In the many-layered novel of which this is the talking book, King Arthur is seen as a figure for all time, an exemplar to his namesake, a mysterious presence influencing not just one time and place but many. The 100 short chapters are almost like sound bites, not only of the mythical past of King Arthur but the real, earthy, uncomfortable Middle Ages. The turn of the century; uncertainty about the future; war and peace; Christianity and Islam; rationalism and superstition; the sharp contracts in the lives of rich and poor; all these issues impact on the life of a boy in a medieval manor and give the book its uniquely contemporary feel.
The Seeing Stone is a unique and brilliant new take on the Arthurian story-cycle. The author is a magician with words and his light, speedy narrative is as easy to listen to as it is poetic.
©2000 Kevin Crossley Holland; (P)2000 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.
"Fun, intelligent highly enjoyable stuff." (Time Out)
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"Hooray for Arthur"
Wonderful, intriguing and evocative story, and a great way to introduce children to the Arthur story. My 12 year old son (not a great reader) loved listening to it on the long drive to Cornwall (his parents enjoyed it too) and now wants to read the second volume in the series as a real book!
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