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Piers (or Pierre, as he wants to be called) is desperate to escape the dirty, tedious labor of his father’s blacksmith shop. So when a knight shows up and says he’s on “the quest,” Piers begs to go along. Soon he is off on a series of adventures he never dreamed possible. However, Piers’s knight quickly runs into some difficulties and is slain by an odd character named ParPiers (or Pierre, as he wants to be called) is desperate to escape the dirty, tedious labor of his father’s blacksmith shop. So when a knight shows up and says he’s on “the quest,” Piers begs to go along. Soon he is off on a series of adventures he never dreamed possible. However, Piers’s knight quickly runs into some difficulties and is slain by an odd character named Parsifal, who is on his own quest. Piers has no other choice but to join him. Parsifal is unlike anyone Piers has ever met and doesn’t behave “knightly” at all. As their journey continues, Piers and Parsifal are drawn into the Quest for the elusive Holy Grail, and slowly, as the Quest continues, Piers begins to realize what being a knight really means....

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Parsifal's Page Reviews

  • Robin
    2019-01-27 16:25

    In the fourth of at least ten books in a series based on Arthurian legends, Wisconsin-based author and Baptist minister Gerald Morris brings more than an impressive display of scholarship. He also brings a very evident love of one of the world's most enduring and powerful stories, a knack for making old tales new in a way that will appeal to younger readers, and a charm for blending timeless myths with original characters and story-lines that speak to the present moment. Believable touches of human emotion, sparkles of merriment, glimmers of faerie magic, a glow of mystery and mysticism, flashes of athletic violence, and flames of romantic passion light up the page and warm the reader's insides.The central figure in this installment is known variously as Percival, Perceval, Parzival, and Parsifal. He has been the subject of books, films, and stage works galore, including Wagner's opera Parsifal and the 1991 film The Fisher King. In the book, as in the 13th century German version of the story that it primarily follows, Parsifal is a strong, socially backward commoner who dreams of becoming a knight of King Arthur's Round Table. Going off in search of great deeds to prove his worthiness to be a knight, he is joined by a young page named Piers (Morris' invention), who tries to smooth the edges off his master's rough upbringing. After learning gentlemanly conduct from one master and knightly martial arts from another (who turns out to be Lancelot in disguise), Parsifal defeats several recreant knights in combat and wins the hand of a beautiful lady. But it all seems too easy. Unsatisfied, he leaves his wife in search of a truly great deed... and when he finds one, he blows it.The great deed that Parsifal is fated to do, involves a fisherman king and a wounded king. In some versions of the tale (so Morris tells us in his typically informative Afterword) these are two different characters, and sometimes (but not always) at least one of him is named Anfortas. Anfortas lives in a castle somewhere beyond the border between the realms of man and of faerie, a castle whose location is only revealed to very select people, a castle renowned for its possession of a certain grail. But the grail isn't the important thing in this story. The important thing is Anfortas' wound: a painful wound that will not heal, and that afflicts not only the fisher king but his people and his lands. Parsifal has a chance to heal this mournful malady. All he has to do is ask the right question at the right time. But because the very correct Piers (among others) has drilled into Parsifal's head an inhibition against asking personal questions, Parsifal misses his chance. And all his happiness and hunger for glory turn to dust.But this is only the beginning of an adventure in which, for a time, Piers becomes the companion of Sir Gawain. While Piers learns some lessons that will serve him and Parsifal better in the future, he and Gawain also encounter their own strange adventures—ones that will eventually lead back to the Grail Castle and the touching resolution of Parsifal's quest.Gerald Morris has a strong reputation as a storyteller. He hardly needs me to sing his praises. When I mentioned this book, among several others, in a Facebook status listing the books I had borrowed from the library, I instantly heard back from people who love Morris' work. None of this will be news to them, but if it's news to you, put a bookmark in one of his books today. The next book after this in the Squire's Tales series is The Ballad of Sir Dinadan. The tenth and latest book in the series, The Legend of the King, came out in 2010. His work also includes four chapter books (so far) in the Knight's Tales sequence, appealing to an even younger set of readers than this series. See The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great for starters.

