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Viva, Richard Monaco!,
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This review is from: Parsival: Or, A Knight's Tale (Kindle Edition)
I came to Richard Monaco's most famous book in a roundabout way, beginning with a shorter 'interquel' written decades later and entitled Blood and Dreams: Lost Years 2. I did this for two reasons: Parsival appears, when downloaded, in a tiny unreadable font that I didn't know I could change. And, two, The interquel was billed as a standalone novel...a difficult trick to pull off. If Monaco could do that, I figured, I'd read Parsival with a magnifying glass. I was enthralled, in Blood and Dreams, by his sly use of a Chandleresque first person voice in a medieval setting...by the character of Parsival...by the riveting action scenes...and by the beauty of the prose. Onward to Monaco's epic Japanese novel, Dead Blossoms. By now, hooked, I had to read this book.
End of back story. Once I learned that I could indeed change the type size and font on my Kindle, I was ready to go. Be prepared to do the same and you'll find yourself enthralled in a deeply moving and beautiful tale that is at once a portrait of the hero's loss of innocence and a rousing adventure story. Parsival may appear to be a 'holy fool' at times--but, in fact, he's never more dangerous than when he seems to be not wholly 'there'--when he's engrossed in a sunset or in tune with his surroundings, he can turn in a very relaxed sort of way to a hatchet whizzing toward his face--or a red knight who's just appeared, out of the blue, at his side. The fight's on. And so is the lovable hero's attempt to learn if he's actually having true Anglo Saxon-style sex.
And the writing? I've never read a novel I've highlighted even half as much. Read this book. And be grateful that, after an inactive spell that lasted through most of the 90s, Richard Monaco has roared with a vengeance back into Active mode. New books with renewed vitality. I can hardly wait to dig into the next.