book 16: The Squire’s Tale

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The Squire’s Tale by Gerald Morris

For years, my sister raved about Morris’ Arthurian series. I liked Sir Thomas Malory‘s version but got a little tired of reading so many variations.

But since I’m going on a surfeit of reading, I’d thought I’d pick it up.

The author explains that he wanted to restore some of Sir Gawain’s honor and I think he did so with this retelling. The story is about Terence, an orphan, who signs on as Sir Gawain’s squire. He adjusts to courtly world of Camelot and grows up while questing with the knights.

It’s packed with knightly adventuring and unsettling moments with dire eels (or something). There is humor but it’s not quite as cynical as Monty Python or White‘s version. There are some genuinely magical elements but for the most part, it is pretty down-to-earth.

I rather like it that Terence, the young protagonist, didn’t undergo lengthy episodes of self-pity or petulant anger. Cool kid.

After I finished it, I called my sister and insisted that Morris was as much fun as Malory.

My sister, not as smug as she had every right to be, assured me that the second book is even better.


2 thoughts on “book 16: The Squire’s Tale

    rs said:
    March 4, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    wow, you do mention me in your blogs. Glad you liked it, and yes, I am smug, I’ve told you for years about how awesome it was 😀

    Murcia responded:
    March 4, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    You were 100% right. I try to be careful about what I say but yeah, I do.

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