Parzival and the Stone from Heaven: A grail romance retold for our time

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9780007108138: Parzival and the Stone from Heaven: A grail romance retold for our time

A wonderful retelling of the legendary story of Parzival, the knight who is given the task of finding the Holy Grail. In the same vein as Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf but written as magically as The Alchemist.

The story of Parzival’s quest for the Holy Grail, and his otherwordly meeting with the Fisher King, has continued to fascinate writers and artists since it was written in the early 13th century. It has provided the inspiration for works ranging from Wagner's opera to the Star Wars trilogy.

Yet the density and complexity of the medieval poem make it almost impenetrable to a wide readership. Now Lindsay Clarke has written this lively, accessible and inspirational version in a style attractive both to adults and older children. It stays faithful to the spirit of the original while highlighting the relevance of its themes to current issues.

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HarperCollins, London, 2001. Hard Cover. Book Condition:good Dust Jacket Condition: good. First Edition. 1st printing of the first British hardcover edition. number line sequence:1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2

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Lindsay Clarke's Parzival and the Stone from Heaven is a hypnotic retelling of the medieval romance of the quest for the Holy Grail. However, Clarke's book is not a novel in the conventional sense, but a free adaptation of Wolfram von Eschenbach's 13th-century story Parzival.

Drawing on Eschenbach, Clarke recounts the adventures of the royal-born Parzival, whose name means, "to pierce through the middle". Brought up by a mother crazed with grief at the death of her chivalrous husband on the battlefield, Parzival is initially ignorant of his destiny as a knight who must search for the Holy Grail and unite it with the earth. As Parzival's swashbuckling adventures lead him from ignorance and wounding to insight and healing, he meets King Arthur, the Gawain Knight and the mysterious Fisherman, the failed guardian of the Grail.

Clarke takes many liberties with Eschenbach's original, but tells a well-paced story, one whose characters are more archetype than individual. This is why, for Clarke, the story is universal and remains "a contemporary story and a salutary myth for our own troubled and exhilarating times". --Jerry Brotton

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