Rules for a Knight (Anglais) Relié – 10 novembre 2015
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—The New Yorker
"Hawke (Ash Wednesday) pens a heartwarming, medieval tale on ethics... an easy and endearing read, perfect for young and old children alike."
"Philosophy lovers will enjoy the Eastern and Western philosophical musings, but everyone will enjoy the touching storyline."
"Hawke's book of wisdom declaring life to be a gift should be pondered."
"Entertaining and insightful."
—The Buffalo News
"A deliciously digestible read...Read this book. You’ll be reminded of just how powerful simple gestures can be when they’re fueled by passion and purpose."
—The Free Lance-Star
Présentation de l'éditeur
From Ethan Hawke, four-time Academy Award nominee—twice for writing and twice for acting—an unforgettable fable about a father's journey and a timeless guide to life's many questions.
A knight, fearing he may not return from battle, writes a letter to his children in an attempt to leave a record of all he knows. In a series of ruminations on solitude, humility, forgiveness, honesty, courage, grace, pride, and patience, he draws on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time. His intent: to give his children a compass for a journey they will have to make alone, a short guide to what gives life meaning and beauty.
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That said, two things break the illusion. Right off the bat, two stories the knight relates are clearly direct alterations of existing parables: the Buddhist tale of two monks crossing a river, and the Native American parable of two wolves. I hesitate to call it plagiarism, as these are old parables that have been told and retold, but they break the illusion of an ancient found medieval letter. It also led me to question whether some of the other tales were also retellings/adaptations of existing parables. I appreciate what Hawke was trying to do, but it broke the illusion.
The second aspect which broke the illusion of a medieval letter was the style of the writing. Dialogue is presented more like in a modern novel, as are the internal thoughts of a third person. It feels like Hawke let his voice take over for the letter's "author" at times.
I don't want to disparage this book too much, though. I liked it. I think Hawke has collected some timeless virtues and captured their essence in memorable descriptions that are worth hanging on a wall or reading to your kids. It's also a creative idea and I think Hawke deserves credit for that.
Lastly, I really liked the small hardcover binding. It grants this little tome a dressing of simplicity and age that serves it well.
Highly recommend this book!