Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White (17)
The Sword in the Stone tells the story of a young Wart (King Arthur) and his boyhood adventures. The actual story of Arthur, though, sometimes takes a back seat to White's storytelling ability. From his descriptions of ancient Britain and his apt comparisons to the modern day Britain, one can clearly see the world White paints for the reader. Throw that in with the near-satirical commentary on how modern humans relate to animals in their nature, and you have an excellently crafted piece of writing.
As with many books I've "read" this year, I listened to the audio version of this book. Neville Jason, the narrator, brings even more life into the story through his interpretations of the many memorable characters in the book.
Overall, if you're a fan of Arthurian legend or well-written, description-heavy books, you'll enjoy this read. If you're more of a fan of following the action, this may not be a good choice.