  • Ariana
    2019-02-09 16:32

    Gerald Morris is one of my very favorite authors. He regularly impresses me with his wit and ability to tell a really good story. Parsifal is just an odd way to spell Percival, I guess. I probably would have read that name more smoothely if I had known that before reading the Author's Note, which of course is at the end of the book. Oh, read the Author's Note, I got a few chuckles in the course of 2 minutes. So:Likes*The Author's Note. As I stated above, you might enjoy it. *The funny approach to love. Sir Kai has to break an arm and a leg, and Parsifal has to admit to having no feelings at all for Lady Connoire before Kai declares his love for Lady Connoire. But Parsifal and his love are married early on in the book, because why not?*Terence will forever be my favorite character, even if he's a minor character in this book.*Gile's role in the story took me by surprise, and I was happy that things came full-circle. Dislikes:*My only complaint about this book is that Parsifal is awfully scary when he's bitter. *I might as well add that while I *did* enjoy Parsifal's Page, it's not among Morris's best. (Still 5 stars from a tough rater, though!)

  • Nikki
    2019-02-10 15:28

    Like the rest of the series, Parsifal's Page is light and fun. It's also actually a treatment of Parsifal that I don't hate on principle, and that's rare for me. I didn't like him much at first, but I did get to like his character, or at least almost to like his character. I appreciate the way Gerald Morris handles all of the knights -- he sort of assumes good faith in all their deeds, even when in Malory they were shocking and terrible. (It occurs to me that he might make a good lawyer or PR agent, with his way of spinning things.)The bits about Kai were excellent. I won't spoiler, but I liked his appearances in this book even though the portrayal of Kay during the Percival story is usually one of his lowest moments. And Lancelot, who I also usually detest on principle, was also likeable. I wonder whether he's going to come back into things, and how. I'm looking forward to finding out.

  • Dot Hutchison
    2019-02-09 18:18

    The fourth entry in the Squire's Tale series. Piers--or Pierre, as he had much rather be called---longs for the glamour and glory of court, and despite his father's attempts to teach him his blacksmithing trade, years to be a squire, or at least a page. Soon his wish comes true, but not in the way he wanted--the knight he acquires sets out *against* King Arthur! When the knight is defeated by Parsifal, a young man raised by his mother in the woods but wants to be a knight, Piers and Parsifal decide to stick together. Parsifal has potential, Piers decides, if only he could learn what is and is not knightly, and would stop asking questions all the time.But Piers and Parsifal both have a lot to learn about what it means to be a knight, and what great deeds are truly worth.This is a fantastic retelling of Parsifal and the Grail Quest, full of Morris's unique, signature blend of humor and sorrow, with a healthy dash of wisdom. The characters learn and grow believably, and their suffering is never untouched by hope.

  • Ethan
    2019-02-13 13:12

    I can't quite put my finger on exactly the criteria I use to judge between whether a book is worthy of four or five stars, but I do know that there's something very important that makes the difference. Parsifa's Page has that something. That something that evokes a response from deep within me. It doesn't even really matter what the particular emotion is, whether sorrow, elation, or gratitude; what matters is that it is not superficial, but profound.I think what really got to me about this books were the particular lessons the characters learned. (view spoiler)[Parsifal learns that the greatest possessions are those which are given to you and not those you earn for yourself, that fulfillment is not found in doing great deeds but in being a great person, and that the greatest victories are not those won by strength of arms. Piers learns the vanity of lofty aspirations, the character building value of service to another, and to be content with his station in life. (hide spoiler)] I suppose this book resonated with me because many of these lessons are meaningful to me and essential for contentment and fulfilled living. I am also very fond of high things, and Piers's connection with many great characters of the Other World was appealing to me.Of course, Morris's books have always appealed to me because of their light, witty style and his clever treatment of some of the great Arthurian tales.

