Monday, October 31, 2011

The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True

The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True
by Gerald Morris
Houghton Mifflin, 2011. 118 pgs. Fiction.

Morris here retells the ancient story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight for little dudes. In this version, Gawain starts out as Sir Gawain the Undefeated, so sure of himself and of the saving-the-fair-damsel drill that he is deeply discourteous to a lady whom he has delivered from a dragon. Soon after the Green Knight appears, offering to let a knight chop his head off if a year hence the champion will put his neck on the block at the Knight's Green Chapel. The story proceeds as outlined, but with lots more laughs than the original. Youngsters should enjoy the adventure and the humor of Gawain's adventures, and will learn much about knightly honor as Gawain allows himself to be defeated for friendship's sake, and becomes Sir Gawain the True. This book is the third in Morris's The Knight's Tales, but the books may be read in any order.

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