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Re in eterno (1940)

di T. H. White

Altri autori: Vedi la sezione altri autori.

Serie: The Once and Future King (compilation 1-4)

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13,258180336 (4.09)2 / 679
"A deluxe hardcover edition of the world's greatest fantasy classic--part of Penguin Galaxy, a collectible series of six sci-fi/fantasy classics, featuring a series introduction by Neil Gaiman T. H. White's masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as the sword Excalibur and city of Camelot that are found within its pages. This magical epic takes Arthur from the glorious lyrical phase of his youth, through the disillusioning early years of his reign, to maturity when his vision of the Round Table develops into the search for the Holy Grail, and finally to his weary old age. With memorable characters like Merlin and Owl and Guinevere, beasts who talk and men who fly, wizardry and war, The Once and Future King has become the fantasy masterpiece against which all others are judged, a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations. Penguin Galaxy Six of our greatest masterworks of science fiction and fantasy, in dazzling collector-worthy hardcover editions, and featuring a series introduction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, Penguin Galaxy represents a constellation of achievement in visionary fiction, lighting the way toward our knowledge of the universe, and of ourselves. From historical legends to mythic futures, monuments of world-building to mind-bending dystopias, these touchstones of human invention and storytelling ingenuity have transported millions of readers to distant realms, and will continue for generations to chart the frontiers of the imagination. The Once and Future King by T. H. White Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein Dune by Frank Herbert 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Neuromancer by William Gibson For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators"--… (altro)
  1. 100
    Le gesta di Re Artu e dei suoi nobili cavalieri di John Steinbeck (g026r)
  2. 71
    Ivanhoe di Sir Walter Scott (LamontCranston)
  3. 52
    The Earthsea Quartet di Ursula K. Le Guin (LamontCranston)
  4. 20
    Guinevere's Gift di Nancy Mckenzie (wordcauldron)
  5. 20
    Sir Gawain e lo scudiero di Gerald Morris (foggidawn)
  6. 20
    The Age of Scandal di T. H. White (BINDINGSTHATLAST)
    BINDINGSTHATLAST: Anotherside of White
  7. 20
    Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel di Thomas Berger (eromsted)
    eromsted: For a comic take on the legend
  8. 10
    Queen of Camelot di Nancy Mckenzie (wordcauldron)
    wordcauldron: My favorite retelling of Arthurian legend. Period.
  9. 22
    Il mago di Lev Grossman (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: I thought of making this recommendation when reading the magical education section of The Magicians, which reminded me of the first book of The Once and Future King. But the wider idea - that magical powers can't stop us from making stupid human mistakes - is also relevant to both books.… (altro)
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Was really disappointed, expected to enjoy this but found the casual tone and references to current day (at time of publication) events detracted from the story. ( )
  brakketh | Sep 29, 2021 |
Touching, funny, interesting, heartwarming, heartbreaking. A classic for a reason. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |

Reading T. H. White’s Arthurian quartet three-quarters of a century after the appearance of the first volume, and more than half-century after the completed work came out, leaves a mixed impression. In part this is no doubt due to its plot and premises being mined by both Broadway and Disney, but the reasons lie to a greater degree in the work itself. White’s fascination with medieval times, his meticulous descriptions of falconry, armoury, and daily life, have aged better than his preoccupation with Freudian explanations of behavior and the threat of fascism. His willful anachronism, resolutely placing Arthur in the 12th century, is clever, both an homage to classic recounts of the Arthur cycle by Geoffrey of Monmouth and Thomas Malory, who makes a cameo appearance in the closing pages of the book, as well as a fitting reminder that this is myth-making on a grand scale.
The quadrilogy reads as if its intended reader ages in the course of its development. The first volume, The Sword in the Stone, reads very much as children’s literature, provided the child is precocious in a mid-century way. The subsequent volumes, touching on incest, lovers’ triangles, homosexuality, sadism and the persistence of war, seem aimed to an older reader, perhaps young adult upward.
White’s narrative skill comes to his aid particularly when the plot threatens to languish through over-familiarity. Thus the account of the death of Uther Pendragon, leaving a vacant throne, is told indirectly and humourously by its use of the reactions of the characters White has established over the course of the first book; this leads to the tale of extracting the stone-fast sword, told in a manner that is both light-hearted and magical. His other narrative tour-de-force is at the culmination of book four, when the reader, knowing all too well how all turns out, most fears boredom. Rueful and dark, the final chapters make compelling reading.
Yet White aimed at more than telling a good story. He was taking a position as storm clouds gathered over Europe in the 1930s. Merlin’s schooling of the young Wart by living as an animal among animals is meant to make a point about modern war and peace. Arthur mounts the throne, determined to harness might in the service of right. Yet in the end, a broken Arthur, the puppet of the Orkney faction, seems to portray the opposite, that the rule of law is flawed, in the end helpless in the face of resolute evil.
While too dated to be essential reading, it’s been a good read. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
I can’t give this a star rating because I read it so long ago. I do remember liking it a lot and would like to read it again at some point.
  Keith62 | Jul 12, 2021 |
DNF at page 53.

