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Parzival: The Quest of the Grail Knight

by Katherine Paterson

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In Parzival, Katherine Paterson retells the adventurous stories of a thirteenth century story. It is the legend of a nobleman who does not know his true identity. He seeks out the noble virtues such as chivalry and honor in order to be part of King Arthur’s court. The story is interesting from a historical point of view, as it is set in the Middle Ages. There are battles, enchanted castles, kings and queens. The main character’s father has been murdered and his single mother was left to take care of herself. She has tried to over shelter him and protect him from harm, but he is determined to find the training and skill that he needs to regain his dignity and place in society. There are magical elements in the story, and a sense that destiny marks his way. The story is an excellent representation of how classical literature represents the ideals of an era. Although the binding is lightweight and easy to carry, I thought some colored illustrations would have added to the content of the book, since it could represent the traditional artistic elements of the Middle Ages.
Ages: 7 and Up ( )
  ElenaEstrada | Nov 6, 2011 |
This is a good retelling of an old story. Although the story is weak at times, it follows the Arthurian legend well. ( )
  mrsarey | May 28, 2008 |
A good retelling of the story of Parzival. Begins with his decision to become a knight of the Round Table, and then his dealings with the grail. I preferred the version in Parsifal's Page by Gerald Morris. This version had all the heroics and the emotion, but not the humor in Morris's book. ( )
  cmbohn | Sep 29, 2006 |
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For Christopher Franceschelli with admiration, gratitude, and affection.
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In the ancient days, when Arthur was king of Britain, there lived a boy who had never heard of the great son of Pendragon or of his bold knights.
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Acclaimed storyteller and Newbery medalist Katherine Paterson breathes new life into this classic tale of action, adventure, and romance. Raised in the wilderness, Parzival knows nothing of his destiny as the Grail Knight--the one who is fated to seek the sacred vessel of hope and eternal life. To succeed in his quest, Parzival must struggle against countless obstacles. His triumphant story is one that will move readers to joy and despair, laughter and tears.

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A retelling of the Arthurian legend in which Parzival, unaware of his noble birth, comes of age through his quest for the Holy Grail.

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