Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ivanhoe



Author: Sir Walter Scott
Genre: Adventure
My rating on a 1-10 scale: 8
Type: Fiction
Number of pages: 435
Time period: 1200
Main characters: Ivanhoe, Black Knight, Rebecca, Rowena (hate that name!), John, Front-de-Boeuf, more
Exciting events: Battles between knights and so much more!
Passage from book: A fight between knights is as follows: The trumpets had no sooner given the signal, than the champions vanished from their posts with the speed of lightning, and closed in the center of the lists with the shcok of a thunderbolt. The lances burst into shivers up to the very grasp, and it seemed at the moment that both knights had fallen, for the shock made each horse recoil backwards upon its haunches. The address of the riders recovered their steeds by use of the bridle and spur; and having glared on each other for an instant with eyes which seemed to flash fire through the bars of their visors, each made a demi-volte, and, retiring to the extremity of the lists, received a fresh lance from the attendents.
My overall opinion: A good book. I had trouble getting into it at first...but by the time I was 2/3 through, I was interested. There is a good movie that corresponds with the book, you can find a bit more out about the movie on my Favorite Movies page.  

3 comments:

OldFashionedCharm said...

I've seen the 1982 film version with Anthony Andrews (aka The Scarlet Pimpernel) and really enjoyed the basic storyline. Ivanhoe is on my want-to-read-someday list. There's just so many books and so little time!

~Miss Laurie

Charity U said...

Okay, I haven't seen that version! In fact, I didn't (ahem) know about it! I'll have to look into it...see if it's on Netflix.

Alexandra said...

I love the 1982 version with Anthony Andrews...I have the book but have never actually read it. :-) Is Rowena that likeable in the book? Because she isn't in the movie. IMO. :-)