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January 13, 2013 1:23 AM   Subscribe

Jeff Wik irreverently recaps Le Morte Da Arthur
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants (13 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
I distinctly remember reading something like this, but not the same as this, before. I think he was writing them out of order, though. I remember it was hilarious?

This one is funny too! It's just gonna bug me until I find that one.
posted by NoraReed at 2:32 AM on January 13, 2013


For less funny, more serious, there's In Our Time's latest episode, which is about Le Morte Darthur.
posted by Kattullus at 4:57 AM on January 13, 2013


I think he was writing them out of order, though. I remember it was hilarious?

Was it this? I'm reasonable positive that he retells at least part of the Arthurian cycle.
posted by khaibit at 8:07 AM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


At first I thought that said "inadvertently recaps Le Morte da Arthur," and I thought, "Wow, that's a hell of a Freudian slip."
posted by Saxon Kane at 9:37 AM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Arthur dies? Way to spoil it, guys.
posted by zippy at 9:54 AM on January 13, 2013


The chapters in La Morte tend to be pretty short, if your recaps take as long to read as the actual chapters, then it's not much of a recap.
posted by Snyder at 10:43 AM on January 13, 2013


If you can get your hands on a copy of Phylis Ann Karr's The Idylls of the Queen and The King Arthur Companion, they are good reading. The former is a serious (but humorous in concept) murder mystery with Sir Kay as the rather grumpy detective and the latter is an encyclopedia that, among other things, points out that Merlin is a colossal jerk (he's not the son of the Devil for nothing) and Lancelot is... well, oddly well represented by Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Anyway, if you like this, you might find it worth your while to hunt down Karr's work.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:51 AM on January 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


I have the 2nd edition of Karr's companion, and it's great fun to read and browse, her essay on Perlesvaus is pretty interesting and funny, too.
posted by Snyder at 11:25 AM on January 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Utterly terrible, ham-handed and humorless tripe. Gah. I think I'm actually stupider for having read a page of that.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 11:36 AM on January 13, 2013


I've never been able to think about the beginning of Le Morte d'Arthur the same way since Oglaf's very sensible take on it. (Warning, all of Oglaf, including that, is comic porn.)

It really would have saved a lot of trouble.
posted by George_Spiggott at 11:43 AM on January 13, 2013 [3 favorites]


I have an audiobook of Le Morte d'Arthur read by Frederick Davidson I recommend. His vaudeville Englishman drawl is very soothing.
posted by winna at 8:04 AM on January 14, 2013


The chapters in La Morte tend to be pretty short, if your recaps take as long to read as the actual chapters, then it's not much of a recap.

You appear to have forgotten the endless lists of knights and kings and numbers of troops, and the tedious unhorsing and rehorsing and smotes and then....more unhorsing and rehorsing!

Plus, much as I love Le Morte d'Arthur, about 50% of the knights in it are brainless jackasses, and the continuity errors and translation problems are hilarious. People die, then just show up again later. At least one guy shows up again as a different character with the french translation of his name.

My all-time favorite, though, is the bit where Tristram suddenly is referred to as "Tramtris" for like four chapters before Malory finally fills us in on the fact that this is his incredibly devious method of fooling a bunch of people who want him dead.
posted by Dr.Enormous at 5:14 PM on January 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


Yes, khaibit, that was it. Thank you for putting my mind to rest.
posted by NoraReed at 1:35 AM on January 15, 2013


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