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The Witch in the Wood #2020

The Witch in the Wood The Queen of Air and Darkness is the second book in his epic work The Once and Future King It continues the story of the newly crowned King Arthur his tutelage by the wise Merlyn his war against K

  • Title: The Witch in the Wood
  • Author: T.H. White
  • ISBN: 9789997409904
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Witch in the Wood By T.H. White, The Queen of Air and Darkness, is the second book in his epic work, The Once and Future King It continues the story of the newly crowned King Arthur, his tutelage by the wise Merlyn, his war against King Lot, and also introduces the Orkney clan, a group of characters who would cause the eventual downfall of the king The original second book in the series was The Witch inThe Queen of Air and Darkness, is the second book in his epic work, The Once and Future King It continues the story of the newly crowned King Arthur, his tutelage by the wise Merlyn, his war against King Lot, and also introduces the Orkney clan, a group of characters who would cause the eventual downfall of the king The original second book in the series was The Witch in the Wood, published in 1939 It has the same general outline as the replacement work, but is substantially longer and most of the text is different.

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    1. The Queen of Air and Darkness is shorter and less rich than the first book, I think There s less of Arthur and Merlyn, and interludes spent carrying most of the humour of the story with Pellinore and Sir Grum, and the Questing Beast.It does do several important jobs introduce Gawaine and his brothers, foreshadow the birth of Mordred and the consequences of the incest, and begin to set Arthur up as a noble king, one who is doing things a little differently to the traditional ways kings are meant [...]

    2. 3.5 stars Indeed, they did love her Perhaps we all give the best of our hearts uncritically to those who hardly think about us in return This book is where Arthur s story starts to take a darker turn, and plays on the ideas that the sins of the father revisit the son This book follows Arthur as he begins to think of ways to unite the people, which brings about a lot of philosophical debate tinged with humor about war between Arthur, Kay, and Merlyn This is the story that introduces us to Arthur [...]

    3. I have to stand by my old review of this almost to the letter It s shorter than The Sword in the Stone, and the humour is less evenly distributed there s a sort of humour about Morgause and her sons, I suppose, but it s not the same warm kind that Pellinore and Palimedes carry in this book, or that attended just about everyone in the first book Again, some parts are surprisingly beautiful given the overall tone of the book, and it introduces a lot of characters and begins to develop Arthur into [...]

    4. Technically, I ve sorta read this I mean, I ve read The Queen of Air and Darkness which is a abridged, slightly darker, version of the same story I think T.H White cut this book down to the nubs a little to make The Once and Future King managable and probably marketable So, while I write that I ve read, and while the Witch in the Wood is often used interchangably with the Queen of Air and Darkness , they aren t identical twins or even dopplegangers It is like they are kissing cousins, or perh [...]

    5. The Queen of Air and Darkness is a relatively bland continuation of The Sword in the Stone It has a mellow plotline that follows foreshadowing to the letter Many aspects of the story are foretold, and therefore the story could basically be explained without reading any of the actual text The story stays right on the line of ridiculousness, occasionally crossing over at random intervals In many pieces of the book, the reader feels that White simply did not feel like talking about something any, a [...]

    6. Second book in The Once and Future King Comparatively short Introduces the characters of the Orkney clan, Gawain, Agravaine, Gaheris, Gareth, and their witch mother Morgause This time around I found the subplot with Pellinore, Grum, and Palomides simply irritating, but it does a lot to lighten the mood of this book, which concludes with Morgause s rape seduction of her half brother Arthur.There isn t a lot of narrative content here, this is where the story picks up philosophically Arthur s plan [...]

    7. You can see why T.H White meant for these books to be read as a whole and not as separate volumes The Witch in the Wood is shorter than The Sword in The Stone and if read alone might feel a bit abrupt The humour has grown slightly, become a little darker, as Arthur has grown and the events surrounding his life mature and become dangerous.I would say it comes across as somewhat of a humerus Greek Tragedy as it falls into the pattern of invincible young hero who is destined to be thwarted by a ta [...]

    8. Dark stuff The book begins with Morgause boiling a cat alive as part of her disinterested and unnecessary attempt to achieve invisibility Unsurprisingly, her four sons brutal lads who would make perfect test cases for Siggy Freud mimic her savagery as they mercilessly flog a donkey and torture, kill, and mutilate a unicorn In all honesty, the scenes with the cat and unicorn damn near made me ill, proving once again that this series is not even remotely for youngsters Be careful who you choose as [...]

    9. Where The Sword in the Stone was fairly light, The Witch in the Wood aka The Queen of Air and Darkness is rather dark Quite dark, actually the business with the cat seemed unnecessarily long, as was the unicorn It s also a weaker book.White has said he struggled with this one and it certainly seems that way In a sense, it isn t really a novel so much as it is a lengthy exposition setting up the books that follow It is largely characterization, which is partly why it bounces back and forth betwee [...]

