The Once and Future King

When I first read The Once and Future King, I cried allot! “I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob!” But seriously – I did indeed laugh and cry, and most of the time, my chest constricted and tightened and heaved with pain, joy, and beauty, and as much as I wanted to keep reading, I often had to put it down just so I could breathe.

A modern retelling of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, this is a 5 on the 5-star Reading System

“We cannot build the future by avenging the past.”

T.H. White, The Once and Future King

T.H. White, who knew the legend of King Arthur so well that it practically replaced the blood in his veins, struggled with the nature of sin, goodness, and human relationships, and used the basis of the epic tales of Arthur’s world to explore those themes. He leaves out no aspect of human nature: silliness and absurdity, pain and death, life and joy, sin and betrayal, generational sin, nature versus nurture, and so many more aspects that challenge our preconceptions of the world around us.

Told in a series of 5 books, beginning with The Sword in the Stone, a children’s book that is a #3 on the 5 star reading system, and ending with The Book of Merlin, a 4 on the 5 star reading system, the whole thing together combines into a complex 5-star journey of life from infancy to old age, which forces the reader to both return to their childhood and look ahead to their coming death.

“The bravest people are the ones who don’t mind looking like cowards.”

T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Arthur grows from ‘the Wart’ to ‘King’ to ‘Husband’ to ‘Pilgrim,’ journeying through peace, war, Heaven, and Hell. Join him on his epic journey!

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About T.H. White

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Terence Hanbury “Tim” White (29 May 1906 – 17 January 1964) was an English author best known for his Arthurian novels, The Once and Future King, first published together in 1958. One of his most memorable is the first of the series, The Sword in the Stone, published as a stand-alone book in 1938.

“They made me see that the world was beautiful if you were beautiful, and that you couldn’t get unless you gave. And you had to give without wanting to get.”

T.H. White, The Once and Future King

Uncredited quote from Veggie Tales, Dave and The Giant Pickle

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