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The Once and Future King ☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ The Once and Future King By T.H. White ✓ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk TH White′s masterful retelling of the Arthurian legend is an abiding classic Here all five volumes that make up the story are published in one volume as White himself always wished Exuisite comedy o TH White′s masterful retelling and Future PDF ✓ of the Arthurian legend is an abiding classic Here all five volumes that make up the story are published in one volume as White himself always wished Exuisite comedy offsets the tragedy of Arthur′s The Once Epub / personal doom as White brings to life the major British epic of all time with brilliance grandeur warmth and charm.

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 639 pages
  • The Once and Future King
  • T.H. White
  • English
  • 04 October 2016
  • 9780441627400

About the Author: T.H. White

Born in Bombay to and Future PDF ✓ 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 as a conscientious objector to WWII The Once Epub / and lived out his years there White is best known for his seuence of Arthurian novels The Once and Future King first published together in .



10 thoughts on “The Once and Future King

  1. Corinne Edwards Corinne Edwards says:

    This book terrified me on many levels It's 667 pages long to begin with It's been a while since I read a serious chunkster like that besides Harry Potter which somehow in my mind doesn't really countBesides that I am just not a fan of Authur stories despite my deep love of the Disney movie The Sword and the Stone of course Ever since I saw the musical Camelot in the theater when I was in high school the story just didn't appeal to me Then my book club chose this as our monthly selection and I finally decided it was time to tackle this monsterWas it worth reading? Absolutely This book is so much than just Arthur and Camelot The first section of the book is essentially the Disney movie and that part does grab you and you love Wart so much that you keep reading just to find out how it ends for him although it got harder and harder to keep reading for a while there in the middle it got a bit slowWhite our beloved author is a genius really He's like your friend or fellow book club member who just happened to be there in the middle ages and he's telling you the story with his own language and always using references to modern day concerns and people He sometimes appears to mock them and their ways oh especially those blundering old knights other times he pities them but mostly I felt as though he was trying to understand them and why they made the choices they didThe book is to me chiefly three different thingsFirst it is a historical study of England at the time which is both interesting and confusing with many Lords and Kings and battles etc Obviously this is a fantasy book and it's based on legend but either way we read a lot of political and historical stuffSecond much of the book is devoted to a character study of Arthur and Guinevere and Lancelot Arthur the imperfect naive thoughtful and above all forgiving king Guinevere the stubborn and difficult to understand ueenmistress White often just tells us straight out that he doesn't know why she made the choices she did And Lancelot the ill made knight the self loathing hero of the round table who made a lot of mistakes and yet always tried his best to be moral except where Guinevere was concerned of courseThirdly I felt like this was a very moral and philosophical book White asks difficult uestions usually through Arthur trying to figure out issues like Is man inherently good? Why do we have wars and what causes them? Which do we owe loyalty to our family clan or our country? Is it better to get revenge or to forgive? How do we best create peace through worship through wars or through civil justice?This book is truly a work of art I must admit however that as soon as the Sword in the Stone section of the book is over the story was completely depressing in every way imaginable Nearly everyone is either deceived deceitful or unhappy Bad things are constantly happening to good people and even the good people seem to be constantly making bad choices I must also admit that it was still insanely interesting and worthwhile and even amid the depressing things I found myself laughing out loud Often I found myself pondering the idea of actions and conseuences and how often our actions can lead to things in our future that we never could've imagined My heart ached for Arthur for what he had and for what he lostBut you should read it Read it for Arthur and Sir Pellinore and for White's use of the word chuckle head I'd be surprised if you regret it

  2. Daniel Greene Daniel Greene says:

    It's a classic for a reason Wonderful story Great characters Clearly bar raising for its time

  3. Heather Heather says:

    Seriously how do you review the pinnacle of all fantasy? You can argue with me but that in my opinion is what The Once and Future King is Sure the evil enchantresses are stout and grumpy the magical castles are made out of food the lily maids are fat and of a certain age and the knights in shining armor refer to one another as ‘old chap’s Oh and did I mention that King Arthur’s nickname is ‘the Wart’? Somehow TH White takes the legend undresses it and gives it a new kind of dignity Fantastical happenstance takes secondary place to human emotions and actions noble selfish and ridiculous And the narrator himself always lurks somewhere hastening to explain himself when it seems necessary or simply describe the king of the fishes as ‘rather American looking like Uncle Sam’ To some the novel subdivided into four books may seem big and slow moving But it is not a book to read in a day; nor should it be since it concerns entire lives whole worlds both real and imaginary The characters are spared no description; we know them better than we ever could have before This is fiction at its finest

