Here Lies Arthur: The Humanness of Belief

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Do you ever read those special passages from a book out loud? Does it annoy your family? If so, you may want to give them fair warning before you pick up Philip Reeve's Here Lies Arthur. If you are a fan of the Arthurian legends you will want to pick up this young adult novel. Elizabeth says that it had her wanting to track down people so she could share the lovely language with them. Perhaps what makes this one really special is that it's almost a behind the scenes view of the creation of the Arthurian mythology. - Karen

here lies arthur philip reeve"Through Gwyna’s eyes, and her narration, we see all of Myrddin’s efforts to put Arthur in power. Familiar legends and stories like The Lady of the Lake, Arthur’s sword, even his round table and faithful knights, have their place in the retelling. This version of Arthur’s legend focuses more on the storycraft of making his reputation, not the magic or destiny, but the humanness of belief. I loved it. It was like going behind the scenes… deflating the Arthurian myth in a way, but also preserving it by making it more possible.

I loved this book. I loved it for the way it depicted Arthur, telling the story of his rise to fame as a story of charisma, luck and story spinning rather than magic."

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