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The Legend Of The Wandering King [Anglais] [Relié]

Laura Gallego Garcia

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1 août 2005
A prince with more power than heart ... a poet who may be mad ... and a carpet containing all of human history combine in this brilliant new fantasy by one of Spain's brightest young writers.

Walid was a model prince: handsome, intelligent, skilled in the arts of warfare and poetry. But the kingdom boasted one greater poet than he, and out of jealousy Walid cursed the man to create an impossible work of art: a carpet showing the history of the entire human race. The poet died weaving it. Men went mad seeing it. And when it is stolen, Walid discovers his life's quest: to recover the carpet and earn forgiveness for his mistakes. Inspired by the story of a real king of pre-Muslim Arabia, LEGEND is a magical fantasy, a meditation on destiny, and an utterly thrilling adventure.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Wonderful Fable 10 juin 2006
Par SeussFan - Publié sur
I am a children's librarian who was enthralled with this book. It is a neatly-worked-out fable that explores jealousy and desire, inspiration, and how a man can redeem a life in which he destroyed others through arrogance and envy.

I believe some previous reviewers have been too harsh. The characters are flat because this is the working out af a folk tale, not meant to be a modern novel. The book is populated by characters which are "types" and includes some unbelievable coincidences precisely because the plot supersedes the characterization and setting. Great works such as "Everyman" and "Pilgrim's Progress" are similarly constructed.

I would encourage readers to give this one a try--I think they will be pleasantly surprised.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wandering king delivers a stunning story about redemption 8 février 2006
Par P. Hardy - Publié sur
The Legend of the wandering King is certainly a treat for the senses. The story amply describes the life of a very conceited and self-confident prince name Walid, who proceeds to hold a poetry contest at the command of his father when he wishes to go to Ukaz to express his love of poetry through these means. He is beaten by a man named Hammad, whose poetry greatly overcomes Walid and swaying the crowd and judges with his poetry. The prince holds the contest two more times before finally giving up and appoints Hammad master of the archives. His first task is to put the vast archives back into order. From there `King' Walid grows angry at the news that Hammad has completed his task in reorganizing the archives. In another way to make Hammad suffer, he orders the now older man to create a carpet containing the entire human race. From there Walid's world crumbles around him as he begins to regret the atrocious deeds against Hammad. The book is quiet short but gives out plentiful description of Walid's life after the fall of his kingdom and his exploits through the desert as he strives to regain the carpet Hammad created.

The storyline is well thought out, as you try to figure out Walid's true purpose every time he meets Hammad's sons with every detour he makes. The characters, were at first hard to relate with seeing that; Walid was very vain and full of himself. But as the story progresses Walid begins to become more of a likable character, and you relate with his turmoil and regrets for his past deeds.

The description of each world Walid enters under his alias is beautiful, you can picture it clearly in your mind. All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good fantasy that's earth bound. Sure there's little or no poetry but this shouldn't bother anyone looking for a story and not poetry. (February 3d 2006)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best books Ever!!!! 18 septembre 2005
Par blbooks - Publié sur
THE LEGEND OF THE WANDERING KING by Laura Gallego Garcia and translated into English by Dan Bellm is simply one of the best books that I've read this year. Set in pre-Islamic Arabia (5th to 6th century C.E.) it follows the adventure quest and life journey of a young Arabian prince, Walid ibn Hujr. Walid has always dreamed of being great-great man, great poet, great ruler-yet when he lets human emotions (particularly jealousy, fear, and revenge) reign over him, embittering him, he realizes that he is anything but great. And then comes a remarkable chance to redeem himself: a magic carpet has been stolen...there begins Walid's lifelong quest to find and return the carpet to its rightful matter what it costs him.

THE LEGEND OF THE WANDERING KING reads like a fairy tale; it is a tale of mythological proportions.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing book written by a 24 year old 12 février 2014
Par M. H Shamp - Publié sur
This story shows such wisdom and understanding that it is beyond description, and to think that the author published it when she's only 24 years old! (According to Wikipedia) She is like a Jane Austen! This is one of the few books that makes you feel like your eyes are opened and you finally are seeing humanity in its flawed glory for the first time. The beauty of the Arabian kings and deserts and people -- it is like Arabian nights, but more modern, more in depth, and more amazing! I have read mountains of young adult books, and this one is one of those very few who knocks me off my seat! Wow!

I am learning Spanish right now, and I'm getting the Spanish version to study it!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Greatest Book in the World! 7 décembre 2005
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur
The Legend of the Wandering King, by Laura Gallego Garcia, is a great story that is set in Arabia in the past. Walid ibn Hujr is the main character and he is a king that is bad tempered and seeks vengeance against Hakim whole stole the king's carpet which contained the entire history and future of the human race. The king meets a beautiful girl named Zahrah who is the daughter of a sheik and she is a bandit. She also helps Walid on his journey in the desert. The message I got from the story is that you should follow your dreams and don't quit. I liked the story because it is filled with suspense, mystery, action, love and it also has a sadness about it. Many things about it will keep you captivated by this story.
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