The Once and Future King

The Once and Future King

by T. H. White
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The Once And Future King (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 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
This is my favorite book ever, and has been for some time! The writing style is endearing and comfortable; the characters are extremely varied and lovable; and the plot is meaningful and thought-provoking, regardless of whether or not you agree with the morals presented. It does, however, take some concentration to read and it is absolutely not a book to breeze through while multitasking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love, love, LOVE this book and have for 50 years. Do yourself a favor, though: spend the extra money to buy a different version on e-book. The formatting is terrible: hanging indents, returns in the middle of the lines, etc., making it simply impossible to read. Wish I could cancel the purchase.
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 More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable story, definately a read. But u probably shouldn't buy it as an ebook. The ebook version isnt as great as it could be and super duper expensive. Im glad that i can help
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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