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England is in turmoil, torn by fierce and bitter hatreds between Norman and Saxon. Rival claimants to the thrown have plunged it into bloody civil war. Prince John, taking advantage of Richard's absence fighting in the Crusades, plots to make himself crowned King. Richard returns and vows to take his revenge on John.But he will need a courageous and able warrior at his sidEngland is in turmoil, torn by fierce and bitter hatreds between Norman and Saxon. Rival claimants to the thrown have plunged it into bloody civil war. Prince John, taking advantage of Richard's absence fighting in the Crusades, plots to make himself crowned King. Richard returns and vows to take his revenge on John.But he will need a courageous and able warrior at his side, a warrior like Wilfred of Ivanhoe....

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Ivanhoe Reviews

  • BillKerwin
    2019-02-28 00:17

    I believe Ivanhoe just misses being a great novel for two reasons. First of all, its characters, although not without subtlety, lack depth. (The exception to the rule is the “Jewess” Rebecca). Secondly, Scott’s style—at least as demonstrated here—suffers from a wordiness that continually dissipates the novel’s power. It is nevertheless an impressive achievement, original in conception, rich in themes, formidable in architecture, and powerful in its effects.

  • Miriam
    2019-02-26 00:03

    In Ivanhoe, Scott skillfully undermines the alienating characteristics of the medieval gothic while taking advantage of its familiarity to and popularity with nineteenth-century audiences. Although containing elements reminiscent of the earlier gothic, such as the corruption and intrigue of religious orders, the madness of Ulrica and the burning alive of Front-de-Beouf in his castle, it also pokes fun at some of the wilder elements of this genre: the resurrected phantom of Athelstane, for instance, turns out to be quite alive and in search of a decent meal. Scott is clear in his rejection of supernatural devices, and rather than the scenes of emotional breakdown and overwhelming passion common in earlier gothics, his characters by and large behave with the rationality and self-control that would have been regarded as admirable by the author’s contemporaries. Throughout the story, Scott attempts to have his characters behave as modernly as they could without ahistoricism. By avoiding the distasteful areas of superstition, madness, and popery, Scott made it possible for nineteenth-century readers to sympathize more fully with the actors and to imagine themselves in the characters’ places without uneasiness or mental strain.Ivanhoe was presented, in the overtly fictional voice of the translator Templeton, as a medieval account rendered into modern language. Historical anachronisms are thus not authorial errors but deliberate attempts to make the text more accessible to contemporary readers. Scott constructed a debate between Templeton and the likewise-fictional antiquary, Dr Dryasdust, who accuses the translator of “polluting the well of history with modern inventions.” Scott replies, in the person of Templeton: “I may have confused the manners of two or three centuries… It is my comfort, that errors of this kind escape the general class of readers, and that I may share in the ill-deserved applause of those architects who, in their modern Gothic, do not hesitate to introduce, without rule or method, ornaments proper to different styles and to different periods of art.” Scott this warns his audience that Ivanhoe should not be read as an attempt to recreate, nor to modernize as Leland did (and as Scott had done when he wrote in Middle English a Continuation of the poem Sir Tristem, which was intended to be a believable imitation of the medieval text), a medieval romance. Although Scott was widely read in medieval romances and often alluded to them, he did not model Ivanhoe on a particular medieval tale and makes no attempt to imitate an authentic medieval style. Neither his language, his plotting, nor his ideology are, or were intended to be, genuinely medieval.The plot of Ivanhoe and other of Scott’s works likewise reveals less nostalgia than is often assumed. It is commonplace to state, as Alice Chandler does in her seminal work A Dream of Order: The Medieval Ideal in Nineteenth-Century English Literature, that Scott’s medievalism “brought to an increasingly urbanized, industrialized, and atomistic society, the vision of a more stable and harmonious social order, substituting the paternal benevolence of manor and guild for the harshness of city and factory and offering the clear air and open fields of the medieval past in place of the blackening skies of England.” While this was indeed a part of the appeal of Scott’s tales, it oversimplifies Scott’s complex attitudes toward the Middle Ages and ignores the conclusion with which several of his novels end. Scott was far from giving unreserved approval to the medieval past. Even in regards to his most sympathetic characters he offers points of criticism. In describing the heroic Richard, for example, he remarked on the “wild spirit of chivalry” which urged the king to risk unreasonable dangers. “In the lion-hearted king, the brilliant, but useless, character of a knight of romance was in a great measure realized and revived… his feats of chivalry furnishing themes for bards and minstrels, but affording none of those solid benefits to his country on which history loves to pause, and hold up as an example to posterity.” Scott goes so far as to imply that the sullen fidelity of the serf Gurth is more admirable than the reckless courage and self-pleasing and licentious chivalry of the royal Richard; freedom and honor rest for Scott on responsibility and loyalty to the social covenant, not on personal glory.Whereas in medieval tales the focus is almost always on individual heroism expressed through valor and strength of arms, these qualities play a large but ultimately superficial role in Ivanhoe. In the final anticlimactic duel at Rebecca’s trial, for example, Ivanhoe does not defeat the tempestuous villain by skill; in fact, the other characters all agree that Bois-Guilbert would certainly have won the contest were he not so conflicted in his feelings for Rebecca that he collapses on the field without being struck by his opponent. Beneath the exciting trappings of jousts, abductions, and political intrigues, the central motivating tension of Ivanhoe rests on the disruption of familial relationships and the struggle to restore those relationships to their proper order. Even the political struggle between King Richard and Prince John is a fraternal conflict; and Richard recognizes that his royal duties include reconciling Ivanhoe with his father. This reconciliation is, in fact, his most important success: insofar as Scott suggests that Richard is a good king, it is because he unites England in loyalty to his person as he unites the disrupted families he encounters on his adventures. The emphasis on familial order gives a different role to women than would be found in a genuinely medieval tale. In medieval chivalric romances concerning male competition the female figures occur secondarily, as lesser prizes to be won in addition to glory or honor. The nineteenth-century ideal of domestic harmony, and its association with political order, gave women a more important role than did medieval political ideology. In the jousts and duels of Ivanhoe, Rowena is the primary object of the struggle between the main character and his opponent. Rowena’s genealogical importance to legitimate Saxon claims of rule is emphasized by Cedric, but in the end she encourages Saxon assimilation rather than independence by marrying Ivanhoe, who has cast his lot with Richard. Her rejection of Athelstane signals the end of Cedric’s plan for renewed Saxon dominance, a plan which Scott marks as backward-looking and unrealistic, if understandable.If Scott in fact advocates a medieval revival, it is not of the feudal system or of Anglo-Saxonism, but of what he understood as medieval virtues: self-sacrifice, emotion rather than sentimentality, loyalty not only to one’s leaders but also to one’s followers. These attributes were based on an integrated system of personal relationships: between members of a clan or family, between lords and vassals or serfs, between subjects and ruler. Scott depicts these relationships as essentially personal and familial, rather than abstract and national or bureaucratic, which they were rapidly becoming in his own lifetime.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-03-17 01:59

