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Paperback La Chanson de Roland: An Adaptation for Intermediate Students Book

ISBN: 0844212342

ISBN13: 9780844212340

La Chanson de Roland: An Adaptation for Intermediate Students

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On 15 August 778, Charlemagne's army was returning from a successful expedition against Saracen Spain when its rearguard was ambushed in a remote Pyrenean pass. Out of this skirmish arose a stirring... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Lots of Violence and Murder. Kind of Repetitive.

A large part of this story is about a war, and it goes into detail about the killings of several heroic figures. It was a slow burn at first, but then later it picks up the pace. But it was also repetitive. This might be interesting for historians, anthropologists, or maybe some English professors, but for me, who has none of those occupations, it wasn't all that interesting.

A great medieval epic tale

La Chanson de Roland is the first and one the most important French national books. It is a true story set in the age of Charlemagne, and any mythology/fantasy enthusiast will se a huge amount of parallels between this story and myths like Arthurian lore and even The Lord of the Rings. Really interesting, and a must read for anyone that enjoys medieval history, literature or just a good classic read.

This book is about a brave Frenchmen?

Yes it is true Frenchmen appreciate Bravery too. A little missed fact by many people calling them sissies due to politics and sheer American pride, is that they conquered many empires at one time.And the fighting was more brutal than any American combat(except possibly Vietnam) This political talk should be irrelevant except while I was reading this book, as a proud american, I came to the realization that French people dont totally suck. Amateur(and very amateurish) political thought aside, the book Songs of Roland is masterfully written. It is fast paced, and an enjoyable( as opposed to SOME classics, not going to name anything mr German Ne..) If you have ANY interest in medeival literature, then you should own this book. Its only 7 bux.

The Franks Homer

An utter epic that deserves to be read by anyone with an intrest in either literature or history. Although there is controversy over the exact historical accuracy of this classic poem, it is based around the Charlemagne's campaigns against the Muslims in Northern Spain, around the late eighth century. It reads like a Frankish iliad, real events draped in myth. The poem has it all: enthralling plot, colourful charcaters, perfect timing..... A gem!

A Masterpiece of Medieval Literature

Along with "Beowulf" and "The Divine Comedy." this is one of the definitive masterpieces for examining both Medieval literature and history. Regretfully, I am not well-versed in French which I understand is essential for reading this epic, and thus gaining the true "impact" of the work's scope and dramatic characterizations.Roland, nephew to the legendary Charlemagne, is indeed a brash but rousing hero (albeit, I don't see him as the protagonist in the strictest sense). I know this is an unusual statement since the story reflects a historical tragedy for the French armies, but it reflects the character and spirit of Roland as an individual: devoted to his lord Charlemagne and to the cause of fighting for France. This chivalrous concept has been incorporated in many similar works. The setting is over 1300 years ago (as are much of its human values!). However, what keeps this work so popular is the sense of chivalry indoctrinated into modern values: honor, loyalty, discipline, obeisance. We can all relate to these.

A Better Translation

I have had a chance rather vividly to contrast this version with the Glyn Burgess translation, and Harrison is not only more readable, it's better poetry. I use the book in a class of eighth grade boys in New York (who love it), and by mistake a bought a slug of the Burgess translation. Then I had some boys with Harrison, some with Burgess, and the howls from the Burgessites were considerable. Harrison is just a better, livlier, even funnier translation.
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