REVIEW by Cathryn A Charnell-White

NWR Issue 103

The Tip of My Tongue (And Some Other Weapons As Well)

by Trezza Azzopardi

Trezza Azzopardi has taken an oblique, pared-down approach to the medieval Geraint fab Erbin in her contribution, one of the concluding pair, to Seren’s New Stories from the Mabinogion. While romance and knightly prowess and status are, not surprisingly, the mainstays of the medieval Arthurian romance, it also has an arguably modern interest in proper conduct and intimate human relationships. The Tip of my Tongue focuses on how Geraint misunderstands Enid’s words and commands her silence, and how they are ultimately reconciled. Subverting the relatively submissive female roles of the original, Azzopardi’s updated version has a positive feminist perspective. Inspired perhaps by the reputed genesis of the Mabinogion as tales of youthful adventure, it also takes a quirky and poignant view of complex family relationships through a child’s eye. This is the young girl Enid’s story, and Geraint features as her annoying adolescent cousin....

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