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The Once and Future King af T. H. White
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The Once and Future King (original 1940; udgave 2011)

af T. H. White (Forfatter)

Serier: The Once and Future King (compilation 1-4)

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A revised omnibus edition of White's retelling of Arthurian legends. The first three sections of this book were originally published separately: The Sword in the Stone (1939), The Witch in the Wood (1939; here called "The Queen of Air and Darkness"), The Ill-Made Knight (1940), and the previously unpublished section, "The Candle in the Wind." The Book of Merlyn, written in 1941, was originally intended as the fifth and final book of the saga. It was first published by the University of Texas Press in 1977 and reissued by Berkley, 1978 (pap.). 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.… (mere)
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Titel:The Once and Future King
Forfattere:T. H. White (Forfatter)
Info:Ace Books (2011), 656 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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The Once and Future King af T. H. White (1940)

  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
    Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel af Thomas Berger (eromsted)
    eromsted: For a comic take on the legend
  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
    Guinevere's Gift af Nancy Mckenzie (wordcauldron)
  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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My target is to have this read by 2020-09-26, for a book club zoom meeting that day. The zoom book club meeting came and went. The discussion was interesting even though I hadn’t finished the book.

This book expounds the idea that we do not have choice, that there is a course of life set for us that we cannot alter. I don’t believe that. I believe that we do have choice, and our choices make a difference in the direction of our lives and our resultant happiness.

Life is complicated in that most of the time our understanding is imperfect. Missteps were made by main characters because of their misunderstanding of who really cared for them, and who was plotting to betray them.

I like the ending. It did not wrap everything up and put a pretty bow around it. ( )
  bread2u | May 15, 2024 |
some funny, readable, enjoyable ( )
  farrhon | Mar 25, 2024 |
Such a big and rambling and messy and occasionally brilliant book. Gotdamn but it was fun to read. ( )
  localgayangel | Mar 5, 2024 |
As someone who admittedly didn't know anything about King Arthur except from the classic Disney film "The Sword In The Stone", this was a real eye opener. I completely enjoyed the first part of the book, where Merlin comes and educates Wart. That part is whimsical, fun, and just a good time. There are moments when we see the characters of Robin Hood, Maid Marian, and Little John. It felt comfortable, familiar.

Then we get to the second part of the book, and it is all downhill from there for me. We seem to pull away from Arthur and move into the Lancelot and Guenever story, which holds supreme for the rest of the book. It grew more than a little tiring. These characters made the same decisions over and over, and then felt the need to complain about them, over and over. I was more than ready to put the book down.

I hate not finishing a book, so I pressed on. The world-building is phenomenal. The mythical creatures, the backstory to other characters, and the first part alone set this book apart. It's just the Lancelot/Guenever thing that was a major mood killer. I finished the book happy to be done, but not happy to have read it. ( )
  briandrewz | Feb 23, 2024 |
Of all the versions of the King Arthur story I have read, this one is tied for my favorite. ([a:Stephen Lawhead|28083|Stephen R. Lawhead|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1247321485p2/28083.jpg]'s series is the other contender). White's version is completely ahistorical, but his heart-rending portraits of the Orkney lads and the Pellinores give a heartbeat to what can otherwise be dry or blood-soaked material.
[Update: I attempted to re-read this via audiobook a couple of years ago, and could not make it through even "The Sword in the Stone" part. Somehow it just wasn't as charming as I remembered it. But because of its impact on me as a teen-ager, I'm leaving it as a 5-star rating.] ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
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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?
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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.”
"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That is 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."
"Which did you like best," he asked, "the ants or the wild geese?"
"Yet here I am denouncing their ideas of nationalism, being what their politicians would call a traitor—because, by calling names, they can score the cheap debating points. And do you know another thing, Arthur? Life is too bitter already, without territories and wars and noble feuds."
"You have become the king of a domain in which the popular agitators hate each other for racial reasons, while the nobility fight each other for fun, and neither the racial maniac nor the overlord stops to consider the lot of the common soldier, who is the one person that gets hurt. Unless you can make the world wag better than it does at present, King, your reign will be an endless series of petty battles, in which the aggressions will either be from spiteful reasons or from sporting ones, and in which the poor man will be the only one who dies. "
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A revised omnibus edition of White's retelling of Arthurian legends. The first three sections of this book were originally published separately: The Sword in the Stone (1939), The Witch in the Wood (1939; here called "The Queen of Air and Darkness"), The Ill-Made Knight (1940), and the previously unpublished section, "The Candle in the Wind." The Book of Merlyn, written in 1941, was originally intended as the fifth and final book of the saga. It was first published by the University of Texas Press in 1977 and reissued by Berkley, 1978 (pap.). 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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