    I love(d) this book and was torn between 4 and 5 stars. Can we call it 4.5? Heck, let's just say 5! I read it first long ago and it holds up well over the years (its and yours). A classic for a reason.You'll find synopsis after synopsis here and elsewhere. But if you like adventure, heroism, romance, loyalty, betrayal...any or all of the above you won't go wrong here.King Richard the Lion Heart...Robin Hood (Locksley)...Knights Templar...Saxons vs. Normans...Gentiles vs. Jews....Knights from the Crusades....Tournaments...jousts...melees...treachery...single! This thing has more to offer than The Princess Bride! Well, no one gets murdered by pirates...and it is a "kissing book", but it's still a great read, and it's a classic so you get extra points!Okay, so my sense of humor got the best of me for a second there. While this book may not appeal to some, as it is definitely dated, it was written in 1819, and its syntax and construction aren't what modern readers will be used to, that won't bother most I'd think. I read this book first when I was 13 or 14. I stumbled across it in a grandparent's house one summer, and it captured my interest. The book is a historical fiction and an action adventure of it's day and while it may not move as today's action adventures do, there is so much more than that here. The depth of the prose blows away what we might call "action adventure" today. There is high adventure here that should please adventure lovers and the romantics among us. (When "Sir Desdichado" challenged the entire field at the joust I was hooked!)Yep, on second thought no question, 5 stars. This book is highly recommended.

  • Sara
    2019-03-02 23:01

    It is hard to know what to say about Ivanhoe. It is part Robin Hood style adventure, part history and full of thematic richness. I was surprised that Ivanhoe himself figures into this tale somewhat sporadically. There are many characters who receive more in depth development, and the Jewess Rebecca is more fully developed than the heroine, Rowena. The attitudes toward Jews in the novel make one uncomfortable in the same way that you feel when reading The Merchant of Venice. It is obvious that Scott himself does not sanction this view of Jews, but even the characters who admire and are helped by Rebecca make comments regarding being defiled by her presence or touch. I constantly had to attempt to put myself into the time in question and remind myself that this is history and to have written it any other way would have been false.It is easy to see why Sir Walter Scott was a popular writer in his time and has survived. The story is fun, in the same way tales of King Arthur and his Knights are. The descriptions of the lists and tournaments are vivid portrayals. There are plot surprises, there is laughter, particularly in the forms of a jester and a Thane, and there is familiarity in the characters that we have seen time and again from this era, Richard the Lion-Hearted, Robin Hood and his Merry Men, and the evil King John.

  • Helene Jeppesen
    2019-02-22 23:06

    I have decided to put down this book and not finish it 2/3 of the way in, the reason being that while it was interesting to read about the old times of knights, tournaments and great battles at castles, it wasn't in any way interesting enough for me to keep on reading. I feel like being this far in, I've already gotten out of the story what I possibly could, and I don't really care about how everything's going to end. Funnily enough, I was originally under the impression that this was going to be a children' story written in a somewhat easily accessible language. Turned out I was completely wrong. It's a classic story for adults written in a rather dense 1820s-language. Maybe my disappointment is part of the reason why I don't really feel like finishing it.

  • Apatt
    2019-03-13 00:20

    “Hearken,” he (Brian de Bois-Guilbert) said, “Rebecca; I have hitherto spoken mildly to thee, but now my language shall be that of a conqueror. Thou art the captive of my bow and spear—subject to my will by the laws of all nations; nor will I abate an inch of my right, or abstain from taking by violence what thou refusest to entreaty or necessity.”“Stand back,” said Rebecca—“which portion of “no” dost thou not comprehend? Kindly desist from thou crapulous Trumpery posthaste!”Some of the above quotes hath indeed been tampered with from Sir Walter Scott’s original text. Apologies to all purists. Honestly, I cannot stand that longwinded de Bois-Guilbert. What a silly bunt (as Eric Idle would say).Brian de Bois-Guilbert and poor RebeccaTook me one month+19 days to read this (audio) book. I would have read it faster if it had been more compelling. but Ivanhoe is not an easy book to read, the olde English dialogue takes getting used to, and while some of it is quite entertaining it often drags, especially when that damned de Bois-Guilbert is delivering his interminable gabble.It is hard to summarize what the novel is about as it is so fragmented. Set in the 12th century the novel (sort of) follows Wilfred Ivanhoe as he returns from the Holy Land after the Third Crusade has ended. He soon entered a jousting tournament and jousted the asses off the other competitors. Ivanhoe wins the tournament but is gravely injured after his foes ganged up on him; fortunately, a mysterious Black Knight shows up to aid him. He is then taken to Rebecca the Jewess. Ivanhoe, his Dad, Rebecca, and others are soon kidnapped by dastardly Norman Maurice de Bracy, a friend of the verbal diarrhea afflicted de Bois-Guilbert. They are taken to Torquilstone, the castle of Front-de-Boeuf (another antagonist). The Black Knight soon comes to the rescue with the help of the sharp shootin’ Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, and many other hipster outlaw types. Many more events follow and await your discovery.The Black Knight (though he retains both arms in this book)OK, now I am going to get medieval on this book. Actually, on reflection, I quite like Ivanhoe, though I was often frustrated when it grinds to a halt (shut up, de Bois-Guilbert!). By the end, I felt it definitely outstayed its welcome. I am surprised we don’t see that much of the eponymous hero, he does not show up until page 50 or so, after his jousting injuries he disappears from the narrative for many pages, only to become active again towards the end. His climactic battle with that damn de Bois-Guilbert is a disappointment and very WTF. WilfredSir Walter Scott's prose is a thing pf beauty and I even like the olde English once I got used to it. The story, while fragmented, is good, and not hard to follow. My only complaint is that for a “Romance” (as in “a medieval tale dealing with a hero of chivalry”, not a story of smooches and heartbreaks) it is not very thrilling. Sir Walter does write very good fight scenes but those are too few and far between to effectively liven up the narrative. There is just too much dialogue and that damn de Bois-Guilbert just goes on and on and on, repeating himself in his attempt to get into poor Rebecca’s pants. Apart from him, the characterization is generally very good, I particularly like Wamba the jester, and Robin Hood, especially when he is showing off. The humorous bits work for me but, again, there is too little of them.I can’t really recommend Ivanhoe, personally, I will stick toAlexandre Dumas for medieval badassery.Notes:• The Normans and the Saxons have an acrimonious relationship but they agree on one thing, their disdain for the Jews. The most put upon characters in the book.• Richard the Lionheart really lives up to his name, and seems to enjoy ass kicking more than ruling the land.•Audiobook from Librivox, read by various readers, some are pretty good, some are not so good but bearable. Whatchoo want for free, eh?Quotes:“I pray thee, uncle,” answered the Jester, “let my folly, for once, protect my roguery. I did but make a mistake between my right hand and my left; and he might have pardoned a greater, who took a fool for his counsellor and guide.”Wamba is the best!“And now,” said Locksley, “I will crave your Grace’s permission to plant such a mark as is used in the North Country; and welcome every brave yeoman who shall try a shot at it to win a smile from the bonny lass he loves best.”“Formed in the best proportions of her sex, Rowena was tall in stature, yet not so much so as to attract observation on account of superior height. Her complexion was exquisitely fair, but the noble cast of her head and features prevented the insipidity which sometimes attaches to fair beauties. Her clear blue eye, which sat enshrined beneath a graceful eyebrow of brown sufficiently marked to give expression to the forehead, seemed capable to kindle as well as melt, to command as well as to beseech.” (etc.) That is the most elaborate description of a woman I have ever seen.“To all true English hearts, and to the confusion of foreign tyrants.”Here is a de Bois-Guilbert special:“No, damsel!” said the proud Templar, springing up, “thou shalt not thus impose on me—if I renounce present fame and future ambition, I renounce it for thy sake, and we will escape in company. Listen to me, Rebecca,” he said, again softening his tone; “England,—Europe,—is not the world. There are spheres in which we may act, ample enough even for my ambition. We will go to Palestine, where Conrade, Marquis of Montserrat, is my friend—a friend free as myself from the doting scruples which fetter our free-born reason—rather with Saladin will we league ourselves, than endure the scorn of the bigots whom we contemn.—I will form new paths to greatness,” he continued, again traversing the room with hasty strides—“Europe shall hear the loud step of him she has driven from her sons!—Not the millions whom her crusaders send to slaughter, can do so much to defend Palestine—not the sabres of the thousands and ten thousands of Saracens can hew their way so deep into that land for which nations are striving, as the strength and policy of me and those brethren, who, in despite of yonder old bigot, will adhere to me in good and evil. Thou shalt be a queen, Rebecca—on Mount Carmel shall we pitch the throne which my valour will gain for you, and I will exchange my long-desired batoon for a sceptre!” STFU!