  4. Oriana Oriana says:

    In case anyone is wondering I picked this book up for a re read because of one throwaway line in Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal I haven't read this since high school but I remember loving it almost giddily as a tween 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 rather fittingAnyway I have been reading this for days and days and days and days and days—exactly a month it turns out thanks for keeping track Goodreads which is about four times longer than it takes me to read most books I'm not at all sorry to have spent so long with it as this book encompasses multitudes and was just consistently enthralling the whole time I remembered it only sketchily from high school mostly only the first book much of which is retold in the Disney movie The Sword in the Stone Arthur as a boy being turned into a fish and a bird scampering about learning lessons from comical genius klutz Merlin who is always knitting his beard into his scarf All that is of course still there still fun and silly and charming and delightful But like all good epics do what starts as a somewhat childish fantasy story grows up as its characters do maturing in deed and thought and even language so that by the end it is philosophy than slapstick high art and the endless search for meaning than antics and adventures The difference between right and wrong the search for God love and its lapses and failures why men fight wars how the sins of the father are visited tenfold on the son the impossibility of absolute justice the very meaning of life—all these are dissected mulled over worked around and through over these 700 pages Additionally throughout there are the most fascinating digressions on falconry on the food and fashion of the day on the political landscape of the British Isles through history on many different sorts of weapons and their uses on all the various accessories that make up a knight's attire on needlepoint and castle architecture and the effects of weather patterns on different birdsAnd of course over it all runs the arching taut string of the foregone conclusion everyone knows that this story is ultimately a tragedy that no matter how carefree young Arthur frolics as a servant turned fish he will still pull the sword from the stone to be revealed as King of England he will still marry the beautiful Guenever who will have a decades long affair with his best friend Lancelot he will still be seduced by his half sister to sire the bastard who will wind up being the agent of not just Arthur's own demise but the disintegration of the entire Round Table and all those lofty goals of chivalry and valor So even at its sweetest this is a bitter tale a beautiful awful devastation an incredible encapsulation of human failure despite all the most noble of intentions It's wonderful and terrible and crushing and glorious What a spectacular world to spend a month thrashing about in

  5. Matthew Matthew says:

    I have owned the copy of this book I just finished since 1997I originally got it for a school project and only finished the first part of it OopsNow years later I read it as part of a Goodreads book club that focuses of reading books on “Must Read” lists I am glad I had the extra motivation or it may have been another 20 years before I would have finally completed itI see many sing the praises of this book It is a classic novel of Arthurian legend that many swear by When looking at lists of both essential classic novels and essential fantasy novels it is likely that you will find this book Alas for me it was only mediocreFirst of all this is probably the longest it has taken me to finish a book in several years It was a chore to convince myself to read a few pages each day The writing was just not motivating me to come back to it uickly 10 pages a day sometimes with a few days break in between was about all that I could muster Not a good sign if a book has me that disinterestedAnother odd thing about this book is despite how long it is it felt like most of the action was taking place unwritten between the chapters The best I can describe it is they might spend a chapter talking about going off to a battle At the beginning of the next chapter they are returning from the battle The only thing we end up finding out about the battle is from hints dropped by characters in the follow up chapters It just felt like I was missing a lotFinally the fantasy label I mean there are kings ueens and nights They live in the Middle Ages But other than that it is basically just a love triangle story with a few medieval fights here and there Most scenes are in a castle chamber somewhere with Lancelot Arthur or Guinevere brooding about something If you are a fan of High Fantasy like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones that is not what you will find here at all Not even close I wish I had better things to say as I know that this is beloved by many And based on the response to many of my statuses I might disappoint a few people with this review But it was just another so so entry from the must read list for me

