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A Chama ao Vento (The Once and Future King #4)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  981 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
The Candle in the Wind is the fourth book from the collection The Once and Future King by T. H. White. It deals with the last weeks of Arthur's reign, his dealings with his son Mordred's revolts, Guenever and Lancelot's demise, and his perception of right and wrong.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published 2005 by Francis (first published 1940)
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The Candle in the Wind redeems Gawain a bit for me, and brings Arthur back, and deals with Mordred. I remember studying this in class and it being pointed out that the timescale of these books is very clever: you start with bows and arrows in the early middle ages, with Arthur not being that far away in time from William the Conqueror, but by the end, there's cannons and Sir Thomas Malory. It was interesting to notice that properly this time, instead of being carried along by it.

Lancelot and Gui
Atharva Shah
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just completed the final book from the Once and The Future King Series by TH White. It is surely a philosophical, emotional, dramatic and a fine book, it is more than a book which makes you reflect upon your thoughts and the causes of war. Unlike, previous books it follows a central and a straight plotline with detailed story. The dialogues and the conversations are impressive, considering the personalities of protagonists and antagonists. Mordred, plays a very important part in here along wit ...more
I gave five stars to this book because it makes me think the most. The once and future king is a school assigned book and it was boring at first because to me. It was hard to read, just imagine reading a book and checking the dictionary for about a thousand times per page, and I got really tired when there were huge paragraphs describing something. But in this book, I really got interested. I felt sad for Arthur, and thinking of the happy young Wart in the first book, I just can't help but feel ...more
Scott Sheaffer
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Others have adequately described the context of the book within the series and so I will not waste your time by retelling it here. The Candle in the Wind is my favorite of the "Once and Future King" series. It's without the magic and fantasy I thrilled over in the first book in the series, The Sword in The Stone but is a more complete and complex work. It's "Shakespearian like" in that the seemingly innocent acts of the past all lead to consequences which meet at a crossroads in time to smite th ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fourth and final part of The Once and Future King is definitely the best one.
Best book in the series.

This is where it all comes crashing down. Agravaine hates Lancelot and Mordred hates his father, the King (child of the incest mentioned earlier). The conspire together to tell the king of Lancelot and Guinevere’s transgressions. Everyone knows of the transgressions, but once publicly acknowledged, Arthur will have to have Lancelot killed and Guinevere burned at the stake. Once Mordred has brought their transgressions to public, Lancelot flees and promises to rescue Guin
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Este libro ha hecho que recupere la adicción que le tenía a esta saga, pues el anterior, “El caballero malhecho”, tenía un ritmo bastante lento.

“Una vela al viento” me ha parecido el libro más adulto del ciclo (por el momento, pues todavía me falta por leer la quinta parte). No ha sido porque haya escenas de violencia, sexo y guerras, pues ya había de esto en el anterior libro, ni porque los protagonistas ya hayan envejecido, si no por los temas que toca. En esta cuarta parte, la moral, el honor
Ahmed Al-shamari
This book of the Once and Future king is definitely the best out of all 4 of the books. I enjoyed reading it due to the fact that it was mostly dialogue between people without much of the description, because in my opinion, almost all of the description is pointless and doesn’t add on to the plot whatsoever. Throughout this book, I did not feel any sympathy at all towards Lancelot because I thought: no matter what, his whole thing with Guenever is completely gross and betraying to his best frien ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Round Table is broken. Lancelot and Guinevere's half-century of cuckin' the goddamn ONCE AND FUTURE KING is exposed, and Mordred hits the scene to be as unlikable as possible. Imagine Ramsay Bolton with an eating disorder and that's Mordred.

It was as well written as the previous and both these books had a decidedly different tone than the first two in the series. Sword in the Stone was almost a children's book, as was the Witch in the Woods, but then the Ill-Made Knight and this one bust ou
TG Lin
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 奇幻創作
由於懷特的這部「亞瑟王故事」,已經算是 N 次創作了,因此在這系列的最後一部小說中,亞瑟王是完全「默認」了王后和蘭斯洛兩人的姦情(呃……換個名詞,用「非婚姻愛情」可以嗎?)——我只能說懷特版的亞瑟在感情問題上,簡直跟「聖人」沒兩樣了。相應的,則是這兩位偷情的男女也都與綠巾國王擁有崇高的友情,這三人可以說是「多元成家」的模範呀。
Tom Baikin-O'hayon
after reading this book, one almost wishes White would have rewritten the whole series again, to match it's literary quality
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow - a final book that really wraps it all together and makes it all worth it. We get to see Arthur's reflections on his entire life. Why he made the round table, what he hoped to accomplish, what he fought for and why. We see the destruction of his kingdom. We see his "sins come home to roost" as he says so many times.

