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The Once and Future King Review

Most fantasy books have taken a back seat these days. Small-time books are overshadowed with the ever so popular fantasy books of Harry Potter and Twilight. However, I came across a book on my family's bookshelf that revealed to me that small-time fantasy books can prov...
Most fantasy books have taken a back seat these days. Small-time books are overshadowed with the ever so popular fantasy books of Harry Potter and Twilight. However, I came across a book on my family's bookshelf that revealed to me that small-time fantasy books can provide just as many hours of entertainment as any other popular book. T. H. White's "The Once and Future King" is a book I recommend for a great read if you want a simple yet fantasy based tale.

"The Once and Future King" is a fantasy book based on the young King Arthur and his magical world in Camelot. What I liked most about this book is its use of perspective. The book is surrounded with characters of all types and personalities. The book contains four parts and each part is presented from the view of a different character. All four parts of the book depict King Arthur's rise to power all the way to his death. However, the different characters that present the story are both friends and enemies of King Arthur. For instance, the third part is read through Lancelot's life, who is King Arthur's most trusted knight and protector of Camelot. On the other hand, the fourth part of the book is presented through King Orkney's four sons Gawaine, Gaheris, Gareth, and Agravaine who all wish to see King Arthur lose his throne because of Arthur's past history.

This four-part perspective book is flooded with characters that all have their unique personality. I found this most enjoyable as I made my own opinions about characters. I found it almost like a movie with characters I highly respect and others that generally irritated me.

While characters are a central part of the story, the fantasy elements to the story add a little bit of comic relief to the book. From magical animals to wizardry to even war, this book is filled with both a dramatic plot and side humor all surrounded by its unique characters.

I recommend this book not for those who wish to learn about King Arthur and his Round Table, but for those who want a simple and easy read for the sake of plot and entertainment. This story to me does not have the extreme insightful and enlightening themes that most of us enjoy in books. To me, it is just a straightforward story where you learn to love and hate the characters. "The Once and Future King" is just pure entertainment for an escape from reality. It is the epitome of a small-time fantasy book.

posted by KrishnaP19 on February 22, 2010

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2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Ugh

I picked up this book because I love the King Arthur legends. Once and Future King was thoroughly disappointing. White's tone is didactic, and his constant mentions of communism are not only annoying, they're out of place. He also has a tendency of disparaging other Kin...
I picked up this book because I love the King Arthur legends. Once and Future King was thoroughly disappointing. White's tone is didactic, and his constant mentions of communism are not only annoying, they're out of place. He also has a tendency of disparaging other King Arthur authors (especially Malory). The only character who is at all sympathetic following "The Sword and the Stone" is Lancelot. The majority of the characters are unlikeable or badly developed. Arthur and Mordred are completely flat. The story itself is constantly slowed by random lectures White slips in as a character's musings. Part 1, "The Sword and the Stone," is somewhat interesting, but the rest spirals down.
Once and Future King would be a fantastic subject for literary criticism, particularly along political lines. It is not a book to read for pure enjoyment.

posted by 1308429 on July 25, 2009

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Wasn't for me

    Some people have absolutely LOVED this book and raved about it. I bought it for a book club meeting, but it just wasn't for me. I just could not get into it. I think it is well written, but just not for me. If you don't like fantasy stories you might not like it, if you do like fantasy you might love it.

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    The Once and Future King was written by T.H. White. The book is

    The Once and Future King was written by T.H. White. The book is
    sometimes called the world’s greatest fantasy classic. The book is
    historical fiction with fantasy mixed in. I think this book is mostly
    for people who enjoy fantasy. The book wasn’t really written to teach
    us anything, just for pleasure. The title, The Once and Future King,
    was a perfect choice for this book. This is because future kings will
    try to be like Arthur. It’s almost like he is the king of the future.
    The cover relates to the book with the knight in armor. Although it
    didn’t make me want to read the book, it was a good choice. The font
    size and the book were too small. The two main characters are the Wart
    and Merlyn. The Wart is King Arthur as a child and Merlyn was his
    tutor. Merlyn was secretly trying to teach the Wart to be a good king.
    He taught him by turning him into different animals to learn about how
    they work together to survive. In my opinion, this was not the greatest
    book. However, I am not a fan of fantasy books. I highly recommend
    this book to anyone who likes fantasy, but discourage it if you are more
    of a scientific reader. It would just be a waste of time and
    unenjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    once and future king bites

    this novel was horrible. i can't believe my teacher made me read this!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    $15 for an ebook?

    I heard it was good, but $15, really?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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