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What did you love best about Ivanhoe?
It gives a better reading of history and culture than dry academic discourse. And within a children's tale there is more nuance and sincerity than most of modern politics.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The swineherd. His honesty moved me and his predicament has a telling similarity to the one of the modern middle class.
What about James Cosmo’s performance did you like?
His voice. It was not overtly full of fake rural tones, but naturally so. Romantic in the spirit of the book.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Cedric's destiny and his struggle to keep his family and his nation alive.
Errol Flynn's "The Adventures of Robin Hood" meets Stormfront in this classic by a name known more for pipe tobacco than literature. Still, the combination of conflict (of the flavor of "Friday Night Lights") and speechifying (of the flavor of "Deadwood") and a terrific performance make it an edifying pastime.
Not the easiest story to get into (written 200 years ago) but it's the narration that makes it accessible and engaging
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I'm a big fan of Cosmo's acting, but this reading was a bit stilted. Some breathing exercises and longer phrasing required.