The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone


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The Sword And The Stone recreates, against the background of magnificent pageantry and dark magic that was medieval England, the education and training of young King Arthur, who was to become the greatest of Britain's legendary rulers.

Growing up in a colorful world peopled by knights in armor and fair damsels, foul monsters and evil witches, young Arthur slowly learns the code of being a gentleman. Under the wise guidance of Merlin, the all-powerful magician for whom life progresses backwards, the king-to-be is trained in the gusty pursuits of falconry, jousting, hunting and sword play. He is even transformed by his remarkable old tutor into various animals, so that he may experience life from all points of view. In every conceivable and exciting way he is readied for the day when he, and he alone of all Englishmen, is destined to draw forth the marvelous sword from the magic stone and become the rightful King of' England.

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ISBN-13: 9780399225024
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/28/1993
Edition description: Illustrated
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 222,242
Product dimensions: 6.81(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

T. H. White is the author of the classic Arthurian fantasy The Once and Future King, among other works.

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The Sword in the Stone 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the greatest book of all time
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book not only tells a more complete story of walt disney's movie but puts more detail into it it also brings more understanding to this fictional book
AJBraithwaite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this on a list somewhere of 'books everyone should have read', so picked it up from the YA section of the library and dutifully did so. It was a bit of a curate's egg. The anachronisms were a bit strange and the plot was light-to-non-existent. I found the dialogue punctuation irritating after a while - there were a lot of new paragraphs with the same speaker as the previous one, where the quotation marks suggested it should be a new one. Often I wasn't sure which 'he' was being referred to, either. On the other hand, I did like some of the descriptive passages, like this one of the old English seasons (when the weather behaved itself):"In the spring all the little flowers came out obediently in the meads, and the dew sparkled, and the birds sang; in the summer it was beautifully hot for no less than four months, and, if it did rain just enough for agricultural purposes, they managed to arrange it so that it rained while you were in bed; in the autumn the leaves flamed and rattle before the west winds, tempering their sad adieu with glory; and in the winter, which was confined by statute to two months, the snow lay evenly, three feet thick, but never turned into slush."
briannad84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit different from the cartoon I grew up on. but very enjoyable. I'm surprised nobody's tried to make a more modern movie based on it, it'd be excellent! I loved the character of Merlin and Archimedes. The parts where he was turned into various animals was a bit dull. Seems a bit hefty of a book for younger readers though, but I'm not sure what age group White intended it for....
GregoryHeath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the strangest books I¿ve ever read. Here¿s a list of some of its qualities (in no particular order). This book is: bizarre; entertaining; erudite; surreal; inventive; free (of most accepted writing conventions); sloppy; funny; characterful; wilfully inconsistent; (randomly) indebted to Shakespeare; (randomly) informative; (randomly) opinionated; (randomly) time-travelling; (consistently) random. I¿m giving it four stars on account of the fact that despite all of the above I read it to the end and enjoyed doing so, which gets more impressive the more I think about it. Apparently it¿s about the Young King Arthur, who like many a young man was fond of mounching on mercy-flavoured bread, which of course has yet to be invented¿.
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
King Arthur's boyhood takes an interesting turn when Merlyn becomes his tutor.I think I'm either too old or too young to have read this book for the first time. I know I'd have adored it if I'd read it when I was eight. I'd have shrieked with delight at all the Wart's adventures. I'd have longed to try everything for myself. Hell, I'd probably even have instituted my own personal eddicational system based on this book!(I did stuff like that when I was little. It was rarely successful, but it was a hell of a lot of fun).Were I a little older than I am now, I suspect I'd have been drawn in by the oh-so-British prose. It just begs you to do the voices in your head as you read! There's a real sense of delight behind the words, and it seems to me that White's approach owes more than a little to such children's authors as E. Nesbit. I'd probably have viewed the book as a welcome return to childhood dreams.As it currently stands, though, I got tired of this pretty quickly. It's very much a boy's school story, (albeit with King Arthur as the boy in question), and as a result is quite episodic. There's also a great deal of educational material packed in here, both seriously and as satire, and it all got to be just a bit too much for me. Were this a treasured childhood read, I'm sure I'd have loved revisiting it with a clear idea of just what everything means... but, having come to it for the first time at twenty-four, I just found it tedious. I didn't particularly want a cleverly educational book. I didn't want a fine example of fun-yet-informative children's lit. I wanted a good story, and this just didn't deliver on that level.Recommended to youngsters, oldsters, and those who've already read and loved it. Others, think about what you really want from the book before launching in. You, like me, may find that you're at the wrong point in your life for this tale.