  6. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    “They made me see that the world was beautiful if you were beautiful and that you couldn't get unless you gave And you had to give without wanting to get” ― TH 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 headsAnyway I think White perfectly captured the magic power fears and the joy of both youth and myth with this retelling of early Arthurian legend White's theme of power and justice Might Makes Right seem to perfectly capture the political Zeitgiest of now Perhaps White like Merlin was just writing through time backwards and wanted to capture the ueer contradictions of Imperial Democracy in the global 21st century but wanted to write it in the 1930s so Disney would be around to animate it ugh in the 60s and thus make his point resonate better in the early 21st centuryYou might think a novel that basically focuses on a love triangle a uadrilateral if you include God several affairs a man's struggle between his love for a woman love for God love for his best friend would not hold the interest of a 13 and an 11 year old for long but this is TH White The characters are so human so filled with frailties heroics and insecurities that White could have written about cooking for 300 pages and my kids would have been rapt from page 1 to the end The story turns about half way through solidly to Lancelot It is impossible to understand Lancelot without looking at Arthur Guinevere Elaine Galahad And White digresses throughout TOFK to capture these stories The middle of the book pivots as Camelot under Arthur's leadership undergoes a change from physical uests Round Table v Might makes Right to spiritual ones Round Table Grail uest This change capturesmirrors the dynamic of Lancelot's own story the vacillation between the physical and spiritualFinally the weight of the conspiracies the betrayals the killings and the expulsions are all there pushing against the King I love when TH 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 going to spoil the book for you? Come now we are all mostly adults here Camelot fails but TH White explores the failure almost as beautifully as he does the magic of Camelot He captures the magic of Camelot by focusing on the humanity of the people He isn't satisfied with making or keeping rather Lancelot King A Guinevere and even Mordred locked up in the stale symbols they often become The trite shadows of type is not TH White's jam He wants to humanize everybody He wants to show the motives the nuances of character that makes the reader LOVE these figures not because they symbolize things like bravery chivalry or justice but because they remind the reader of elements times moods and flaws found buried within TH White started with a fantasy novel but ended with an exploration of war humanity love and hopeLook I'm skeptical of fantasy novels They aren't my thing I want literature I want something that pushes you against the wall of your own head and dares you to think bigger I think TH White was aiming for that and holy anachronisms he nailed it

  7. Beth Beth says:

    I carried a uote from this book around in my purse for decades In my original version of the book it is on page 111 and begins The best thing for being sad replied Merlin beginning to puff and blow is to learn something That's the only thing that never fails You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins you may miss your only love you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds There is only one thing for it then to learn Learn why the world wags and what wags it That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust never alienate never be tortured by never fear or distrust and never dream of regretting Learning is the only thing for you Look what a lot of things there are to learn Another uote reads You see one gets confused with Time when it is like that All one's tenses get muddled for one thing If you know what is going to happen to people and not what has happened to them it makes it difficult to prevent it happening if you don't want it to have happened if you see what I mean? Like drawing in a mirror TH White has an imagination large enough to stimulate the reader regardless how many times this book is read

  8. Jeff Jeff says:

    35 Stars 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 conseuence 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 musical on the book They did but it is a loose adaptationThis book is divided up into 4 shorter books Merlyn is in the first two He isn’t in rest The book suffers for it Merlyn a wizard who ages backwards from the far distant future is a hoot He’s the heart soul and humorous center of the book I understand that each book represents an era in Arthur’s life but Merlyn's presence is sorely missedThe first two books are laden in fantasy You have plenty of magic unicorns griffins a talking owl a castle made of food etc The first book was the basis for the Disney feature “The Sword in the Stone” The latter books deal with Lancelot and Guenever Arthur’s desire to bring a civilized society to England the uest for the Holy Grail and the round table’s demiseAs the book goes through each tonal shift White maintains a very contemporary voice with modern day references and allusions throughout As this worked in the whimsical first half it becomes jarring when juxtaposed with the epic sorrow and madness of the LancelotGuenever affairLancelot in White’s rendering is to put it mildly conflicted I guess sleeping with your best friend’s wife the ueen and trying to hold onto Christian and chivalrous ideas at the same time will do that His misery is palpable Also White makes Lancelot ugly as a mud fence No Richard Gere or Franco Nero images in your mind while reading this isn’t a bad thingThe female characters there aren’t many are ill served by White none are very likableIf you’re looking for a entertaining version of the Arthurian legend read Thomas Berger’s Arthur Rex Or just read the first two parts of this book

