Learn That Is The Only Thing That Never Fails Merlyn The WizardBefore There Was A Famous King Named Arthur, There Was A Curious Boy Named Wart And A Kind Old Wizard Named Merlyn Transformed By Merlyn Into The Forms Of His Fantasy, Wart Learns The Value Of History From A Snake, Of Education From A Badger, And Of Courage From A Hawk The Lessons That Help Turn A Boy Into A Man Together, Wart And Merlyn Take The Reader Through This Timeless Story Of Childhood And Adventure The Sword In The Stone TH White S Classic Tale Of The Young Arthur S Questioning And Discovery Of His Life Is Unparalleled For Its Wit And Wisdom, And For Its Colorful Characters, From The Wise Merlyn To The Heroic Robin Wood To The Warmhearted King PellinoreGolden Kite Honor Artist Dennis Nolan Has Loved The Sword In The Stone Since Childhood, And He Imbues White S Tale With Magic And Mystery In His Glowing Illustrations Readers Who Know Arthur Or Are Meeting Him For The First Time Will Delight In This Beautiful Rendering Of One Of The Greatest Stories Of All Time I read this when I was younger, but I don t remember loving it so much then I didn t remember how the narrative voice blended humour and beautiful descriptions, anachronisms and explanations of relatively historically accurate details I forgot how intertextual it is Merlin putting his fingers together like Sherlock Holmes, and all the hints at Lancelot s doings and so on, and Robin HoodBut it is all those things There are parts of it that are beautiful, parts that are so wonderfully well described, like Wart s time with the geese, or when he s turned into a fish, and the narrative voice is so wonderfully understanding of what goes on inside people s minds I like the way it treats Kay like he s good at heart, but he messes things up by trying too hard to be what he s not, the pride in him And one of my favourite moments is when Ector says to him that he will always be proud of him, and Kay then decides to tell the truthSo glad I came back to this book I m pretty sure I never really got beyond it, now that I m looking at the opening of the next book, so I hope I do this time, and I hope all the books are as good. The best thing for being sad is to learn somethingT.H White, The Sword in the Stone I loved it and will definitely write later as I read the follow ups with the kids My brats absolutely enjoyed it, even if many of the jokes, the funky blending of the Medieval with the Modern, might have floated a bit over their tiny wee heads We three my brood and me are excited to push forwad and read the rest of The Once and Future King Anyway, 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 queer 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 in the 60s and thus make his point resonate better in the early 21st century. I ll say I really enjoyed parts of this book and I zoned out during other parts of this movie I m a huge fan of the Disney cartoon and the characters and scenes they left out for the most part were smart and I didn t miss them.I am glad that I read this classic and I want to finish the Once and future King There is a lot going on here and much of it is the myth of King Arthur I feel like this was written for a different time and when it was written it revolutionized the Arthurian Myth I still love the story of the boy Wart learning from Merlin and not understanding what a gift that is He got to be animals and learn the lesson of putting yourself in another s shoes and what is life like for them I think it s a powerful story I also love love that British Dialect he gave to so many of the characters It was amazing Whatever is in the water in Britain gives the people the power of words I love it They are so descriptive I think as an American we have lost a little of that gift as a whole and reduced our language down I know not everyone I also love how many times Wart puts the sword back in the stone to prove he can pull it out Made me laugh. My love of the television show Merlin, could not get me through this book I finally finished it, and all I really have to say is that I shall not be starting The Once and Future King any time soon When I picked up this book up at a library book sale I had such high expectations for the story, which quickly evaporated within the first four chapters The book was not exactly poorly written and I ve read worse , but the tone of voice conflicts with the overall narration, which prevents the reader from being fully invested in the characters and overarching story Being part of the Arthurian legend, the fantasy and magic one would expect to find contained within its pages just was not there as the story seemed to be grappling with too little plot and an author who could not make up his mind about who their audience is Most of the adventures that Wart went on were both boring and tedious and whilst clever the additions of modern topics such as Eton College, or Nazism seemed asynchronous to the main plot However it should be noted that as Merlin lives time in reverse order perhaps it does make some sense to have references to a modern age Perhaps T.H White improved the story when he included The Sword in the Stone as the first part of The Once and Future King , but having looked at the latter book very little of the story seems to have been edited or changed While one can commend T.H White for trying the story never came off the page as it should have done When this book was purchased I was hoping to step into a world of wonder, steeped in the lore of King Arthur, instead the reader is immersed in a book that appears cobbled together and no adventure for Wart has any connection to the chapters that came before it. The Disney movie is only about the first twenty pages of this bookand not really because they changed all the characters This book is sweet, intelligent, funny, and endearing. Can you believe I had never read this As I began it seemed so clearly for children that I was a little put off Then it occurred to me that I was reading one of the grandparents of modern magical fantasy and very funny in parts, too It comes complete with it s own made up language and a cast of utterly barmy characters J.K Rowling certainly read it it s all over HP and some items are taken straight from this book and embellished to fine art Not to mention it being written in Northern English Wart rhymes with cart not tort The two 25 stone knights jousting was peerless I collapsed completely at the vision of them getting up a head of steam and then sailing straight past each other, unable to stop before hitting respective trees Anyone viewing it through the lens of the Disney film is at a disadvantage it oversimplifies a book that becomes ever less simple as you read on. If you decide to read this, look for an unabridged edition with the author s illustrations I read the Time Life edition There should be lots of words and terms you ve never encountered before Unless, of course, you are an expert on Norman England, falconry, hunting boars, long ago dog breeds, tilting, jousting and medieval butchery I want to label this a quirky fantasy It s certainly can t be taken seriously The audience seems to be juvenile, but the language, specifically the terminology, is challenging But then, young fantasy fans expect unknown names, kingdoms, objects, etc to appear in their stories And the humor had me laughing out loud Disney fans know how Wart became Arthur, and that Merlin wears a robe of stars, and all that other Sword in the Stone stuff, and may think it all child s play, but this is not a dumbed down book Seriously It s well written and delightful, an overlooked classic that ought to be discovered by the many fans of Harry P Looking for a diversion, I happened upon this and read it on a whim What fun If you are looking for my review of this book please head for I haven t read The Sword in the Stone for spoiler removed years It has been far too long I d forgotten how good it is, funny, deliberately anachronistic and brilliantly so and moving at the end T.H White s Merlin is right up there as my favourite characterisation of the great wizard, no mere Obi Wan Kenobi of a mentor, but a being who has a very complex story all in itself as he traverses life in reverse time.I m not sure I got all the humour when I read it in my teens I was just so in love with the Arthurian legend that I wanted to read everything I could find, including Malory s Le Morte d Arthur which has every sentence about conflict resolution finishing with and smote of his head Even as a Classical scholar, the Arthurian legend remains my favourite myth of all time and by a long way I m still so absolutely fascinated with the stories Onto book two
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.
- 352 pages
- The Sword in the Stone
- T.H. White
- 04 August 2017 T.H. White