love this romance story. The book and movie were great. The only promblem I had was translating some words into modern language bit besides thst it was good.Published 21 months ago by ariel