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The Sword in the Stone (Essential Modern Classics) by [White, T. H.]
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The Sword in the Stone (Essential Modern Classics) Kindle Edition

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Length: 369 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6856 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 000726349X
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (27 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E74AZC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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it's wonderful to have this alternate version of the first part of The Once & Future King, but this edition is marred by gormless copyediting that "corrects" much of White's wordplay, destroying part of the book's wit and charm, and sorely disappointing readers who know and love this book. the publishers owe us all a revised edition.
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must read
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not the best version for kids
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I can't understand for the life of me how children are supposed to understand and enjoy this horrendously confusing and difficult book. Im forty two and i cant understand it at all.Its just too complicated to understand, i found myself having to keep re reading the same lines over and over and over again to try to remember whats happening and this backtracking makes reading anything but pleasurable.Maybe this book is good for academics but not for an autistic forty something year old man like myself.How do books like this become classics?Its the same with Peter Pan and Treasure Island and Kidnapped and Moonfleet and many others- they are just far too difficult for me to enjoy or understand.It baffles me how these demanding books have become classics.
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This type of fantasy fiction is not my choice. A book club choice with mixed levels of enjoyment but the majority felt as I did.
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I read this book when I was a child (pre-teen, I think) and loved it. Then I grew up and decided I should read more 'grown-up' books, so I bought T. H. White's 'The Once and Future King'. That contains a version of 'The Sword in the Stone', but that version is pitched at adults and the magic is different. Yes, Wart is still turned into animals, but there's no battle with Madam Mim!

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.
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It's a frustrating book, because there are chapters as good as anything in children's literature, like the joust (which made my sides hurt with laughter the first time I read it) and the boar hunt which conveys both the beauty of a deep-winter day and the thrill of the chase. But others are boring and self-indulgent expositions of the author's philosophy, or his personal interest in falconry; I wanted to skip them as a kid and I still want to skip them now. It's like a Dickens serial: you get a bit of this and a bit of that in each instalment, and favourite characters are brought back every so often to liven things up.

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.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a very enjoyable fantasy about a boy called Art and nicknamed the Wart in medieval England; he meets a magician called Merlyn who agrees to be a tutor to Wart and his foster brother Kay. The household is well described, on the Welsh Marches in the middle of the Forest Sauvage. TH White also wrote The Goshawk about his own hawk, which is an early character in the tale.

Sir Ector is the knight here whose son is Kay, and he hosts other strange and batty characters like Sir Perceval and the villagers, the falconer, the dog boy, the King's huntsman once a year. Merlyn tells us that he has come from a future time and is living backwards getting younger. So he can talk of cars, typewriters and more. There isn't much of a plot except to show Art, sorry, Wart, growing up and learning through being changed into creatures like fish, a merlin, a badger. The two lads participate in hay making, archery, hawking, boar hunting, meet Robin Hood (who is strictly from a different time period, but every time had outlaws in the green wood) and have adventures with horrible cannibals of more than one sort. The witch stereotype is here, more of a Baba Yaga than a herb-woman and midwife. As the castle household has no lady, the cottage witch, Maid Marion and a castle housekeeper are all the women we meet.

The oldest legends of King Arthur say that he became king by taking a sword from a - word sometimes translated as stone, but very similar to the word for Saxon at that period. Quite likely Arthur killed a Saxon chief and took his fine sword. Here, the sword stuck in a stone appears right at the end of the tale, when Wart is shown to put his learning to use.
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