Rules for a Knight

Author(s): Ethan Hawke
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
CD - unabridged
Audio (2 discs)
Product Number: BN11458
Released: Nov 01, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781511324649
Narrator/s: Alessandro Nivola
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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From four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, star of Dead Poets Society, Reality Bites, Training Day as well as Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise trilogy and Boyhood, an unforgettable fable about a Knight's journey and a short guide to what gives life beauty and meaning. It is 1483, and Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a Cornish knight, is about to ride into battle. On the eve of his departure, he composes a letter to his four young children, consisting of twenty virtues that provide instruction on how to live a noble life, and on all the lessons, large and small, that he might have imparted to them himself were he not expecting to die on the battlefield. "Why am I alive? Where was I before I was born? What will happen to me when I die? Whatever well our lives are drawn from, it is deep, wild, mysterious, and unknowable..."Rules for a Knight is many things: a code of ethics; an intimate record of a lifelong quest; a careful recounting of a knight's hardest won lessons, deepest aspirations, and most richly instructive failures; and an artifact, a relic of a father's exquisite love. Drawing on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy and religion, on literature, and poetry, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time, Ethan Hawke has written a parable that-in the story of a young man's journey toward a life of authenticity and meaning-captures the instinctive movement of the heart toward truth and beauty. Rules for a Knight has the appeal of Arthurian legend; the economy of aesop; and the vitality, intelligence, and risk-taking that could only emanate from Ethan Hawke. From the Hardcover edition.

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Author(s): Ethan Hawke
Product Number EB00596920
Released: Nov 10, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: #9780307962348

Professional reviews

"Here are 20 rules, aimed at a young knight or lady, for living a good and moral life. Alessandro Nivola's soft, cultured voice delivers the rules, along with stories and examples that illuminate them. On the eve of battle in 1483, a knight writes a long letter of guidance and stories for his children. Listeners may be familiar with the morals and values, which are from Western and Eastern philosophy, but incorporating them into one's life is more difficult than simply knowing about them. Nivola uses grandfatherly tones--melodious, deep, and enchanting--to draw listeners in. Using lyrical tones, he BECOMES the knight who writes his timeless advice for his sleeping heirs. The rules conclude with a sonorous recitation of "Ballad of the Forty-four Pointed Red Deer," which is equally didactic. M.B.K. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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