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The Once and Future King (1940)

af T. H. White

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"A deluxe hardcover edition of the world's greatest fantasy classic--part of Penguin Galaxy, a collectible series of six sci-fi/fantasy classics, featuring a series introduction by Neil Gaiman T. H. White's masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as the sword Excalibur and city of Camelot that are found within its pages. This magical epic takes Arthur from the glorious lyrical phase of his youth, through the disillusioning early years of his reign, to maturity when his vision of the Round Table develops into the search for the Holy Grail, and finally to his weary old age. With memorable characters like Merlin and Owl and Guinevere, beasts who talk and men who fly, wizardry and war, The Once and Future King has become the fantasy masterpiece against which all others are judged, a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations. Penguin Galaxy Six of our greatest masterworks of science fiction and fantasy, in dazzling collector-worthy hardcover editions, and featuring a series introduction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, Penguin Galaxy represents a constellation of achievement in visionary fiction, lighting the way toward our knowledge of the universe, and of ourselves. From historical legends to mythic futures, monuments of world-building to mind-bending dystopias, these touchstones of human invention and storytelling ingenuity have transported millions of readers to distant realms, and will continue for generations to chart the frontiers of the imagination. The Once and Future King by T. H. White Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein Dune by Frank Herbert 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Neuromancer by William Gibson For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators"--… (mere)
  1. 100
    Kong Arthur og hans d̆le riddere : efter Thomas Malorys Winchester-manuskript og andre kilder af John Steinbeck (g026r)
  2. 71
    Ivanhoe af Sir Walter Scott (LamontCranston)
  3. 52
    The Earthsea Quartet af Ursula K. Le Guin (LamontCranston)
  4. 20
    Guinevere's Gift af Nancy Mckenzie (wordcauldron)
  5. 20
    The Squire's Tale af Gerald Morris (foggidawn)
  6. 20
    The Age of Scandal af T. H. White (BINDINGSTHATLAST)
    BINDINGSTHATLAST: Anotherside of White
  7. 20
    Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel af Thomas Berger (eromsted)
    eromsted: For a comic take on the legend
  8. 10
    Queen of Camelot af Nancy Mckenzie (wordcauldron)
    wordcauldron: My favorite retelling of Arthurian legend. Period.
  9. 22
    The Magicians af Lev Grossman (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: I thought of making this recommendation when reading the magical education section of The Magicians, which reminded me of the first book of The Once and Future King. But the wider idea - that magical powers can't stop us from making stupid human mistakes - is also relevant to both books.… (mere)
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T.H White has truly done so much justice to the King Arthur narrative. He is incredibly sensitive to the earlier, important works that revolve or involve King Arthur; stories by Thomas Malory or Chretien de Troyes & period specific literature by people like Chaucer, which gives his story its legitimacy. French Romances & earlier narratives of King Arthur are usually purposefully unrealistic (at least to modern readers). It’s not simply because they weave mystical &/or magical elements into the narrative, but also because these stories are emotionally hyperbolic. They lather tragedy & sadness in copious amounts without truly eliciting the emotional trade-off that it promises. Of course I’m not saying this is bad, I enjoy the escapism myself. It’s just that it’s harder to connect with these stories on an emotional level even though so much tragedy is expressed in print.

So by updating the King Arthur narrative & breaking away from the grandiose nature of the french romances & other King Arthur narratives, White succeeded in truly humanizing the characters & allowing readers to empathize with them; especially Arthur & Lancelot — your heart truly breaks for them. I think it’s also worth mentioning that in most narratives, Guenevere is presented as somewhat annoying or simply as an under-developed character & sidelined to triviality. But T.H White pays attention to her in this book & she’s a lot more dignified. The love between her & Lancelot is conveyed in such a way that it praises & truly involves both of them.

