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I Am Mordred: A Tale of Camelot – tekijä:…

I Am Mordred: A Tale of Camelot (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1998; vuoden 2002 painos)

– tekijä: Nancy Springer (Tekijä)

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When Mordred learns the identity of his father, he struggles with feelings of hatred, but also fights the fate which determines that he kill the good and gracious king.
Teoksen nimi:I Am Mordred: A Tale of Camelot
Kirjailijat:Nancy Springer (Tekijä)
Info:Firebird (2002), 192 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):*****

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I am Mordred (tekijä: Nancy Springer) (1998)

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    wordcauldron: My favorite retelling of Arthurian legend. Period.

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It is a well put together work about what many think is a minor character, but is actually one of utmost importance. The tale of Mordred needs to be shared more, and Nancy Springer does a very good job. ( )
  Troy_Depue | Feb 5, 2018 |
Originally posted at FanLit.

3.5 stars

Almost all the modern stories derived from Arthurian legends focus on King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, Sir Gawain, and Merlin. Why does Mordred, the man who eventually brings down the whole shebang, get such short shrift? There??s plenty of source material, most notably Geoffrey of Monmouthƒ??s Historia Regum Britanniae and Thomas Maloryƒ??s Le Morte dƒ??Arthur. Maybe itƒ??s that Mordred isnƒ??t very romantic. Or maybe we just donƒ??t like reading about people who are hard to root for.

In her novel I Am Mordred, Nancy Springer flips the legend, brings the traitorous Mordred to tragic life, and makes him easy to sympathize with. When we meet Mordred heƒ??s a happy child being raised in a loving home by hard-working fisherfolk. His life changes when heƒ??s discovered and taken away. Now he lives with a cold mother, a heavy burden (Merlin has publicly prophesied that Mordred will kill King Arthur) and a huge helping of guilt (King Arthur killed all the babies in the realm when he found out about Mordredƒ??s birth).

But Mordred doesnƒ??t want to kill anybody. Heƒ??s a sensitive child who just wants to be loved and accepted by his scheming mother and the kind father who refuses to acknowledge him as son. Can Mordred find love? Can he defy his fate, or is he destined to fulfill it?

I Am Mordred is a short sad novel with a sympathetic anti-hero. Nancy Springerƒ??s prose is pretty and she brings a little piece of Arthurian Legend to life as Mordred gives his candid impressions of Arthur, Morgause, Morgan Le Fay, and others. In addition Springer explores such subjects as the nature of family, love, loneliness, original sin, self-determinism, fate and free will, honor, shame and guilt, and the function of the soul.

I Am Mordred is marketed to children aged 10 and up. As far as childrenƒ??s literature goes, the tale is rather somber and dark, dealing with incest, adultery, murder, and death, but itƒ??s tastefully done and none of it is graphic or glorifying. Nancy Springer succeeds in illustrating the lesson that we should always try to look at events from other peopleƒ??s perspectives. I wouldnƒ??t hesitate to recommend I Am Mordred to children, but keep in mind that itƒ??s dark and sad. Springer doesnƒ??t change the legendary ending.

I listened to Steven Crossley narrate Recorded Bookƒ??s version of I Am Mordred. I enjoyed this production. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
As I am Morgan Le Fey told the early story of Morgan and some of her early experiences which formed her into the woman we know from the Arthurian Tales, this does the same for Mordred. Mordred was fated to kill his father, King Arthur. His mother was Morgan, Arthur's sister and different versions of the stories have her knowing he was her brother when they slept together and other have them both ignorant. Mordred is found by a middle aged couple who are unable to have children of their own when he washes up on the shore by their hut one night. Arthur had put all the babies born on a certain date in a boat and set it adrift in an effort to kill his illegitimate son and curtail the prophecy.

Mordred grows up not knowing who he really is until he is on the cusp of puberty. Nimue comes for him and takes him to live with his aunt Morgause and he still doesn't know the truth of his birth. Morgan keeps trying to contact him, but he is afraid and doesn't take to her at all. When he finally does learn the truth of his birth and who hhis parents are all he wants is his father to acknowledge him and make him proud. He feels like he is living under a curse and tries to do everything he can to dispel it and not live up to what is prophesised for him.

The novel though short is filled with mystery and magic. Nimue is a character I always loved despite what she does to Merlin (I always thought he was a bit too much of a know-it-all and it was good for him to be taken down by a woman!) and I love her expanded role in the story and the way the dog and falcon fit the tale. It examines whether our lives are predestined and ruled by fate or if we can change them with free will. Pretty timeless questions and I liked how Springer dealt with them. ( )
1 ääni Rhinoa | Jun 4, 2010 |
Summary: Everyone knew who he was... son of the king, born from an incestuous union, prophesied to murder King Arthur and end the dream that is Camelot. His name is known by all, and spoken as a curse: Mordred. His father tried to kill him when he was just a baby, consigning him and 40 other baby boys to the sea. But Mordred survived and was raised by a fisherman and his wife, a happy, normal child... until he is found by the sorceress Nyneve and brought to Lothian to be raised by his mother Morgause. There he learns who he is, and of the dark foretelling that causes everyone to hate and fear him. But Mordred has no reason to kill his father, and wants nothing more than a way to change his destiny... nothing, except his father's love.

Review: Mordred is probably the character I find most interesting in Arthurian legend, provided he's done right - I can't stand retellings that paint him as a one-dimensional villain lusting after the throne. On that front, Springer gets it right; her Mordred is as complex and sympathetic as any I've seen. I am Mordred deals with some heavier themes than you might expect given its size; primarily of the constraints put on us not of our choosing - not only those of fate and prophecy, but also those of family, birth, kingship, gender, power, and the lack of power. Springer's writing is deceptively simple as well, straightforward enough to occasionally seem geared toward a younger reader than I think was intended, yet simultaneously lush and evocative.

While I enjoyed Springer's writing and her characterization of Mordred, there were a few elements that kept me from totally loving the book. The first was that the ending felt totally rushed. It seemed like Springer got to the tipping point of her story, then just sort of stopped; the entire fall of Camelot and death of Arthur all happened in less than three pages of epilogue. While I get that the point of the book was to examine how and why Mordred turned from a happy child into a patricide, not to dwell on the patricide itself, it still felt like it happened too fast to be an organic part of the story. Also, the magical nature of Springer's world didn't ever quite click for me. While I have no issues with magical systems cropping up in whatever kind of book, I like them to be well-explained and internally consistent. In I am Mordred, however, magic only seemed to pop up when it was needed for metaphorical purposes or to otherwise make a point. Still, I read this book primarily for the character(s), not for the worldbuilding, so on that front, I got what I came for. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: I would recommend this book primarily to those who are already at least vaguely familiar with Arthurian legend, especially those who think Mordred normally gets a bum rap. ( )
  fyrefly98 | Mar 29, 2010 |
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