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Rules for a Knight av Ethan Hawke
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Rules for a Knight (utgåvan 2015)

av Ethan Hawke (Författare)

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"It is 1483, and Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a Cornish knight, is about to ride into battle. On the eve of his departure, he composes a letter to his four young children, consisting of twenty virtues that provide instruction on how to live a noble life, and on all the lessons, large and small, that he might have imparted to them himself were he not expecting to die on the battlefield. "Why am I alive? Where was I before I was born? What will happen to me when I die? Whatever well our lives are drawn from, it is deep, wild, mysterious, and unknowable..."Rules for a Knight is many things: a code of ethics; an intimate record of a lifelong quest; a careful recounting of a knight's hardest won lessons, deepest aspirations, and most richly instructive failures; and an artifact, a relic of a father's exquisite love. Drawing on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy and religion, on literature, and poetry, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time, Ethan Hawke has written a parable that--in the story of a young man's journey toward a life of authenticity and meaning--captures the instinctive movement of the heart toward truth and beauty. Rules for a Knight has the appeal of Arthurian legend; the economy of Aesop; and the vitality, intelligence, and risk-taking that could only emanate from Ethan Hawke"--… (mer)
Medlem:lifeanddoctrine
Titel:Rules for a Knight
Författare:Ethan Hawke (Författare)
Info:Knopf (2015), Edition: First Edition, 192 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Fiction

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Handleiding om met de borst vooruit en het hoofd rechtop door het leven te gaan. Sentimenteel als een Disneyfilm, maar oprecht en af en toe best wel eens confronterend. De (vertaling van de?) 'hertenballade' is een beetje een anticlimax. ( )
  razorsoccam | Nov 8, 2017 |
A good story for kids with an interest in morality, or at least parents who want their kids to be interesting in morality. Not for kids with too much curiosity around the historical accuracy. The book purports to be a translation of a letter written in the 15th century, but abounds with anachronisms (very British cups of tea) and retellings of parables from Eastern philosophy.

The melancholy tone of the book, where the main character transmits his moral lessons to his children on the evening prior to a fateful battle, and the piecemeal story structure, make this a book perhaps to be dipped into, rather than consumed whole. ( )
  Beniaminus | Nov 1, 2017 |
I read a third of this sentimental syrup. It was enough. ( )
1 rösta MarthaJeanne | Oct 4, 2016 |
Op de site van Ambo|Anthos staat te lezen: "Het boek speelt zich af in de middeleeuwen in Cornwall, waar sir Thomas aan de vooravond van een grote veldslag staat. Omdat hij voorvoelt dat hij de slag niet zal overleven, schrijft hij een brief aan zijn kinderen over twintig deugden die samen een kompas vormen voor hun reis door het leven: een kleine gids over datgene wat het leven zinvol maakt.

Ethan Hawke baseerde deze brief met deugden als vergeving, moed, trots en geduld op oude wijsheden uit de Oosterse en Westerse filosofie en de grote spirituele en politieke teksten van nu. Leidraad voor een nobel leven is voorzien van illustraties: elke deugd wordt gesymboliseerd door een vogel, getekend door Ryan Hawke."
Boeiend en knap verteld: een soort 'Hagakure' of 'Handorakel' (2 favorieten uit de wereldliteratuur), maar dan over en voor ridders. Soms iets te veel schieten in open doel, maar steeds onderhoudend en begeesterend. Acteurs kunnen (soms) ook schrijven, zo blijkt. ( )
  MaerCat | Mar 17, 2016 |
The e-reader advance copy of this book was provided to me by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Who hasn't daydreamed about discovering some fabulous ancestor hanging out in your family tree?

Ethan Hawke has imagined the last days of a noble warrior Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke. This man of integrity and honor did exist; according to the author, Sir Thomas was killed at the Battle of Slaughter Bridge in the winter of 1483.

Whether this man is actually related to the author is doubtful but it does make a nice place to begin a fun read.

The story begins with Sir Thomas at Cornwall facing almost certain death in battle the next day. In these final hours, he thinks of his children. They are young and unprepared for the future without him. He tells them that their Grandfather prepared a handwritten rubric for him when he was a young aspiring knight and that he feels compelled "to pass on to you Grandfather's list of 'Rules'."

Sir Thomas begins his letter with a description of his own childhood. He describes a life out-of-control until one day he realizes, on his own at age 17, that he needs guidance. " I decided to seek out the wisest man I could find and ask him to tell me how to live...The first thing I was given was a small handwritten list entitled 'Rules for a Knight'."

The letter is broken up into these 20 Rules; each followed by a parable from his own experience on that particular virtue.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. In a way it reminded me of Rocky and Bullwinkle's Aesop and Son fables. (That's a 1960s cartoon show.)

I have little knowledge of medieval life so I can't spot gaffes in the story. Our hero, Sir Thomas, can wear a Timex watch for all I care. But it was obvious to me that the author pulled his thoughts from a myriad of traditional self-help sources and other popular stories to create the medieval version of Chicken Soup for Knights.

This adorable little book is a family work; Ethan's wife, Ryan did all the cute b&w illustrations. I believe the book would be best read to young children together with their parents.

In my perfect vision of quality family time, 20 star lit nights are spent reading and sharing chapters around a campfire with cocoa and marshmallows.
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1 rösta Itzey | Jan 23, 2016 |
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"It is 1483, and Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a Cornish knight, is about to ride into battle. On the eve of his departure, he composes a letter to his four young children, consisting of twenty virtues that provide instruction on how to live a noble life, and on all the lessons, large and small, that he might have imparted to them himself were he not expecting to die on the battlefield. "Why am I alive? Where was I before I was born? What will happen to me when I die? Whatever well our lives are drawn from, it is deep, wild, mysterious, and unknowable..."Rules for a Knight is many things: a code of ethics; an intimate record of a lifelong quest; a careful recounting of a knight's hardest won lessons, deepest aspirations, and most richly instructive failures; and an artifact, a relic of a father's exquisite love. Drawing on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy and religion, on literature, and poetry, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time, Ethan Hawke has written a parable that--in the story of a young man's journey toward a life of authenticity and meaning--captures the instinctive movement of the heart toward truth and beauty. Rules for a Knight has the appeal of Arthurian legend; the economy of Aesop; and the vitality, intelligence, and risk-taking that could only emanate from Ethan Hawke"--

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