The Book of Merlyn

The Book of Merlyn

by T. H. White

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T.H. White's masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441070152
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2013
Series: Once and Future King Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 117,176
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Publisher's Statement
The Story of the Book
Introducing The Book Of Merlyn

The Book Of Merlyn

What People are Saying About This

Peter Green

This mythic political fable for our time wasn't published when it was written because the world wasn't ready for it.

From the Publisher

“Superb reading.”—The Kansas City Star

“Filled with poignance and marvelous power…Enthusiasts for White’s touching, profound, funny, and tragic story will not want to miss this version, for it is the true and intended ending of the great work.”—Los Angeles Times
“And so the grand epic comes full circle, ‘rounded and bright and done,’ as White had wished it would be.”—Boston Sunday Globe

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The Book of Merlyn 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will not find a better discussion of the human race anywhere. T.H. White really opens our eyes to some of the real problems facing humanity. All in all, it is a beautiful book. I highly recommend it.
laurscartelli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is WEIRD. I completely understand where White was going with it and why he wrote it...but it's SO dense and SO condescending. While reading it, I just remember thinking WHY AM I PUTTING MYSELF THROUGH THIS!?! I get it! Society is corrupt! Humanity is corrupt! in 2009 EVERYONE IS WRITING ABOUT THIS so it's almost useless to read a book like this NOW. In 1977 the publishers thought it was a good idea. Thought that, even though White wasn't around to approve the proofs, it was classy reading. Ugh. In 1950 it would have been a good read. In 1967 it would have been perfect. Now it's just....annoying.
upstairsgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Due to a paper shortage during the war, The Book of Merlyn was not included with the rest of The Once and Future King, although several of the episodes from it were included in "The Sword in the Stone" section. Stylistically, it's quite different from the rest of The Once and Future King, and, had it been appended as White intended, one would have lost the beautiful tragedy of the old and reluctant King rising to face his final battle, having entrusted his history to the young page who would grow up to be Malory. The Book of Merlyn at its worst is a splenetic, rambling, furious screed, and even at its best, it is not up to the standard White set for himself in The Once and Future King.
aulsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I put off reading this book for over thirty years because I feared that it was more a political diatribe than a true ending to the saga. I was correct. It was rather like having a favorite uncle suddenly turning up senile and running off at the mouth about nonsense. You can still see touches of the master, but the politics are just too preachy to endure.
hockeycrew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My only recommendation for this book would be that you a) read The once and Future King first and b) read The Once and Future King shortly before reading this last chapter. I found myself a little lost because I had not read the previous 4 chapters in many years.
drewandlori on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as good as "the Once and Future King", but still an intriguing way to end White's epic version of Camelot.
parelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In which it is discovered that TH White honestly really did have a political mission. A mixture of passages from the Sword in the Stone and other animal adventures mentioned but not seen in the Once and Future King, I'm not sure that the tale would have been better ended where it did after all.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a disappointing fifth book to the four books that constitute The Once and Future King. One wonders if White's editor omitted this section intentionally because it was weaker or if it is weaker because it was omitted and therefore polished less.
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