  • Me
    2019-01-25 19:38

    This is brilliance. Gerald Morris has shown everyone the side of the knight's story that has never been seen before. This was definitely a side that needed to be shown, and it was awesome. There are so many people that are questing to be knights. Changing their names, getting fine and fancy manners, and dreaming of glory. This is the side we need to see. The one that doesn't always reflect glory, and the one of the off-duty knight. It's about what's behind a mask. What's behind a duty to protect the people and the King. Sir Kai was wonderful. I definitely loved that bit. It's about dropping the facade and caring about your family. I'm not sure how much I can say without this all being spoilery. It's so important the decision that they make in the end. Before I realized the point of it all I was getting a little bored. However I love how it turned out in the end. It's also important the choices that one makes, and how they affect others. This was very, very beautiful. Plus it had one of the best author's notes of all time.

  • Elisabeth Wheatley
    2019-01-21 11:13

    In most Arthurian retellings, the character Parsifal (Percival, in most versions), is a minor satellite character. In Parsifal's Page, he is brought to into the spotlight as this book follows the story of his well-meaning, but often misguided and naïve page. While this book was very entertaining and I enjoyed watching Piers' journey as he discovers that knighthood and chivalry aren't quite as romantic as his French noblewoman mother made it out to be, I preferred the more relaxed, wise voice of Terence in the earlier books. While Terence and Gawain are both in this book and play large roles, they are not present for the entire story.Even though I enjoyed this book immensely and my mother and brothers did, too, the earlier books are still my favorite. Nonetheless, I recommend this book to all fantasy, MG, and Arthurian lore fanatics.

  • KA
    2019-02-19 19:33

    Possibly my favorite Morris book, a nonallegorical retelling of the story of the Fisher King. The way Morris tells a story as a story, with the characters as real people instead of allegories, gives the tale a depth it would otherwise lack. The deeper meanings are still there, but they're richer. Very moving.

  • Joy
    2019-01-25 12:35

    I think I'm addicted to this series.

  • Klynn
    2019-02-03 17:17

    Another delightful story, exactly as I expect from this series! It's like mac & cheese, hot cocoa, and a snugly blanket on a rainy day in book form, and always leaves me feeling good after reading.In this entry, we have a not-so-typical knight and an aspiring page who get together as something of an "odd couple". They have some adventures, cross paths with some characters from prior books, learn a few secrets and valuable life lessons, and end up finding their true selves. While such stories can be rather trite, Mr. Morris always finds a way to tell a classic tale with his own fun twists and touch of humor.

  • Andrus
    2019-02-06 18:39

    Piers and Parsifal's characters were very interesting and I loved the playfulness that such eccentric characters can evoke in a story. It wasn't the most engaging of the plots as Parsifal becomes quite two dimensional in the middle of the book and the story lags.

  • One
    2019-02-19 11:34

    Fast and fun read

  • Carrie Slager
    2019-02-13 11:36

    Apparently the legend of Parsifal is quite famous, although I have only heard of it through the title of Richard Wagner’s opera, fittingly called ‘Parsifal‘. And no, I had not even watched the opera, just heard of it. My only encounter with Parsifal thus far was briefly when Gawain wrestled with him in the Other World. However, I’m glad Gerald Morris saw fit to bring Parsifal to the front of the stage.This story is not told by Parsifal himself, but rather by Piers, his page. Piers was raised to believe knights should follow a strict code of courtesy and that questions were impertinent. It is this latter belief that gets both of them into trouble and in the end Piers’ views of knighthood are drastically altered. Since this fourth book in The Squire’s Tales is told from the point of view of Piers, we do not get to see Parsifal’s thoughts, which is a real shame. I personally would have liked to learn more about Parsifal’s motivations and his life in the Other World, but Piers is a decent enough narrator.Once again the story is not so much about Terence and Gawain, although they appear in it and definitely challenge Piers’ views of the relationship between squire and knight. While Parsifal’s Page is not my absolute favourite book in The Squire’s Tales, it’s certainly a good book and a fitting retelling of yet another popular Arthurian legend. Sometimes authors lose their steam by the third or fourth book in a series, but this is certainly not the case for Gerald Morris. He has attacked the legend with all the enthusiasm you would expect and delivers a heartwarming tale of friendship and love.I give this book 4/5 stars.