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-03-06 23:24

    930. Ivanhoe, Sir Walter ScottIvanhoe is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott, first published in 1820 in three volumes and subtitled A Romance. At the time it was written it represented a shift by Scott away from fairly realistic novels set in Scotland in the comparatively recent past, to a somewhat fanciful depiction of medieval England. It has proved to be one of the best known and most influential of Scott's novels. Ivanhoe is the story of one of the remaining Saxon noble families at a time when the nobility in England was overwhelmingly Norman. It follows the Saxon protagonist, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who is out of favour with his father for his allegiance to the Norman king Richard the Lionheart. The story is set in 1194, after the failure of the Third Crusade, when many of the Crusaders were still returning to their homes in Europe. King Richard, who had been captured by Leopold of Austria on his return journey to England, was believed to still be in captivity.عنوانها: انگلیس در هشت قرن پیش با قسمتهایی از جنگهای صلیبی؛ آیوانهو - نویسنده: سر والتر اسکات؛ (توسن) ادبیات انگلیس؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دهم ماه ژوئن سال 2014 میلادیعنوان: انگلیس در هشت قرن پیش با قسمتهایی از جنگهای صلیبی؛ تالیف: سروالتر اسکات؛ ترجمه و نگارش: عبدالله انصاری؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، شرکت مطبوعات، 1320، مشخصات ظاهری: 160 ص؛ 11×17س‌م.، این کتاب تحت عنوان «آیوانهوئه» در سالهای مختلف با مترجمان و ناشران متفاوت چاپ گردیده است، موضوع: داستان‌های انگلیسی -- قرن 19 م، انگلستان -- تاریخ -- ریچارد اول، 1189 - 1199 م. – داستانعنوان: ایوانهو؛ تالیف: سروالتر اسکات؛ مترجم: خسرو شایسته؛ تهران، سپیده، 1364، در 174 ص؛ مصور، فروست: انتشارات سپیده 12، کتاب برای نخستین بار با عنوان «آیوانهو» با ترجمه عنایت الله شکیباپور توسط انتشارات توسن منتشر شده استعنوان: ایوانهو (متن کوتاه شده)؛ تالیف: سروالتر اسکات؛ مترجم: تهمینه مظفری؛ تهران، نشر مرکز، 1386، در 298 ص، شابک: 9789643059545؛عنوان: ایوانهو؛ تالیف: سروالتر اسکات؛ مترجم: عنایت الله شکیباپور؛ تهران، توسن، 1363، در 87 ص؛ مصور، فروست: انتشارات سپیده 12،؛عنوان: ایوانهو (متن کوتاه شده)؛ تالیف: سروالتر اسکات؛ مترجم: شکوفه اخوان؛ تهران، نهال نویدان، 1375، در 159 ص، شابک: 9649004653؛عنوان: ایوانهو؛ تالیف: سروالتر اسکات؛ مترجم: محمدتقی دانیا؛ تهران، دبیر، 1386، در 208 ص، شابک: 9789642621224؛عنوان: ایوانهو؛ تالیف: سروالتر اسکات؛ مترجم: محمدتقی دانیا؛ تهران، دادجو: دبیر، 1388، در 174 ص،شابک: 9789642621224؛سِر والتر اسکات، رمان‌نویس، شاعر، تاریخ‌دان و زندگی‌نامه‌ نویس اسکاتلندی است که ایشان را پدر رمان تاریخی می‌دانند، قالبی را که ایشان برای این سبک از ادبیات داستانی به‌ کار بسته تا امروز از آن پیروی شده‌ است. اشعار و رمان‌های معروف به وِیورلی ایشان، به بازگویی وقایع مهیج مربوط به تاریخ موطنش می‌پردازند، و سایر رمان‌های او به بریتانیا و فرانسه ی دوران قرون وسطی برمی‌گردند، که شخصیت‌های آن را شاهان، ملکه‌ ها، رجل سیاسی، مزرعه‌ داران، گدایان و راهزنان تشکیل می‌دهند. والتر اسکات ویلفرد آیوانهو، پسر سدریک، یکی از اشراف ساکسون، به لیدی راونا ، دختری تحت قیمومت پدرش و از اسلاف آلفرد شاه، دلباخته، ولی سدریک که طرفدار پر و پا قرص بازگشت نژاد ساکسون به سلطنت انگلستان است فکر می‌کند که با دادن راونا به یکی ساکسونها که خون سلاطین در رگهایش جاری ست به هدف خود خواهد رسید. او که از عشق دو جوان به یکدیگر به شدت عصبانی شده است پسرش را تبعید می‌کند. آیونهو به اتفاق ریچارد شیردل به جنگهای صلیبی می‌رود، و دیری نمی‌گذرد که احترام و محبت ریچارد را به خود جلب می‌کند. پرنس جان در غیاب برادر درصدد برمی‌آید که بر تخت و تاج دست یابد. این حادثه همانند همیشه برای والتر اسکات، بهانه ی خلق حوادث درخشانی می‌شود. مسابقه ی بزرگ آشبی دولازوش که در آن آیونهو، پیشاپیش ریچارد، تمام شهسواران پرنس جان و از جمله سر بریاند دوبوا گیلبر شهسوار سرسخت پرستشگاه و سر رجینالد گاو پیشانی را شکست می‌دهد قابل توجه است. همچنین باید به ماجرای حمله به قلعه ی تورکیلستون اشاره کرد که در آن آیونهو زخمی می‌شود. سدریک، راونا، آتلستان، اسحاق یورکی یهودی و دختر با شهامتش ربکا، به دست اشراف نورمان زندانی شده‌ اند. اما پس از نبردی سخت، گروهی از راهزنها و ساکسونها که رابین هود لاکسلی افسانه‌ ای و ریچارد شاه بر آنها فرمان می‌رانند قلعه را تصرف می‌کنند. اولریش ساکسون پیر که محبوبه قاتل پدرش شده است و با افشاندن بذر نفاق میان نورمانها انتقام خود را گرفته است قلعه را آتش می‌زند. زندانیان آزاد می‌شوند، ولی بواگیلبر که دلباخته ی ربکا شده او را با خود به تمپلستو می‌برد. چون دختر جوان، عشق شهسوار پرستشگاه را نمی‌پذیرد؛ مرد نیز او را به جادوگری متهم می‌کند. خوشبختانه آیوانهو، که در دوئلی با بواگیلبر روبرو می‌شود، دختر جوان را آزاد می‌کند. آیوانهو با لیدی راونا ازدواج می‌کند و ربکا چون کاری دیگر از دستش برنمی‌آید به اتفاق پدرش انگلستان را ترک می‌کند. در میان شخصیتهای درجه دوم باید به رابین هود، برادر تاک، راهب سرباز، وامبای دلقک، و اسحاق یهودی که به شیلاک شکسپیر شباهت دارد، و در وجودش سودای پول و عشق ابدی باهم در جدال هستند اشاره کرد. این رمان در اروپا با موفقیت روبرو شد. آیونهو همراه با کوئنتین دوروارد منشأ موج رمان تاریخی به شمار می‌رود که نتایج تتبع تاریخی را به زنده‌ ترین منابع تخیل پیوند می‌زند. تمام تردیدهایی که در مورد تتبع تاریخی بتوان ابراز داشت ابداً به موفقیت اثر لطمه وارد نمی‌آورد، زیرا تازگی سبک همه‌ جا آشکار است. والتر اسکات، چنانکه خود در تقدیم‌نامه اثر اعلام می‌دارد تنها قصد داشته که رنگ تاریخی زمان را حفظ کند. او ضمن اکتفا به اینکه چیزی مخالف واقعیت تاریخی در آن راه ندهد در انتخاب جزئیات مقداری آزادی برای خود قائل شده است. ا. شربیانی

