The Sword in the Stone by TH White ~Review~

This is the first book in my Arthurian Legend book stack. I read The Sword in the Stone by TH White when I was younger, but it was one of those, children abridged versions. I love Arthurian Legend so I figured this is a must-read. Wart, also known as Arthur is a young boy. He lives with his foster father, Sir Ector, and foster brother, Kay. One day, Wart gets lost in the woods and stumbles upon Merlyn and his owl, Archimedes. Merlyn decides to come back with Wart to become his tutor. However, Merlyn is not a normal tutor, he is a wizard which makes for some interesting lessons.

AHHHHH! This is an awful way to kick off my summer reading list. I HATED this book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Wart and Merlyn and the few little Arthurian details. HOWEVER, this book is filled with racism. There were so many problematic scenes that I almost couldn’t finish it. It was like HP Lovecraft all over again. There are racial slurs and little sayings that insinuate that slaves were happy. It was difficult to read. It took away from the magic of the bones of the story–which should be about Wart’s coming-of-age. There were also other political points that weighed down the story. JUST GIVE ME WART PULLING THE SWORD FROM THE STONE AND BECOMING KING ARTHUR. I guess I will just have to settle with the Disney movie. (One of my favorites.)

However, I hated this book so much that I will not continue with the rest of the Once and Future King Series. I think I am going to pick up the Arthurian Romances and Legends next and maybe a couple of the nonfiction reads that talk about the historical connections of the story. I have a few other books left…so hopefully they don’t let me down. 1 out of 5 stars.

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