Tristan & Isolde

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
Tristan & Isolde, a play adaptation of the early medieval Tristan saga, retells the famous 12th century European legend about a tragic love triangle. The story focuses on the drama of warrior Tristan, his loyalty to his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall, and the events aboard a ship that are to bring Tristan and Irish Princess Isolde together in forbidden love. More

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About Josie Peterson

I am an actress and a writer who worked on stage in Manhattan for about 13 years, and had my classical play Tristan & Isolde produced in town during the summer of 2010, along with debuting some of my comedic material found in Evelyn Dunbar and Other Comedies. I also had the pleasure of working on two of the smartest and well-acted independent films, while I was busy on the off-off Broadway boards in New York from 1997--2010. These films were the feature Beyond the Pale and the short Morning Fall.

At the moment, in addition to auditioning, I’m working on a serialized novelization of one of my film scripts for www.channillo.com.

Various brief videos of my work can be seen on my You Tube Channel, TheJosiePeterson. One of my early one act plays, Alpha & Omega, may be gotten hold of and read via the special collections department at Stanford University Library in California.

For next year, I hope to create a few new and interesting videos of my long-form comic monologues, and have them available to all via YouTube.

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Review by: GillianHancock on March 06, 2016 :
I was genuinely surprised by how much I liked “Tristan and Isolde” by Josie Peterson, as it is definitely not the normal kind of book that I read, as I usually stick to modern romance or paranormal/fantasy. So reading a ‘play’ of a medieval literature isn’t normally what I’d gravitate to, and I admit it did take me a bit of time before I felt really hooked in the story and the style, but once I was, I was all in. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was stellar. The clear word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to just get lost in. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. There are some unexpected events that I didn’t see coming, but I do think the book description does give away too much of the plot because I would have liked to be more surprised by some events. I know this is a classic and all, but perhaps some people aren’t familiar with the story or had forgotten things. I loved all the characters – thought they were well developed and carried the plot forward nicely. Though the relationship between Tristan and Isolde was terrific. The writing was excellent and the plots and subplots were weaved together masterfully and gave a fulfilling payoff at the end. Well worth the time to read it, in my opinion, and I’d love to see this performed live! 4 1/2 stars
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Steph Coleman on March 06, 2016 :
4.5 stars
I enjoyed reading this extraordinary book! The author Josie Peterson writes very well… very descriptive and strong and we feel like we are there almost like watching a movie or play. The editing was flawless, and the story was so well-developed for this particular style… A wonderful book with a timeless story to just get lost in and enjoy Peterson’s lovely, strong narrative and beautiful prose. The conversations were so natural and authentic-sounding for the story, and the characters all brought the story to life and had a great dynamic and chemistry. Fortunately there weren’t really any ‘boring’ parts… even if it slowed down some and was working on plot development or something, it still was so well-written that we are hooked until the bittersweet end. I do enjoy historical and classical fiction, and this one does a wonderful job of staying true to the heart of such an incredible story. I’m so glad I read it and I recommend to others with the highest of praise.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: ElizaB9988 on March 01, 2016 :
From the opening pages of “Tristan and Isolde” I knew it would be different from the books I’ve been reading lately and I was right! To say this is totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before would be an understatement! I’ve never read a book that was written this way before, like a script to a play. At first I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but when I was done I realized not only did I LOVE it, now I want to read more books like this! It is pure “showing” meaning it is all the dialogue and interaction between the characters that really move the story forward, and the way that Josie Peterson writes and sets it all up, I really felt like I was “watching” the action unfold before my eyes. And unlike most people I really wasn’t all that familiar with the story of “Tristan and Isolde” (although I’d heard of it) and was blown away by how riveting and heart-breaking it was. I’m not sure how to even describe this book as SO much happens, (but the book description sums it up pretty well) Ms. Peterson sets up the backdrop and characterizations in a skillful way that not only pulls us in mentally, but also elicits a genuine emotional investment. I truly cared about the characters’ fates, and was shocked and saddened at certain things (no spoilers). An interesting and very diverse cast of characters, along with several intriguing plotlines interwoven against a fully-realized historical/classical setting makes this a memorable read for me.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Essieh on Feb. 26, 2016 :
"Tristan and Isolde” by Josie Peterson is an amazing and epic piece of romantic literary/historical fiction re-told here in “play” form, meaning it reads much like a classic (Like Shakespeare or other Classics) One of the most enticing and well-crafted books I’ve read in a long time! I hadn’t read the story of “Tristan and Isolde” in almost 25 years (since High School) and had forgotten what an incredible story it is on all levels. I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and absolutely loved Ms. Peterson’s use of description of the characters and the setting, and her attention to keeping true to the spirit of the original with the details and tone. There is something of everything… action, drama, history, strength and survival, relationships, and of course tragic romance… Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well-crafted. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but there is a good list in the beginning and there is great dialogue and I was definitely pleased with the overall experience. A recommended read for fans of historical literary drama and the classics who’d like to read in a new, fresh way, and I’d love to read more from Ms. Peterson in the future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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