  9. Leonard Gaya Leonard Gaya says:

    For the time being this will be a provisional review on the “Liber Primus” aka The Sword in the Stone The Once and Future King is obviously a modern variation on the Arthurian cycle Allegedly T H White’s main source was Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d'Arthur However while Malory starts his hefty book with the story of Uther and Igraine White hardly mentions Arthur’s true parents Moreover while Malory sweeps away Arthur’s youth in less than ten pages and a couple of short chapters I3 7 T H White stretches this indefinite period into a full novel of than 200 pages The segment about the sword drawn from the stone is only retold — beautifully and emotionally — at the very end of White’s novelThe bulk of The Sword in the Stone is an episodic narrative that consists of a series of adventures and considerations around young King Arthur from the time when he was just a young boy and was called in an affectionate yet slightly insulting way “the Wart” Around this young boy a few older men such as his foster father Sir Ector his tutor Merlyn his stepbrother Kay the whimsical King Pellinore chasing the uesting Beast and the clumsy Sir Grum a character invented by T H White playing opposite Pellinore like the muppets Statler and Waldorf The whole novel revolves around Sir Ector’s castle and the neighbouring forest and uite a few episodes are about Wart being magically turned into animals by Merlyn a fish in the moat a hawk in the falconry a wild goose etc In these woods we also get to meet a character from another legend altogether Robin HoodAll in all T H White’s novel displays a somewhat loose slow paced plotline and focuses on atmospheric and idyllic descriptions of the forest and countryside the sky and stars the techniues of jousting and falconry the seasons that come and go the pranks and funny episodes the songs and fairytales by the fireside It is a utopian and delightful book for all ages that reads as a mellow decorative and nostalgic reverie around the legends of young Arthur with a narrator that is always gently present and introduces subtle and unworried references to the 20th century — never hinting at the fact that the book was written just before World War II’s darkest hours It has very little to do with Le Morte d'Arthur it instead made me think of the old infancy gospels the legendary Apocrypha around the childhood of Jesus or even of the idealised images of the Middle Ages in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry Obviously uite explicitly in fact the story of this young Wart is also in line with the tale of CinderellaWalt Disney's adaptation of The Sword in the Stone 1963 is not top of the line but is still a charming slapstick musical comedy — the adaptation of The Jungle Book that would be released a couple of years later is very similar but better developed In a way T H White's novel has also been a model for Monty Python and the Holy Grail for young Luke Skywalker Wart and Yoda Merlyn in The Empire Strikes Back and even J K Rowling’s Harry Potter a few decades later To be continued

  10. Ted Ted says:

    From Geoffrey of Monmouth 1 to Thomas Malory 2 to Alfred Lord Tennyson 3 to TH White 4 to Lerner Lowe 5 1 Historia Regum Britanniae History of the Kings of Britain 1130s 2 La Morte d'Arthur 14853 Idylls of the King 1859 854 The Once and Future King 1938 415 Camelot 1960 Broadway The big time1 See here for the association of the musical Camelot with the Kennedy Administration2 Here's an extended uote from the first page of the book to indicate the flavor don't confuse with Harry Potter this was written in 1938 On Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays it was Court Hand and Summulae Logicales while the rest of the week it was the Organon Repetition and Astrology The governess was always getting muddled with her astrolabe and when she got especially muddled she would take it out on the Wart by rapping his knuckles She did not rap Kay's knuckles because when Kay grew older he would be Sir Kay the master of the estate The Wart was called the Wart because it or less rhymed with Art which was short for his real name In the afternoons the programme was Monday and Friday tilting and horsemanship; Tuesdays hawking; Wednesdays fencing; Thursdays archery; Saturdays the theory of chivalry with the proper measures to be blown on all occasions terminology of the chase and hunting etiuetteThis was one of the best books I read in my early college yearsThe overly Madison Ave cover is an advertisement for andor playing off the popularityfame of the Lerner Loewe musical Camelot whose original run on Broadway opened on December 3 1960 and closed on January 5 1963 873 performances The original cast included the rather duo pictured on the cover Richard Burton and Julie AndrewsSomehow I first heard the music from this while on an NSF summer institute at Pan American College in 1961 I associate the music with both that experience and with the Texas girl I met there that I fell in love with view spoilerWell that didn't pan out but I'm glad My wife and I started going together the next summer after graduating from high school Next year will be our 50th anniversary hide spoiler

