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The White Company Paperback – April 30, 2013
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From Library Journal
Despite the enduring popularity of the Holmes and Watson mysteries, Conan Doyle considered these two knight-in-armor stories to be his finest work. When published in 1891, The White Company became Britain's best-selling book since Ivanhoe, surpassing A Tale of Two Cities, Treasure Island, and other literary giants. Oddly, this is the first time the two have ever been collected in a single volume. This dual edition contains an introduction by George MacDonald Fraser.
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This book is a large print version using a minimum of 16 point type in a 6 by 9 inch size and perfect bound - a paperback. As with all Quiet Vision print books, it use a high grade, acid free paper for long life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
All those things were once common in Western literature, but have gradually been removed from much of modern literature - one reason that I enjoyed reading "The White Company". It is also interesting to learn more about the time when it was written - the medieval period of European and English history. There were many words in the book that even the Kindle dictionary couldn't decipher. To me, a book needs to challenge me with ideas, or vocabulary or a new worldview to make it worth reading. This book does.
It is written in (Updated) Early Modern English. (Think a less flowery Shakespeare).
The language alone really shows what Modern English lost.
It is a knightly epic tale, of honor and chivalry for the knights, vs laughter and heroism for the common archers.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a master at larger than life characters in his Sherlock Holmes series, and here again, some of his characters becomes legends on the pages.
It is not a gritty realistic tale, Glenn Cooks's the Black Company is a gritty modern take on this genre. But Glenn Cook took much from Sir Arthur, and when you read the ending, you will discover that Guy Kay took much inspiration from how Sir Arthur wrapped up his characters endings. From George R R Martin's descriptions of heraldry to Bernard Cornwell's English Archers, many of the modern writers of the world have read and learned from this book.
This is a great story, but the format of this book has very small margins and a lot of text on page.
Still it is a book worth getting.
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