We see that man has good desires, but all men are imperfect. They often don't live up to their own standard, and they don't know how to deal with that. Even if they can forgive t
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
The sad, meditative, final chapter of The Once and Future King (if you don't count the later addition of The Book of Merlyn, which continues as part of the narrative, but can't really be considered a part of TO&FK).

The book is the conclusion of Camelot. The conspiracies, the betrayals, the killings, and the expulsions are all there pushing against the King (I love when T.H. White calls Arthur - England) and his faith in man and justice. It just isn't to be. Do I need to hide the ending? Am I
Alex Baker
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Matthew Hunter
After my disappointment with The Ill-Made Knight, I started The Candle in the Wind in a foul mood. The magical shape-shifting fantasy of The Sword in the Stone had given way to dissolution, Freudianism and ill-omened romance. Could White make everything better in my reading life? I had serious doubts. Thankfully, White proved me wrong.

I love The Candle in the Wind even more than The Sword in the Stone. Sure, Merlyn's still gone; all magic and humor remain on sabbatical. But the heart on display!
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
From a dull and weak beginning The Candle in the Wind ended beautifully. I know the book of Merlyn is the final book of the series but if we ignore that for a minute I can pretend this was the last. It was such a sorrowful tale of Arthur that I barely knew and I am glad that I know a bit more. As I say the beginning was very history filled with names and places I didn't really care for, and then, as if a switch had been flicked, it became the same tone and flow of the other books. White has done ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"La vela en el viento" me ha encantado. Arturo; un gran Rey, una gran historia.
En este cuarto libro por fin ocurre la confrontación entre los personajes por los males cometidos en el pasado y que durante varias décadas estuvieron arrastrando con resentimientos, pesares, vergüenza, tragedia. Es la encrucijada final. "¿Qué es lo justo? ¿Qué es lo correcto? ¿He obrado mal?" Son las preguntas que surgen de distinta manera en los personajes de la historia, especialmente en el Rey Arturo y Lancelot, q
The Candle in the Wind is the fourth and sort-of-final book in T.H. White’s Arthurian mega-book The Once and Future King, since the very final instalment The Book of Merlyn was published separately and posthumously. It deals with the final stages of King Arthur’s life, as Lancelot and Guinevere’s affair is exposed and the Arthur is reluctantly forced to pursue violent justice against them.

I feel this series dropped in quality considerably beyond its opening volume, but The Candle in the Wind is
Like the other books, The Candle in the Wind is a retelling of the story of King Arthur, largely drawn from sources like Malory (as opposed to earlier ones). This book covers the period of Camelot's fall. I think the main thing that prompted me to give this (and the second and third books) four stars instead of five is that the first book was inventive and added things to the story -- the inclusion of Robin Hood, for example, and Arthur's childhood and adventures with Merlyn -- whereas these boo ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was at points challenging to read because I know how the story ends...and I dreaded reliving the sadness and strain. At the same time, there is a lot of good philosophical insight in "The Candle in the Wind". There is an attempt to understand humanity, might vs. right, and the best way to govern people. Its stunning how relevant and recent text from 80 years ago can feel today, in our present political climate. It becomes clear these books were written for a teenage or adult audience willin ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simply amazing, but also very strange. White's writing is delicate, beautiful, and so very sad. Like "The Ill-Made Knight", this book seems to be almost a commentary on Malory's work, though with a bit more of a focused narrative. The characters were compelling and so very human.

Beyond the narrative, White's commentary on medieval history and and culture and of 20th century culture was also very interesting and, I think, good to read. We too often look down on the medieval period as being charac
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
I liked this last book of the Once and Future King Quartet. It had more action, more dialogue, and a focused plot. However, it also had more philosophizing and more unnecessarily detailed descriptions. One entire chapter was just descriptions of the types of people you might encounter in the Middle Ages. No plot whatsoever in the entire chapter! So I basically skipped all the liberal sermonizing about the state of the human race, and only read the actual storyline.

