The Once and Future KingPaperback
- Publisher: Ace Books
- Format: Paperback | 639 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 170mm x 43mm | 181g
- Publication date: 23 December 2008
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0441627404
- ISBN 13: 9780441627400
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 4,003
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 is the fantasy masterpiece by which all others are judged.
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T. H. White is the author of the classic Arthurian fantasy The Once and Future King, among other works.
By Alice Montes 05 Sep 2013
Fantastic book, exceeded my notion of what a medieval or fantasy novel can be. The first part of the book is such a sweet and rich telling of Arthur's boyhood, with knights being depicted as almost ridiculous caricatures, and comaprisons between jousting and cricket. The latter half maintains this almost light-hearted writing style but manages to draw the reader into quite complex characters and themes of morality, chivalry, law and ethics, and this recurring notion of 'generosity' of heart that eventually leads the characters to assorted ruin. Ultimately it's such a tragic story on more than a story-telling level, but also the moral ramifications are so saddening.
There were passages here that I read and re-read and left me reflecting for days, so much so I think it's actually almost impacting the way I think about 'fairness' and actions against others. But themes aside, it's the writing style that absolutely charms and there are parts of this book that absolutely have to be savored.