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The Once and Future King
by T.H. White
by T.H. White
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"Cons: the highly episodic nature of The Sword and the Stone is not making it easy to get into.
Pros: it does use the phrase "a'flibertigibetting about with a lot of want-wits" at least once."
|09/11/2013||"I'd forgotten just how political (and racist) this was. With "why socialism is evil" out of the ay, we're now on to a long lecture on "why the Irish are evil (and mentally deficient, the poor things)". With a nice long discourse on "why the world would be better if only peasants still knew their place" in between, and a detour into "why it's wrong to be a pacifist during WWII, but not being one was bad in WWI"..."|
""Even in the miasma of her Gaelic mind, she had come to recognise that..."
||48.0%||"Such a galling book. Half stunning, half infuriating. Still, now that I've gotten to the tragic parts, hopefully there'll be more of the former and less of the latter."|
"There are a bunch of problems with this book, and I'm thinking now that maybe I should have read/reviewed it as the four novels it originally was, rather than as a single volume.
That said, it's reassuring to me to discover that I hadn't imagined the strengths of the book in a haze of nostalgia. To wit: the back half of "The Ill-Made Knight" is much like being unexpectedly eviscerated by a small child." 3 comments