Gavin Stoick, April 06, 2007
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.