Hawke’s third novel will be set in 1483, as “Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a Cornish knight, is about to ride into battle”.Fearing he might die in battle, on the eve of his departure, the knight writes a letter to his children, “consisting of twenty virtues that provide instruction on how to live a noble life; the lessons, large and small, that he would like to impart to them”.
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.
About the Author
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 four children and this book’s illustrator, Ryan Hawke.
Editorial Reviews : “Philosophy lovers will enjoy the Eastern and Western philosophical musings, but everyone will enjoy the touching storyline.”
Rules for a Knight, Publishing director Jocasta Hamilton said the book was “executed with wit and elegance”, describing it as “a parable for all ages which has the potential to become a classic”. “With the appeal of an Arthurian legend and the economy of Aesop, it draws on eastern and western philosophy and literature.
Actor and author Hawke (Ash Wednesday) pens a heartwarming, medieval tale on ethics. Written in an epistolary form, Hawke writes from the perspective of his imagined ancestor Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a knight who knows he is about to die in war. Sir Thomas teaches his children the 20 rules of knighthood, using examples from his own life to prove their validity. Each chapter begins with a drawing by Hawke’s wife, Ryan, and a short aphorism. Sir Thomas states that “luck is the residue of design” to explain the importance of dedication. To explain courage, he asserts that “anything that gives light must endure burning.” In addition to the more obvious notions one might instill in a child, Hawke touches upon subjects less-often addressed, such as speech, solitude, and death—“in silence we can sense eternity sleeping inside us.” Hawke’s joust against injustice and fear is an easy and endearing read, perfect for young and old children alike.
Hawke said he wanted to talk to his kids about what he believe in and it became easier to do it in a fictional way.
“Why am I alive? Where was I before I was born? What will happen to me when I die? Whatever well our lives are drawn from, it is deep, wild, mysterious, and unknowable …” writes Hawke. Hutchinson called the novel “many things: a code of ethics, an intimate record of triumphs, failures and aspirations, and a testament to a father’s love”
Hawke told the Wall Street Journal that he wrote it for his own four children because “it becomes fairly difficult to talk about ethics with kids without sounding like you’re preaching” and “I started wanting to talk to my kids about what I believe in and it became easier to do it in a fictional way.”
I think we all need to be reminded, as well as taught, how to live.”
The actor, director and marathon runner has a new book out called “Rules for a Knight,” which is filled with short chapters offering advice on subjects ranging from gratitude to pride.
Rules for a Knight is a deeply beautiful, meditative, unique book that works for both parents & children.
They will start some meaningful discussions between the kids and the grownups.
Rules for a Knight is an intimate record of one man’s lifelong quest for knowledge, virtue, and beauty. Rules for a Knight has the appeal of legend, the economy of fable, and the vitality that Ethan Hawke brings to all of his work.
Rules for a Knight teaches “life lessons” like honesty and humility through chapters that start with a quote and then tell a short story through the character of a knight (a father writing a letter to his children) to teach a lesson. For example Gratitude is taught through the knight telling a story from when he first started training with his grandfather.
It is a good book to teach things like the uselessness/dangers of jealously for example.
The chapters are organized around a list of rules (humility, love, wisdom, etc…) and an accompanying story that shows the rule in practice. All readers will really enjoy the philosophical and thought-provoking tales.The story of the wolves is especially moving. It has a lot of nice vignettes and quotes.
There is a note in the book that says all the royalties go to support organizations working with children with learning disabilities– added bonus!
Hoping you will also enjoy this uniqe book by Ethan Hawke withyour children.
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