Category: Adult Fiction
Synopsis: A knight, fearing he may not return from battle, writes a letter to his children in an attempt to leave a record of all he knows. In a series of ruminations on solitude, humility, forgiveness, honesty, courage, grace, pride, and patience, he draws on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time. His intent: to give his children a compass for a journey they will have to make alone, a short guide to what gives life meaning and beauty.
Review: First and foremost, this is a beautiful and wonderful book that I read so quickly and loved very much. This is one that will be staying in my library and hopefully passed on to my children to read. Who knew that Ethan Hawke had it in him?
The story that is inside this book says that Ethan found this letter in his great grandmother’s house after she had passed on. They can trace their heritage back to the 1400’s and this letter may or may not have come from someone who lived back then and is related to the Hawke family. Originally their families were trainers of Hawkes and that is where this name comes from. I don’t know if this is true but this is why I did not give this book a full 5 stars. If it was true it would have gotten a whole lot more than 5 stars. I guess I will never know.
These lessons are something we can all live by. The chapters are each a lesson in itself followed by a story of something this knight did with his grandfather. His grandfather took him on as a squire before he became a full knight. Some of the lessons are living each day to its fullest, do not live in excess and be grateful for what you already have, love your family and your friends always, forgiveness. I could go on but that would give away the book.
Each new lesson is presented with a simple picture. It’s animals and each one is beautiful. Again it’s apparently something they found with the letters but I don’t know, either way they are nice and simple and go well with the lessons.
I read this book in a day. It would have been faster if I didn’t have to work, but you know! It’s great for anyone from 9 and up. I am surprised it’s not in self help but I don’t categorize the books I just read them.
I think it’s a must read for everyone and I’d love to hear what you think about it.