The Once And Future King (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Once And Future King (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Terence Hanbury White

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Describes King Arthur's life from childhood to coronation, the creation of the Round Table, and the search for the Holy Grail.


Describes King Arthur's life from childhood to coronation, the creation of the Round Table, and the search for the Holy Grail.

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T. H. White first gained popularity for his nonfiction works about the countryside of the United Kingdom, but he is best known today for his fantastic fiction. In his tetralogy The Once and Future King--called by Lin Carter in Imaginary Worlds "one of the most brilliant fantasy novels in literature"--he made the legends of King Arthur accessible for the twentieth century.

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The Once And Future King (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 reviews.
KrishnaP19 More than 1 year ago
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.
empeegee More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Is it the easiest book to read? Maybe not, but the complexity of the plot and the richness of the characters, is not easily told. The first book in the tetralogy is light while each of the following books become darker and more intense. This story stays with you long after you turn the final page. There's a lot to learn about life and humanity here. I always found the usual King Arthur stories too romantic, too artificial, but T. H. White wrote this story of King Arthur for adults and those who want to think.
Luminaria More than 1 year ago
I first read this in hardcover, ohhhh..... I'm not telling you how long ago - long enough that I had to get a new copy because the cover fell off! I loved "Arthur" stories as a kid, and the historical novels and variations that came out in the 70's and 80's as I grew up. When I stumbled across this one, I was both enthralled and vastly amused. I actually didn't realize that Disney stole the plot and twisted a chapter or two into their cartoon.... silly me! The Book Is Always Better! It's a great read that has a really "chatty", conversational tone, that assumes that you not only know a lot about King Arthur, but a little about history as well, or else you miss a lot of the jokes. But even if you do, the wizard who lives backwards and knows the future because it's his past, and the boy who turns into a fish and becomes king of all Briton will steal your heart. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is now one of my favorites of all time. Yes, at first, it was very confusing and kind of hard to keep reading. Once you read the first or second book, it gets much easier to finish and to fall in love with. It also had alot of twists and things that you werent expecting, which is one thing that I love in books. The only thing that I had a problem with was that there were some points where it would spend way too much time describing one thing, and it also skipped over about six years of Arthur's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love the king Arthur story's and i love this book i recommend this book to people who enjoy fantasy and myth type of tales!!:)
Avidreader1LC More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I saw the movie that was based on this book and was able to imagine the cartoon characters along with the book. I higly recommend it to literature and history students and teachers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only read the first part, but it wasn't for me. It was confusing to me. There were many characters introduced, too many to remember. There were also many old words that didn't make sense. Since it takes place many years ago, they didn't really use proper grammar sometimes. Not for me. :)
Dirigible28 More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished it yet, but as of now it is definitely one of the better books I have read. It adds a lot more to the Authur story than most people know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book consists of four different books, which is why it ends up being 700+ pages long. I only read The Sword in the Stone, and it was great. It was the story of Wart, who ends up seeing adventures in the point of view of animals, vegetables, and minerals. Blow ever, it was written in an older English, with accents and dialects written in so that way when you read it would sound just like he character. Some words were made up, and were parts of King Arthur stories, so the dictionary wasn't as helpful as usual. I would recommend this book to people who want to learn lessons through animals or want to see how we are in their eyes. It really is quite interesting and I hope that when you read it, you will understand it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great classic that belongs with Alice in Wonderland, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain. A must read for everyone.
jp0 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 2 days ago
One of my fav of all time. Everything you ever thought you knew about the story of king arthur is wrong when you read this book. In a good way of course. Please read and carry on the sentiment of high quality fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about King Arthur and Camalot.
keepssecrt More than 1 year ago
I've read this book at least twice before I was 16. Very much a favorite. Highly recommended. It was funnier than I expected, along with the romance and the tragedy.