  • Werner
    2019-02-20 05:17

    Note, March 17, 2014: I posted this review some time ago, but just finished tweaking the language in one sentence to clarify a thought.Obviously, this novel won't be every reader's cup of tea: the author's 19th-century diction will be too much of a hurdle for some, those who define novels of action and adventure as shallow will consider it beneath them, and those who want non- stop action will be bored by Scott's serious effort to depict the life and culture of his medieval setting. But those who appreciate adventure and romance in a well-realized setting, and aren't put off by big words and involved syntax, will find this a genuinely rewarding read.Ivanhoe is a quintessentially Romantic novel, and that school stressed appeal to the reader's emotions rather than, or at least more so than, their intellects. But this does not mean it's devoid of a philosophical or moral point of view. Novels of action and combat appeal to emotions of fear and excitement, etc., but at their best, they often presuppose a code of conduct between humans that differentiates between good and evil, and cast the conflict in the story in those terms, with the writer on the side of good; and the various characters may model genuine virtues. This is definitely the case here. And the (small-r) romantic aspect of the plot in this book is not a simple tale of "boy falls for girl," either; the above description identifies Rowena as Ivanhoe's "true love," but in fact he comes to have very definite romantic feelings toward Rebecca as well, and the question of how how this triangle will be resolved contributes to the story's interest. Rebecca's character also brings an added depth to the novel --she's a strong, courageous lady who excels in a male-dominated profession in the midst of a sexist society (and the 19th-century culture of Scott's readers was scarcely less sexist than Rebecca's medieval world). Scott's treatment of her, as a Jewish character, also exemplifies genuine tolerance (in a much different sense than the inverted one popularized today, in which we simply proclaim ourselves as apostles of "tolerance," but then hate and anathematize anyone who disagrees with us, because their different beliefs identify them as "intolerant"); as an Anglican, he has honest differences with her religious beliefs, but he can enthusiastically affirm her as a person anyway, and, as an author, allow her to remain true to her own beliefs. So, there's a lot here for the discerning reader to appreciate!

  • Brad
    2019-03-18 03:58

    Ivanhoe. Seriously?! Could there be a more arbitrary title to any famous book in the English language? It would be like naming Lost "Benjamin Linus," or naming the original Dragonlance Chronicles "Caramon Majere." This isn't a book about Ivanhoe, it's a book with Ivanhoe in it.Sir Walter Scott must have been sitting around his room with his D&D dice to come up with Ivanhoe. Random Title List for Unnamed Book I Just Finished Writing About King Richard's Return From the Crusades and the Defeat of His Slightly Crazy Brother Prince JohnRoll 1d201. Lady Rowena2. Brian de Bois-Guilbert3. Front de Boeuf4. Friar Tuck5. Isaac the Jew6. The Black Knight7. Cedric8. Ivanhoe9. Richard Coeur-de-Lion10. Prince John11. Athelstane12. Wamba13. Rebecca14. Albert Malvoisin15. Waldemar Fitzurse16. Gurth17. Maurice de Bracy18. Locksley19. Ulrica20. MeAnd by the way...I liked it. It was fun.