  • Adam
    2019-02-18 16:32

    Piers was so excited to be a page, but what he didn’t know was what lay ahead of him. In this historical fiction book, Parsifal’s Page, a small French boy named Piers is so happy to be a page. He hopes to see all the people his mother talks about in her stories she tells him. He sets off with a knight named Sir Ither on a quest around England, but as soon as Piers returns from King Arthur, he discovers that Sir Ither has been killed by a man named Parsifal who is trying to become a knight. He then becomes Parisfal’s page and sets off to help do great deeds with Parsifal. He meets many people his mom had talked about as he is on his journey. One day they arrived at a castle, went inside, and saw a person at the door. The person gave them a room to sleep in and told them to come down and join the celebration. They saw King Anfortas get stabbed with a knife and then relieved by drinking from a golden chalice. Piers told Parsifal to not ask questions as he learned in knight etiquette but they were taunted the next day for not asking questions. They were asked to leave and so they did. Parsifal decides to send to Piers away. Later King Arthur asked Piers to go along with Sir Gawain to help find Parsifal to crown him a knight. Read and find out what they go through to find Parsifal. It is interesting to read about how life was like in the Medieval Ages. If you like a good plot with a little twist, you’ll love this book.

  • Cinnamon
    2019-02-08 11:21

    This is a good example of how sometimes following the proper path is not always the correct path in the end.Piers wants to be a part of the chivalrous world of King Arthur's court, so he signs on as a page to a knight. It turns out that the knight is the worst kind. Then he is defeated by a country bumpkin named Parsifal, who dreams of becoming a knight. Arthur sends Parsifal out to do great deeds, and Piers quickly joins him. Parsifal has no notion of what chivalry means: he has terrible manners, doesn't know his place in the world, and asks too many questions. Eventually, Piers, with the help of some mentors, helps Parsifal learn all the fine points of knighthood. Then it all backfires when the two enter a strange castle with a ruler who seems to be dying. The entire court performs strange rituals that seem to keep him alive. Although Parsifal would like to find out what is going on, he will not ask, because a proper knight does not ask questions. That's when the world changes for Parsifal and Piers.Lots of action, romance, continuation of stories of favorite characters, and some good self-discovery

  • Abi
    2019-02-17 18:33

    Really good! Piers is 11. The book takes place over a year. He grows a lot. He goes from kind of silly and naïve to a smarter and wiser character. He has a budding romance with Ariel, the daughter of Nimue, Lady of the Lake. - they're really just friends, but it has potential for more later on. I liked the Trebuchet/Lady Hazel(?)/Trevisiant thing. It was a cool way to tie more than just this book's plot together, as it had other characters. Terence and Gawain were there for the second half of the book, mostly Gawain, so that was cool. Kai's getting married (as of the last couple chapters), to Lady Connie. She's rather formidable. Yay for feminism! There's a whole hilarious subplot with Parsifal, Lady Hazel(?)'s son sending all 41 of the knights he defeats to her because she slapped Kai and Kai slapped her back. :) LOL. But it all boils down to a hilarious and well written read, with a few meaningful life lessons thrown in along the way. I would like to see more of Piers and what happens with him and Ariel. 4.5 stars.

  • Beth
    2019-01-31 16:24

    Book Four of the Squire's Tales.I enjoyed this very much. Piers got to be a bit trying at times but you had to see him in his silly/bratty stage to appreciate his growth; the last line of the book actually brought tears to my eyes, I was so happy for him and his dad. And Parsifal was great; I loved how straight-forward and honest he was about everything. Terence, Gawain and Arthur were delightful as ever and it was nice to see Jean le Forestier once again (it's nice to see how he's grown too). Add in the mystery of who actually is who and how they're all related and you've got a wonderfully good story. There are good lessons to take away as well, one about things meaning more when done out of generosity and love and another about not being ruled by your fears. Told as always with Morris' unique voice and wit.

  • Jacob
    2019-02-03 15:10

    Another really good entry in the series (that makes four). I guess I really take to Gerald Morris' writing, but I even enjoy his Author's Notes at the end (he had a lot of fun with the one in this book). Still witty, still lots of tie-ins to previous books such as when Parsifal encounters and trains with Jean de Forestier, and travels with Terence and Gawain. There's also good messages in here about honoring one's parents and service to others being the pinnacle of knighthood. And a running joke about Sir Griflet.

