The Once and Future King pdf book is a work by T. H. White loosely based upon the 1485 book Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory. It collects and revises shorter novels published from 1938 to 1940, with much new material.
The Once and Future King pdf Book Summary by T. H. White
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.
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 noble quests. But Merlyn foresaw the treachery that awaited his liege: the forbidden love between Queen Guenever 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.
The Once and Future King pdf Book Author – Terence Hanbury White
Born in Bombay to English parents, Terence Hanbury White the author of the once and future king 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.
The Once and Future King pdf Book Information
- ASIN : B00AEDDSQG
- Publisher : Ace (November 1, 2011)
- Publication date : November 1, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 2268 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 654 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #34,141 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #7 in Children’s Folk Tales & Myth Collections
- #49 in Classic British & Irish Fiction
- #54 in Arthurian Fantasy (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,888 ratings
The Once and Future King pdf Book Reviews
“A fierce and damaged man, T. H. White wrote about fierce and damaged people—and children, and animals—with a brilliant, painful innocence that has no equal in literature. He is so good at hurt and shame—how did he also manage to be so funny? I have laughed at his great Arthurian novel and cried over it and loved it all my life.”—Ursula K. Le Guin
“Certain books offer pleasures so rich and enduring, they become part of what defines us. The Once and Future King is like that for me. It manages—by some miracle—to be about its own time, and a distant, legendary time, and about today. It mingles wisdom, wonderful, laugh-out-loud humor and deep sorrow—while telling one of the great tales of the Western world. I envy the reader coming to it for the first time.”—Guy Gavriel Kay
“White took hold of the ultimate English epic and recast it in modern literary language, sacrificing none of its grandeur or its strangeness in the process, and adding in all the humor and passion that we expect from a novel. What was once as stiff and two-dimensional as a medieval tapestry becomes rich and real and devastatingly sad.”—Lev Grossman
“Touching, profound, funny and tragic.”—Los Angeles Times
“Richly imagined and unfailingly eloquent and entertaining, its appeal is timeless and universal. If a reader reads only one Arthurian tale, let this be it.”—Booklist
“The Once and Future King is full of insights, scenes and flourishes that are really quite astonishing.”—The Guardian (U.K.)
Reviews from Amazon Verified Buyers
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2015
“The Sword in the Stone”: Okay.
“The Queen of Air and Darkness”: A bit better but not great.
“The Ill-Made Knight”: Made the previous two books worth it. Absolutely incredible. It has a strong claim to be the second best fantasy (to Tolkien’s masterpiece) ever. White is a genius when it comes to characterization, and his portrayal of Lancelot is full of incredible nuance. He makes the ill-made knight more human than I’ve ever even seen somebody attempt to do. The previous two books are important as set-up, though.
“The Candle in the Wind”: One of the greatest tragedies I’ve ever seen, on par with Shakespeare. Once again, every single character feels alive. Even Mordred is presented with more sympathy than I thought possible. The ending is moving and heartbreaking.
Conclusion: Despite a slow start, the book is a masterpiece.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2014
I was reading through the one-star reviews, and I felt that I should mount a defense of my favorite book. First of all, I think it’s rather important to remember that The Once and Future King pdf book is not a book about King Arthur. It is a book about being human, and about the misery and joy which attend that particular condition. It is a book about T.H. White’s peculiar solitude, about loving nature more than men, and about loving humans fiercely for their flaws and their sorrows, and for the hollowness of their glory.
Coming from this perspective, I think that White is one of the only modern writers whose approach to Camelot mirrors that of the original Arthurian authors. Chretien de Troyes and Mallory were not writing about Arthur, they were writing about their own times — the places and fashions that mattered, the people and manners that they experienced, reflected in the idealized mirror of Arthur.
The Once and Future King is about White’s experiences with war and tragedy — these are mirrored in the childish foolishness and aged grief of the Wart, and muddled into the tragedy of Lancelot and Guenever. It is not always an easy book. It is very obviously a product of its own peculiar place and time, as all good Arthurian stories should be. It is my favorite book.
5.0 out of 5 stars and the writing are a true delight. I’ll be sad when it’s over
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2018
This book is sheer pleasure. The wit, the story, and the writing are a true delight. I’ll be sad when it’s over. Maybe I’ll go back to the beginning and start it all over again. I listened to the book from Audible.com but also purchased it on Kindle because I wanted to own it in written format so I can go back and read the funny parts to my husband and my friends. I’m also going to go back through the book and pull out the fantastic new vocabulary words I encountered in reading it. As far as the legend of King Arthur, it’s interesting to see how much this legend has stood the test of time, appearing and reappearing in every century since the 12th century. T.H. White is a very erudite man and his redrafting of the old story is informed by much learning and many references to Classical texts and philosophy as well as medieval interpretations of the work.
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