Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

Author David Elliott explores how Joan of Arc changed the course of history and remains a figure of fascination centuries after her extraordinary life and death. Told through medieval poetic forms and in the voices of the people and objects in Joan of Arc?s life, (including her family and even the trees, clothes, cows, and candles of her childhood). Along the way it explore Author David Elliott explores how Joan of Arc changed the course of history and remains a figure of fascination cen...

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Title:Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc
Author:David Elliott
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:1328987590
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc Reviews

  • Cathy
    Jun 03, 2019
    From the Publisher: Told through medieval poetic forms and in the voices of the people and objects in Joan of Arc?s life, (including her family and even the trees, clothes, cows, and candles of her childhood), Voices offers an unforgettable perspective on an extraordinary young woma...
  • J. Alfred
    Mar 27, 2019
    This is a bunch of records from Joan of Arc's trial, and then poems based on those records, from the standpoint of people involved, interested objects, and abstract qualities. You can, and should, read it all in one sitting, like it was one long poem. At one point a Saint says that J...
  • Patricia
    Dec 08, 2018
    This would be a fantastic book to use in a book club or book study. The history, the queer lens component (would Joan today be trans or just a normal soldier who happens to be a woman, how does our time and culture influence identity, etc), and the poetry involved. So much learning cou...
  • R. G. Nairam
    May 18, 2019
    Expertly written, though oddly I found Joan's poems some of the least interesting. It was really fascinating to learn in the author's note that Elliott was using medieval verse forms for almost all the poems, which made me appreciate them more. Modern sensibilities and moralities cr...
  • Moon
    Apr 16, 2019
    I enjoyed this more than I expected. The poetry made more sense to me as it had a story to tell, and it is based on Medieval types of poetry which apparently match some types of poetry in Spanish (I don't understand poetry in English all the time). And of course, my child heart that ...
  • Nicole Hewitt
    Mar 24, 2019
    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction Wow! A historical novel about Joan of Arc in verse? It's either a crazy idea or utterly inspired---turns out it's the latter. First off, I highly recommend that you read this book aloud because a lot of t...
  • Emmy Neal
    Sep 14, 2018
    That was a very cool reading experience--the verse, the metre, the shapes and formatting--and I'm rounding up my initial 4 star reaction because the more I think about it, the more I like. Also, I am not a poet, much less capable of writing in any kind of meter and this was so impressi...
  • Kazia
    Apr 17, 2019
    So, this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. I was initially skeptical of a Joan of Arc story written by a man, but when I saw that it was written by Elliot (who wrote Bull, which I loved), I was on board. Then I read Megan's review and I got nervous. I decided to start Voic...
  • **Alma Book Bunny**
    Apr 25, 2019
    A very interesting take on the story of Joan of Arc, told through poetic prose that used the subject matter, i.e. sword, cloak, stake, to shape the poems. There were also direct quotes from her trial of condemnation and later her trial of nullification. It was a quick read. Gorgeous co...
  • Briana
    Jan 16, 2019
    This is a creative book, a story told in different types of verse by Joan herself and by different people and objects that were present during her life and near her death (the flames at her pyre, St. Michael the Archangel, her banner, her sword, etc.). Its unique form and its attempt t...
  • Megan
    Apr 16, 2019
    I read this book in ~45 minutes and I'm really torn. This has been on my list for a little while now, and with my heart hurting from the burning of Notre Dame, I felt like the timing was right to read about Joan. I was a little hesitant to read a book in verse about Joan written by...
  • Jennisen
    Feb 03, 2019
    Certainly not a normal choice for me, I find this novel in verse to have piqued my interest again in the story of Joan of Arc. I am glad to have received an Advanced Reader Copy of this title at ALA Midwinter, to allow me to read it this weekend. I loved how the voices of Joan, and the...
  • Bitchin' Reads
    Dec 12, 2018
    2/19/2019: Second read through for a reading challenge, prompt "historical retelling." This is the perfect quick read to fulfill the prompt too. I think I enjoyed it more this second go around since I knew what to expect. The trouble women face with societal expectations hit me a littl...
  • Erikka
    Sep 23, 2018
