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  • Posted September 2, 2010

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    Great Interpretation of the Legend

    This book was really good. For all you fans of the movie Tristan and Isolde (I being one of them) you will find that it only bears the slightest resemblance to that, story-wise. Rosemary Sutcliff tells a really good story here though and I definitely recommend it.

    Tristan is the unwanted son of a Celtic king. His mother died delivering him into the world, and it saddens the king so much to see him that his very name means "sorrow." Tristan is great at fighting, hunting, and all hero-like activities. He also plays the harp. When Tristan is an adolescent, he sets out to serve the king of Cornwall as a warrior, keeping his identity a secret so he can be judeged as a man and not a prince. King Mark of Cornwall is impressed with Tristan's skills and soon grows to love him as his own son.

    Tristan eventually meets the king of Ireland's daughter, Iseult, a beautiful princess with red hair. Fate seems bent on keeping them apart because as soon as they realize their love for each other, Iseult must marry King Mark. Rosemary Sutcliffe has a way with words and weaving her story together deftly. The plot was good and something was always happening, so I couldn't put it down. On the other hand, I didn't really like any of the characters. Iseult was selfish and spiteful and at times I felt throttling Tristan. King Mark just annoyed me.

    I would recommend this book for ages ten and up. There are some mature themes but the reading level isn't that hard. I think anyone can appreaciate this version of the original tale of star-crossed lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2003

    Great, yet sad

    Tristan and Iseult was a great book! I liked the romance and the adventure. Though I didn't like Iseult White-Hands the moment she came into the story. I recommend it to everybody who likes adventures and romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2002

    Before Arthur and Guinevere and Lancelot, ..

    This is written in a style easily understood by the modern reader, which still allows a feeling of what such life would have been like, as well as being a marvellous legend in it's own right.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    How great is Triatsan and Isulet?

    The story of Tristan and Isulet is a pretty believable, but also there are a couple of parts that makes you think. But There was plenty of action and love. I personally wasn't crazy about the love part, but others would love it. I recommend this book to all. I deffiantle do. Enjoy.

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