SatansParakeet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was ruined for me a bit by my having seen the Disney version as a child first. The Disney movie had a more cohesive plot and some obvious rising conflicts, while the book mostly lacks those things. Where the book excels, though, is in providing many bits of wry humor along with some philosophical musings on life, its purpose, and also the purpose of rulers.
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
It’s difficult to read this book without comparing it to the Disney movie. Both involve Merlin training the Wart to be king by transforming him into animals so he can learn lessons. In the movie, these are brains over brawn lessons. In the book they are about leadership. Generally the movie is “sweeter” but Kay comes off much better in the book than as the brainless bully of the movie. It remains a fondly remembered children’s tale in whatever form.
will96 More than 1 year ago
The Sword in the Stone Review The Sword in the Stone was created seventy- four years ago in 1938 by Terence Hanbury (T.H.) White. White was born on May 29, 1906. He was born in Bombay, India. His father was one of the members of the Indian Civil Service. T.H. was educated at Cheltenham and went to college at Queen’s College, Cambridge. He died in 1964 when he was 57 years old. Surgeons said it was probably from acute coronary heart disease. The Sword in the Stone was written in the ever so popular fantasy genre. It included elements of wizardry and magic, but also kept the traditional King Arthur tale. The book is primarily meant for middle school kids because it is too complicated for elementary students and too simple for high school teenagers and above in my opinion. The book was written to give the readers an idea of what King Arthur’s childhood might have been like. This book is for anyone who would like to increase their knowledge in King Arthur and is adolescent adventures. The title was inspired by the sword in the stone scene towards the end of T.H. White’s book. The Sword in the Stone is a good title that easily goes with the book because when one thinks about King Arthur, he or she wonders about the famous sword in the stone. The cover of the book was exceedingly interesting because it shows the relationship between Merlin and the future King of England. It made me want to read the book because it shows Merlin as a very intriguing character. The font was great because it wasn’t too big or too small. The characters were very appealing, but I couldn’t relate to them because I don’t live in England, I am not a wizard, and I don’t have a tutor. The main idea of the book was Wart (the future King Arthur) learning life lessons and relating to different creatures. The writing style was great, because T.H. White’s word choice wasn’t too primitive or too advanced. I would also say the same for the sentence structure. He also provided some mild humor here and there. The main idea of the book was supported well by the story. Some highlights of the story are the fight against the Anthropophagi and when Wart pulls the sword out of the stone. Sadly there were not any quotes that were meaningful to me. Now it is time for my analysis: The book is set in medieval times and there are knights, dragons, and castles. There are also witches, wizards, and other magic things. I hope this paints a wonderful picture for the reader. My favorite character was the mystical Merlin, because he can transport himself places and he has magical items. He can also turn himself into other creatures. My favorite scene is the battle between Merlin and Madame Mim. The Sword in the Stone appealed to me as a light-hearted adventure book. My favorite aspect of the work was the comic relief provided by Merlin. The bottom line is this is a great book for students in middle school, but I would not promote it to any other age group.
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I first read T.H. White's series "The Once and Future King" many years ago, and some of his descriptive language had stayed with me all that time. I just listened to it again on audiobook and enjoyed it immensely. The writing is first rate, often laugh-out-loud funny, and deeply philosophical. Readers who find "The Sword in the Stone" boring may not have the attention span or maturity to appreciate the artistry of this book.
dholland08 More than 1 year ago
I loved The Sword in the Stone. I watched the Disney movie before I read the novel and I loved that too. However, the book is a lot different from the movie and even though I know the story I still enjoyed it immensely. The book is about a boy named Wart who lives with Sir Ector and his son, Kay, in a castle. Wart never knew his real parents, but Sir Ector treats him like a son and Kay is a brother to him. Wart's adventures begin when he is lost in the woods and stumbles upon the cottage of the wizard Merlyn. Merlyn ends up accompanying the Wart home and becomes his and Kay's tutor. Merlyn makes learning fun for the boys and is an often humorous character; his spells don't alwasys turn out quite right. Wart recieves a special education from Merlyn, gaining lots of knowledge as the wizard turns him into various animals. It seems like the reader is right there with Wart growing up as he goes on countless adventures and meets interesting people. There are wizard duels and talking trees; Robin Wood and his band of merry outlaws; boar hunts and wicked witches. One of my favorite characters was King Pellinore, a goodnatured knight fated to go on a quest after the Beast Glatisant for his whole life. The story is exciting and funny and Wart is a very lovable, human character. I can see why this book is a classic- the themes are universal and anyone can enjoy this. The ending left me eager to read the next three installments that make up The Once and Future King.
