The Once and Future King

The Once and Future King Once upon a time a young boy called Wart was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn t possibly imagine A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knig

  • Title: The Once and Future King
  • Author: T.H. White
  • ISBN: 9780007117130
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once upon a time, a young boy called Wart was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn t possibly imagine A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values A future that would see him crowned and known for all time as Arthur, King of the Britons.DuOnce upon a time, a young boy called Wart was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn t possibly imagine A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values A future that would see him crowned and known for all time as Arthur, King of the Britons.During Arthur s reign, the kingdom of Camelot was founded to cast enlightenment on the Dark Ages, while the knights of the Round Table embarked on many a noble quest But Merlyn foresaw the treachery that awaited his liege the forbidden love between Queen Guinevere and Lancelot, the wicked plots of Arthur s half sister Morgause, and the hatred she fostered in Mordred that would bring an end to the king s dreams for Britain and to the king himself.

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    1. 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 count).Besides 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 [...]

    2. 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, T.H. White takes the legend, undresses it, and gives it a new kind [...]

    3. 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 & rathe [...]

    4. “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.” ― T.H. White, The Once and Future KingI 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 yout [...]

    5. 3.5 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 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 mus [...]

    6. I love how the first 1/3 of this story is basically that Disney cartoon of the Sword in the Stone. I had no idea they followed the book so closely!Also, I need this in my life:

    7. 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, 14853* Idylls of the King, 1859-854* The Once and Future King, 1938-415* 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 the fla [...]

    8. I carried a quote 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 t [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. The Once and Future King was recommended to me on Reddit as probably the best Arthurian fantasy book extant. I have read Stephen R. Lawhead's The Pendragon Cycle and Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon and - if my memory serves me correctly – did not care for either of them. I am still interested in the Arthurian saga though so I proceeded accordingly.The Once and Future King is divided into four parts, the first three previously published as separate books. The four parts are:• The [...]

    11. I read this book about every two years. It is one of my absolute favorites. The stories and the characters are so well-crafted that I can read it over-and-over time and again with just as much pleasure as the first time.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 [...]

    12. Five stars? All the stars! This is the best book I have ever read. My other 5-star-ratings pale in comparison to this big wonder of a book. My -rating system needs revision. Hors categorie.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, sociology, [...]

    13. A curious book. The Once and Future King is at the same time a very classical and completely unique retelling of the Arthurian legend, but it unfortunately falls short of almost all the others.On one side it's an interesting attempt at reforging the legend to something not quite set in time and place, and a fascinating mix of Medieval English myths. On the other there are many aspects of the style that ranged from slightly annoying to deeply flawed.Firstly, the book is written too much like a fa [...]

    14. I knew enough about the King Arthur mythology through cinematic adaptations I've seen growing up, but this is the first time that I ever read a novel about this legendary hero, and I thought T.H White's classic masterpiece The Once and Future King is the best place to start as any, considering the raving reviews I've encountered about this one every time I browse the medieval literature section in book-related websites. I was also drawn to this book because of this quotation taken from it: 'Perh [...]

    15. T.H. White’s Arthurian opus, The Once and Future King, is probably as influential on the modern fantasy genre as The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, yet has been overshadowed in the mainstream by its two major adaptations: Disney’s animated feature The Sword in the Stone (1963), which is based almost exclusively on the first quarter of the book, and the Broadway musical Camelot (stage debut 1960, film 1967) which is based on the last half. To adapt White’s whole book, and d [...]

    16. Spoiler alert, I guess. But not really. It’s been 600 years. 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 [...]

    17. "But Arthur’s grave is nowhere seen, whence antiquity of fables still claims that he will return."- William of Malmesbury 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 confusion gro [...]

    18. Just last week I finished one of the greatest books I have ever read. The Once & Future King by T.H. White.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 .Like most people I was familiar with the character [...]

    19. I really didn't get what I expected out of this book, which I always thought was a serious retelling of the King Arthur legend. I mean, it is that. Eventually. But it's strangely paced and the work's tone follows this odd arc across its four books that put me off.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 [...]

    20. Confession: I had assigned this to 6 of my children to read but had never read it myself. Now I am thinking perhaps it should be read a little later than 7th grade. I am not sure a seventh grader can grasp the glory of it. What a book or maybe I should say what five books!! The Sword in the Stone: Delightful. The Queen of Air and Darkness: Delightfully dreadful. The Ill-Made Knight: Tragically wonderful. The Candle in the Wind: Toweringly beautiful. The Book of Merlin: Ridiculously thoughtful. A [...]

    21. My favorite book in the universe. Decisively not for everyone, it is rambling, preachy, occasionally tedious, and always outrageously British. Much of it consists of a cranky Englishman going on and on about whatever happens to pop into his head, whether it be the intricacies of jousting or lamentations on the current state of film industry (yeah, what?). Many will find it insufferably pretentious. Which it is! But it is also hilarious, and sad, and it contains everything that is good about life [...]

    22. Where I got the book: on bookshelf. Wasabi's, to be exact.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 [...]

    23. I got to page 377 before I resigned to the fact I wasn't enjoying this book and only read a couple of chapters a day after that. 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 [...]

    24. Mozzafiato. White è solo uno dei tanti portavoce del ciclo bretone ma è anche il primo ad aver rimarcato il collegamento con la realtà odierna rendendo questa versione così preziosa e attuale. “Re in eterno” è quello che Piero Dorfles ne "I cento libri che rendono più ricca la nostra vita" definirebbe un romanzo-mondo:I grandi romanzi, cioè quelli che racchiudono un intero universo di esperienze, di sentimenti e di percorsi logici, spesso non sono riconducibili a un solo genere o a un [...]

    25. Loved this book so, so much. Wish the world could read it, if just once. It's quite difficult not to be stirred by it; the narration welcomes you, like an old friend with a warm blanket and cup of tea. It has a quiet, very human dignity to it - a story as old as Arthur's needs such humanity in order to resonate and be remembered, and White succeeds. Arthur's innocence and patience as well as his frustrations endear him eternally. Lancelot and Guenevere, too, were brilliant and foolish and lovely [...]

    26. 3.5/5T.H. White casts some real magic in this series and has left an indelible impact on today's top fantasy. From Ursula K. Le Guin to J.K. Rowling, this is frequently referenced as a favorite by authors and readers alike. And I can see why; it has a sense of charm that only makes the central tragedy that much more impactful.I especially like the first book, The Sword and the Stone, which is what influenced the Disney adaptation from the 60's. Wart's formative experiences are moving, funny, and [...]

    27. Easily the most enjoyable book I've ever read, with Watership Down putting in a strong second-place finish. Certainly the best ever in telling, and spinning anew, the centuries old Arthurian legend. Gone are the old stories relayed in stark and monotonous detail, replaced by characters bursting with vitality.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 [...]

    28. In all fairness I'm sort of sick of the re-re-retelling of the Arthurian Legend. I couldn't get through this without some skimming. This one while older and loved by many is (in my opinion) fairly simplistic and packed to the gills with "slightly under the surface" political clap-trap aimed at kids.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 [...]

    29. TH White, ma quanto sei stato bravo?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 [...]

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