Otto Of The Silver Hand

Otto Of The Silver Hand Howard Pyle s classic children s novel set in the Dark Ages It is one of the first to present a realistic picture of the harsh life in those times

  • Title: Otto Of The Silver Hand
  • Author: Howard Pyle
  • ISBN: 9781849026116
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Howard Pyle s classic children s novel set in the Dark Ages It is one of the first to present a realistic picture of the harsh life in those times.

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    1. Otto of the Silver Hand was originally published in 1888 – and I am amazed that the content within this novel continues to be relevant in today’s society. This story is set in medieval Germany when castles, feuds, barons, knights, kidnapping, soldiers, and rescues were common. Violence, revenge, hatred are all themes that continue to permeate within our society. Yet, in both the past and present we can also find humility, gentleness, love, sacrifice and forgiveness. The traits that little Ot [...]

    2. Otto's mother died during childbirth, and his father, a warlord, left him in a monastery for a proper and safe upbringing. As an older boy Otto's father returns for him, at which time Otto discovers the truth about his father's past, particularly about his part in the murder of Baron Frederick. As a result of the feud his father had a hand in, Otto is ultimately is the subject of revenge.Howard Pyle's books are always fantastic, down to his illustrations. Otto of the Silver Hand is a quick read, [...]

    3. This isn't my favorite book. Otto is too perfect, to the point of being annoying. The story would have been better with more believable characters.

    4. I read a condensed version of "The Adventures of Robin Hood" when I was nine or ten years old (I despise condensed books for children, incidentally), but have not given Howard Pyle a shot since then. It hasn't been because he was a bad writer, I just haven't thought much about it.Recently I was reading up on him (I didn't even know he was American), and saw that he wrote a medieval story called "Otto of the Silver Hand", which was about the son of a robber baron in medieval times. That sounded r [...]

    5. This is 100% not my type of book to read, but I did find the bare bones of the story interesting.The way it's told and the way the dialogue is written was a big turnoff for me. However, I do understand that it's based on a Medieval story and written in the late 19th century and it might just all be elements that are consistent with the time period, so I'm willing to give it a slightly higher rating because the story it tells is actually interesting.

    6. This novel is old-fashioned in two ways. It was of course originally published in 1888. But even then Howard Pyle was deliberately writing (and illustrating his own text) in an antique style. I am informed that his intent was to get away from the fluffy and overly-sweet view of the Middle Ages, so this was as it were the GAME OF THRONES of his time. It is however still romantic and even sentimental, with its child hero and his attendant and inevitable passivity. All of the action is initiated by [...]

    7. This is a good book. It is written I believe for young boys especially but all will enjoy it. You feel like you are reading an old English story that has been handed down through the ages. Even though it is a very quick read the characters are understood and appreciated by the reader. It contains some violence (I think life then was violent) and is somewhat sad. The author has illustrated the book with awesome drawings all through the book. I loved looking at them. For the art work I'm giving th [...]

    8. This is a fine book, as are all great offerings from the masculine Pyle. This is a dark and more exotic tale than Men of Iron, and more complex than his Arthurian tellings. It is a good book for a young man -- portraying the discipline of education, the excruciating hardship of pain and torture, the marvels of love, and the thrills of cloak-and-dagger intrigue -- though every young woman will be enthralled by the same.

    9. I discovered this book the year I taught a fifth grade challenge class and was looking for historical fiction to enhance my medieval history unit. The book reflects the brutality and precarious dangers of the medieval period in a compelling and yet appropriate way for middle-grade students. It inspires honor and courage and sacrifice--the kind of character development I wanted to instill in my students.

    10. An interesting look into the times of the middle ages in Germany, following the life of a child at the mercy of treacherous, vengeful men, but also touched by people of compassion. I think this book will help my children gain an understanding of these times and build a framework on which to attach historic people and events.

    11. II got nothing, guys. I didn't read this exact edition but this was the one closest to what I had so maybe that was the problem?It was more of a collection of stories in chronological order and didn't give me much to go with. Again, I've got nothing because I was so confused.Recommended 12+ for death, some mild romance, war, and some non-graphic torture/specific violence.

    12. for heroes group. Joel loved it---Fun story, a little gruesome. Although not graphic, it did not gloss over the cruelty of the times. Best part about this book was the illustrations, done by Pyle himself. Most incredible line drawings.

    13. I thought Otto was a good kid, but really boring. An ok book for a young reader interested in a quick adventure during the dark ages.

    14. This is one of my favorite books of all time. Most reviews I have read seem to overlook the subtleties of the characters and their back stories - especially Abbot Otto, who is, in fact little Otto's great uncle. These are things that adults can pick up on that children usually miss.Hidden in the early descriptions is the story that Abbot Otto gave up the life of a warrior to enter the priesthood because the woman he loved, Otto's grandmother (his mother's mother), married his brother. So, there [...]

