トリスタンとイズー 単行本 – 1989/12
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A re-telling of one of the greatest romantic tragedies of legend. Rosemary Sutcliff has written numerous books of historical fiction for children. She is the winner of the Carnegie Medal and of The Other Award and in 1975, she was awarded an OBE for her services to children's literature. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
The language used by the author seems typical of early twentieth century novels about the exploits of King Arthur. Although the language may seem old fashioned at times, this doesn’t restrain the author. She includes some gore and bloodshed, as befits a story about conflicts between Ireland, Cornwall and Brittany in the dark ages. The characters seem accurate to the time and the setting seems well researched by the author.
Spoiler alert. If your beloved passed in the recent past, the last part of this story will make you tear up. But if you would like to read a sweet story about a love triangle in the days of Arthur, this should be a good novel for you. If you want to read about constant battling with spilled blood and guts during the age of Arthur, this novel will not satisfy you.
I very much enjoyed reading this short novel despite having read a version of the legend previously. I give it a three rating because it is not really a fresh approach to the story, but rather a retelling.
This ageless story of ill-fated romance speaks to us across the centuries, thanks to Sutcliff's superb linguistic tapestry; she weaves revealing understatement with gracious descriptions of both terrestrial and maritime settings. No need has she for the famous love potion, taken as a remedy for sea sickness by King Marc's loyal vassal. Tristan's "crime" is all the more heinous because in ancient literature the most sacred human relationship is not the father-son, but the uncle-nephew; thus to betray one's uncle (or 2nd father)is unthinkable.
Tristan and Iseult's anguished lives and broken hearts are the result of their own actions and unbridled emotions, not a brew consumed in error. Tristan may roam the celtic world all his life, but he can never pluck her image from his noble heart. Only the reader may judge which of the two damsels--Iseult of Cornwall or Iseult of the White Hands--loves him more. Or does his greater injury. This edition could be slightly improved if it included a map of his journeys, since most Americans are not that familiar with Brittanic geography. But the tale is timeless, the narrative exquisite and their love survives beyond the grave. For adult readers of all ages.