The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4)
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This novel is actually divided into four 'books' within itself, and while you can read the four books out of order, it really is meant to be read from front to back.
The first book, "The Sword In The Stone", is much like the Disney animated movie that was adapted from it. There ar ...more
This book is divided into four books. They all go together but they are also all different in focus and have a growing change in mood. White is using Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur as the outline for his story. He writes in a very anachronistic and witty manner. He also vaguely dates the story as ...more
Somehow, T.H. White takes the legend, undresses it, and gives it a new kind of dignit ...more
I had never heard of the book until it was mentioned in Bryan Singer's X-Men movies. Xavier talks about it with his students and Magneto can be seen reading it while in his plastic prison. Because all great works of art are connected I had to read the book. I didn't even know it was about King Arthur and his knights until I found it on Amazon.com.
Like most people I was familiar with the ...more
The first book, "The Sword in the Stone," follows Arthur's childhood, and it's dippy, whimsical, and laden with fantasy. It is, in fact, not too far from the Disney cartoon adaptation of the same name. Arthur has all kinds of adventures ...more
If you hunger for the story of Arthur there are better, even if Disney didn't use them as the source of a movie. Try Mallory, or one of the hundreds of other re-tellings out there on the shelves told ...more
It's hard to know how to review this. The Sword in the Stone is quite good; The Candle in the Wind is an absolute punishment to read; the other books are somewhere in between, but mostly on the bad side.
Let's start with the good. The Sword in the Stone gives us a young Arthur who's not so much king material; he's content to tag along behind his older foster-brother, Kay, and more or less accepts that it's Kay's destiny to be a knight and his own to be a squire. And then ...more
The story benefits greatly from White's knowledge of medieval culture, Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur (review here), whose influence is credited directly in The Book of Merlyn, occasional ...more
I love this book so much, you guys. I feel like I can’t even articulate it. It is possibly my new favorite book.
The Once and Future King is a book about nostalgia, though not in the typical sense. It’s hazy and dreamy and romantic, and it has some of the loveliest prose you’re going to find anywhere, but it’s not about the idealization of the past. If anything, it can be read as an examination of its failure: all throughout the book, ...more
A complex and multi-tiered depiction of the epic Arthurian legend. This book is unlike any other I've read either focusing on the myth or simply in terms of fantasy writing.
While the story begins with The Sword in the Stone, a novel I had already read years ago it was refreshing to re-familiarize myself with T.H. White's eccentric and unique style of portraying the character of King Arthur as a child. In fact I believe The Sword in the Stone is the deepest depiction of the childhood Arthur I ha ...more
There is so much wrong with this book I cannot understand why it is so popular.
Firstly there is virtually no action, adventures or quests that you would expect from a King Arthur book. It plods along painfully slowly with little or nothing going on for pages and pages at a time. Every thing is described in huge detail, even really mundane activities that are going on t ...more
Questa saga mi ha davvero sorpresa. Eppure ne ho letti di testi arturiani. Chrétien de Troyes, Thomas Malory, 'Il Cavaliere verde',reinterpretazioni varie ed eventuali... sono arrivata a conoscere la storia a memoria.
T.H. la conosceva ancora meglio, e l'ha compresa così a fondo da riuscire a ridisegnarne personaggi e dinamiche con una scioltezza e una sensibilità uniche. Fra tutti i volumi della materia di Bretagna che mi sono capitati fra le mani, mai ho potu ...more
Way back when, I took a college class in Arthurian literature. This book was not included in the course which had us read just about everything else written about the legendary king. By the end of the semester I was sick of King Arthur, the round table, the Holy Grail and knights in general; as a consequence, I didn’t bother reading this book until now. Before I finally picked it up I assumed it would be something like Camelot (a crappy musical); I heard Lerner and Lowe based the music ...more
From Geoffrey of Monmouth (1*) to Thomas Malory (2*) to Alfred Lord Tennyson (3*) to T.H. White (4*) to Lerner & Lowe (5*) ...
1* Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain), 1130s.
2* La Morte d'Arthur, 1485
3* Idylls of the King, 1859-85
4* The Once and Future King, 1938-41
5* Camelot, 1960 [Broadway!! The big time!!!
1) See here for the association of the musical Camelot with the Kennedy Administration.
2) Here's an extended quote from the first page of the book, to indicate t ...more
Since it's a big monster of a book, I took a steak knife to it, as I often do, and cut it in half so I could carry it about and read it on the subway without breaking my back. Here's the new cover I put on my DIY'd "vol 2," from Vice magazine. I find it creepy & rat ...more
This is a sad, sad, sad, sad book. And also very funny. The first book is the funniest, and then they get sadder. It's like White took the Malory Morte d'Arthur and sucked all the silly stuff out of it so what's left is the essence of the Arthur legend in all its tragedy and glory.
And it was written at a horribly sad time. After two World Wars, things weren't looking too bright around Europe and that outlook colors EVERYTHING that was wri ...more
― T.H. White, The Once and Future King
I loved it and my two brats (11 & 13) absolutely enjoyed it, even if many of the jokes, the funky anachronistic blending of the Medieval with the Modern, might have floated a bit over their tiny wee heads.
Anyway, I think White perfectly captured the magic, power, fears and the joy of both youth and ...more
He shall return... “If people reach perfection they vanish, you know.”
Alongside.... “We cannot build the future by avenging the past.”
And..... "Further back, there were times when we wondered with all our souls what the world was, what love was, what we were ourselves.”
And... “Now, in their love, which was stronger, there were the seeds of hatred and fear and conf ...more
The Once and Future King is divided into four parts, the first three previously published as separate books. The four parts are:
- The Swor ...more
Mozzafiato. Il ciclo bretone continua a parlarci dimostrandosi attuale e White è solo uno dei suoi tanti portavoce. Pur non aggiungendo nulla di nuovo egli riesce a distinguersi grazie allo stile poliedrico. L'epos di Artù incarna simbolicamente la fine di un'età aurea e l'arrivo di un più tetro e incerto domani, diceva Tolkien, ma vi è anche una speranza per l'avvenire.
Il volume consta di 4 libri che a suo tempo circolavano separati ma dopo la mor ...more
A fantasy classic? It's so much more than that. It's about everything that matters in life, told in the warm voice of a brilliant and gifted author. He has struck a chord within me that will keep on trembling forever.
Humor, adventure, suspense, tragedy, poetry, romance, philosophy, history, faith, so ...more
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