Ivanhoe

ivanhoe.jpg I fin­ished read­ing Ivanhoe the oth­er day. It was good, sur­pris­ing­ly so. I end­ed up lik­ing the main vil­lain more than any oth­er char­ac­ter.

That struck me as strange, when I re­al­ized that Brian de Bois-Guilbert was in deep shit and I felt bad for the poor guy. Most of the char­ac­ters in Ivanhoe move about anony­mous­ly in the book while not be­ing very anony­mous at all to the read­er. It is pret­ty ob­vi­ous that the hood­ed Palmer in the open­ing chap­ters is Wilfred of Ivanhoe him­self [though he is not named as such for a hun­dred-plus pages and in very dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances]. Richard Lionheart, Friar Tuck and Robin Hood are all present as well, though they go by pseu­do­nyms as well.

Brian de Bois-Guilbert on the oth­er hand is him­self and al­ways him­self. I think I liked him best be­cause I feel that he would fit right in 2004. This is be­cause he is such an in­di­vid­ual. The rest of the folks all seem shal­low and stereo­typ­i­cal in com­par­i­son.

The book seems in­cred­i­bly an­ti-Semitic, which took me aback for a long while. It is most def­i­nite­ly English and I think Sir Walter Scott pur­pose­ful­ly wrote it con­cern­ing the an­tag­o­nism-be­com­ing-friend­ship of the Normans and Saxons as a sort of flat­tery to­ward the Crown. That is just sup­po­si­tion though. I’m too lazy to re­search it. Despite be­ing writ­ten with thys and thines and var­i­ous oth­er quite rusty turns of phrase, I tru­ly en­joyed the man­ner in which it was writ­ten. It is quite the hu­mor­ous nov­el. I’m go­ing to cook din­ner now.

5 thoughts on “Ivanhoe

  1. Baked Ontario Walleye on a bed of Vidalias sea­soned with fen­nel seed a hint of lemon and a lit­tle too much thyme, light­ly but­tered and pop­py­seed­ed wheat noo­dles and peas.

  2. Oh my gosh. I CANNOT be­lieve you blogged about this! I ab­solute­ly LOVE this movie. Yes I know it was a book first,but I must have seen it a mil­lion times. I just added it to my Netflix list so I can see it again. I know it was a lit­tle cheesy,but I don’t care.

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