“This book was .... Ummmm..... Interesting? .... Strange?.... Weird?”Paige S~ This is the Way the World Ends, Not With A Bang, But With A Whimper wrote this review Wednesday, May 12, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Liked the Disney version better. Sorry.”Megan S wrote this review Tuesday, April 27, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Next to the Catcher in the Rye this book was formative in my teenage years. I read it again recently and it still holds the same mystical enchantment as on the first reading. T H White had a mystic looking glass that reflect elements of my own psyche, which sought an outlet.”freedomsway Team wrote this review Monday, April 26, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I had never thought that the story of "The Sword and the Stone" would be something of interest because of the Disney version of the movie. In reality, the book is quite a bit more detailed and has some exceptionally funny narrative. I'd really reccommend reading this book even if you aren't a kid.”Lauren wrote this review Wednesday, March 10, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Laura B said: 4 stars
One of the original fantasy books, this classic is the story of Wart, foster son of Sir Ector, who becomes King Arthur. He is sensible, brave, eager to learn, has a sense of duty, tries to do what's right. His "quest" to find a tutor, who he discovers in Merlyns, sets him on a path to becoming King. The humorous nature of his adventures and lessons lent itself well to becoming the classic Disney movie. I also enjoyed the serious side of journeying to find his place in the world.
One of the more interesting parts of White's style was the way he interspersed the story with modern terms - words like lawnmower and newspaper, which did not exist in the world of Camelot, are used in a casual way that makes one wonder if the story isn't just a crazy dream that White has one night.
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“The story starts in the last years of the rule of king Uther Pendragon. The first part, The Sword in the Stone, chronicles Arthur's raising by his foster father Sir Ector, his rivalry and friendship with his foster brother Kay, and his initial training by Merlin, a wizard who lives through time backwards. Merlin, knowing the boy's destiny, teaches Arthur (known as "Wart") what it means to be a good king by turning him into various kinds of animals: fish, hawk, ant, owl, goose, and badger. Each of the transformations is meant to teach Wart a lesson, which will prepare him for his future life.
In fact, Merlin instills in Arthur the concept that the only justifiable reason for war is to prevent another from going to war then, and that contemporary human governments and powerful people exemplify the worst aspects of the rule of Might.
Note that neither the ant nor goose episodes were in the original Sword in the Stone when it was published as a stand-alone book. The original novel also contains a battle between Merlin and sorceress Madam Mim that was not included in The Once and Future King but that was included in the Disney film.
In part two, The Queen of Air and Darkness, White sets the stage for Arthur's demise by introducing the Orkney clan and detailing Arthur's seduction by their mother, his half-sister Morgause. While the young king suppresses initial rebellions, Merlin leads him to envision a means of harnessing potentially destructive Might for the cause of Right: the Round Table.
The third part, The Ill-Made Knight, shifts focus from King Arthur to the story of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guenever's forbidden love, the means they go through to hide their affair from the King, and its effect on Elaine, Lancelot's sometime lover and the mother of his son Galahad.
The Candle in the Wind unites these narrative threads by telling how Mordred's hatred of his father and Agravaine's hatred of Sir Lancelot caused the eventual downfall of King Arthur, Queen Guenever, Sir Lancelot, and the entire ideal kingdom of Camelot.
The book begins as a quite light-hearted account of the young Arthur's adventures, Merlin's incompetence at magic, and King Pellinore's interminable search for the Questing Beast. Parts of The Sword in the Stone read almost as a parody of the traditional Arthurian legend by virtue of White's prose style, which relies heavily on anachronisms. However, the tale gradually changes tone until Ill-Made Knight becomes more meditative and The Candle in the Wind finds Arthur brooding over death and his legacy.
“A book on the list I will use to teach my future children. WOW”Joseph B wrote this review Monday, January 11, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book wrote by the famous british writer. Also a great writer on topics about King Arthur's legion. This book talking about the story what did a King with legion go through for achieve his goal as the best King in the England history. The main character Wart, sir Ector’s “son”, did not know that he is the King Uther’s real son. He just had normal life like others in Sauvage Forest castle. Finally, one day, his tutor, magician Merlyn met him in purpose in the forest. He came to Sir Ector’s castle, started his classes with Wart. He made Wart educated by transform him into different type of animals. However, he decided to leave before Christmas day at the year King Uther dead. When Wart’s brother Kay became a knight and started his journey to London, Wart pulled out the sword which decided the future King in accident. Then he found his old story from Merlyn. He became the King Arthur of the whole England.”Zhuowu j wrote this review Monday, December 7, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was great! I loved it, even though most of the books we read for school aren't that interesting”Caroline J wrote this review Wednesday, November 25, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No