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10 thoughts on “The Once and Future King

  1. Corinne Edwards Corinne Edwards says:

    This book terrified me on many levels It's 667 pages long to begin with It's been a while since I read a serious chunkster like that besides Harry Potter which somehow in my mind doesn't really countBesides that I am just not a fan of Authur stories despite my deep love of the Disney movie The Sword and the Stone of course Ever since I saw the musical Camelot in the theater when I was in high school the story just didn't appeal to me Then my book club chose this as our monthly selection and I finally decided it was time to tackle this monsterWas it worth reading? Absolutely This book is so much than just Arthur and Camelot The first section of the book is essentially the Disney movie and that part does grab you and you love Wart so much that you keep reading just to find out how it ends for him although it got harder and harder to keep reading for a while there in the middle it got a bit slowWhite our beloved author is a genius really He's like your friend or fellow book club member who just happened to be there in the middle ages and he's telling you the story with his own language and always using references to modern day concerns and people He sometimes appears to mock them and their ways oh especially those blundering old knights other times he pities them but mostly I felt as though he was trying to understand them and why they made the choices they didThe book is to me chiefly three different thingsFirst it is a historical study of England at the time which is both interesting and confusing with many Lords and Kings and battles etc Obviously this is a fantasy book and it's based on legend but either way we read a lot of political and historical stuffSecond much of the book is devoted to a character study of Arthur and Guinevere and Lancelot Arthur the imperfect naive thoughtful and above all forgiving king Guinevere the stubborn and difficult to understand ueenmistress White often just tells us straight out that he doesn't know why she made the choices she did And Lancelot the ill made knight the self loathing hero of the round table who made a lot of mistakes and yet always tried his best to be moral except where Guinevere was concerned of courseThirdly I felt like this was a very moral and philosophical book White asks difficult uestions usually through Arthur trying to figure out issues like Is man inherently good? Why do we have wars and what causes them? Which do we owe loyalty to our family clan or our country? Is it better to get revenge or to forgive? How do we best create peace through worship through wars or through civil justice?This book is truly a work of art I must admit however that as soon as the Sword in the Stone section of the book is over the story was completely depressing in every way imaginable Nearly everyone is either deceived deceitful or unhappy Bad things are constantly happening to good people and even the good people seem to be constantly making bad choices I must also admit that it was still insanely interesting and worthwhile and even amid the depressing things I found myself laughing out loud Often I found myself pondering the idea of actions and conseuences and how often our actions can lead to things in our future that we never could've imagined My heart ached for Arthur for what he had and for what he lostBut you should read it Read it for Arthur and Sir Pellinore and for White's use of the word chuckle head I'd be surprised if you regret it

  2. Daniel Greene Daniel Greene says:

    It's a classic for a reason Wonderful story Great characters Clearly bar raising for its time

  3. Heather Heather says:

    Seriously how do you review the pinnacle of all fantasy? You can argue with me but that in my opinion is what The Once and Future King is Sure the evil enchantresses are stout and grumpy the magical castles are made out of food the lily maids are fat and of a certain age and the knights in shining armor refer to one another as ‘old chap’s Oh and did I mention that King Arthur’s nickname is ‘the Wart’? Somehow TH White takes the legend undresses it and gives it a new kind of dignity Fantastical happenstance takes secondary place to human emotions and actions noble selfish and ridiculous And the narrator himself always lurks somewhere hastening to explain himself when it seems necessary or simply describe the king of the fishes as ‘rather American looking like Uncle Sam’ To some the novel subdivided into four books may seem big and slow moving But it is not a book to read in a day; nor should it be since it concerns entire lives whole worlds both real and imaginary The characters are spared no description; we know them better than we ever could have before This is fiction at its finest