This was all a bit Disney for me to begin with, but the decision to DNF came when I hit the THIRD casually racist comment about Native Americans. This is an Arthurian legend set in motherfucking England. What kind of effort of will does one need to slam Native Americans repeatedly in it?

Anyway, there are loads of Arthur retellings out there. I'm moving on.

(NOTE: According to another reviewer, there's an n-word in a rant by a *checks notes* deranged bird later in the book. Why??!!) ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jul 11, 2021 |

» Aggiungi altri autori (13 potenziali)

Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
White, T. H.autore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Crossley-Holland, KevinIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Howe, JohnImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Jason, NevilleNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Lawrence, JohnIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Marvin, FredericImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Schuchart, MaxTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Vat, Daan van derTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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She is not any common earth

Water or wood or air,

But Merlin's Isle of Gramarye

Where you and I will fare.
When shall I be dead and rid
Of the wrong my father did?
How long, how long, till spade and hearse
Put to sleep my mother's curse?
"Nay," said Sir Lancelot "... for

once shamed may never be recovered."
"He thought a little and said:

'I have found the Zoological Gardens of service to many of my patients.  I should prescribe for Mr. Pontifex a course of the larger mammals.  Don't let him think he is taking them medicinally...'
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For J.A.J.A.
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On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays it was Court Hand and Summulae Logicales, while the rest of the week it was the Organon, Repetition and Astrology. The governess was always getting muddled - she would take it out of the Wart by rapping his knuckles.
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“If I were to be made a knight,” said the Wart, staring dreamily into the fire, “I should insist on doing my vigil by myself, as Hob does with his hawks, and I should pray to God to let me encounter all the evil in the world in my own person, so that if I conquered there would be none left, and, if I were defeated, I would be the one to suffer for it.”
“That would be extremely presumptuous of you,” said Merlyn, “and you would be conquered, and you would suffer for it.”
“I shouldn’t mind.”
“Wouldn’t you? Wait till it happens and see.”
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(Click per vedere. Attenzione: può contenere anticipazioni.)
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These editions of The Once and Future King do not contain The Book of Merlyn. Please do not combine with the editions that do contain The Book of Merlyn.
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"A deluxe hardcover edition of the world's greatest fantasy classic--part of Penguin Galaxy, a collectible series of six sci-fi/fantasy classics, featuring a series introduction by Neil Gaiman T. H. White's masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as the sword Excalibur and city of Camelot that are found within its pages. This magical epic takes Arthur from the glorious lyrical phase of his youth, through the disillusioning early years of his reign, to maturity when his vision of the Round Table develops into the search for the Holy Grail, and finally to his weary old age. With memorable characters like Merlin and Owl and Guinevere, beasts who talk and men who fly, wizardry and war, The Once and Future King has become the fantasy masterpiece against which all others are judged, a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations. Penguin Galaxy Six of our greatest masterworks of science fiction and fantasy, in dazzling collector-worthy hardcover editions, and featuring a series introduction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, Penguin Galaxy represents a constellation of achievement in visionary fiction, lighting the way toward our knowledge of the universe, and of ourselves. From historical legends to mythic futures, monuments of world-building to mind-bending dystopias, these touchstones of human invention and storytelling ingenuity have transported millions of readers to distant realms, and will continue for generations to chart the frontiers of the imagination. The Once and Future King by T. H. White Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein Dune by Frank Herbert 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Neuromancer by William Gibson For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators"--

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