It was interesting to see the
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: enjoyable-reads
This was the most enjoyable book in this series for me. I feel that T.H. White had a far stronger sense of a storyline, and I feel that this is the book that he was working towards the entire series. There was a stronger sense of characters and what they represented, and the storyline did not jump all over the place as in the previous books. Sadly, though, this is the book that tells of the fall of King Arthur and deals with what he has learned, although too late.

This was an enjoyable read, and
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the best of the four that make up The Once and Future King. T.H. White really brought together his ideas of right and justice. He also explored questions on what could create peace in this world. Unfortunately, I believe that he(and the rest of the world) could find no ultimate solution. The book was ultimately very sad but much more relatable than the other three books of the series.
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Oh wow. A return to form! This book definitely makes the doldrums of The Ill-Made Knight worthwhile- in fact necessary. Once again, present is all the wit, insight, and master story telling craftsmanship present in the first two books of the series. Gone of course, is the lightheartedness and playfulness, as the subject matter is much darker and more serious. The drama and internal struggles are in high form- what has been building over the course of the previous books comes to a head in spades
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A low 4/5 stars, but still - this is the best of the first four books. It uses very little humour, instead focusing on the drama - and the drama is pretty good. You can't help but feel sorry for Lancelot and King Arthur, as they have to fight each other because of what the situation demands from them. A lot of good plot points here, and it all fits very tightly and nicely with the second and third parts - and even a bit with the first part. Good stuff, not spectacular or riveting, but still pret ...more
This was rather slow to get into (especially with that rather long chapter which had just as much as history as possible thrown into it in the beginning) but when it got started, it really got started. This was a great retelling of the ending of King Arthur, and quite like how I pictured it.

I'd have given it 5 stars, but the writing style annoyed me every now and then. Sometimes it felt like T. H. White was giving too much description and it slowed the story incredibly. Which is sad, because I'm
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All roads converge in The Candle in the Wind. Arthur's past catches up with him as his only son seeks to destroy him and Lancelot and Guinevere's betrayal is forced to surface. It's a tragic end to a fantastical story, with a muddled sense of revenge and justice. Arthur is no longer the innocent idealistic Wart of boyhood, but instead, seems to be unable to handle the difficult decisions he is faced with, whether referring to his wife, his friends, his son, or his kingdom.
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...Четвъртата част на поредицата, озаглавена The Candle in the Wind, е фокусирана върху падението на краля поради омразата на сина му Мордред и племеннига му Агравейн. Стори ми се доста антиклимактична след емоционаната буря поднесена ни от Уайт в The Ill-Made Knight, но пък придава завършеност на поредицата...

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Todd Martin
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Candle in the Wind is the fourth book in the Once and Future King series and focuses on King Arthur’s betrayal by Mordred, his illegitimate son by his half-sister Morgause. At this point in the series White has fully transitioned from a children’s story to an adult recounting of the Arthurian legend.

I felt this was the strongest book in the series after The Sword in the Stone.
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Born in Bombay to English parents, Terence Hanbury White was educated at Cambridge and taught for some time at Stowe before deciding to write full-time. White moved to Ireland in 1939 as a conscientious objector to WWII, and lived out his years there. White is best known for his sequence of Arthurian novels, "The Once and Future King", first published together in 1958.
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The Once and Future King (5 books)
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“If it takes a million years for a fish to become a reptile, has Man, in our few hundred, altered out of recognition?” 16 likes
“Lancelot and Guenever were sitting at the solar window. An observer of the present day, who knew the Arthurian legend only from Tennyson and people of that sort, would have been startled to see that the famous lovers were past their prime. We, who have learned to base our interpretation of love on the conventional boy-and-girl romance of Romeo and Juliet, would be amazed if we could step back into the Middle Ages - when the poet of chivalry could write about Man that he had 'en ciel un dieu, par terre une deesse'. Lovers were not recruited then among the juveniles and adolescents: they were seasoned people, who knew what they were about. In those days people loved each other for their lives, without the conveniences of the divorce court and the psychiatrist. They had a God in heaven and a goddess on earth - and, since people who devote themselves to godesses must exercise some caution about the ones to whom they are devoted, they neither chose them by the passing standards of the flesh alone, nor abandoned it lightly when the bruckle thing began to fail.” 10 likes
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