  4. Oriana Oriana says:

    In case anyone is wondering I picked this book up for a re read because of one throwaway line in Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal I haven't read this since high school but I remember loving it almost giddily as a tween 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 rather fittingAnyway I have been reading this for days and days and days and days and days—exactly a month it turns out thanks for keeping track Goodreads which is about four times longer than it takes me to read most books I'm not at all sorry to have spent so long with it as this book encompasses multitudes and was just consistently enthralling the whole time I remembered it only sketchily from high school mostly only the first book much of which is retold in the Disney movie The Sword in the Stone Arthur as a boy being turned into a fish and a bird scampering about learning lessons from comical genius klutz Merlin who is always knitting his beard into his scarf All that is of course still there still fun and silly and charming and delightful But like all good epics do what starts as a somewhat childish fantasy story grows up as its characters do maturing in deed and thought and even language so that by the end it is philosophy than slapstick high art and the endless search for meaning than antics and adventures The difference between right and wrong the search for God love and its lapses and failures why men fight wars how the sins of the father are visited tenfold on the son the impossibility of absolute justice the very meaning of life—all these are dissected mulled over worked around and through over these 700 pages Additionally throughout there are the most fascinating digressions on falconry on the food and fashion of the day on the political landscape of the British Isles through history on many different sorts of weapons and their uses on all the various accessories that make up a knight's attire on needlepoint and castle architecture and the effects of weather patterns on different birdsAnd of course over it all runs the arching taut string of the foregone conclusion everyone knows that this story is ultimately a tragedy that no matter how carefree young Arthur frolics as a servant turned fish he will still pull the sword from the stone to be revealed as King of England he will still marry the beautiful Guenever who will have a decades long affair with his best friend Lancelot he will still be seduced by his half sister to sire the bastard who will wind up being the agent of not just Arthur's own demise but the disintegration of the entire Round Table and all those lofty goals of chivalry and valor So even at its sweetest this is a bitter tale a beautiful awful devastation an incredible encapsulation of human failure despite all the most noble of intentions It's wonderful and terrible and crushing and glorious What a spectacular world to spend a month thrashing about in

  5. Matthew Matthew says:

    I have owned the copy of this book I just finished since 1997I originally got it for a school project and only finished the first part of it OopsNow years later I read it as part of a Goodreads book club that focuses of reading books on “Must Read” lists I am glad I had the extra motivation or it may have been another 20 years before I would have finally completed itI see many sing the praises of this book It is a classic novel of Arthurian legend that many swear by When looking at lists of both essential classic novels and essential fantasy novels it is likely that you will find this book Alas for me it was only mediocreFirst of all this is probably the longest it has taken me to finish a book in several years It was a chore to convince myself to read a few pages each day The writing was just not motivating me to come back to it uickly 10 pages a day sometimes with a few days break in between was about all that I could muster Not a good sign if a book has me that disinterestedAnother odd thing about this book is despite how long it is it felt like most of the action was taking place unwritten between the chapters The best I can describe it is they might spend a chapter talking about going off to a battle At the beginning of the next chapter they are returning from the battle The only thing we end up finding out about the battle is from hints dropped by characters in the follow up chapters It just felt like I was missing a lotFinally the fantasy label I mean there are kings ueens and nights They live in the Middle Ages But other than that it is basically just a love triangle story with a few medieval fights here and there Most scenes are in a castle chamber somewhere with Lancelot Arthur or Guinevere brooding about something If you are a fan of High Fantasy like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones that is not what you will find here at all Not even close I wish I had better things to say as I know that this is beloved by many And based on the response to many of my statuses I might disappoint a few people with this review But it was just another so so entry from the must read list for me

