The Once and Future King by T.H. White

74%

12 Critic Reviews

The first book has been revised with two new chapters added; the second has been lightened. A treasure to be added to any library, to delight readers of the previous books, and to win, we do hope, new followers.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The whole world knows and loves this book. It is the magical epic of King Arthur and his shining Camelot; of Merlin and Owl and Guinevere; of beasts who talk and men who fly, of wizardry and war. It is the book of all things lost and wonderful and sad. It is the fantasy masterpiece by which all others are judged.
 

About T.H. White

See more books from this Author
T. H. White is the author of the classic Arthurian fantasy The Once and Future King, among other works.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Ace. 654 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Once and Future King
All: 12 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 25 1980

The first book has been revised with two new chapters added; the second has been lightened. A treasure to be added to any library, to delight readers of the previous books, and to win, we do hope, new followers.

Read Full Review of The Once and Future King | See more reviews from Kirkus

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Jane Smiley on Jun 03 2006

The Once and Future King is full of insights, scenes, and flourishes that are really quite astonishing. No doubt because of the material, for one thing, it is one of the few English novels that are utterly frank about the power of love and sex.

Read Full Review of The Once and Future King | See more reviews from Guardian

Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Elle Saverini on Apr 05 2012

This epic-length novel is the measure of all historical fantasy...Even the reader who is indifferent to the Arthurian legend will willingly trust White to guide them through the dark forests where time, for Merlyn, spins backwards, where Lancelot is not handsome and Galahad is disliked, and even the evil Mallory is resurrected in the final acts.

Read Full Review of The Once and Future King

Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Kelly Atwood on Mar 11 2011

T.H. White wrote the world’s greatest fantasy classic with The Once and Future King (1958), the story chronicling the life of King Arthur and his adventures in Camelot. It has been loved since it was published and it is the standard that all other fantasies are held to.

Read Full Review of The Once and Future King

Open Letters Monthly

Good
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on May 23 2015

The novel ends in a crescendo of loss and disillusion, and yet it’s all so brilliantly cathartic that no reader will be anything but happy they encountered this book. And the loss and disillusion gets one of the most graceful and moving refutations imaginable in The Once and Future King‘s glittering coda...

Read Full Review of The Once and Future King

Open Letters Monthly

Above average
Reviewed by Rohan Maitzen on Jun 27 2012

For such a tragic story, the telling is surprisingly lighthearted–or light, at least. I was equal parts enchanted and puzzled by the novel’s tone...To read The Once and Future King is both to participate in his dream...and to experience its failure.

Read Full Review of The Once and Future King

Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Floresiensis on Mar 01 2012

The Once and Future King is a serious work, delightful and witty, yet very sombre overall. The volume published as The Once and Future King is actually four works separately composed over about 20 years... Delightful and witty, yet very sombre overall. A classic.

Read Full Review of The Once and Future King

Fyrefly's Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Nicki on Sep 03 2007

I found this book to be a struggle in terms of content, style, and especially language. White veers off into frequent tangents and descriptions that don’t seem relevant to the characters or the moral or the plot...The anachronisms in the narration were charming and funny at first, but they too suffered from severe over-use.

Read Full Review of The Once and Future King

The Literary Omnivore

Below average
Reviewed by The Literary Omnivore on Feb 07 2011

Despite White’s glorious rendition of Lancelot, The Once and Future King fell flat for me, with a world without personal agency, a mid-century, patronizing narrator taking swipes at things nowadays, and an episodic plot structure. Still, White can write some lovely language.

Read Full Review of The Once and Future King

InkSlinger Blog

Above average
Reviewed by THE INK SLINGER on Mar 07 2014

White’s storytelling is something of a marvel to me, because I can think of no other book in recent memory that so beautifully melds humor and pathos...It’s all delightfully fun reading. Gentle, too. But as Arthur matures, so does the story...What started as a frolic ends as a sobering meditation on the glory, savagery, and frailty of man himself.

Read Full Review of The Once and Future King

http://bookreviews.nabou.com

Good
Reviewed by James Wigginton on May 21 2015

This book is not an easy read, but if you really strive to understand the deeper meanings woven into this remarkable tale, you will find the reading of T.H. White’s The Once and Future King an enlightening and gratifying experience. I recommend this book for its insights into the grim past, evolving present...

Read Full Review of The Once and Future King

http://greenmanreview.com

Good
Reviewed by J.J.S. Boyce on Aug 05 2012

The Once and Future King remains today, as the day it was first published, one of the very best works of fantasy ever written. An absolute must-have for any fantasist, literati, or parent. And the Ace hardcover is absolutely lovely.

Read Full Review of The Once and Future King

Reader Rating for The Once and Future King
78%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 767 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×