Since its publication in 1938, White's Arthurian classic has delighted generations of readers of all ages. Now, the classic tale of the boy who would be king is brilliantly captured in glowing, luminous paintings by an award-winning illustrator. Full color.
Gavin Stoick, April 6, 2007 (view all comments by Gavin Stoick)
An enchanting Mid-Evil tale, The Sword in the Stone, by T.H. White, can enrapture you for hours (I know from experience). If you are on the edge of purchasing or not purchasing this book, then this review should immensely improve your stand point. I strongly recommend this novel. It’s a wily chronicle in the life of a young boy named Wart, or a young King Arthur. Wart lives in a castle with many other villagers and nobles near a forest by the name of Sauvage. Throughout the epic, Wart and his liege Kay go on a multitude of heroic quests, some of which include Robin Wood (not hood, but similar), a witch, and a queer knight dubbed Pellinore.
In support of my beliefs, I must inform you that this book has diverse characters. You never quite knew what they are going to do next. One moment any individual could slay a griffin, and the next they could be studying the history of Great Britain . Second, the author does a tremendous job of making the book highly detailed, yet fun to read. In one sort of quest that the Wart goes on, he experiences what it’s like for a rock to “dance” in the form of a meteor. Terence goes into prolific detail in what the Wart is percepting. “This part hung in space, lost to both its parent and its seducer, a whirling cigar of fire. Its mists of flame began to crystallize as they cooled, to turn into drops, as water does when it is cooled from steam.” pg. 231. Last, I veritably drooled over Mr. Whites writing style. It is a conformation of mildly complex words, and a kind of Middle Ages writing mindset. Overall, I dub thine book worthy.
Although you may have heard rumors suggesting that this book is the actual tale of a young King Arthur, it sadly is not. Some of the chapters in the book are purely fiction, as in you most certainly cannot have a talking goat, or a wizard duel (to the extent of my knowledge). Also, the living conditions that the Wart abides in are considerably higher than what my class has been learning about in the Middle Ages. He and everyone else in the castle have a bed, which was very expensive at that time, and the author never describes any drafts, rats, rotten meat, or anything else that might not suit the master Wart. These matters do not necessarily take away from the essence of the story. It still is a strongly composed saga, and is without a doubt a surpassing chronicle.
Unquestionably, this book is worth the buy. It has all the outstanding traits above, and my heavy recommendation. Whether you have chosen to pass over my review or not is your verdict, but I will be happily contented with the fact the I have thoroughly digested The Sword in the Stone, by T.H. White.
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akd, April 5, 2007 (view all comments by akd)
Tired of dull historical reads that your teacher or friends insists are amazingly eloquent? Well T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone exactly what you’ve been looking for in your search for an enthralling novel. Have recent books encouraged ill reading habits? This is all about to change when you read The Sword in the Stone. This is the story of the young king Arthur and his magical tutor Merlin. As a juvenile King Arthur is known as Wart, an audacious boy who doesn’t understand his place in life. Wart, and his mentor Merlin the sorcerer, encounter numerous dangers and adventures in Medieval England. Through these events Wart learns vital lessons creating the intellectual king Arthur we know today.
There are several reasons why you should read The Sword in the Stone. First, is because T.H. White uses incredible eloquence. The author makes scenes so visual that you feel as if you are there standing next to the characters taking in all of their thoughts, feelings, and even their opinions. While reading this book details literally spring to life. Another reason why this is a superb tale is because the characters are fully developed into dignified roles. You grow attached to many characters and you also grow to hate some as well while reading this novel. All the characters take part in the compelling plot and create a suspenseful atmosphere. The Final reason why you need to read The Sword in the Stone is because it is extremely fast-paced and a quicker read than expected. Even though the book is moderately lengthy, chapters fly by because each one is filled with engaging action and excitement. You will never get bored with this book!
Set in the Dark Ages, The Sword in the Stone provides many interesting, historical facts about the daily life of people living in Europe’s feudal system. Although magic described in this book didn’t exist, many magical situations are based on realistic issues dealt with in the Medieval Times. The people living during in this time period had no knowledge of medicine, science, or even resources we commonly used every day. For instance, people had no medical knowledge whatsoever. For this reason they relied on magic and blessed concoctions. Multiple scenes in this novel are historically accurate and can clearly relate to information found in textbooks. This story can offer pleasure along with intelligence.
Whether it’s just for entertainment purposes or an assigned novel, The Sword in the Stone is defiantly the book for anyone. Crammed with electrifying adventures and fascinating historical information, this book will be the highlight of your day. Even if you despise reading, I assure you that this book will change your perspective. The Sword in the Stone, by T.H. White, is the book you’ve been waiting for.
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dragonmist02, December 16, 2006 (view all comments by dragonmist02)
This is a fun book with lots of good descriptions. I really like when Merlin turns Arthur into a fish and he swims around in the moat. It's also fun when they run into Robin Hood and Little John. Other than a fish, Arthur gets to experience life as a hawk, and visits the others kept in the mews, later on he is turned into a owl an he and Archemedes- Merlin's owl- go to visit Athene, the goddess of wisdom. Arthur also gets captured by Madam Mim, who has a duel with Merlin, who wins by turning into a disease of somekind. Eventually Arthur and Merlin visit the giant Galapas, who digs ten feet deep holes in the ground to catch his food. Around the beginning of the book Arthur meets King Pellinore who is gallavanting after the Questing Beast Glatisant, who "has the head of a serpent, ah, and the body of a libbard, the haunches of a lion, and he is footed like a hart. Wherever this beast goes he makes a noise in his belly as it had been the noise of thirty couples of hounds questing."
How does it end?
Read it and see...
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