This book is about a lot of things. It’s about war, love, spirituality, the difficulty in realizing that the idea you’ve worked on for your whole life might be a mistake, negotiating your value as a person.. We grow up with Arthur in this book since he was a child up to his supposed death. We are with him as he fixes, maintains & loses grip over Britain. We break with him as he loses his wife & best friend & is continually placed in excruciating circumstances during the last period of his life, like having to watch his wife’s execution or having to fight against his best friend. We follow a group of brothers since they were children up till they’re all killed, saved for one, still unreconciled with the sad childhood they had. We understand that even as grown men, and as they were dying, they have always been, fundamentally, boys who have starved for love from their nonchalant mother. My heart breaks & breaks & breaks reading this story. T.H White truly peels apart the psychological & emotional state of the characters & shows us why they are the way they are. We cannot blame them. We understand why the tragedy has transpired the way it did. ( )
  verkur | Jan 8, 2021 |
I read the first book, "The Sword in the Stone" and enjoyed it very much. I'm taking a little break but will pick it up again in the near future to continue...
  bugaboo_4 | Jan 3, 2021 |
Another book that I read on my Arthurian kick; upon reflection, it might not have been a good thing to read all these books in one fell swoop, as it is difficult now for me to remember and distinguish them from one another. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Oh, what to say about a wonderful book I read back in the 70's? I have not re-read this book as an adult. I need to. I will someday. I fell in love with my sister's tattered copy when I was young and I read it several times. The first book - The Sword in the Stone - I read together with my sister. When I got a bit older, I read the rest of the book.

And loved it! And loved King Arthur! And loved the movie Camelot. And the play Camelot. And the soundtrack to Camelot. (Still have all those songs memorized, BTW. I spontaneously start singing them at times.)

Of course, if I read it again, will it be as magical as it once was? When the rain never fell till after sundown? It happens sometimes that I go to revisit my old self and I can't connect to the magic anymore, back when all the world was brimming with fun - wholesome or un.

5 stars though - that's what I would have given it back in the day - and someday, I might have to answer the question - I wonder what the King is doing tonight? - and pick up the book again.
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  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
A very enjoyable read. It would probably have been even better if I were a Brit, an adult in 1939, were reading on a Kindle with access to old English and names of armor and gear, but these disadvantages did not detract too much. ( )
  Saraishelafs | Nov 4, 2020 |
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She is not any common earth

Water or wood or air,

But Merlin's Isle of Gramarye

Where you and I will fare.
When shall I be dead and rid
Of the wrong my father did?
How long, how long, till spade and hearse
Put to sleep my mother's curse?
"Nay," said Sir Lancelot "... for

once shamed may never be recovered."
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'I have found the Zoological Gardens of service to many of my patients.  I should prescribe for Mr. Pontifex a course of the larger mammals.  Don't let him think he is taking them medicinally...'
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On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays it was Court Hand and Summulae Logicales, while the rest of the week it was the Organon, Repetition and Astrology. The governess was always getting muddled - she would take it out of the Wart by rapping his knuckles.
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“If I were to be made a knight,” said the Wart, staring dreamily into the fire, “I should insist on doing my vigil by myself, as Hob does with his hawks, and I should pray to God to let me encounter all the evil in the world in my own person, so that if I conquered there would be none left, and, if I were defeated, I would be the one to suffer for it.”
“That would be extremely presumptuous of you,” said Merlyn, “and you would be conquered, and you would suffer for it.”
“I shouldn’t mind.”
“Wouldn’t you? Wait till it happens and see.”
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"A deluxe hardcover edition of the world's greatest fantasy classic--part of Penguin Galaxy, a collectible series of six sci-fi/fantasy classics, featuring a series introduction by Neil Gaiman T. H. White's masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as the sword Excalibur and city of Camelot that are found within its pages. This magical epic takes Arthur from the glorious lyrical phase of his youth, through the disillusioning early years of his reign, to maturity when his vision of the Round Table develops into the search for the Holy Grail, and finally to his weary old age. With memorable characters like Merlin and Owl and Guinevere, beasts who talk and men who fly, wizardry and war, The Once and Future King has become the fantasy masterpiece against which all others are judged, a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations. Penguin Galaxy Six of our greatest masterworks of science fiction and fantasy, in dazzling collector-worthy hardcover editions, and featuring a series introduction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, Penguin Galaxy represents a constellation of achievement in visionary fiction, lighting the way toward our knowledge of the universe, and of ourselves. From historical legends to mythic futures, monuments of world-building to mind-bending dystopias, these touchstones of human invention and storytelling ingenuity have transported millions of readers to distant realms, and will continue for generations to chart the frontiers of the imagination. The Once and Future King by T. H. White Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein Dune by Frank Herbert 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Neuromancer by William Gibson For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators"--

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