  • Rusty
    2019-01-26 18:18

    I love this author and how he treats Arthur, the knights of the Round Table and their squires with humorous quirks that make me chuckle. Parsifal hails from the Otherworld and defeats everyone he meets with unusual skill and often in unusual ways. Some of his opponents are angry while others are puzzled. How can such a dolt defeat those who have not before been defeated? This is a most delightful approach to this fantasy world.

  • Whitney
    2019-02-09 14:13

    I believe I would have to say this is my favorite series this year. It combines the richness, mystery, and adventure of the Arthurian tales with a practical cheekiness that delights me. It makes me feel again the powerful, unique beauty of Camelot and its ideals (not the ones depicted by Hollywood) while mingling a dash of earthbound wisdom that just...brings me joy. And so far... this one was my favorite (thus a rare (for me) 5-star rating).

  • Elise
    2019-01-21 15:38

    3.5 stars. Maybe 4. I can't decide whether to put 3 or 4. I did enjoy this book a lot, but it wasn't my favorite of this series. (view spoiler)[The ending (where they healed King Anfortas) was just way too easy. All he had to do was ask a question? (hide spoiler)] But Parsifal was one of my favorite characters from this whole series, and there were some laugh-out-loud moments, and I'm still looking forward to reading the next five books :).

  • Tyler
    2019-02-17 15:17

    This is an OK book. It is about a son of a blacksmith who wants to become a page, squire, and finally a knight. However, when the opportunity presents itself, he goes on a series of adventures involving some of Camelot's most famous knights (including King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Sir Gawain, Sir Kai[Kay:], and Sir Parsifal [Percival:]). Some of it, however, I found disappointing for the way it turned out. Not, however, that it isn't a good story.

  • Meredith
    2019-02-19 18:21

    This might be the funniest book in the series. I laughed so much while reading it. This is technically the story of Parsifal (aka Percival), the knight who finds the grail and meets the fisher king in most Arthurian legends, but it's really about his page, Piers. It's wonderful to see how Piers develops through the story.

  • Stephanie Brown
    2019-02-13 13:10

    I love to read and rarely find a book I don't like. So, assigning one star to a book seems very harsh. I was so disappointed in this book. I found the story line disjointed and hard to follow. I found the characters hard to understand and care about. I put this book down several times and forced myself to pick it back up and finish.

  • Becca
    2019-01-27 13:23

    This is one of my favorite books by Gerald Morris. It tells a great story, has a good blend of humor and duty, and introduces so many wonderful characters. The one thing in it that bothers me is the implication that work with the hands is the only valuable work--so maybe being a courtier doesn't make you a knight, but courtiers have some purpose.

  • Lia
    2019-02-08 19:23

    Gerald Morris' retellings of the Authuring legends are wonderful. Their humor, cadence, characters---all are well worth the read. He has some obvious opinions about chivalric codes and what it means to be a knight, but this adds to the fun. This book in particular is an interesting mix of the light-hearted with some more serious elements.

  • Ron
    2019-01-29 11:33

    My son continues to read this series to us in the evening. This volume has a darker and less comical tone than The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf, but was till enjoyable. This is less a tale of Parsifal, and more the tale of Piers, his page, as he learns what is truly valuable and what is superficial.

  • Brian
    2019-02-12 13:18

    It's an okay story, though I'm not particularly fond of tongue-in-cheek humor, as the author's "voice" gets in the way of my enjoyment of the story. Still, for those who like Arthurian legends, this is an interesting approach that most other books won't mimic.

  • Cherylann
    2019-02-17 12:35

    Parsifal's Page is based on Arthurian Legend. However, as I kept reading the book, I felt like I was reading something from Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail. I've read much better than this. I'll be interested to see how my students find this book.

  • Chrisanne
    2019-02-20 11:23

    My least favorite of his books, which are all amazing. Naivety and stupidity are things that must be handled with care when used as humor. Combine the two as humorous elements in a book and you could (and he does, in my opinion) run into trouble.