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The Once and Future KingThe whole world knows and loves this book It is the magical epic of King Arthur and his shining Camelot 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

T.H. White õ The Once and Future King DOC

K of all things lost and wonderful and sad It is the fantasy masterpiece by which all others are judged 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

EPUB The Once and Future King

PDF ☆ BOOK The Once and Future King ✓ MONEYEXPRESSCARD ✓ The whole world knows and loves this book It is the magical epic of King Arthur and his shining Camelot; of Merlin and Owl and Guinevere; of beasts who talk and men who fly of wizardry and war It is the book of all things lost and wonderful and sad It i; of Merlin and Owl and Guinevere; of beasts who talk and men who fly of wizardry and war It is the boo 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