THE SWORD IN THE STONE by T. H. White

THE SWORD IN THE STONE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Here's a book which I advise someone on your staff to read. I frankly confess that with me it failed to ""click"" -- and yet I know, there are people who will find it (or pretend to find it) ""utterly charming."" In nonsense vein, with a bit of whimsy -- and a background of profound knowledge of the lore of England's myths and legends, of King Arthur and his knights, in the making, of Robin Hood and his merrie men, of chivalry and witchery and the fundamentals of nature in woodland and water, the author tells in reverse the story of the training of ""the Wart"", of his experiences in other worlds than human through the agency of his tutor, Merlyn, and of his eventual emergence as King Arthur. I loved the transformation scenes; I loved the nature passages. The balance alternately annoyed and irritated me. And the intermingling of bits of modernity, deliberately off key, seemed to add nothing but a sense of tomfoolery to the whole. It is co-choice for Logan Pearsall Smith's utterly delightful Unforgotten Years as Book-of-the-Month for January, so is apt to get a good press.

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 1938
ISBN: 0399225021
Publisher: Putnam