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At The Crossing Places (Arthur Trilogy, 2) (2002)

di Kevin Crossley-Holland

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Serie: Arthur trilogy (2)

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In late twelfth-century England, the thirteen-year-old Arthur goes to begin his new life as squire to Lord Stephen at Holt, where crusaders ready themselves.
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[This is a review I wrote in 2007]

** The second in the Arthur trilogy - not as good as the first**

This book continues the story of young Arthur, begun in "Arthur: The Seeing Stone". It is now the year 1200, one year on from the previous novel, and Arthur is all set to join Lord Stephen de Holt (the man to whom he is now squire) on the Fourth Crusade against the infidels. However, there are many preparations that have to be made before they can even think of crossing the Channel... Armour to get ready, horses... and will Arthur become betrothed??

This book, like the first in the trilogy, is cut short into 101 chapters, and the chapters chop and change between the story of Arthur of the Marches and the myth of King Arthur in the stone. Being used to the short chapters from the previous novel, I barely noticed them. Unfortunately, though, I just couldn't enjoy the story of the mythological Arthur in this novel. I found the sections about the legend of King Arthur seemed muddled and didn't have any continuity to them, making them difficult to read and follow. There also seems to be a greater emphasis on the mythology story in this novel as well, whereas in the first book it was used less often.

In all, although I still enjoyed the story of young Arthur in the Marches at his crossing point between boyhood and manhood, and the vivid descriptions of medieval life, I felt the legend of Arthur sections could have been used to tie the book together a lot better. As it is, they are just a confusing muddle and I was left disappointed. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 20, 2020 |
I read this for the "A Book With A Green Spine" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I feel it was more of a 2.5 than a 3, it was ok but I wasn't in love with it. I ended up with way more questions than answers. Maybe if I read more of the series I would like it more, but it didn't make me desperate to pick them up. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
Kevin Crossley-Holland spinnt die Saga um Arthur/Arthur weiter - der eine lebt zur Zeit Richard Löwenherz und bereitet sich als Knappe auf die Kreuzfahrt vor, der andere ist der legendäre Artus, dessen Geschichte Arthur in einem magischen Stein verfolgen kann.

In den gut 100 zum Teil nicht mal eine Seite langen Kapiteln wird die Geschichter der Kreuzfahrerzeit mit der Artussage verwoben. War es im ersten Band noch mehr das Abenteuer liegt jetzt, mit der Entwicklung des Protagonisten, der Fokus mehr im Bereich Liebe und Rittertum.

Der Text liest sich gut und gibt interessante Einblicke darin, wie man sich das Leben zur Zeit der Kreuzfahrer in einer Burg "auf dem Lande" in England vorstellen kann. Andererseits fehlt mir, um mehr als ein paar Seiten am Stück zu lesen, die Spannung, die einen in der Geschichte weiterträgt.

Auch im zweiten Band wurde die Arthur/Arthur Verknüpfung noch nicht aufgelöst, der englische Titel des dritten Bands (King of Middle March) deutet da aber etwas an.

Leseempfehlung für die Reihe für alle, die an der Artussage und einem fundierten Blick ins Mittelalter interessiert sind und dabei auf einen großen Spannungsbogen verzichten können. ( )
  ahzim | Sep 18, 2016 |
A very smart book, however
1) King Arthur and his knights figure too prominently.
2) Gatty becomes a bit tiresome.
The descriptions of squire Arthur's life and adventures are generally vivid and interesting. The quandaries are very real. There are not a lot of pat solutions. ( )
  themulhern | Jan 14, 2013 |
In this second volume in Crossley-Holland's Arthur trilogy we get more of the story of young Arthur, the illegitimate son of a rather unpleasant knight, brought up in the home of another and now sent to become a squire in the home of a third. As we learned in Volume 1, The Seeing Stone, Arthur is also able to see major events in the life and court of his famous namesake by looking into a polished piece of obsidian he has been given. Bridging the years between the two Arthurs is Merlin who recedes into the background for most of this volume. The "crossing places" of the title carries multiple meanings, as young Arthur moves from youth into adulthood, crosses the channel for the first time and begins to make decisions and discoveries that will, no doubt, bear fruit in the concluding volume.

I read the first volume in this series a few years ago and liked it well enough that when a copy of the third volume turned up at our local library sale last year I didn't hesitate to scoop it up. I figured I could always borrow the middle volume, but then I found this copy at a used bookstore (Russell's in Victoria, BC - one of the best I've ever been in) last month and was able to complete the set. When all's read and done though, I suspect I'll eventually send all three books back to the library sale tables. There's just something about this series that doesn't work for me and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. It could be that, though I admire Mr. Crossley-Holland's skill at interweaving the two strands, all the back and forth makes it difficult for me to stay emotionally involved with young Arthur's story. And his is the story I want to stay focused on. I find myself becoming impatient with yet another retelling of yet another knight's tale. And though there's an admirable economy in these tellings, it can sometimes seem overly hasty, like a thumbnail sketch where something more is warranted, almost as if the author can't wait to get back to his main story, too, but having made the decision to include this other strand he now feels obliged to continue with it. The one exception is his version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which he allows himself two chapters to tell, instead of the usual one, and the pay-off is a much richer, fully fleshed story.

I guess part of my frustration is that young Arthur's story really does have the potential to get under one's skin. He's a wonderful character and his conflicting thoughts and emotions as he arrives at his crossing places are beautifully rendered in a simple, straightforward way that feels right for a young man of this age and this time. I'll certainly finish the series at some point but if somewhere in the third volume Arthur were to lose his seeing stone I suspect I wouldn't miss it all that much. ( )
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Kevin Crossley-Hollandautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Call, GregImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Lawrence, JohnIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
West, SamuelNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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