  • Alex
    2019-03-14 01:08

    Sometimes I'm in the middle of complaining to Joanne that some book, which I told Joanne before I started was probably going to be boring and stupid, is indeed boring and stupid, and I plan to complain about it being boring and stupid for the next week because it's also long, and Joanne says silly things like "Why would you even start a book that you think will be boring and stupid?" Ivanhoe is why! Sometimes I'm wrong. I thought Ivanhoe would be boring and stupid, but it's a blast.Flesh WoundsHere's the test for whether you'll like it: have you ever liked any story - even just one story - with a knight in it? If you're not totally immune to knights clanking about flinging gauntlets at each other, you should like Ivanhoe. It's the apotheosis of knight-bashing. There are:- damsels in distress, and a terrific response by one of them; - a great scheming old crone in a tower; - a wicked prince; - a thrilling castle siege (and note: those are usually not thrilling, it's just super hard to write large-scale battle scenes that work, but here you go!); - mystery knights in black; - a lusty brawling priest; - even an outlaw bowman dressed in green. (Is his identity supposed to be a secret? Because it's not, neither is the Black Knight's.) If none of those things sound fun to you....well, we can still read Mansfield Park together.Uh-oh, JewsThe one thing I should mention that doesn't sit perfectly with me is (sigh, here we go again) Isaac the Jew. And look, Scott's major point, which he makes again and again, is how awful bigotry towards Jews is (well, was, in 1200). He's constantly showing people being dicks to Isaac and then writing things like "Man, he sure is being a dick to that poor Jew!" He uses the word "bigot" like 50 times. Buuuuut, the fact remains that Isaac is indeed a craven caricature, a Barabas, so one gets the unsettling impression that Scott is having it both ways. I mean, Scott actually explains it: he's like, "We've left this poor race no place in society but as money-lenders, we've constantly oppressed them, it's our fault they've become avaricious; we don't allow them to be anything else!" And you're like ehhhhhh, man, but didn't you make Isaac up in your own brain? I dunno. I'm vexed by the portrayal of Isaac. I don't get super hater vibes; I kinda suspect Scott is doing his best and it's just sortof an ass-headed effort. But prospective readers are due a warning: depending on your own feelings, you may find this totally unobjectionable or incredibly offensive. He's a major character.Walter Scott in ContextScott is sometimes called the inventor of historical fiction. He's also sometimes called shitty; EM Forster says that "To make things happen one after another is his only serious aim." Scott can't do characters; he can't even do plots. He just presents a series of scenes. "He has the power to present the outside of a character and to work from the outside to the inside," says Pritchett. "But once inside, he discovers only what is generic." But then there's David Lodge calling Scott "the single Shakespearean talent of the English novel." All of these things are hyperbole. It's true that characterization is not Scott's strong point - lot of archetypes here - but everyone's entertaining and memorable enough; it's okay not to be a psychologist. Scott's super fun to read, and that's great....and in Central ParkFor some reason Central Park has a statue of him, which I went to visit as I read Ivanhoe. Here it is:Over on the other side - in shade, so the pic I took from that side doesn't show it at all - is his dog. He looks like a nice guy, doesn't he? I like him.

  • Bruce
    2019-02-21 05:11

    This is a novel that, as I understand it, almost single-handedly revived the popularity of medieval chivalry and heroism in 19th century literature . . . and life. The culture of the American South profoundly admired Scott's world view. Stories like Ivanhoe were spiritual fuel to their sense of honor and privilege.Also, with Scott, a major branch of literature was consolidated which in his time was beginning to be distinguished by the intelligentsia from "serious literature." His literary heirs are James Fenimore Cooper, Alexander Dumas pere, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Jane Austen headed up the other major branch which included George Eliot, Henry James and Joseph Conrad. This is of course a grossly simplified classification, but for some purposes a useful one which both Scott and Austen recognized. I call Scott's branch "romantic," and Austen's branch, "realistic" and/or "naturalistic."Ivanhoe is top-notch romantic adventure. Just get past the first couple of chapters and you'll be hooked.

  • Ashwood, 불
    2019-02-19 23:58

    This book took me a while to read, which is rare for me, so yea.

  • Siti
    2019-02-27 05:17

    Romanzo di grande successo al suo primo apparire, apripista del genere storico, modello perfino del grande Manzoni, Ivanhoe rivela ancora oggi le ragioni della sua gradevolezza non potendo più, per ragioni cronologiche, essere annoverato fra i bestseller. È un romanzo corposo per mole, evanescente nella sommaria trama e gradevole per il tono umoristico dal quale è attraversato. Alla base del successo l’eterna lotta del Bene contro il Male, la netta contrapposizione fra eroi ed antieroi, i colpi di scena, gli smascheramenti, le trasfigurazioni, il riconoscere nella storia medievale le proprie origini di popolo attuale, la forte connotazione nazionalista nel binomio Sassoni –Normanni, Scozzesi-Inglesi. La trama è nota ai più viste anche le innumerevoli trasposizioni e non solo cinematografiche che gli sono state dedicate; si tratta in breve del rientro del re Riccardo dalla Terra santa intrecciato a quello del nostro prode cavaliere Ivanhoe che tende a giuste nozze con la protetta del padre Cedric, Rowena, tra mille peripezie, duelli, tornei, imboscate, tradimenti e la finale vittoria del Bene sul Male. Recluso fra i libri etichettati come letteratura per ragazzi, la sua giusta collocazione potrebbe essere più azzeccata nei paraggi di Dumas padre, ad ogni modo è lettura da farsi in età adulta quando si possiedono gusti letterari ben delineati, poco inclini ai facili entusiasmi e strumenti di conoscenza per darle giusta collocazione all’interno della storia della letteratura inglese; non è certo compito mio, esistono studi infiniti al proposito. A me resta solo da consigliare un libro vivace, seppur impegnativo per mole, abbastanza fluido , capace di richiamare tempi, ideali, costumi ormai tramontati ma pur sempre avvincenti in un piacevole ritorno al passato

  • Randyn
    2019-02-21 00:18

    normally I don't like it when protagonists in books are anachronistically liberal and unprejudiced, but I would have made an exception for this story. In fact, I remember as a kid creating elaborate scenarios in my head where Ivanhoe runs off with the Jewish Rebecca instead of staying with the English Rowena. In fact, reading it this time around, I almost found myself liking the villain Brian du Bois-Guillbert. He might have been evil, but at least he was able to step outside of the prejudices of his time and would have been willing to give up everything and marry Rebecca. Also, he was an atheist, which was pretty cool. I mean, what did Ivanhoe actually have going for him? He was an unimaginatively nice and chivalrous guy who was loyal to the brave but stupid Richard the Lion-Hearted. That's about it. He certainly wasn't any kind of visionary, and anyway, he was injured for most of the book.

  • Jason
    2019-02-23 01:10

    Oh, this was very good. I'd read that Woolf loved Scott, and when I told an academic mentor that I was going to read it, she exclaimed, "I had SUCH a crush on Ivanhoe! I'll lend you my copy!" I went into it with high expectations and it delivered. Yes, it's full of lengthy description, but there is action and adventure, romance and politics, and is generally a thrill. I had to skim it, and ended up breezing through a lot of Scott's descriptions of clothing or setting, but as Allan Massie wrote in The Telegraph, "Scott wrote fast and often carelessly, and he should be read in the same way. He is a novelist for greedy readers, not for dainty ones."

