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The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone

Geschrieben von T.H. White

Erzählt von Neville Jason


The Sword in the Stone

Geschrieben von T.H. White

Erzählt von Neville Jason

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4/5 (37 Bewertungen)
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3 Stunden
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Freigegeben:
Jun 1, 2008
ISBN:
9789629544393
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

This abridgement of the first novel in The Once and Future King, the tale of King Arthur and the rise and fall of Camelot, is specifically aimed at 7–12 year olds. It concentrates on the early years of Arthur, leading to his proclamation as king. White elaborated imaginatively on the legend giving strong personalities to the main characters – as well as animals! Neville Jason (who read the unabridged War and Peace for Naxos AudioBooks) gives another strong reading.

Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Jun 1, 2008
ISBN:
9789629544393
Format:
Hörbuch


Über den Autor

Terence Hanbury “Tim” White (29 May 1906 - 17 January 1964) was an English author best known for his sequence of Arthurian novels, The Once and Future King, first published together in 1958. One of his most memorable stories is the first of that series, The Sword in the Stone, published as a stand-alone book in 1938. Born in Bombay in British India to English parents, he attended Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire, a public school, and Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he was tutored by the scholar and occasional author L. J. Potts. Potts became a lifelong friend and correspondent, and White later referred to him as “the great literary influence in my life.” While at Queens’ College, White wrote a thesis on Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, and graduated in 1928 with a first-class degree in English. White then taught at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire until 1936, when he went to live in a workman’s cottage nearby. In 1939 he moved to Doolistown in County Meath, Ireland, where he lived out the Second World War as a de facto conscientious objector. In 1946, White settled in Alderney, the third largest of the Channel Islands, where he lived for the rest of his life. He died of heart failure on 17 January 1964 aboard ship in Piraeus (Athens, Greece), en route to Alderney from a lecture tour in the United States. He is buried in First Cemetery of Athens.

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  • (4/5)
    I do not believe this is the identical book that we read. We had the unabridged version with a different cover.

    It always amazes me what my boys will enjoy. The unabridged version carries a lot of description, scenery, Latin, big vocabulary that makes it a hard book for me to read out loud. But my boys always asked for more.

    The adventure intertwined with imaginative wishings that came true allowed the boys to feel what it would be like to slither like a snake, fly like a bird, swim like a fish...These ramblings of the imagination were give under the guise of 'education' that any boy would revel in. They also were essential for the training needed for the boy turned man.

    (Makes me wonder about all these new rules of writing that take out the tangents to make sure the plot is moving forward.)

