The Once and Future King

English language

Published Dec. 29, 1978 by HarperCollins Publishers Limited.

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4.5 stars.

What TH White has done is amazing, even if it is a little patchy in parts. A parable of 20th C ideology (and ultimately anarchy) dressed up as a King Arthur story filled with all sorts of cultural references, funny quips, insights into the daily life of the middle/dark ages, and some beautiful writing makes this a classic. It certainly gets better as it goes on. You can see his progression as a writer evolve as the writing gets tighter and the structure better.

If it wasn't for some of the slow and meandering bits, and the overly overt final chapter, I would give it 5 stars.

Also, Neville Jason is a BRILLIANT performer. I am certainly going to pick up more of his stuff.

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  • Fiction, fantasy, historical
  • Arthur, king, fiction
  • England, fiction
  • Camelot (legendary place), fiction
  • Arthurian romances, adaptations