I loved this book, and I highly recommend it to Robin Hood fans.
It does have a little bit of a dated language. Because it tells of Robin Hood from an earlier period, it has many terminologies and stuff that you might have to look up if you’re unfamiliar with the period. Still, I don’t think the language and the way it’s written is complex enough to alienate people who might be interested in reading it. So if you’re worried about language and the way it might come off when you’re reading it, you might want to look it up how it’s written before diving into it. But I do think it’s still reasonably easy to read. You might have to look up a couple of words here and there, but that’s always fun looking up new own words that you’re not necessarily familiar with it.
I grew up with Robin Hood, especially like Kevin Costner’s version of Robin Hood and all the different film versions of Robin Hood that we see. He’s portrayed chiefly, as you know, a fighter of Justice and that’s apparent in this book, but the merry part I feel is often neglected in many adaptations that Robin Hood sees. He’s usually written as a more severe character or somebody more a fighter for justice, something more along the lines of, I guess, Batman instead of the happy-go-lucky guy that he’s portrayed in this book. And I must say that the closest adaptation to this version of Rob would be the Men in Tights version. The way he’s quirky and always jesting and everything’s kind of a joke and everything’s funny, that’s precisely, what this Robin Hood represents, and it’s all about having a good time while remaining fair.
They were just a bunch of like pranksters, and they lived in the forest a bunch of happy-go-lucky people who felt that being a yeoman was the absolute pinnacle of existence. They believed in injustice, but they also thought in taking stuff for themselves and playing jokes on people they felt were mean and unjust, and treated the people poorly.
So many Robin Hood elements are completely classic that we see all across the board. Still, I feel like not very many versions consider the joking part. They always dump the merry part of Robin Hood except for men in tights, which I think is very much what this Robin Hood comes off.
That was immediately something that appealed to me because I’m so used to Justice characters being severe. Batman hence even Kevin Costner’s version of Robin Hood and a couple of other versions that we’ve seen seriously portray him. but that’s not what this Robin Hood represents, and I feel like that was utterly charming
The entire book was very, very charming. As for the writing, I think it was a beautiful mix of paying attention to detail and describing to use the world that these disband of thieves. Because that was a vital elephant – Robin Robin felt like living life in the forest was the best way to live, and that was his favorite place to be in Sherwood Forest. It wasn’t necessarily just because he was an outlaw, he had an affinity for his surroundings, and he loved them and cherished them.
His relationship with his band of merry men was genuine, and they developed a bond with Robin Hood that was pretty much unbreakable.
It’s just lovely to see how he developed this relationship with his band, and most of them, the encounters were like tussles and like fun kind of butting heads. But they respected each other for the strengths they brought to the team and how entertaining they were for the team. You know they’re always telling each other to sing. They’re always trying to have great big feasts and parties all the time. They were all about living a good life and not just good in terms of morality but also in enjoying living and enjoying the surroundings you’re in and putting yourself in the surroundings you want to be.
It’s an excellent book if you want to read it to someone else, especially like someone younger before bedtime because they are set up in little chunks little bite-sized pieces that you can read to someone before going to bed, and I think this is a perfect book for that if you read to other people.
It’s an excellent way to introduce people to this kind of old-timey and fantasy that you may be interested in getting people into if they are not familiar with it already. It’s also full of fantastic terminology that you can explain to whoever you’re reading it to or just to yourself if you’re not familiar.
I love that book, hands down, from start to finish. I was never disappointed with it; I was never bored with it. I always wanted to read more when I picked up that book. It was well-rounded, I think, and while it does have kind of its flaws, as I said, it’s not as detailed as I would like. It is a good read
if you want to check it out, go ahead, it’s Robin Hood or the Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle.13