  • April
    2019-03-17 06:17

    I can see now, after having read Ivanhoe, where most of our notions of the medieval ways and of Robin Hood originated. It seemed at once both familiar and foreign jumping into this book. I could see the beginnings of certain conventions — and the glaring lack, as well. It reminded me both of the Canterbury tales and of old Hollywood movies; it was actually kind of weird.It begins with two minor characters, for instance, and not the main character, Ivanhoe. Ivanhoe is actually introduced somewhat late, and he's mostly incognito in his first appearance, so you're kind of thrown into the story with little or no ties to anyone in particular. It's hard to care about the characters or the story that way, so I didn't have much emotion invested into the story and got easily bored. After a few chapters, I found myself watching the 1952 movie adaptation to get me jump started, the one starring Robert Taylor, which, notably, didn't start with the minor characters at all but started with Ivanhoe's back story, him coming back from the crusades, on a mission to raise enough money to free King Richard.This is what the book lacked in the beginning. It lacked that motor, that thing that gives readers a reason to read through all the descriptive chapters in which nothing really happens just yet. As a result, the book seems a bit aimless and happenstance, and it's hard to figure out who to even care for, until you get deeper into the book and discover some of the whys and wherefores of the situations.For instance, Ivanhoe and Rowena are childhood sweethearts, and you're supposed to root for them as a couple, but they are apart for most of the book, and you barely see them express their love for each other. There is, in fact, very little that happens in the span of the book that would lead anyone to think that Ivanhoe is better off with Rowena than with any other woman. And there IS another woman, Rebecca, in the book who through her actions seems a more deserving character than Rowena. There's another man as well, for Rowena, but the point is Rebecca is the one the reader would rather root for to win the heart of Ivanhoe. Rebecca actually, genuinely cares for Ivanhoe, not just in an emotional sense, partly out of gratitude for Ivanhoe's kind treatment of her father, but in a medical sense, when Ivanhoe gets mortally wounded in a tournament. She's the one who looks after him and with her exceptional healing skills helps him to get better. She's the one who generously funds him, too, using the jewelry she has inherited from her mother. Not only that, but when Rebecca needs saving, it's Ivanhoe alone who saves her. So Rebecca seems a more likely heroine than Rowena — at least in my eyes. The story revolves more around her than around Rowena.But Rebecca is Jewish, and I guess that and the fact that Ivanhoe and Rowena were childhood sweethearts, make any relationship between Ivanhoe and Rebecca impossible. The way the book is written, it absolutely makes no sense to a modern reader of romance. If there was more interaction between Ivanhoe and Rowena, or if more of their back story was revealed, then I think it would have made more sense and been more gratifying to have them come together in the end; as it was, you have only the author's word that Ivanhoe and Rowena were already an item before any of the events in the book happened.So for me, that romance story arc needed more of the usual conventions to make it work.The action-adventure story, similarly, needed more of the usual conventions, or at least a proper back story to give it more reason to exist. I couldn't figure out, for instance, why Ivanhoe needed to enter the tournament at all. In the movie version, it was because he needed the prize money for King Richard's ransom, but the reason in the book is actually not that clear, and the tournament turns out to be a very big part of the story. The later two parts of the action-adventure makes a little more sense; there seems to be a clear mission, rescue the hostages from within the castle, and later, save Rebecca from a death sentence by being her champion and winning a fight. So I could more easily accept the plotting in those areas. The first third, though, seemed a bit senseless to me.The language seems appropriate for the time, yet easy enough to read. The characters were nicely drawn, and some of them were actually very engaging. For a main character, though, Ivanhoe appeared only partly drawn — the other characters were better developed and more likable than he was. Also, as he was injured for much of the book, he was absent from a lot of the action and so seemed more like a prop than a main character.Nutshell ... I can see why some people might laud this book, if it was one of the first of its kind, but at the same time it was kind of baffling and boring by the standards of today. I imagine books in this genre have come a long, long, LONG way since this first came out, and if this book were rewritten today, it would be a very, very different book indeed.I wasn't wowed, but it wasn't TOO bad.Finished reading March 25, 2011.

  • Penny
    2019-03-14 02:19

    I read this for a college literature course, and I remember being one of the few people in the class who liked it. I remember my professor even admitted to not liking it very well.I found it delightful, in the same way Robin Hood and King Arthur tales are delightful. You have to have an appreciation for the whimsical, though, and not take anything too seriously.It's probably no coincidence that I liked this novel and I also still read YA fiction at my advanced age.UPDATE: I just watched the A & E movie version, which refreshed my memory of the book a little. They made the ending of the movie a little happier than the book. They also made more of the romantic attraction between Ivanhoe and Rebecca. There was some of that in the book, but the two did a better job of resisting temptation in the book, which made them more likeable characters, although the movie characters may have been more realistic.

  • Julie Davis
    2019-03-03 03:15

    Yes, I know I just listened to this book. But I figure if Harriet Beecher Stowe could read Ivanhoe seven times in one month, then I can reread it right away. Am enjoying it immensely - again!=========I'm reading this for my book club (the adult equivalent of a high school reading assignment when it is for a book you've managed to avoid for years). Consequently I listened to B.J. Harrison's excellent narration to help me get into the book. And it worked. I initially enjoyed it it on the level of adventure novel, a la Treasure Island (the adventure novel I listened to just before this).I was surprised at the inventive plot twists, the laugh-out-loud humor, and most of all at Rebecca. Here is someone who is female, from a despised group, and who is only valued by most for her beauty. Yet, she is articulate, quick witted, and will not allow herself to be used as a pawn or allow others to get away with facile explanations for their own evil actions. What a role model!Overall, Ivanhoe was a reminder not to avoid a classic just because the first chapter seems a little difficult or because one thinks the plot is hackneyed. Highly recommended.

