Obtained: Purchase @ Indigo
Publish date: November 10, 2015
Quite honestly, I purchased this book because it came with a ticket to meet Ethan Hawke at a signing, and ever since Dead Poets Society, I’ve needed to tell him how much his portrayal of Todd Anderson meant to me. But I got home and started to read the book, and it’s quite the little gem.
Rules for a Knight is a small book with a lot going on. The introduction by Hawke expresses that the story was put together using old notes and sketches he got a hold of, originally created by a man who was instructed how to be a knight. Hawke turned these notes into a book comprised of traits commonly found in “knights” so that his children (and other people) may grow to appreciate the value of these traits in human kind.
This book is so beautifully written – even within the first couple of pages, there are so many metaphors that make the reader stop and think about morality. Each section begins with the naming of a trait found in a knight, and the description of what it means to have that trait (i.e. courage, patience, humility, etc.), then tells a short tale in which that trait is being exercised.
I think that this book came to me at a good time, when I was stressed and unhappy, and needed to be reminded of the things in life that are important. Some people may find this book to be flat or simple or unnecessary for them to read, but I find that if you’re in a place where you need to be grounded and have your faith restored in humanity (or even yourself), I really suggest you take the time to skim through Rules for a Knight.