    The boys were sad to see the end come.
  • (3/5)
    pretty good.
  • (4/5)
    Incredibly similar to the Disney movie. However, there were many scenes I had never heard about (Robin and Maid Marian in a King Arthur tale? Whooda thunk it?) and some scenes were lacking (apparently the Once and Future King version - which is what I read - does not feature my beloved Madam Mim. On a side note, my affection for the Mad Madam Mim is such that my own mother has been referred to as "Mim" since I was roughly 10/11). Enjoyable, but awfully tangential. And the humor is very...unique.
  • (4/5)
    Marvelous, just as I remember it from high school. But still, not enough to get me to want to read the rest. I mean, I did actually read it as part of The Once and Future King this time, and I did read the first couple chapters of the second story therein. But, despite White's talent, I still find myself utterly benumbed by Arthurian stories. Wart and his lessons, great. Arthur the king and his wars and all those love affairs, not so much.
  • (4/5)
    Before high school I think, after the Disney animated film.
  • (4/5)
    A cute fantasy of Arthur's childhood.I liked the descriptions of Wart's experiences transformed into a fish, snake, hawk, owl and badger. Sometimes the dialect spelling got annoying.The use of the word Indians seemed jarring, politically incorrect and out of place.
  • (3/5)
    Loosely based on the legend of King Arthur, this novel reads in places like something Lewis Carroll would have composed. Its language is reminiscent of Barrie's Peter Pan: very advanced for today's young readers, too much for my nine year old who lost interest in the first chapter. Anachronisms crop up throughout, probably for fun; the author acknowledges them subtly and makes little effort to reconcile them. Merlyn is said to live backwards through time as justification, but small details invalidate this explanation. His student Wart is a rather dull character and develops not a whit: he is good-natured and sensible on the first page, and remains so to the last. There's no evident value gained from the so-called education he receives, and by the fourth or fifth time Wart was made an animal I was exasperated.For a positive there are fascinating descriptions that display the author's enormous medieval knowledge: detailed contents and operations of the hay field, the mews, Merlyn's study, Sir Ector's fortifications, jousting, the uses for various woods, etc. Even an adult can learn a lot here (except from the astronomy, which states the universe began "a few thousand million years ago".) There's some interesting things about this novel and relating to it, but judging this book on its own merits it's not really that brilliant and a bit of a relic. I won't trouble my son with it again.Note: my review is for the original edition with Madam Mim, the troubling anthropophagi, etc.
  • (5/5)
    I really did enjoy this. I was swept away into the world. Its a strange sort of book and seems to exist in a world all of its own making.A really enjoyable reading experience.
  • (5/5)
    For a long holiday road trip with my son, I thought he'd enjoy this introduction to Arthurian mythology.  I did it with some hesitation, as The Once and Future King was one of my favorite books as a child and I feared it may not hold up to nostalgia.  I'm pleased though that this first installment of the tetralogy is still an enjoyable, modernist spin on the story of King Arthur, filling in the story of Arthur's childhood. Of course, I always thought the The Sword in the Stone was the best of the four parts.  One thing I didn't know is that White actually made major changes when he incorporated The Sword in the Stone into The Once and Future King, and while I can't really remember enough to recognize most of the changes I was surprised that Disney didn't actually make up the duel between Merlyn and Madame Mim.  Another thing I didn't notice is a kid was just how blatant the anachronisms are, with Meryln living backwards in time making them a running gag.  Knowing how much White loved hunting, I also noticed that he puts a lot of detail into his descriptions of hunts throughout the book, something I must have glazed over as a child.  What remains the same is that the book contains a lot of humor, adventure, animal lore, a cameo by Robin Hood (er, Robin Wood), and surreptitious pacifist social satire.  And my son, well he covered his ears a lot during the scary party, but insisted we keep listening to the story and that we move on to The Witch in the Wood next.
  • (4/5)
    This is the first novel in a larger work by T.H. White called The Once and Future King, a wonderful title. Most people are probably more familiar with it as a Disney film adaptation from the 1960s, even if they haven’t seen it; for some reason I also always confuse it with the Black Cauldron film/video game, which is apparently based on a different series of novels called The Chronicles of Prydain by one Lloyd Alexander, loosely based on Welsh mythology.The Once and Future King is an Arthurian fantasy, and The Sword in the Stone focuses on Arthur’s childhood as a boy nicknamed “the Wart,” growing up with his older brother Kay in a castle in England. Their father, Sir Ector, secures a tutor for them who happens to be the great wizard Merlin, and most of the book is a series of loosely connected little adventures, usually revolving around Merlin transforming the Wart into different animals so he can learn about how they live.I’ve heard The Once and Future King described as one of the greatest fantasy series ever written, and I was surprised to find that The Sword in the Stone, at least, is extremely whimsical and not particularly serious. It’s not exactly a children’s book – I imagine a lot of the lengthier passages about bird calls and the finer points of jousting and hunting would bore most children, because they certainly bored me. But it sort of has the style of a children’s book; a whimsical fairytale set in Merry Old England, with White deliberately marking it as such:In the Old England there was a great marvel still. The weather behaved itself.In the spring, the little flowers came out of 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 rattled 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 to slush.The novel is also full of anachronisms, usually expressed through wizard and time traveller Merlin, who constantly references people and inventions from the future which have no place in the Dark Ages. (Robin Hood also makes an appearance; my English mythology is a bit rusty but I’m pretty sure he’s not supposed to turn up until several centuries after King Arthur at least.) The Sword in the Stone is a funny little novel and not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it nonetheless, and from what I’ve heard it grows considerably darker and more serious later in the series.
  • (4/5)
    I loved this book as a child, and just started reading it to my 10 year old son, who is rapt.

    I don't think this is a "children's book" however, so much as it is a book that children with good vocabularies who already love history and nature may love. Grownups who are well-read in classic literature will get a lot more of the humor and historical references,

    I would say that if you enjoyed the Harry Potter books but wished the writing quality was better, you need to read this book.

