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Sword in the Stone (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics) Paperback – 3 Mar 2008
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“Funny and wise” Cressida Cowell, author of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’
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This new edition of T.H White's classic story includes a special "Why You'll Love This Book" introduction by bestselling-author, Garth Nix.
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For years I promised myself that I'd buy this book. I'm glad I did. It's like meeting an old friend that you haven't seen for years.
If you have a pre-teen/early-teens child who enjoys funny stories about magic, this is a good book to give them. If you're an over-grown kid who likes funny stories about magic, like me, get this book. If you're an adult who wants more 'grown-up' Arthurian stories, get 'The Once and Future King'. They're both good books.
White tells a fascinating story, builds interesting and enjoyable characters and fleshes the story out with excellent descriptions of bygone pursuits, such as falconry and questing, ancient customs and agriculture, interwoven with magic that spans centuries and civilisations at times. The character of Merlin is particularly enjoyable, and although the book is perhaps a little slow in the first couple of chapters, once Merlin comes on the scene we are whisked off on one magical journey after another.
Read it, enjoy it. Maybe even share it with a child! Like all the best "children's literature", this book is just as entertaining for adults.
However I think T H White got inside the medieval mind, with all its generosity and strangeness, much better than most modern historians. It's worth reading just for his incomparable re-creation of those times, pitched between the way they probably seemed to those who lived through them and an unashamedly romanticised modern view.
Gregory Heath, author of 'The Entire Animal'.
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If you only know this story from the Disney version, think again. It's a hundred times funnier, more gripping and less crude - the one thing Disney added were the self-washing plates, which I seem to recall appearing in Sleeping Beauty too. The bits about Sir Pelinnor and the Questing Beast a trifle heavy-handed, but otherwise it's a feast. Don't bother with the subsequent novels, though.
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An absolute favourite from childhood days. My latest purchase was for a learned friend in Switzerland to fill a gap in his knowledge of Eng. Lit.Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Prudence A. King
Always found this book difficult to get through, but love the mythologyPublished 18 months ago by TeaLover