The Once and Future King - T.H. White



'Wart jumped for the sill and automatically gave himself an extra kick with his wings, just as a high jumper swings his arms. He landed on the sill with a thump, as owls are apt to do, did not stop himself in time, and toppled straight out of the window.'


The Once And Future King consists of five books all together in one hefty read, following the adventures of King Arthur. The first book is The Sword In The Stone... Everyone knows this story even if it's only because of the 1963 Disney classic of the same title. The second book is The Witch In The Wood, this story introduces the Orkney family which plays a vital part in the future rein of King Arthur. The third, The Ill-Made Knight is all about Lancelot and his love affair with Guenever (King Arthur's wife/the Queen). The Candle In The Wind follows Arthur as an old man in the fall of his rein. In the final book, The Book Of Merlyn, Arthur meets up with the committee of animals and he lives among the ants and the geese to understand their laws of existence just like he did when he was younger.


This was a rather difficult read for me. I didn't connect with any of the characters and I couldn't help but feel like I was reading a history textbook, I didn't like history at school so why would I like it now. This took me many many weeks to read this and I'm glad I have finally finished (fist pump)