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The Sword in the Stone By: T.H. White All young Arthur ¿Wart¿ wanted was to find a sword for his master, Kay. Little does he know that he will become one of England¿s greatest rulers. In the story ¿The Sword in the Stone¿, Young Wart learns the way all animals live life, from personal experience, and how to be a gentleman thanks to his magical tutor Merlyn. I thought this book was okay because I did not understand a lot of the words so it was difficult to read. One part I liked about the story was when Wart and Kay met Robin Wood (it¿s Wood instead of Hood.) I thought that that was a good adventure because they had to sneak inside the evil Queen¿s castle to save Friar Tuck, Dog Boy, Wat, and Wart¿s dog. I thought it was cool when Robin, Wart and Robin¿s band of ¿Villians¿ fought the Griffins and Wyverns. Another thing, I liked was the character King Pellinore. I thought he was humorous, because he¿d always say ¿What?¿ at the end of his sentences. Also, it was weird how he would just take off after the Questing Beast. I liked how Pellinore was obsessed with feather beds. Another thing I liked was the adventure with Galapass the Giant. When Wart and Merlyn went to Galapass¿ castle it was cool how they had to be quiet so as not to be heard or seen. It was funny when all of Gallapasses prisoners called him ¿fatty!¿ It was also weird when the Questing Beast chased Gallapass all around his castle. This book was good and I recommend this to anyone who doesn¿t mind thinking. My favorite part of this story was when Wart pulled the sword out of the stone. He was completely clueless about the sword and what would happen to him. It was interesting when all of Wart¿s ¿friends¿ came and re-told him what they fought him. All of Wart¿s lessons were leading up to Wart pulling the sword out of the stone. J.Fisher
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was OK. I had to read it for school and it was HORRIBLE! But after reading it for the second time, I came to appreciate the inner-moral of the story. You really have read between the lines to understand this story of young King Arthur.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, you have to read between the lines to get the lessions. The Movie does NOTHING, it takes everything and turns it around. In the book Kay is nice to Wart AKA King Arthur and treats him kindly even though everyone knows they are not blood brothers. In the movie however Kay is stupid, slow, big, and mean to Arthur. I don't recommend the movie but the book is a good read if you look at the messages behind it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book that peeks into the life of a Young King Arthur. Disney did a pretty good job with the animated movie, though most the stuff in the movie happens in the first few chapters. Truthfully this story has no real plot, but is a most interesting read. The novel centers around 'Wart's' (Young King Arthur) education under Merlyn, the magician. A series of delightful adventures that ends brilliantly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I like it because it has plenty of action and also gives a very descriptive and detailed account of the legendary story of King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone. Anyone who enjoys reading this as much as I have should also read T.H.White's 'The Once and Future King' which continues the story started in the 'Sword in the Stone'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sword in the Stone goes beyond the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. There is much more to this classic tale. Young Arthur, or the Wart, meets strange people, creatures, and challenges aided by Merlin the Magician. From these extrodinary experiences, the Wart learns the important lesson of looking at things from different points of view. The book explains that wisdom is better than physical stength. With its complex vocabulary and detailed descriptions, this book is perfect for a junior high student looking for a challenging read. Get this book because just as the Wart gains knowledge that will help him to be a wise ruler, you can learn things to help you in your future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sword in the Stone Laurel Leaf, reissue edition Oct 15 1978 288 PP $5.99 T.H. White ISBN 0440984459 The Wart, an adventurous, smart boy, is beginning to fulfill his destiny to become the King of Medieval England. With the help of Merlyn, the magician who lives backwards through time, The Wart will fulfill his destiny. The Wart leaves the castle to do falconry. He finds a field and lets the falcon fly, but it flies into a tree at the edge of the forest. The Wart chases after the falcon into the forest for a while until he realizes he himself is lost. He decides to wait until morning to find his way out. The Wart wakes up and begins to travel in the direction that he thinks he came. The Wart stumbles upon Merlyn at the magician¿s cabin. This is the first time The Wart meets Merlyn, who trains him in falconry, swordsmanship, jousting and other things. Seven years later the King of England dies with no heir to his throne. At the same time a sword in a stone is found in London with a plaque reading ¿He whom pulls this sword from this stone is the destined King of England.¿ Kay, The Wart¿s older brother, decides to enter this tournament, but he has forgotten his sword at the inn. He sends The Wart to go and fetch it, but when he arrives at the inn it is closed. He notices the sword in the stone and pulls it out. Not realizing what he has done and why everyone is cheering, he becomes confused and begins to cry. Later The Wart is crowned King, but from now on he will be known as King Arthur. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about Medieval England. I loved this book because it¿s full of adventure. You never know what is going to happen next. - A Sixth Grader
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sword in the stone is writen about the middle ages, but in a way that people from modern times can understand it. That is because, unlike many people think, it was only writen in the late 1930s. The book gets kind of slow at parts, but makes up for it by having very fast exciting parts too. I would have liked him to go on more with what Wart does once he is king, and how he grows into the role of king, after trained to be a squire, White probably goes into that in the next book, 'The Once and Future King.'