Yvain: The Knight of the Lion

In his first graphic novel, National Book Award winner M T Anderson turns to Arthurian lore, with captivating art by Andrea Offermann bringing the classic legend to life.Eager for glory and heedless of others, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur s court and defeats a local lord in battle, unknowingly intertwining his future with the lives of two compelling women Lady LaIn his first graphic novel, National Book Award winner M T Anderson turns to Arthurian lore, with captivating art by Andrea Offermann bringing the classic legend to life.Eager for glory and heedless of others, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur s court and defeats a local lord in battle, unknowingly intertwining his future with the lives of two compelling women Lady Laudine, the beautiful widow of the fallen lord, and her sly maid Lunette In a stunning visual interpretation of a 12th century epic poem by Chr tien de Troyes, readers are at first glance transported into a classic Arthurian romance complete with errant knights, plundering giants, and fire breathing dragons A closer look, however, reveals a world rich with unspoken emotion Striking, evocative art by Andrea Offermann sheds light upon the inner lives of medieval women and the consequences Yvain s oblivious actions have upon Laudine and Lunette Renowned author M T Anderson embraces a new form with a sophisticated graphic novel that challenges Yvain s role as hero, delves into the honesty and anguish of love, and asks just how fundamentally the true self can really change.
Yvain The Knight of the Lion In his first graphic novel National Book Award winner M T Anderson turns to Arthurian lore with captivating art by Andrea Offermann bringing the classic legend to life Eager for glory and heedless o

  • Title: Yvain: The Knight of the Lion
  • Author: M.T. Anderson Andrea Offermann
  • ISBN: 9780763659394
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Yvain: The Knight of the Lion”

    1. A different way to delve into Arthurian stories. But why Yvain? There is an undercurrent of an odd feminism here (or maybe anti-feminism) - women who must manipulate men to see justice. Which is why of course love is bound with hate. Yvain's behavior is a good conversation starter. Hero or no? And the graphic novel approach is appealing for a new generation.

    2. Hardly the most engaging story, but it certainly does what it sets out to do. It seems that what Anderson found interesting in the story is that the female characters are allowed to have a certain amount of (still very limited) agency, and to express reactions that are entirely at odds with the expectations of the supposed hero character and with audience expectations. That the female love interest's reaction to being "won" by the hero can basically be summed up as "FML" is more than a little ou [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this Arthurian tale- one I hadn't yet read. Yvain falls insta-love with a Lady after killing her husband (the middle ages, people), and spends most of the book screwing up, then trying to make up for hurting her (because she marries him even though she pretty much hates him). Yvain has many adventures and seems to mature and become a true Knight in Shining Armor (although despite all that he never seems to wise up to how much his wife is only with him because of her honor and no [...]

    4. A superbly told and illustrated graphic adaptation of Chrétien de Troyes's medieval Arthurian legend. Anderson's text is clever, nuanced, and especially perceptive in rendering a feminist subtext. Andrea Offermann's elegant illustrations are appropriately dramatic, emotional and magical. A compelling, stylish retelling of Arthurian lore.

    5. ARC from Baker and TaylorApparently, what I need for my school are JUNIOR graphic novels. My students love things like the graphic novels of Stormbreaker and anything by Raina Telgemeier, but when I hand them books that have nice art, well developed plots and tiny print, they flip through them and don't realy read them. That might be because the students who like the graphic novels are often struggling readers. This is a graphic novel for students who LIKE to read and who like history. I will pa [...]

    6. A solid graphic novelization of the old Arthurian tale. (side note the amount of blood being drawn by broad swords hitting chain mail kind of drove me crazy, but I worry about stupid details too much)

    7. Read an advanced copy through Netgalley.I was really pleased with this adaptation. I've never had a strong background in Arthurian lore, so I was pretty much able to just enjoy the story. The author and illustrator notes made all the difference in the world .

    8. While I enjoyed the art style and the visual aspect of the page, the story was less than engaging. I was struck by the combined feminism and lack thereof - while the story revolves around the women in Arthurian legend, the limited agency of those women was noticeable.

    9. Arthurian romances and postmodernism seem to have a lot in common--the first can feel very amoral in its depictions of its heroes, who have an untidy penchant for cutting off people's heads, and the second likes to blur the line between hero and villain, right and wrong. So it is with M.T. Anderson's retelling of Chrétien de Troyes' story of Yvain. Part of the opening narration warns us to expect irony, "There was once an age when love was honorable. Or so I've heard." What follows is a tale of [...]

    10. Medieval romances are very bizarre. I say this having dearly loved my medieval literature classes in college; I wrote my first major research paper on the Lay of Sir Launfal. Also, I was a King Arthur junkie as a child; I designed an elaborate game with my friends in which we all pretended to be Arthurian characters reincarnated as teens (I was a sulky Morgan La Fay). So I have a long-standing appreciation for the legends of the Round Table. Additionally, Anderson is one of my favorites; Octavia [...]

    11. Initial Thoughts: I'm very excited there's a mainstream, YA version of "The Knight with the Lion." Medieval stories don't always get this chance for publicity. However, I think my familiarity with the story allowed me to fill in parts that may not be immediately clear to first time readers, particularly when the creators relied on solely the art to convey swaths of the plot. I'm also a bit disgruntled with some of the changes the authors made to the story. I understand it probably streamlined th [...]

    12. 3.5 starsI love M. T. Anderson's work. I wasn't familiar with the Yvain legend. It's a great vehicle for teens to explore the social mores of the time. How the people interpreted Christianity and honor and valor. I loved how the story exposed the restricted but potentially powerful role of women acting behind the scenes and behind the men. I love that the story honestly shows Lady Laudine's exploitation as she's forced to accept a man she despises, who murdered her first husband and abandoned he [...]

