The Sword in the Stone, Paperback Book

The Sword in the Stone Paperback

Part of the Essential Modern Classics series

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The extraordinary story of a boy called Wart - ignored by everyone except his tutor, Merlyn - who goes on to become King Arthur. Collins Modern Classics are re-launched with gorgeous new covers bringing these timeless story to a new generation. "Come, sword," said the Wart. He took hold of the handles with both hands, and strained against the stone... but nothing moved... When the wizard Merlyn comes to tutor Sir Ector's sons, Kay and the Wart, studying suddenly becomes much more exciting.

After all, who wouldn't enjoy being turned into a fish, or a badger, or a snake? But the Wart is destined for greater things and Merlyn's magical teachings are only the beginning of his amazing future... This edition of T.H White's classic story includes a special "Why You'll Love This Book" introduction by bestselling author, Garth Nix.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780007263493

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Dissertation reread time! I acquired a distaste for T.H. White sometime during my MA, and I'm not sure exactly why: rereading The Sword in the Stone, I still rather loved it, with its gentle humour and the character of the narratorial voice and its understanding of each character. I note that in my first review I noticed the way it treats Kay, which is a good sign for this dissertation...<br/><br/>It's written in a conversational way, but it's also beautiful. There are descriptions of the natural world that are almost breathtaking, and Wart can at once be a silly little boy and a very noble one. And Kay can at once be a proud big kid, prone to bullying, and a scared boy who really just wants to hold his own. And Merlyn can be a mysterious wizard and a kindly old man.<br/><br/>I'm looking forward to rereading the rest of it now -- although I think the warm sympathy for Kay is less of a thing in the other books, and they're probably not going to be so useful.

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Really good read, different take on the Arthur/Merlin legend.

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