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dmacDM More than 1 year ago
Sword in the stone : Book Review T. H Whites is a very suspenseful book rider and he puts out a lot of intersecting books for people to read. One of his intersecting books I had to read was “ Once and Future King” which was a very mysterious book. If you like those kind of books you would enjoy these book. The Once and Future King titles suts the book well, because the book is talking about his farther Arthur was suppose to be king but grew up knowing it. When Arthur farther died he was mad and he pulled sword from the stone and became king. It seems to me that these was Arthurs calling, what he was mad for. The font in the Sword in the Stone is very small and should be in a bigger font. The main characters in the book to me were Merlin and Arthur and his dad. I thought that they were pretty good characters. The main idea in these book that stud out to me is when Arthur had to learn how to grow up quick with help his friend Merlin. Arthur was Really young he took over as king. The main points in these book that stud out to me was when Arthur did what nobody thought he could do. Also I like point where he had to learn from his life lessons. These book is really good for people who like the Lord of the Rings or in books like that. I like the book because it puts in Arthur life shows all thing he going threw and he doesn't know he about to become a king. Arthur had to fell some big pants step in to be a king. These book has taught me taught me that you never know when greatest is gonna come to you. My favrite part is when Arthur finds out the he does deserve the glory and honor from Merlin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert Alston English 10C Mrs. Hornbuckle 16 August 2012 Once and Future King Book Review T.H White is a fantastic critically acclaimed novelist. His book The Once and Future King is a fantasy, mystical story about a young boy, Arthur, learning life lessons and how he becomes king. This book is appropriate for kids twelve and up. It is intended to entertain the audience and does a very good job doing so. The title is good and makes sense because he is born into royalty and gets taken out but in the end gets back into it. The cover is interesting and makes the reader get interested in the book. It has a big knight with a sword and the background to that is green with blue lettering. The font is a nice sixe and paper is white, making it easy to read. The book has many interesting characters: Sir Ector, Kay, Sir Grummimore Grummison, King Pellimore and Wart. My personal favorite is Merlyn. Merlyn is a white magic magician that tutors King Arthur. Some of the themes are responsibility, not judging people, his destiny and never underestimate the underdog. The Once and Future King has many highlights such as when Arthur turns into the many different animals, his fight with Kay, or when he becomes king. This story is overall entertaining and well-written novel. If the reader does not like medieval, fantasy themes then this book is not for them. Merlyn is a great character and really lightens the mood of the story. I suggest this book to anyone who likes to be entertained by a great fiction story.
rhm2015 More than 1 year ago
“The Sword in the Stone”, written by T.H. White, is a mystical and adventurous fantasy classic. I believe the audience intended for this book specifically should be at least thirteen years old. This novel is a good one to read if you are seeking pleasure and entertainment. In my opinion, the title was inspired to follow the life of a young boy and how he came to be the next King. Although the font is a little smaller and the book itself seems to be difficult to keep open, the story was very interesting as well as intriguing. This enjoyable novel consists of two essential characters. Their names are Arthur, more commonly known as Wart, and Merlyn, the magician. The main idea of the story is how a young boy who seems to be underrated fulfills his magnificent destiny. I appreciated the writing style performed by T.H. White in this book specifically because he made every part of the story clear and understandable. At no point while I was reading did I get lost or have trouble figuring out what was happening. Key ideas that need to be recognized in order to understand what are happening is that Merlyn is Wart’s tutor and he magically transforms Wart into different animals because Merlyn wants to educate him on how the world works. Each natural habitat has meaning and Wart goes on several journeys to find out what they are. Also, in the story, is mentioned an idea that grabbed my attention. This quote was the concept of “might versus right.” This refers to the questionable call of someone who has the power or authority (might) to do something even though it isn’t right or the correct decision. I believe you must always do what is right or what is best for the majority. I recommend this book to any readers who enjoy mystical fantasies in the medieval period. A similar series to The Once and Future King is the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Each magical transformation Merlyn sent Wart on had its own purpose and meaning. Whether it was how the animal lived its life, interacted with others, or something different, Wart needed to grasp each concept and learn from it. I enjoyed reading “The Sword in the Stone” because it showed how a boy with a future that didn’t seem too bright, actually became someone very important. This novel inspires me to never give up on what G-d has given me now because I believe life has a purpose that will lead to great amounts of success.