Parzival: the Quest of the

Acclaimed storyteller and Newbery medalist, National Book Awardwinner, Laura Ingalls Wilder award recipient Katherine Paterson breathes new life into this classic tale of action, adventure, romance. Raised in the wilderness, Parzival knows nothing his destiny as Grail Knight–the one who is fated to seek sacred vessel hope eternal life. To succeed quest, must struggle against countless obstacles. His triumphant story that will move readers joy despair, laughter tears.

Enter the extraordinary world of Arthurian legend in an adventure overflowing with knightly chivalry, danger jousting and warmth true love. But Legend Parzival is more than tale one knight’s epic journey to find elusive Holy Grail; along way faces a challenging self-discovery. He must conquer his ignorance pride, learn humility compassion before he finally worthy becoming Grail Knight. This accessible prose retelling medieval German brings wonderful story knight (known variously as Parzival, Parsifal Percival) life for today’s readers, while faithfully preserving story, characters tone Wolfram von Eschenbach’s thirteenth century narrative poem. In Steiner-Waldorf education, Parzival’s quest seen metaphor difficult through life, which speaks strongly adolescent, its study at heart Class 11 curriculum. As hugely experienced teacher, Robin Cook’s engaging will provide valuable inspiration other teachers students, well enjoyment enrichment all readers.

Arthur Groos here challenges traditional approaches to Wolfram von Eschenbach’s quest-romance Parzival (ca. 1210). He offers a new model for reading the text in light of narrative theory by means close textual analysis as well scrupulous investigation Wolfram’s scientific sources. Taking his starting point assertion Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin that achieved pluralism novelistic discourse generally associated with more recent works, traces several strands – especially Arthurian and Grail. focuses on crucial episodes hero’s quest, ranging from discovery knighthood healing Fisher King, shows how transposes clerical French perspective Chretien de Troyes’s Li Contes del Graal into context chivalric German culture. Examining variety language registers genres incorporated Parzival, demonstrates interaction romance, hagiography, dynastic chronicle, medical treatise produces decentered fictional universe which various religious secular viewpoints enter dialogue. In Grail particular, finds both suggests transcendent teleology resists ideological closure.