    While I think it is novel to tell the story of Joan of Arc in a verse novel, I feel like this one tried way too hard. The vocabulary was very high and lofty, which is not the best choice for a teen book. Likewise, I felt the point of view changed far too frequently and that the only tr...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Jan 27, 2019
    This was really fascinating! To be honest, I don't know too much about Joan of Arc, but it was neat learning more about her through this poetry format. I loved the unique perspective of her story being told through things like her armor, her sword, a tower, fire.. the list goes on and ...
  • Gabriel
    Apr 21, 2019
    I'm assigning these three stars for ambition, I guess, and also for forthright acknowledgment that I read through the whole thing very quickly--it's possible one of the stars is just for being a book about Jeanne d'Arc, which is a trifle unfair. I dunno what to say, I read a couple of ...
  • Katherine Moore
    Dec 01, 2018
    This book is exquisite. ?Voices: The Final Hours Of Joan Of Arc? has brought life once again to one of the most unforgettable and extraordinary female warrior icons. Everyone knows her name, but do they know her story? Told in verse, in different medieval forms of poems, ?Voi...
  • Amanda
    Mar 31, 2019
    I picked this up because I loved Elliott's Bull last year and I looked forward to his approach to Joan of Arc. Honestly, I haven't done my own research into her life outside of the basic storyline we've all been told. I feel I learned quite a bit more in this retelling and I so appreci...
  • Christina
    Dec 25, 2018
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?They would have hated me far less if I had been a girl of ill repute instead of what I was and who I am: a girl who dared to live the life of a brave and honest man.? I really, really wanted to l...
  • Emily
    Mar 26, 2019
    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.* This is a book told in verse ? specifically through mostly medieval poetry forms ? and gives voice to Joan of Arc, as well as the people and objects involved in her life. The shifting perspectives alternate w...
  • Madison Berry
    Apr 18, 2019
    I just read this in one hour and....holy shit ...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    May 30, 2019
    I am giving this book 2 stars for my personal reading experience and enjoyment of this story, but it truly does deserve a higher rating when it comes to the talent of the author's writing. While reading, I could identify that the author was clearly talented in his writing skill; howeve...
  • Solana
    Nov 22, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the use of different poetic forms for each of the voices, and the fact that the different poetic forms were all used in Joan's time made it more special. Not only was the voicing great, but the story was told in a way that even people not fami...
  • Hannah Jayne
    Mar 29, 2019
    I don?t know how to rate this I don?t know the actual story of Joan of Arc I don?t know if this was accurate at all I don?t know if I?m supposed to like her or not What a strange story What a scary story Other than that ? and the general wariness that all brin...
  • Rendz
    Mar 05, 2019
    3.75* *I was provided an ARC by Raincoast book!* Mini Review -This was one of the few novels in verse that I have read and for the most part I really enjoyed it. -I liked a lot of the poems and how each poem took on a different POV from Joan, to her family, to the saints, angels ...
  • Courtney Rodgers
    Mar 05, 2019
    As someone who has also worked creatively with Saint Joan of Arc's Trials, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Those who are not as familiar with the story or source material can appreciate the detail and emotion put into the poetry. I loved how Elliott played with form and shape, but the ...
  • Caylynn Bleess
    Mar 27, 2019
    Every life is its own story- not without a share of glory, and not without a share of grief. I lived like a hero at seventeen. At nineteen, I die like a thief. This was my first time ever diving into a book written in verse, and I was NOT LET DOWN. Jeannette- more commonly known...
  • Em
    Feb 04, 2019
    I read this in the span of 45 minutes, and while the writing was so beautiful, I really didn?t care much for this at all. I don?t think it was as awe inspiring as I hoped, and I really struggled because it wasn?t holding my attention well. Perhaps it?s a case of its-not-you-it?...
  • Sam & Isabelle (CapuletReads)
    Nov 24, 2018
    Okay, so something to know about me is I have a weird fascination with Joan of Arc. Literally one day I woke up and had to know everything about her. So when I heard there was a YA book about Joan of Arc coming out I knew I had to get my hands on it. I also had some really high e...
  • Mwinchester97
    May 21, 2019
    Who was Joan of Arc? Joan of Arc was a young woman of France who fought for what she believed in. Like many, I have always thought that Joan of Arc has been an interesting woman to look up to for her strength and determination. Other than what the children's books at the library...