    13. I love the roughness and strangeness of Arthurian romance, of von Eschenbach and de Troyes -- comics sometimes verge on the slickness of Hollywood screenplay, and it's refreshing to read a standalone comic that isn't afraid to be weird, to be tonally all-over-the-place, to be unsatisfying, because that's exactly what its source material happens to be. At the same time, this is a polished package of a story with some excellent choices in layout and storytelling. Very good stuff.

    14. I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I liked the flow of the graphics, but I did not enjoy the story. The women in here really get the short end of the stick, and it was hard to read about one of the main characters forced into an arrangement that made her miserable. Yvain himself is blindly self centered and oblivious to other people's feelings.Not really for me.

    15. This GN version of the twelfth Century Arthurian Yvain legend raises questions about the nature of heroism, the battle between good and evil, and the role revenge plays in our lives. I found reading it in our current political environment compelling. “There are many secret chambers in our hearts where love can hide and many battlements where hate can stand, watching for enemies.” Perhaps we need to watch for Love a little more and watch for Hate a little less.

    16. Enjoyed the story, didn't love the art. It was pretty, but the text balloons didn't really go and I'm not sure what could have been done about it.

    17. I am a new comer to graphic novels but I think I have found my favorite sub genre in it. The historical graphic novels.

    18. This was a strange book. I'm not a big fan of Arthurian legends; most of my knowledge of them lingers from having read The Mists of Avalon some years ago. I missed that type of female dynamic. I didn't get the motivation of these characters. They were spiteful and vindictive in not-very-sensible ways (the women), and the men were stupid. The artwork is beautiful, as is the book itself. It just wasn't my cup of tea. The Author's Note at the end was probably my favorite part.

    19. While the illustrations are beautiful, I simply could not get behind this story. I know it's based on epic poetry from a different time, but the glorification of violence and what is essentially trial by murder just made me ill. I think this is a case of something that works in one medium not working in another. When you have to look at the protaginist take up a ridiculous duel, cleave his sword into the other guys skull, and then claim to have fallen in love with his widdow all in a few short p [...]

    20. Read in galley so I am eagerly awaiting the finished copy. Even with these "low resolution images" Offermann's illustrations have terrific energy and emotional impact. I love the tapestry-like panels on many of the pages that reinforce the sense of the legend and the Middle Ages. Anderson's retelling of the Arthurian story is richly layered and carries multiple threads that will give older readers much to think about. It is also a wonderful gateway to Arthurian stories and will surely propel man [...]

    21. I enjoy King Arthur stories and this was intriguing fun - sweeping and eventful. The palette is mostly muted save for flashes of red mostly representing the blood that was shed in battles but could be the arc. Panel sizes vary from nearly thumb-nail size to double-page spreads. Author and artist notes at the end enhance understanding. Looking forward to seeing the finished book.

    22. I originally read Yvain on Netgalley via my kindle. We are going to discuss Yvain next week at our book camp for teachers, so I read a final copy tonight. I was impressed by the design of the book as well as the detailed author and illustrator's notes. Definitely a great read for anyone interested in old legends.

    23. M.T. Anderson moves from his success as a novelist to the medium of a graphic novel to tell the Arthurian legend of Yvain: The Knight of the Lion. Much of the work is based off the legendary poem by Cretien de Troyes with plenty of additional research done by the author and illustrator for a well-rounded and authentic collected telling of this classic story. However, this was my introduction to the character of Yvain and the two women whose lives are so dynamically affected by his choices, and I [...]

    24. Yesterday, I finished reading Philip Pullman'sthe Adventures of John Blake. Some of my response is based on the inevitable juxtaposition between that and this. Though the stories are obvious unrelated, there's a lot they have in common. Two JUV/YA authors first tries at the graphic format; two relatively untried artists. Who will win the battle at the cornucopia of my heart?Anderson wins, but by little more than a nose. I disliked the art in Pullman's book a great deal -- I dislike the art in th [...]

    25. Yvain is a honorable knight of Arthur's Round Table, he defeats a man in battle and marries his beautiful widow, Lady Laudine. After pledging to return from his wandering ways to his new wife after a year and a day, he loses track of time and finds himself spurned. Determined to win back the love of his wife, he set about to make things right.Along the way he befriends a lion, saves a local maiden, defeats giants, and fights for his lady's love. Told in the style of a poetic epic, this is a uniq [...]

    26. *I won an ARC of this book via a raffle at Rochester Teen Book Fest**Find reviews and more bookish fun at Ryann the Reader.The short version: This was a fun, easy read. If you're looking to break into graphic novels or Arthurian Tales for the first time, this is a great place to start.The long version: M.T. Anderson's graphic novel tells the story of Sir Yvain, the cousin of the more well-known knight, Sir Gawain. My own knowledge of Arthurian tales is pretty limited; I've seen a few movies, rea [...]

    27. The artwork in this book is stunning, and it's worth reading for the visuals alone. I appreciate that M. T. Anderson chose a more obscure Arthurian legend to retell, and I think he did a great job considering the source material. However, the source material about Yvain is pretty wretched. Yvain himself is not a likable character, and doesn't seem to grown or learn at all from his mistakes. It's nearly impossible to sympathize with him, and even though he acts like a fool, everything works out w [...]

    28. MT Anderson's adaptation/translation of Chrétien de Troyes's Arthurian tale is beautifully rendered in Andrea Offermann's artwork. The story is, by the nature of such tales, convoluted and rather odd, where over and over again the women in the tale get cornered into making decisions that are not ideal to survive the male-dominated knights-and-castles world of King Arthur. In that sense, it is very much like today (for the majority of women int he world, anyway). The difference, of course, is th [...]

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