- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 10, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016V7ZPSW
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This book is reminiscent of A Medieval Home Companion by Tania Bayard. The translated advice of an older husband to his young wife.
Ethan's book is a touching letter to loved ones. A nice addition to my library.
This is the story of a knight who knows that he will likely perish in a looming battle and has sat down to put on paper everything he has learned about life from his own mentors and experiences. This is the thread connecting each of the chapters and it is enjoyable if sparse and simple. In each chapter, the knight tackles a different virtue or character trait, using anecdotes to illustrate points and instruct his readers in how to live a good and honorable life.
My hat is off to Hawke for attempting such a book, especially as an actor who would surely face even more scrutiny for daring to have an interest in another art form. It is inherently dangerous to write moral instruction. The author can seem pretentious or pedantic and it is a testament to Hawke's steady hand that RULES FOR A KNIGHT never comes off as either. Is he breaking new ground and giving us the key to life we've all been looking for? No. Most of what's in here can be found in any number of similar texts that are or are not fictional. But Hawke presents familiar lessons in unique ways, offering clever illustrative stories. I found myself underlining sentences or paragraphs that said something I'd heard before but put it so beautifully or freshly that I was moved to mark them for future reference. I have to say, that is no small accomplishment.
No adult is going to read this and be swept away by plot or character. Know that going in. You'll read this with great pleasure, though. I'd describe it as something like a daily reader, something you might keep on an end table and read a random chapter from once in a while. It's also a book that can, and is largely intended to, be read to and with children. My son is six and is probably a little too young for it, but I still think I'll give it a try with him. Whether he fully grasps it now or not, I know that I'll read it with him in the future and that we'll probably return to it frequently together. It's not beyond the realm of possibility that I might turn to a chapter of this book to help him with some future problem.
I want to note the lovely, minimalist design of the book as a physical object; and, along with that, it cannot be left unsaid that Ryan Hawke's illustrations prefacing each chapter are lovely and tonally perfect for the material.
RULES FOR A KNIGHT would make a good book for yourself or an excellent gift for adult friends (with or without children), nieces and nephews, grandkids, groomsmen, etc. It's rather universal in its appeal and seems the kind of text just about anyone would like to have on their shelf.