µ Otto of the Silver Hand ☆ Download by Ô Howard Pyle 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, but awesome all the way through The characters created here Ursela, Pauline, Hans are all well developed despite the fact that it is a quick read, and of course, typical of 19th century literature aimed at children and young adults, there is a moral.
A Rich And Engrossing Thread Of Romance Runs Through This Tale Of The Motherless Son Of A Valiant Robber Baron Of Medieval Germany Young Otto, Born Into A Warring Household In An Age When Lawless Chiefs Were Constantly Fighting Each Other Or Despoiling The Caravans Of The Merchant Burghers, Is Raised In A Monastery Only To Return To His Family S Domain And Become Painfully Involved In The Blood Feud Between His Father And The Rival House Of Trutz DrachenThe Narrative Is Told With Howard Pyle S Consummate Skill And Illustrated With Some Of The Most Enchanting Sketches Ever Done For A Book Of This Type Like The Same Author S Version Of The Story Of King Arthur And His Knights And His Collection Of original Stories Known As The Wonder Clock, This Book Has Become A Legend, A Modern Story With The Feel And Sound Of An Ancient Tale It Is A Reading Adventure That Youngsters Will Not Soon Forget 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 other people than Otto, and all the solutions arrive from outside However, if you put that aside, the book is thrilling And it s still around, which you cannot say for every work that first saw the light in 1888.
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 Otto possesses will encourage children to see the good and evil in their world and strive to have a positive outlook on life, even when experiencing turmoil within ourselves Otto s gracious and forgiving nature will inspire the best in all who read this novel.
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, but awesome all the way through The characters created here Ursela, Pauline, Hans are all well developed despite the fact that it is a quick read, and of course, typical of 19th century literature aimed at children and young adults, there is a moral.
This is a fine book, as are all great offerings from the masculine Pyle This is a dark and exotic tale than Men of Iron, and 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.
This is a fine book, as are all great offerings from the masculine Pyle This is a dark and exotic tale than Men of Iron, and 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.
This isn t my favorite book Otto is too perfect, to the point of being annoying The story would have been better with believable characters.
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 right up my alley, so I found it at the Kindle store it s free and dug in By today s standards it would be called a short story, or a novelette at best.
SUMMARYOtto is the young son of a German robber baron of medieval times Although his father, Baron Conrad, has sworn to give up his days of raiding, the death of Otto s mother has sparked a violent cycle of vengeance and retribution between Conrad and another baron, Henry.
Otto is an innocent child raised by monks, but after his father fetches him to live at his castle of Drachenhausen, Otto soon becomes another victim of the relentless violence of the period, though even his terrible experiences may be of some worth to him if he can survive.
OVERALL 3.
2 out of 5This book is a great medieval adventure story that is centered on the innocence of children and the violent, never ending cycles of the warlords of that period It s a curious relationship, and Pyle hits on the important aspects without overanalyzing things or forcing the reader through a long winded speech about how horrible the fighting men were and comparing it against the suffering of children Everything is in the story and doesn t need further elaboration.
The story isn t necessarily the best for children in my opinion I think my seven year old son would be horrified by what Otto goes through The adventure and the final battle between the two warring barons is good stuff though.
After reading the story I saw some of Pyle s art he produced and I like it a great deal Otto of the Silver Hand would be an impressive addition to any shelf with that kind of art.
Lastly, I would like to say that Google Translate renders Otto s motto Manus Argentea Quam Manus Ferrea Melior Est into Hand with an iron hand is better than silver , when the meaning is supposed to be A hand of silver is better than a hand of iron.
RATINGS BY CATEGORYCHARACTERS 3 out of 5Most of the characters are rendered simply, but act appropriately Young Otto is fairly simple, but his dominant characteristic is innocence Baron Henry is the villain, though he sees himself as a wronged man and he is.
The best characters are the supporting ones though One Eye Hans is an interesting creation in that he is initially presented I felt as a dark, almost villainous character and I wondered if he was going to betray Baron Conrad, but he is an interesting and loyal character that the reader can enjoy.
Baron Conrad is probably the most interesting character here Although he makes his living by robbery at the beginning, he turns into a noble character who must struggle against his own past sins.
PACE 3 out of 5This is a short novel written for children, so it moves quickly Scenery is described, characters are introduced, and action occurs There isn t a lot of filler material to slow things down.
STORY 4 out of 5The story is about innocence and the cycle of violence in medieval society Otto is a good boy raised by monks and na ve about the world around him, while his father and all the other characters make their livings through violence and trap themselves in vicious revolutions of retribution and vengeance It s a good story, and a great adventure I particularly liked the infiltrating the castles scenes, of which there are two The final battle is also excellent.
DIALOGUE 3 out of 5Pyle writes dialogue in an easy style that incorporates traditional thee and thou, but without feeling overwrought The Baroness s initial plea for her husband to stop raiding is somewhat silly she is exceptionally meek, which leads the reader to wonder why she s married to this man anyway, and how long she has abided by his criminal acts , and Otto s innocence maybe is a little overwrought, but it s generally well written.
STYLE TECHNICAL 3 out of 5Pyle s style is appropriate for a children s novel, and the narrative is broken up by numerous chapters that make the story episodic and easy His descriptions of places and action are clear and easy to follow.
He does resort to a storytelling method that must have been old even when the book was published in 1888 Otto is hurt in the course of the story, and Pyle keeps the nature of his injury secretive, even though the title of the book has already given it away Not only does this idea fail, but it also leads a reader particularly a modern one who may not be thinking of the title, to wonder and fear if Otto is being molested or harmed in some other way that the author thought was too horrible to put into words.
The other problem and this is a simple editing revision error is that after Otto s injury, he is described at one point as having his hands clasped , which obviously wouldn t have been possible at the moment and again, leads the reader to wonder if the injury is something sinister than the book s title alludes to.
This book has wonderful illustrations and a great vocabulary We had to look up several words.
I read this aloud to my kids for school MD gave it 5 stars MK, CN, and myself gave it 4 stars We liked that Otto chose a different path from his father A path of kindness and wisdom.
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.
Beautifully wrtten and illustrated and a fast read Great for ages 10 and up I, as an adult, enjoyed it Historical refences, some good vocabulary, themes to explore of honor, revenge and mercy Learn how far a league is Good descriptive pictures painted of suroundings, including sounds and smells Helps the reader gain an understanding of the culture and lifestyle of the medievel German area of Europe Written in a way to draw out empathy for the characters and their motivations and emotions Great action scenes Refreshingly unpredictable and unpretentious Just a few details to give the impression you are reading something written by a contemporary of the medieval days, such as the woodcut print style of the illustrations, just a touch of a few thee s and thou s and view spoiler a bit of romace at the end to infer a reference to the happily ever after aspect of tales from that era hide spoiler 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 other people than Otto, and all the solutions arrive from outside However, if you put that aside, the book is thrilling And it s still around, which you cannot say for every work that first saw the light in 1888.