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Chris
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I heard this today and firstly I thought this was a great idea and the reading was fun. It was just the right length for an episode of its type and was engaging because of the pace and rhythm and, of course, James' style of reading, which I thought was quirky and extremely well read. Merlin's croaky voice….brilliant!!As you mention in the podcast the style of writing is clunky and this is what I like about it. Hearing it is certainly easier than reading it, especially if the text has been updated to Early Modern English or even Modern English; if we were to read the Middle English version of Malory's time I think it would be a little harder to get through and understand  ???I haven't read this but I do like the way each book has a collection of short chapters (mini individual stories in their own right, or as you say Jamie, events) that were reorganised by William Caxton. I went ahead and downloaded two volumes to my Kindle and followed along with James' reading for the first four chapters of book 1. Great stuff. I don't think it really matters if there is no strong central or moral focus, does there need to be? Is this a bad telling of a popular story if doesn't conform to those things? Of course not. Would you call a modern day book rubbish if it didn't have a strong narrative or moral focus? I guess it depends on the book, who is reading it and what frame of mind that individual is in at the time. We are all too different for this to be justly answered  :-  bUt I would like to hear other people's opinions if they have any.All I can say is I am not used to Malory's literary style, being that it was written about 550 years ago, but I did enjoy the episode and it was fun to read along side James' reading. I hope there might be the possibility of more chapters from this tale added in the near future  ;)Out of curiosity, how much of the original story do you think has been changed over the years with updates, re-edits and re-phrasing of new editions?

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