The Once and Future King: Book Review

Written by Keira Geary

The Legend of King Arthur is a classic story enriched with adventure, romance, and magic, that has enchanted readers for generations. The Once and Future King, by T.H. White, is a masterful retelling of the exciting saga.   

The Once and Future King compacts all five volumes of the story into one large volume. White beautifully conjured the chivalry, heraldry, jousting, and falconry, and brilliantly reconfigured the world of Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur.  Written in 1958, White’s writing was initially intended for a post-WW II demographic, however, it’s written in a way where the humor and charm easily fit into the modern era.  Alongside the painful demons of his own past, White, in a very lucid and lovey prose, uses the Arthurian legend as a way of thinking about war, power, and the proper uses of violent force.   

The Once and Future King is a beautiful and thoughtful book. It is a creative and well-crafted take on the classic King Arthur story. Throughout the book, each story has a different tone, that brings something new to the book and characters.