  6. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    “They made me see that the world was beautiful if you were beautiful and that you couldn't get unless you gave And you had to give without wanting to get” ― TH 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 headsAnyway I think White perfectly captured the magic power fears and the joy of both youth and myth with this retelling of early Arthurian legend White's theme of power and justice Might Makes Right seem to perfectly capture the political Zeitgiest of now Perhaps White like Merlin was just writing through time backwards and wanted to capture the ueer contradictions of Imperial Democracy in the global 21st century but wanted to write it in the 1930s so Disney would be around to animate it ugh in the 60s and thus make his point resonate better in the early 21st centuryYou might think a novel that basically focuses on a love triangle a uadrilateral if you include God several affairs a man's struggle between his love for a woman love for God love for his best friend would not hold the interest of a 13 and an 11 year old for long but this is TH White The characters are so human so filled with frailties heroics and insecurities that White could have written about cooking for 300 pages and my kids would have been rapt from page 1 to the end The story turns about half way through solidly to Lancelot It is impossible to understand Lancelot without looking at Arthur Guinevere Elaine Galahad And White digresses throughout TOFK to capture these stories The middle of the book pivots as Camelot under Arthur's leadership undergoes a change from physical uests Round Table v Might makes Right to spiritual ones Round Table Grail uest This change capturesmirrors the dynamic of Lancelot's own story the vacillation between the physical and spiritualFinally the weight of the conspiracies the betrayals the killings and the expulsions are all there pushing against the King I love when TH 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 going to spoil the book for you? Come now we are all mostly adults here Camelot fails but TH White explores the failure almost as beautifully as he does the magic of Camelot He captures the magic of Camelot by focusing on the humanity of the people He isn't satisfied with making or keeping rather Lancelot King A Guinevere and even Mordred locked up in the stale symbols they often become The trite shadows of type is not TH White's jam He wants to humanize everybody He wants to show the motives the nuances of character that makes the reader LOVE these figures not because they symbolize things like bravery chivalry or justice but because they remind the reader of elements times moods and flaws found buried within TH White started with a fantasy novel but ended with an exploration of war humanity love and hopeLook I'm skeptical of fantasy novels They aren't my thing I want literature I want something that pushes you against the wall of your own head and dares you to think bigger I think TH White was aiming for that and holy anachronisms he nailed it

  7. Beth Beth says:

    I carried a uote from this book around in my purse for decades In my original version of the book it is on page 111 and begins The best thing for being sad replied Merlin beginning to puff and blow is to learn something That's the only thing that never fails You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins you may miss your only love you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds There is only one thing for it then to learn Learn why the world wags and what wags it That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust never alienate never be tortured by never fear or distrust and never dream of regretting Learning is the only thing for you Look what a lot of things there are to learn Another uote reads You see one gets confused with Time when it is like that All one's tenses get muddled for one thing If you know what is going to happen to people and not what has happened to them it makes it difficult to prevent it happening if you don't want it to have happened if you see what I mean? Like drawing in a mirror TH White has an imagination large enough to stimulate the reader regardless how many times this book is read

  8. Jeff Jeff says:

    35 Stars 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 conseuence 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 musical on the book They did but it is a loose adaptationThis book is divided up into 4 shorter books Merlyn is in the first two He isn’t in rest The book suffers for it Merlyn a wizard who ages backwards from the far distant future is a hoot He’s the heart soul and humorous center of the book I understand that each book represents an era in Arthur’s life but Merlyn's presence is sorely missedThe first two books are laden in fantasy You have plenty of magic unicorns griffins a talking owl a castle made of food etc The first book was the basis for the Disney feature “The Sword in the Stone” The latter books deal with Lancelot and Guenever Arthur’s desire to bring a civilized society to England the uest for the Holy Grail and the round table’s demiseAs the book goes through each tonal shift White maintains a very contemporary voice with modern day references and allusions throughout As this worked in the whimsical first half it becomes jarring when juxtaposed with the epic sorrow and madness of the LancelotGuenever affairLancelot in White’s rendering is to put it mildly conflicted I guess sleeping with your best friend’s wife the ueen and trying to hold onto Christian and chivalrous ideas at the same time will do that His misery is palpable Also White makes Lancelot ugly as a mud fence No Richard Gere or Franco Nero images in your mind while reading this isn’t a bad thingThe female characters there aren’t many are ill served by White none are very likableIf you’re looking for a entertaining version of the Arthurian legend read Thomas Berger’s Arthur Rex Or just read the first two parts of this book

