The Once and Future King

White, T. H. (Book - 1996)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Once and Future King
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T.H. White's masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.
Authors: White, T. H. (Terence Hanbury), 1906-1964
Title: The once and future king
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 1996.
Edition: Ace trade ed.
Characteristics: 677 p. ;,23 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Ace fantasy"--Spine.
Local Note: bt/pjs 10/13/06
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ISBN: 0441627404
Statement of Responsibility: T.H. White
Subject Headings: Britons Kings and rulers Fiction. Knights and knighthood Fiction. Arthur, King. Arthur, King. Fiction.
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction.
Historical fiction.
Topical Term: Britons
Knights and knighthood
LCCN: 96209512
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May 12, 2014
  • DanoW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

By far the best telling of the Arthurian legend. This is one of those few books that I will reread again and again.

An excellent book well written and shows parallels between the modern and medieval worlds. However, is it a large book so you'd better pace yourself

Aug 27, 2012
  • birchpoint5 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favorite for the last 35 years. Packed with philosophy masquerading as fantasy. Very well-written with rich language.

Jul 25, 2012
  • Violet_Butterfly_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Unbelievably brilliant. A definite must-read fantasy classic on the story of King Arthur.

Mar 14, 2012
  • ShadowFX84 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The penultimate Arthurian adaptation. There's nothing else to say. The source of all modern American fantasy. Every time you read it, you find something new.

Why does Clearbrook Library have a catalogue # of SCI FIC for this Arthurian Legend adaptation?

Jul 19, 2011
  • samuraibunny rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's funny. The backwards-living Merlin sheds light onto how similar the modern world is compared to the Middle Ages, even as we claim how far we have come as a civilization. The good that both Lancelot and Arthur strives for and the tragedy that befalls them shows that sometimes, life isn't always perfect, try as you might, sometimes it just doesn't work out.

May 13, 2011
  • jmbedel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This wonderful telling of the legend of Arthur stretches from his birth to the end of his reign. Having its roots planted firmly in Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur, this novel is a timeless adventure in which I discover some fresh nuance every time I revisit.


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Jul 25, 2012
  • Violet_Butterfly_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 25, 2012
  • Violet_Butterfly_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tells the tragic tale of King Arthur from when he was a young innocent boy named "Wart" to when he became king of Camelot and the Round Table and to how he tried to fulfill his dreams for Britain.

This novel chronicles the life of King Arthur from his birth to the end of his regin and the fall of his beloved Camelot


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Aug 27, 2012
  • birchpoint5 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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." -Merlin

Jul 25, 2012
  • Violet_Butterfly_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"And do you know another thing, Arthur? Life is too bitter already, without territories and wars and noble feuds." -Merlyn

Jul 16, 2012
  • roses_for_sale rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

These are my favorites from the book:

"There is no owl."
- Archimedes

"Well, anyway," he said, "suppose they did not let you stand against all the evil in the world?"
"I could ask," said the Wart.
-Merlyn and Wart

"Perhaps we all give the best of our hearts uncritically-to those who hardly think about us in return."
-T.H. White

"But the odd thing is that Jesus did not turn the disciples into storm troopers, burn down the Temple at Jerusalem, and fix the blame on Pontius Pilate. On the contrary, he made it clear that the business of the philosopher was to make ideas available, and not to impose them on people."


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