- Series: Vintage Classics
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (May 31, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679750169
- ISBN-13: 978-0679750161
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Romance of Tristan and Iseult (Vintage Classics) Paperback – May 31, 1994
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The first complete English edition, brilliantly translated....Throughout it retains the beauty and sense of fatality that have made it one of legendary literature's most fascinating tales." -- Time
A tale of chivalry and doomed, transcendent love. The Romance of Tristan and Iseult is one of the most resonant works of Western literature, as well as the basis for our enduring idea of romance. The story of the Cornish knight and the Irish princess who meet by deception, fall in love by magic, and pursue that love in defiance of heavenly and earthly law has inspired artists from Matthew Arnold to Richard Wagner. But nowhere has it been retold with greater eloquence and dignity than in Joseph Bedier's edition, which weaves several medieval sources into a seamless whole, elegantly translated by Hilaire Belloc and Paul Rosenfeld.
"A powerful rendition, an incomparable tale."
-- The New York Times
"Definitely a book to preserve and cherish." -- Chicago Sun
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Been reading lots of epic & romance over the last few years and this one is absolutely special -- it sails.
A handsome paperback volume that deposits you right smack into the age of chivalry & magic from start to end -- with none of the attendant language-puff so many modern translations feel is required.
Belloc's well-known gifts are on full display in this wonderful, non-Wagnerian love story.
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.