Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Once and Future King - T.M White

Four books in one volume makes for bulky reading, yet thanks to White's playful prose this remains an impeccable holiday read. 

The story closely follows Thomas Mallory's 15th century epic 'Le Morte d'Arthur' to which White explicitly refers at regular intervals. Thus, this was also instructive for I needed to be reminded of the Shakespearean drama and the twisted relations between the characters (Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot and Guenevere - fine; but then come Mordred, Galahad, all the Elaines, Morgause, Gawaine, Nimue and the lot...).

The Disney-film (The Sword in the Stone) is based rather faithfully on the first book  which should give you an inkling of how entertaining this was!

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