    This book was written before WWII. It is beautifully written by a humorous child-loving extremely well-educated Englishman of that time. It assumes you are someone compatible. It is packed with detail of all kinds; history, natural history, politics, mythology... but if you can't get through anything written before 1945, it is not for you.
  • (4/5)
    Really good read, different take on the Arthur/Merlin legend.
  • (5/5)
    I read this when I was younger, but I don't remember loving it so much then. I didn't remember how the narrative voice blended humour and beautiful descriptions, anachronisms and explanations of relatively historically accurate details. I forgot how intertextual it is -- Merlin putting his fingers together like Sherlock Holmes, and all the hints at Lancelot's doings and so on, and Robin Hood...

    But it is all those things. There are parts of it that are beautiful, parts that are so wonderfully well described, like Wart's time with the geese, or when he's turned into a fish, and the narrative voice is so wonderfully understanding of what goes on inside people's minds. I like the way it treats Kay -- like he's good at heart, but he messes things up by trying too hard to be what he's not, the pride in him. And one of my favourite moments is when Ector says to him that he will always be proud of him, and Kay then decides to tell the truth...

    So glad I came back to this book. I'm pretty sure I never really got beyond it, now that I'm looking at the opening of the next book, so I hope I do this time, and I hope all the books are as good.
  • (5/5)
    A wonderful book. Superbly evokes an imaginary and magical England. There is an admirable but not extra-ordinary protagonist, a brave, considerate, kind hearted, noble boy who discovers at the end that he is King Arthur and has serious work to do. Until that point, however, he has many fabulous and whimsical adventures with the assistance of the magician Merlin.Neville Jason's reading is excellent.
  • (3/5)
    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....
  • (4/5)
    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….
  • (3/5)
    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."
  • (2/5)
    A strange and anachronism-filled retelling of the very early years of King Arthur, when he was just a boy nicknamed "Wart". The story is wild and bizarre with absurd and comical characters and situations. The plot itself if highly episodic, taking place over a series of educational sessions where the wizard Merlin - who is living life backwards - attempts to use his magic to instruct the boy who would be king. The main character is fairly bland, walking the fine line between open and relatable everyman and empty cipher. The character of his foster-brother, Kay, was much more interesting being pompous and grumpy yet forced and driven by convention and what is expected of him. I didn't enjoy the book as much as I hoped. It alternated between whimsical, comedic, and historical so often I couldn't keep track of what it was trying to accomplish in every scene. The book felt schizophrenic: it couldn't quite decide what it wanted to be and what it wanted to acomplish. The text used quite alot of British slang - both from the time of the writing and loosely period specific - making it a chore to slog through the unfamiliar text. There were far too many terms whose meaning was assumed and not explained.
  • (3/5)
    This enjoyable, whimsical telling of the life of King Arthur before he became King Arthur is marred by jarring shifts of tome between rather ponderous humour, anachronistic modern references, wonderful nature writing and interpolated tales of an improving nature. I understand that T H White revised and deepened the story when he incorporated it in "The Once and Future King", but I found this version enjoyable and irritating in about equal measure. It does contain some terrific description and fine imagery, and so, in the end, I liked it more than I disliked it. I think.
  • (3/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    "Now we will see what a double-first at Dom-Daniel avails against the private education of my master Bleise."Surely it cannot be me alone who finds childhood favorites the mental equivalent of comfort food. Right before dropping out of graduate school I re-read the collected Sherlock Holmes and The White Company. Had I been thinking more clearly I would have read this instead. Is this the best children's book of all time? What are the other candidates? (Wind in the Willows, Trumpet of the Swan, and The Jungle Books, to start)[aulsmith below is correct: the 1939 version is superior for the reasons stated. The light touch triumphs]10.22.07
  • (5/5)
    Just in case the url for gwyneira's review disappears, I will reiterate: There are two versions of the Sword in the Stone. The 1939 version and the later one that White revised for The Once and Future King. If your version has Wart turning into an ant, it's the later version. For my money, the first version is really superior. The revisions came after World War II and White felt the need to hammer points home about totalitarian regimes that I feel are didactic and boring, where the material White pulled from the original is vivid, honest writing. If by some chance you've only ever read the revised version, the added material is in the Book of Merlyn.
  • (4/5)
    What can I say? This is just one of the most delightful books every written. A joy to read. Especially outloud.