Rules For A Knight

Hardcover | November 10, 2015

byEthan Hawke

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From Ethan Hawke, four-time Academy Award nominee—twice for writing and twice for acting—an unforgettable fable about a father's journey and a timeless guide to life's many questions. 

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. 

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From Ethan Hawke, four-time Academy Award nominee—twice for writing and twice for acting—an unforgettable fable about a father's journey and a timeless guide to life's many questions. 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 ruminati...

A four-time Academy Award nominee, twice for writing and twice for acting, Ethan Hawke has starred in the films Dead Poets Society, Reality Bites, Gattaca, and Training Day as well as Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise trilogy and Boyhood. He is the author of the novels The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday. He lives in Brooklyn with his...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 6.3 × 4.3 × 0.7 inPublished:November 10, 2015Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307962334

ISBN - 13:9780307962331

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Knight I Won't Be My apologies multiple Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, "Rules For A Knight" just wasn't for me at this time. I say "at this time" because this book is very mood-specific for it to resonate with the reader, and I wasn't immersed in it. It sometimes gets a little preachy for my taste on some very basic common sense on humanity, and with each mini chapter structured around a certain quality, the narrative came across scattered and without purpose. Or perhaps I'll never be enlightened by it, which by definition means I won't ever become a knight. The Editor's Note does put a lot of things about this little fable into context, making it more personal for Hawke and personable for me. The reconstructed illustrations of various birds by his wife for each "rule" - a cockerel for Pride, a robin's eggs for Patience, amongst others - were winning touches as well. So, I can see the agreeableness of "Rules For A Knight" for anyone looking for some in-the-moment inspirational hodgepodge.
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful and succinct It was a quick read but the writing was so dense and intense; it really surprised me. Hawke manages to hit the nail on the head in each chapter. It really is a book of wisdom that you will want to revisit again and again. It was impressive how he was able to take a virtue or personality trait and then describe the most ideal way to practice it without sounding preachy and without the chapter having any bulk. His writing is pared down and succinct, but conveys the point very clearly. For such a small book it contains a lot of information and imagery. I felt very interested in what he had to say and have already recommended this book to a friend.
Date published: 2015-09-29

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"A guide for living an upright and noble life."  —The New Yorker"Hawke (Ash Wednesday) pens a heartwarming, medieval tale on ethics... an easy and endearing read, perfect for young and old children alike."  —Publishers Weekly"Philosophy lovers will enjoy the Eastern and Western philosophical musings, but everyone will enjoy the touching storyline."  —Metro"Hawke's book of wisdom declaring life to be a gift should be pondered."  —Booklist"Entertaining and insightful."  —The Buffalo News"A deliciously digestible read...Read this book. You’ll be reminded of just how powerful simple gestures can be when they’re fueled by passion and purpose."  —The Free Lance-Star