The quest itself makes about as much sense here as it does in any other version, that is to say none. On the other there are many aspects of the style that ranged from slightly annoying to deeply flawed. You have King Arthur and Guinevere and Sir Lancelot, the love triangle and tight group of friends at the middle who are good people in bad circumstances. I didn't even know it was about King Arthur and his knights until I found it on Amazon. What surprised me is how much of the story is a tragedy. One of them is to first classify the work--is it a lyric, poem, novel, play? You can argue with me, but that, in my opinion, is what The Once and Future King is.
As a separate book I would just about rate The Queen of Air and Darkness 4 stars. The Book of Merlin: Ridiculously thoughtful. I noticed that some chapters and sections were missing from The Sword in the Stone such as chapter 13 and 17 6 of 6 people found this review helpful Wordy Schmerdy! A professional journalist turned novelist White cares about the world he creates. This book terrified me, on many levels. Fundamentally good-natured, Sir Ector and Sir Grummore are also a pompous pair, and seeing them hem and haw while they drink port makes them more familiar and accessible. I recall Jaime Lannister from George R. But I wanted to hear the whole thing, and I'm glad I did.
Beyond that, it is a genuinely charming experience with great characters and a deep wisdom that I feel taught me something important, even if I am still not quite sure what it was. This part of the book is a culmination of all the previous parts, even the childish animals transformations of The Sword in the Stone is given a mature context here. He seemed on edge and perhaps too preoccupied to talk to me at length. He then confesses that he did, in fact, kill a hermit attempting to protect his brother. What a spectacular world to spend a month thrashing about in. Give Brad McQuaid another chance. But it is not a book to read in a day; nor should it be, since it concerns entire lives, whole worlds, both real and imaginary.
Am I going to spoil the book for you? This is the best book I have ever read. Merlyn, a wizard who ages backwards from the far distant future is a hoot. There is also an interesting part on boar hunting. Everyone's dishonor and sin have caught up with them; Guenever's jealousy, Lancelot's pride and betrayal and Arthur's ineffectual stand against these two people and his unwillingness to accept Mordred as a son as well as a couple of other things I won't spoil here. Our iconic developers will vanish. This book is a friend. It is one of my absolute favorites.
In addition, Neville appeared in numerous musicals, including Kiss Me Kate and Irma La Douce. Firstly there is virtually no action, adventures or quests that you would expect from a King Arthur book. Do I need to hide the ending? And it's not just a straight-up re-telling of —the earliest English writer to compile Arthur's story into a cohesive prose not in verse story. But most of us don't have that time, so we're making a concession, a sacrifice to some degree of some good content, to the reality of our lack of time. White's use of humor and his linking of the myth to the present was incredibly clever. Contains The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood , The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn.
Those parts and the end which explains what finally happens to everybody are the only good parts to the book. Wart's formative experiences are moving, funny, and filled with a sense of childhood adventure. One of the young reviewers of this book that I found tried to figure out the audience for for whom the author intended and concluded there were many. Or just read the first two parts of this book. Rowling, this is frequently referenced as a favorite by authors and readers alike. During Arthur's reign, the kingdom of Camelot was founded to cast enlightenment on the Dark Ages, while the knights of the Round Table embarked on many a noble quest.
Then is he a bastard, they said all. Little did I know that the book itself is almost as flippant—I think he wore a top hat in this version. It is human through and through. He's like your friend or fellow book club member, who just happened to be there, in the middle ages, and he's telling you the story with his own language and always using references to modern day concerns and people. The knights are persuaded to spend several days hunting a Unicorn while the Queen is the virgin for them. I think it's also an important illustration of her character and 'love' that she is willing to risk the death of the object of her affection--but you could just explain that if he wakes up while she's casting the spell, he dies, and discuss how 'loving' that is.
The final part of the book The Candle in the Wind continues the sophisticated tone of the previous part. Wart is a receptive student who eventually does accept that nothing his eccentric mentor is teaching him is inconsequential. But don't think that this book is stuffy just because it gets philosophical. Entire communities, websites and fans were invested both mentally and financially in Vanguard and they followed its progress with fanatical interest. Some of these wrenched out parts I will not be letting my 13 y. Which book s to taint with its enormous shadow? White's masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.
I'm not satisfied to be a passive listener. Rarely can you ever succeed without failing. The personal drama between Lancelot and Guenever's revelation about their affair and Arthur's reaction to it is one that really amused me to no end because Arthur has been aware of the affair since it started thanks to Merlin, the walking spoiler alert but chooses not to do anything about it as long as it's left unspoken. Sir Lancelot is one of my new favorites, a desperately broken man who despite being the best knight in the world, constantly feels inadequate and inherently bad. Disney's only noticeable changes are addition of musical numbers and the absence of Robin Hood. Not sure - Merlin probably; for the humour and his knowledge of the future. If it is action that ye seek, knockdown, drag out fighting, best look elsewhere.
He should never, however, be given any decision making power or any job that contains the words supervisor, manger or lead. One of them will need it: the king has died, leaving no heir, and a rightful one must be found by pulling a sword from an anvil resting on a stone. Lancelot, in this book, is the greatest knight in the world, though he is quite ugly - not the sexy and charming knight as is always portrayed in the movies. They are the precursors to some of my favorites in Harry Potter, GoT, and so many more. The careless disregard for how their project was managed and produced was shocking. Also, White makes Lancelot ugly as a mud fence.