    15. Even by children's book standards, this offering by Pyle is fairly weak. For the amount of time spent on description and setup at the beginning, there is remarkably little plot development, and the ending is completely anticlimactic. Indeed, the titular Otto himself is nothing more than a MacGuffin. I am not a stickler for requiring that the main character drives the plot, but if Pyle is going to spend half the book on the story of Otto's birth and childhood, I would expect him to do something b [...]

    16. This was interesting, but it wasn't quite what I expected. It ended where I felt like it should have been just beginning.

    17. The first chapter or two were a little hard to get into as the introduction and history were a little dry. He really excelled at writing the action scenes and I really enjoyed reading those aloud. As this story takes place during the Middle Ages in Germany, children are introduced to the violence that took place in a common way every day and also the sanctuary of some monasteries. The illustrations in this book were incredible. I.m glad that I own the book for the illustrations alone.

    18. "Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city." Prov. 16:32"Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools." Ec 7:9"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and [...]

    19. When Conrad, robber baron of Castle Drachenhausen, (Dragon House) ignores the entreaties of his pregnant wife to end his days of plundering before it's too late, tragedy does indeed ensue. He is injured in a raid, and the shock to his wife leads to her death in childbirth.The child, Otto, is taken to a monastery to grow up, where he lives a quiet, pious life, which suddenly changes at the age of twelve when his father returns to take him back and groom him as his heir to the title as Baron of th [...]

    20. In the movie Rosemary's Baby (one of my favorite movies of all time), the character Hutch is described as being an author of "boys' adventure stories." I never knew what that meant, but it's possible that Otto of the Silver Hand might be a boys' adventure story. There's honor and revenge and violence (thankfully without gore). It reminded me of the old movies made under the "Code" back in the day in its fairly simple presentation of good and evil. Even the dude who's finally trying to do right c [...]

    21. Not Pyle's finest novel. Otto begins with a threadbare high Victorian "always listen to your wife/mother when she begs you not to leave" premise that never quite finds its footing afterwards. The boy, Otto, is a precious little snowflake of a hero and the pathos of his situation is mitigated by the sheer unlikability of our hero. Otto spends about half of the pages either swooning or crying. The action is loosely sketched out at best, and even Pyle doesn't seem very enthused about his book.Still [...]

    22. Liked it for the story, which was well-rendered in that Old English/contemporary mesh, in which Howard Pyle excelled, which makes you feel like you're reading a tale that has been handed down in time-honored antiquity. A pretty mournful tale of a peaceable lad who, as the protagnoist, actually has almost no intentional impact on the storyline, but who is swept up in a big and violent world which surrounds him. Pyle's writing definitely makes you feel like you're reading the definitive version of [...]

    23. Rather good book about medieval Germany, generously illustrated. Some of the illustrations are very beautiful and well-composed, but others are unengaging. The story is rollicking adventure, only loosely moralistic. Otto is a gracious victim, always ready to accept his bad lot in life. It is only in the last instants of the novel that Otto is given his predictable happy ending -- long after he has been brought from the paradise of a monastery to live with a father who doesn't understand him and [...]

    24. Fantastic story for young children that centers on Otto, the young, innocent son of a robber baron, who spends his early childhood in a peaceful monastery and struggles to understand and survive the dark, turbulent times of lawlessness in 13th century Germany. His father, Count Drachenhausen, is in a bitter, longstanding feud with the lord of a neighboring castle, Count Trutz-Drachen. As they try to settle scores with each other, Otto is caught up in the conflict, taken captive by Count Trutz-Tr [...]

    25. In my opinion, one of Howard Pyle's better books. Although it is not epic, like his King Arthur - rather, it reminded me of Ivanhoe, where the scope is rather small, and a small number of characters are involved. The events may not be globally important, but they're certainly of supreme importance to the characters involved.The tone is great - a few lines in, I felt I should really be reading this atop a castle parapet, while the rolling fields below reflected the last rays of the setting sun, a [...]

    26. A wonderful brief introduction to the work of Howard Pyle. While a children's story, it does not stint on the violence and gore, however the story is noble and lessons abound. A worthy book to include in your collection, especially if you have boys who grow weary of what often seems like a dominance of femininity in children's literature. Due to the violence (and pretty advanced language) I would definitely recommend a parent read it first to gauge if it is appropriate for their own individual c [...]

    27. A fun little read! Some of the descriptive passages were a little hard to understand, particularly those describing the layout of a city or castle. The characters weren't especially deep or compelling, but the plot kept me plugged in. After a while, the game began to be finding all the parallels to Star Wars, but maybe they were just all common plot devices--mother dies in childbirth, father gives child to someone else to care for, son gets his hand cut off (ok, that one might be more unique), f [...]

    28. This was a good book to read aloud to my kids in order to provide insights into the Dark Ages. It conveyed well what we know of the lifestyle of that time, along with the fact that education was being preserved in monasteries while the rest of the world seemingly floundered along. It didn't delve very deeply into the interesting characters introduced to us, but did give some good examples (not in a preachy way) of the different choices we can make and how our priorities lead to consequences (goo [...]

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