    10. The second book in the series and a truly different one from its first The writing style is somewhat same but the story is different We see Arthur suddenly grown up and mature There are a lot of new characters in the book particulatly the Orkney clan and Morguase White sets up unique characters and how they will affect the future of Arthur There are obviously like the previous book trival chats and hunts I would say that White focuses a lot on minor things and takes the major things very fast an [...]

    11. A fun second book but at the end I kind of wondered what the point was maybe I was just preoccupied while reading it, but I feel like this could have been part of another book, not a book in itself Its so short I may reread it soon when I can really focus on whats happening in the book.

    12. This is a very strange book Book 2 of T.H White s The Once and Future King It seems like five random and unconnected plots which all begin but never finish or join together Granted I have not yet read the sequels so I don t know if these plots will make sense later, but for now it was just weird It was also later retitled The Queen of Air and Darkness It s a collection of short stories Some are silly like the tale of the questing beast Some are gruesomely disturbing like the take of Gawaine and [...]

    13. I liked this not as much as Sword in the Stone There was a very odd mix of the extremely dark the opening cat scene and the unicorn butchery were really awful while the silliness of King Pellinore was satisfyingly stupid Arthur is in the book, learning that maybe we shouldn t romanticize war it is interesting to have a World War I pacifist take on chivalry and romantic knights A bunch of blood thirst bumbling aristos anarchy now I m all good with that though really White seems to have Arthur go [...]

    14. First of all, I think we now know why unicorns are no longer with us and it ain t pretty But besides that, a highly political book, and a lot shorter that the first Getting your head around the history was hard since I only know a little about England history and the legend of Arthur but it is explained thoroughly so as long as you pay attention it is not lost on you There are good philosophies about the act of war and I m pretty sure there is a passing comment comparing Hitler to Jesus as well [...]

    15. Strange book It s divided into two themes one is very serious, even too serious for a children s book getting through a cat boiling scene was hard for me even now, the same for the unicorn slaying scene both are gruesome and completely pointless as far as I m concerned , and the other is slapstick comedy relief humouristic The effect is that there s very little here that works the Arthur chapters are mostly fine, but again, the ending a very important part of the whole story is very short and do [...]

    16. In this second part of The Once and Future King not much happens really It mainly tells some of the information you need to have to understand some of the things happening later The Sword in the Stones sometimes had its lengths but overall the humour dominant This book still often is humorous but some parts of it just annoyed and bored, especially King Pellinore s Quest It was funny in the first book but now things were repeating themselves.

    17. tape to mp3 conversion Read by Alexander Scorby 49 TBR Busting 2013 In tragedy, innocence is not enough.Excellent.

    18. The creepiest, most tragic, and in some ways the saddest of all the parts of The Once and Future King, this title refers to the rare freestanding edition of part two, which is a good deal longer than The Queen of Air and Darkness, the shorter version which appears in the one volume edition of White s epic It is a bit like Lord of the Flies meets Arthurian legend.

    19. White is simultaneously so delightful and so frustrating He introduces fabulous people and concepts and then completely abandons them, or just mentions their outcome in passing later while spending chapter upon chapter on anecdotal stories about minor characters I feel like he s doing it on purpose to upset me He probably is It s fine This series is still a work of genius.

    20. Such a difference from the book later included in The Once and Future King Difficult to read at times, and not particularly well structured The edited version for the complete edition is much better, even if it cuts out half of the plot of this one

    21. Hard to rate this one I still enjoyed the writing but the story was so dark compared to the Sword and the Stone.

    22. Definitely felt like an episode than a book, as opposed to The Sword in the Stone I suppose that s why they ended up smooshing them all together I spent most of the book being horrified by the Unicorn Incident, which I ended up texting way too many people about and just oh man I wasn t expecting to FEEL LIKE THAT, is what I m saying.Didn t particularly care about the Pellinore Grum stuff going on I suspect that goes over better with kids who are reading this book , but the scenes with Arthur an [...]

    23. Not quite on par with the first book This one felt a little disjointed, with some chapters fluctuating in tone in a jarring way Some episodes were difficult to read view spoiler i.e the cat boiling and unicorn slaughtering scenes hide spoiler with respect to my squeamishness, but there were some very funny parts as well I can see that the book was necessary to set up the second half of the larger work of The Once and Future King, but I wonder if it could have been done with a little of the artf [...]

    24. Less whimsical, though still kinda The Round Table is founded and King Arthur is trying his best to get chivalry to take off Up until this point, the world had been a Conan the Barbarian situation, with might making right Arthur is trying to socially engineer a new way of thinking where all these warriors devote their energy to defense of the weak and righting wrongs, rather than just fighting in the woods to prove who s better at fighting in the woods At this stage, the results are still mixed. [...]

    25. Ok, so while it was not as good as the first book of the five part series it was still a fantastic and fun read It s a quick 100 pages, but got a bit dragged down with scenes we really don t need and dialogue that, unless you know your old English and dialects of upper Great Britain, may throw you off, or at least have you running for a dictionary Still, the series stands up brilliantly and the next three books are bound to excite and make me cringe with sadness and heartbreak Yay

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