  9. Leonard Gaya Leonard Gaya says:

    For the time being this will be a provisional review on the “Liber Primus” aka The Sword in the Stone The Once and Future King is obviously a modern variation on the Arthurian cycle Allegedly T H White’s main source was Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d'Arthur However while Malory starts his hefty book with the story of Uther and Igraine White hardly mentions Arthur’s true parents Moreover while Malory sweeps away Arthur’s youth in less than ten pages and a couple of short chapters I3 7 T H White stretches this indefinite period into a full novel of than 200 pages The segment about the sword drawn from the stone is only retold — beautifully and emotionally — at the very end of White’s novelThe bulk of The Sword in the Stone is an episodic narrative that consists of a series of adventures and considerations around young King Arthur from the time when he was just a young boy and was called in an affectionate yet slightly insulting way “the Wart” Around this young boy a few older men such as his foster father Sir Ector his tutor Merlyn his stepbrother Kay the whimsical King Pellinore chasing the uesting Beast and the clumsy Sir Grum a character invented by T H White playing opposite Pellinore like the muppets Statler and Waldorf The whole novel revolves around Sir Ector’s castle and the neighbouring forest and uite a few episodes are about Wart being magically turned into animals by Merlyn a fish in the moat a hawk in the falconry a wild goose etc In these woods we also get to meet a character from another legend altogether Robin HoodAll in all T H White’s novel displays a somewhat loose slow paced plotline and focuses on atmospheric and idyllic descriptions of the forest and countryside the sky and stars the techniues of jousting and falconry the seasons that come and go the pranks and funny episodes the songs and fairytales by the fireside It is a utopian and delightful book for all ages that reads as a mellow decorative and nostalgic reverie around the legends of young Arthur with a narrator that is always gently present and introduces subtle and unworried references to the 20th century — never hinting at the fact that the book was written just before World War II’s darkest hours It has very little to do with Le Morte d'Arthur it instead made me think of the old infancy gospels the legendary Apocrypha around the childhood of Jesus or even of the idealised images of the Middle Ages in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry Obviously uite explicitly in fact the story of this young Wart is also in line with the tale of CinderellaWalt Disney's adaptation of The Sword in the Stone 1963 is not top of the line but is still a charming slapstick musical comedy — the adaptation of The Jungle Book that would be released a couple of years later is very similar but better developed In a way T H White's novel has also been a model for Monty Python and the Holy Grail for young Luke Skywalker Wart and Yoda Merlyn in The Empire Strikes Back and even J K Rowling’s Harry Potter a few decades later To be continued

  10. Ted Ted says:

    From Geoffrey of Monmouth 1 to Thomas Malory 2 to Alfred Lord Tennyson 3 to TH White 4 to Lerner Lowe 5 1 Historia Regum Britanniae History of the Kings of Britain 1130s 2 La Morte d'Arthur 14853 Idylls of the King 1859 854 The Once and Future King 1938 415 Camelot 1960 Broadway The big time1 See here for the association of the musical Camelot with the Kennedy Administration2 Here's an extended uote from the first page of the book to indicate the flavor don't confuse with Harry Potter this was written in 1938 On Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays it was Court Hand and Summulae Logicales while the rest of the week it was the Organon Repetition and Astrology The governess was always getting muddled with her astrolabe and when she got especially muddled she would take it out on the Wart by rapping his knuckles She did not rap Kay's knuckles because when Kay grew older he would be Sir Kay the master of the estate The Wart was called the Wart because it or less rhymed with Art which was short for his real name In the afternoons the programme was Monday and Friday tilting and horsemanship; Tuesdays hawking; Wednesdays fencing; Thursdays archery; Saturdays the theory of chivalry with the proper measures to be blown on all occasions terminology of the chase and hunting etiuetteThis was one of the best books I read in my early college yearsThe overly Madison Ave cover is an advertisement for andor playing off the popularityfame of the Lerner Loewe musical Camelot whose original run on Broadway opened on December 3 1960 and closed on January 5 1963 873 performances The original cast included the rather duo pictured on the cover Richard Burton and Julie AndrewsSomehow I first heard the music from this while on an NSF summer institute at Pan American College in 1961 I associate the music with both that experience and with the Texas girl I met there that I fell in love with view spoilerWell that didn't pan out but I'm glad My wife and I started going together the next summer after graduating from high school Next year will be our 50th anniversary hide spoiler

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