Wednesday, June 25, 2008

King Arthur and the Round

Saying for the day- The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television. ~Andrew Ross

I have finished the first of the five books I intend to read this summer, “ The Once and Future King” by T. H. White.
If you are looking for a book with dragons, a Griffith, fairies, witches, knights in shining armor, wizards, great battles, and King Arthur and the Round Table then this book has all of those. But the dragons are too small, and nothing is as one would expect it to be. This is not the King Arthur of Sir Thomas Mallory who wrote Le Morte d'Arthur sometime between 1405 and 1471. This is not the story of King Arthur as seen in countless movies. This is not Camelot as it is ordinarily seen.
This book reads as if it was written by somebody reading Mallory while watching a marathon of Monty Python. Everything is there but nothing is quite right.
The book wrestles with deep philosophical questions like :
Why is there war?
Can a poor man get justice?
Can one love God and have a mistress?
Does it pay to be kind?
Is it ok to cut off your mother’s head if you catch her in bed with a stranger?
Should you let your enemies live after you have defeated them?
If you read this book you will never look at jousts or the quest for the Holy Grail in the same way again.
This book is to the Legend of King Arthur what “Wicked” is to the “ Wizard of Oz”

I loved the book.

#### News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal Nancy and Tommy TW left for Canada by train last night. They are on there way to Koslo British Columbia where Nancy has some old friends. They should arrive there sometime tomorrow afternoon. Nancy hopes that the trip will end Tommy TW’s writer’s block. But that will be seen. There are still those who say that the only way to end a writer’s block is to write and write and write some more.
The whale which is now being called our whale by the people of Pigeon Falls showed up again late last night. It swam back and forth and really seemed to be enjoying itself. It surfaced right next to a row boat in which a local Romeo and Julliet were spending a little time away from the eyes of their parents. They set some kind of speed record getting the boat back to shore. They will never believe our whale is a hoax.
But this morning there was no sign of the whale anywhere on the lake. One has to wonder how deep it dives and how long it can stay under.
Tommy UK is continuing his quest to understand the dribblet. He called the RCMP Sergeant who said the whale was a hoax and talked to him for a half an hour. Then he went on the internet and did some research.
While Tommy UK works at understanding the dribblet and proving the whale is real Tammy and the Tommy Club are hard at work gathering evidence that the big White Rabbit is a hoax. They are now talking to all the people they can find who have seen the Rabbit.
Will the White Rabbit turn out to be a hoax? Is the whale a hoax. Will our Romeo and Julliet ever go rowing again? What did Sergeant York tell Tommy? Does the dribblet really apply? And of course is Tommy UK really the undertaker’s son? These and other questions without answers might be answered in a future addition of News from Pigeon Falls.
*****

Today's Link-JR's Thumbprints-A trip to the dentist and beyond.
It was too good to0 last and today the oxygen level dropped a bit. But it was still a great day and I didn't need much oxygen. In the morning I started reading my new book. In the afternoon I visited all my links and left some comments. Now I need a breathing treatment.
GBYA

13 Comments:

Anonymous noble pig said...

I love King Arthur stories, so do my boys as I just let them watch The Sword & The Stone. Sounds interesting.

7:06 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

So, I should read the book? You know, when I read, NOTHING else gets done.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

I dont think that Tommy UK is the undertaker's son. Tommy seems to have unlimited resources to do his detective work and possibly pull off a hoax or two. If you havent noticed, no one seems to die in Pigeon Falls. The undertaker must be in the poorhouse.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

You make it sound good and I loved 'Wicked.' Guess I'll add this one to the list of books to get to.

11:22 AM  
Blogger XUP said...

I loved Malory. It’s been a long time since I’ve read those outrageous tales. My favorite is always the one where Lancelot has to fight off all sorts of evil to rescue Guinevere; he gets to her all bleeding and broken with innumberable stab wounds and slashings, makes love to her all night long and in the morning rips the iron bars out of her prison window, slings Gwen over his shoulder and makes his escape. They don’t make men like that anymore

1:22 PM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

It's a long, long time since I read that book, but I remember loving it. Totally off the wall!

1:23 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

aah,
but a picture still speaks a thousand words
and an animation or a short movie/video can speak volumes.

But of course in a picture you don't have to describe the colour of the walls, the design of the wallpaper, the tightness of the dress on the bossom, or the pants on the groin ...
they are all there
unless your eyes are on something else
like the shapes of the clouds - lol!

1:28 PM  
Blogger juliana said...

oh, sounds like a book worth reading... i wonder if i can get it here...
like quilly, if i immerse in a book, nothing else gets done

2:18 PM  
Blogger Carletta said...

"The Once and Future King" sounds wonderful. I might just have to look for that one when I go book shopping.
The roses are beautiful. Love the color.

5:20 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

Seeing you link to JR,I'm beginning to recall how we may have met in the blogosphere way back when. Was it there?

7:31 PM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Glad you were able to read your book Dr John, I will have to find it and read it later. For the first bit I am going to have to expend all my energy on learning to drive a big bus. This will be more a project for the Autumn.

A Blessed day is wished for you and Betty.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous loisontheweb said...

AND ... TUNE IN AGAIN FOR THE NEXT EXCITING CHAPTER!
LOIS

1:10 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I have NO time for such NONSENSE as Kings and Queens and Wizards and such! I'm far too busy trying to work out whales and dragons and bunnies and such! But it really is quite obvious that the whale is NOT a hoax! NOTHING in Pigeon Falls is a hoax! It just IS what it IS!

11:59 AM  

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