  • El
    2019-02-25 07:12

    Good gravy, I've had Ivanhoe on my literary back burner for longer than I can remember. I love a romping good adventure story, but when I say that I mean things like The Count of Monte Cristo, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again, The Odyssey or The Princess Bride. I like my adventure stories to have... adventure. I expected adventure in Ivanhoe since it often falls into the same category as a lot of other swashbuckling adventures, filled with excitement.I think my copy was broken, because I didn't get much excitement out of it.It's not that it's a bad story by any stretch of the imagination. It's the grandpappy of historical fiction - published in 1819, the story actually takes place in the early twelfth century focusing on the whole Norman/Saxon brouhaha. Wilfred of Ivanhoe is shunned by his Saxon father for his dedication to the ENEMY: Couer de Lion, aka Richard the Lion-Heart, aka Richard I of England. And then there's a lot of stuff about politics and religion, which actually was pretty interesting, if a little unbelievable for the period in which the story was to take place. Likely that Ivanhoe would have had much opportunity to really hook up with the Jewish Rebecca? About as likely as Jack, a third-class passenger on a sinking ship, would hook up with high-class Rose in that dumb movie, Titanic. But at least the discussions of religion/class actually seemed to make a point in Ivanhoe.But there were lots of pages of talky-talk that seemed very unrealistic. Everyone in the twelfth century, according to Walter Scott, was pretty well-educated and awful liberal-minded. But it goes beyond that! There's a scene in which there is a fire, and I swear pages went by where people are talking about the fire, but no one is actually making any movement to leave. Maybe it was my imagination but that scene dragged on forever. And there's so much greenery in the twelfth century! Maybe as a 21st-century gal it's hard to imagine so much greenery, but this went beyond the woods and the hills and the dales. Everyone wore green, there was green hanging everywhere. Green, apparently, was the new black in 1194.Pages and pages of discussion about the size of the tables, the wood the tables were made of, what was on the tables, what the people sitting at the tables looked like, why some people weren't at the table... it never seemed to end.But people really seem to love this story, so who am I to discourage anyone else from reading it? There were some good things about this as well, like an appearance of Robin Hood. A lot of what we believe about Robin Hood actually can be traced back to Ivanhoe, so that's pretty cool. Still I consider Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood a much better adventure story than Ivanhoe, but that's probably beside the point.I am glad to have read this, even though I learned in the Afterword that not only was Scott's writing sloppily anachronistic, but he also wrote the story to try to make some big bucks. For some reason that sort of rubbed me the wrong way, though certainly he's not the first nor the last writer to be in the writing game just for the Benjamins.I'm mostly just relieved to be able to cross this off my list. WARNING: As with any work of historical fiction, take the story with a grain of salt.I want someone to bring the Trysting tree back into popularity. There's something pretty neat-o about meeting under a tree to discuss really important things.

  • Lada Fleur
    2019-03-06 06:17

    Roman historique parfait du Moyen Age embelli aux coutumes chevalresques et coutoises, romantisees et envoutantes

  • Nicola
    2019-03-02 01:12

    4 1/2 starsI was a little chary of starting this one when I did as I'd recently finished The Mysteries of Udolpho and I wasn't all that keen on embarking on another long and sometimes boring read. This was meant to be set during the Age of Chivalry after all, I had great fears that there would be people declaiming right and left, maidenly honour being besmirched and people reading poetry as entertainment. In the fragile state I was in I wasn't sure I'd be able to cope. However I needed have worried, Ivanhoe was an absolute cracker. Not a dull moment from start to finish. In fact I don't think there was much breathing space from start to finish. There were also jokes from 'rude mechanicals' which were genuinely funny without needing anyone to explain the punchline. The setting is England around the times of King Richard the Lionheart and the Holy Crusades. To make Ivanhoe the story it is, Walter Scott throws in a vast heaping of history, adds large chunks of realistic ambiance and spices everything up with more than a dash of mythical story telling (i.e. totally made up bullshit) and dishes us up a stew both tasty and hearty. King Richard is missing and rumours abound, the villainous Prince John plots and schemes for the throne and the greenwoods ring to the sound of Merry Men. Also back from the Crusades comes the brave young Ivanhoe, bosom friend of his majesty and estranged from his family for daring to love a lady of most noble Saxon birth who her guardian (Ivanhoes own father) wished to marry off to another great Saxon prince and so create yet another contender for the vacantish throne. And here we have the first of the clashes portrayed in the book - Saxon vs Norman. Shortly after another is introduced in the form of a cringing Jew who is despised and reviled by virtue of being suspected of growing rich off the blood of Christian men and for simply existing. Sir Walter Scott does make rather a caricature of Issac the moneylender but he does show the social conditions which lead to his devotion and love of money. These aren't the only themes in the work but they are probably the most prominent and Walter Scott doesn't shy away from showing how even the best of men could be blinded by their society taught bigotry. Ivanhoe was a man of his time, a super man of his time to be sure, but still greatly flawed. Although refraining from actual physical abuse his contempt for even the virtuous Jewess Rebecca threatens to overshadow our opinion of him. This determination to show reality rather than an entirely idealised picture of life is one of the great feature of the book. In tournaments knight die - lances splinter and impale the unlucky, swords don't just clang harmlessly off of armour, they sheer through blood and bone. You can almost hear the screams of agony coming from the pages during these 'friendly' entertainments. The lands are practically lawless, only the powerful and extremely well connected had any real hope of getting 'justice'. Women who were abducted were very likely raped. Repeatedly. Knights were neither gentle nor kind. Torture was rife, religious bigotry was beyond endemic and might made right from King down. Of course this was a fictional story so in the end the good guys are going to win; for all of Walter Scotts gritty realism this was never really not going to be the case. Still, even the ending gives pause for thought; there isn't quite the golden little ribbon neatly tying everything up in one happy package. A wonderful story, it only loses half a star because, while entertaining, the people inside the covers never show any actual individuality. Baring the nuanced Rebecca they have a character and a section of society they are meant to represent and they don't step outside of these roles. Even the titular character Ivanhoe is no more than a cardboard cutout, although there is a slight suggestion of personal growth near the very end there isn't any more time for this to be developed. This lack of depth didn't really worry me, the story was great and I loved it. I'm definitely looking forward to reading what else he has on the list.

