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  • By Leverett Butts
    May 24, 2012
    Thirty-five years ago, Richard Monaco published his first novel,Parsival Or a Knight's Tale. This re-imagining of the Arthurian/Grail myth became an instant best-seller, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and spawned four sequels (the third of which was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist). Now, Monaco has returned to medieval England to tell another of Parsival's "lost" adventures (the fourth book, Blood and Dreams, told of an adventure occurring just before the second book, The Grail War). Though this story takes place literally minutes after ending of the first novel, it works equally well as a standalone novel. All of the pertinent information a reader would need from the first book is so seamlessly wound into the narrative that the new reader is never left with the feeling that he or she is coming in on the second act of a five act play. This book deals with far more than just a retelling of the Holy Grail story,though. It uses the Percival legend to examine man's conflict... More > between his duty to his family, his country and himself as Parsival decides to leave his home in an attempt to regain his lost innocence and set his life on a better path. The relationship between Parsival and his wife, Layla, brings up questions of marital fidelity, both physical and emotional. Finally, Parsival's estranged relationship with his son Lohengrin (which reaches its climax in later volume) becomes a frank look at how even the best of us can, through our own self absorption, fail as parents despite all our best intentions. This book is just as good (and in many ways even better) than any of the previous volumes. Monaco has not lost his touch; he's gotten better with age.< Less
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First Edition
Richard J. Monaco
May 22, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.33 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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