  • Célia
    2019-03-10 04:05

    Antes de passar à opinião propriamente dita, tenho de falar sobre a edição portuguesa do Ivanhoe que tenho. Comprei-a em 2008 no hipermercado Continente, dentro daquelas publicações da de clássicos a preço convidativo. Já tinha lido As Aventuras de Tom Sawyer da mesma coleção e nada me desagradou, mas desta vez tenho dificuldades em encontrar algo de positivo para além do preço. Bastou-me ler o primeiro capítulo para decidir que não conseguia continuar a ler aquela tradução e que optaria por ler em inglês. Imensas gralhas, vírgulas mal colocadas, frases a soarem mal… A certa altura, para verificar em que página ia, comecei a procurar o capítulo que estava a ler no e-book e não o encontrava; foi quando percebi que esta edição não o tinha e pior, enquanto que o e-book tinha 44 capítulos, ali só se encontravam 42. Recordo que na capa diz explicitamente “Versão Integral”, o que não é verdade. Por curiosidade, li uma página do livro e comparei-o com o texto original, e concluí que naquele bocadinho o texto tinha sido completamente assassinado.Tive curiosidade em pesquisar sobre a tradução/tradutor, e descobri uma edição dos anos 1950 de Ivanhoe, da Romano Torres, precisamente traduzida por António Vilalva. Isto levou-me a imaginar que, para esta edição, alguém se lembrou de digitalizar a tradução original (que ainda assim me parece tomar demasiadas liberdades em relação ao texto) mas achou que a revisão do texto era um passo dispensável – isto apesar de haver uma revisora creditada. É só especulação da minha parte, mas não me admirava nada. Concluo este pequeno aparte relembrando o ditado que diz “o barato sai caro”.Passando ao livro propriamente dito: Ivanhoe é um dos romances de cavalaria mais famosos, recuperando o contexto social na Inglaterra do final do século XII. Foi uma época de profundas divisões no país, numa altura em que o Rei Ricardo I, Coração de Leão, se encontrava ausente do país após a participação na Terceira Cruzada e de ter desaparecido, supostamente após ter sido raptado. A nobreza do país estava dividida entre Saxões e Normandos, com predominância dos segundos, e é precisamente esta divisão o grande tema do livro.Ivanhoe, que tinha partido com o Rei Ricardo para a Cruzada e deserdado pelo pai – um Saxão que continuava fiel às suas origens – não tem propriamente grande participação ao longo da narrativa, mas acaba por aparecer aos olhos de leitor como um símbolo da união entre as duas fações e, em última análise, um símbolo de todas as virtudes do povo inglês, fruto de várias culturas. Os judeus e a sua relação com outras culturas são igualmente um tema importante no livro e não deixa de ser interessante aprender um pouco mais sobre o papel deles na sociedade da época.De resto, é um livro com ação constante, que traz consigo um certo tom épico, no sentido em que possui elementos como os regressados que desejam recuperar a sua honra, a luta contra a corrupção, a elevação do sentido da nação e, também, o reencontro com personagens que conhecemos de outras andanças (notável aqui o cameo de Robin Hood). Foi uma leitura agradável e que me permitiu aprender algumas coisas sobre a época medieval, mas ainda assim, e para o meu gosto pessoal, achei as personagens demasiado a preto e branco e os acontecimentos, na sua maioria algo previsíveis. Não deixa de ser um bom livro, e por isso recomendo-o (mas comprem outra edição ou leiam em inglês!).

  • Natalie
    2019-03-16 02:27

    This. Was. Amazing.I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Wamba is hysterical, Rebecca a true heroine, the writing style magnificent, and all the other characters admirable or detestable by turns. I really love this book. :)

  • Brianna da Silva
    2019-03-12 23:07

    Well, that was fun. ^_^

  • Vicho
    2019-03-02 06:59

    Debo confesar que me costó un poco engancharme al 100% debido a la narrativa, algunas situaciones "apresuradas" y personajes que no recordaba quienes eran dentro de la historia jaja, sin embargo reconozco el valor literario que tiene la obra. Cada personaje y situación han sido pensadas estratégicamente para que el lector pueda conectar, el final si bien no me gustó pude interiorizarlo y decir "Carajo! qué buena y a la vez qué triste". Me encantó el personaje de Rebeca, siento que ella representó una cachetada a esa "cristiandad", una judía con más espíritu cristiano que el propio prior y gran maestre templario. Si vas a leerlo, leelo no con la intención de aprender historia, pues esa no ha sido la intención (Walter Scott mismo, menciona que su intención es la de entretener), leelo enfocándote en los temas de la novela: El antisemitismo reinante, la incoherencia, los problemas de amor. Sobre todo leelo con la actitud que estás leyendo un clásico del padre de la novela histórica. No es Jhon Green papu.

  • Emily
    2019-03-08 05:21

    Ha! I finally finished it! Ivanhoe was great but it was definitely slow going for me. The author sometimes could get quite long winded while describing things which made it much too easy to put down. I've wanted to read this book ever since I saw the Ivanhoe episode of Wishbone as a kid. So, I have finally done it. I hesitate somewhat to mark this as historical fiction because it's definitely more fiction than historical but Sir Walter Scott is considered the "father of historical fiction". Two of the main characters are Jewish and I have to say that to read the way the other characters treated them and referred to them was startling. I suppose that was the author's design; Jews were treated horribly at that time. It would have been nice to have been warned though as I was not expecting it.All in all it's a great story with great characters and I would recommend it to anyone. How could you not love a book with knights in shining armor, Robin Hood and his merry men, damsels in distress, evil conspirators, jousts, castles, thieves, drunks, tournaments, Normans, Saxons, mystery, humor, epic battles, jesters, intrigue...? It's all there.

  • Paula W
    2019-03-01 23:01

    Although it took me quite a while to get used to the language and sentence structure, I really enjoyed this one. Ivanhoe is part adventure, part historical fiction, part romance, and all fun.I can't help but wonder why the book is called Ivanhoe, though. The title character is certainly not the main character, nor even one of the better written characters. As a matter of fact, most of the characters didn't appear to be all that complex or interesting. I vote we re-name this book Rebecca. Because that woman is EVERYTHING.

  • Douglas Wilson
    2019-03-04 07:08

    On my short list of books I am actively reading, I include a "bucket book," defined as a book I really should have read by this time in my life, but which for various reasons, I have not. In this category, I just finished Ivanhoe, which I found quite enjoyable. I think it was also my first Scott novel. Fun.

  • Anton
    2019-02-20 04:25

    I read this ages ago. But at the time I was absolutely entranced by this novel. It has knights and rogues, romance and adventure, Templars (they are evil here) and Robin Hood crew. Yes, the plot is a bit naive and characters are black & white. But this is a charming novel with lots of heart to it. If you are 12 - beg, borrow or steal yourself a copy (but try begging and borrowing first).

  • Jessi
    2019-03-12 04:58

    It took me a long time to read this despite being very diligent about it. I rented it from the library, and woe, I had to re-check it out after 2 weeks. It was frustrating because I originally started reading it in order to take up the time it would take for the library to get in the other books I wanted to read. The problem wasn't the story, it was the old-ish language used. The fact that the book was insanely thick with small print didn't help matters either. I do have to say I have grown very fond of the word knave. I will randomly say things like, "What saidst thou, knave." My family probably thinks I'm nuts.Now for my thoughts on the story. I really liked the way the book incorporates the four stories of the Jewess (another word I have grown to like a lot), Ivanhoe, the king, and Cedric. They flow in and out of each other nicely. Rebbecca is the most awesome woman in the book. She defends her chastity with her life. Who among us would do the same? To be honest, I don't think I would. Of course, chastity now is not what it used to be. I read in the prologue that people were originally upset that Ivanhoe and the Jewess were not married in the end. I was happy that Ivanhoe married Rowena instead. It really wouldn't have worked out with the religion thing. I do wish that she had met some great Jewish guy though. She really deserves to be happy. I thought Athelstane was really funny. I don't really know if he was supposed to be used for comic relief or to frustrate the reader, but I always laughed at him. I do have to say that I was kind of glad that he "died." When he came back, I knew that Cedric was going to start with his tricks again, but I'm glad that he didn't avail in the end.