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Times it is very trying slow boring and almost even surface surprisingly The book really comes through in the middle with the uest for the Grail here White is able to balance all his modes and create a very awesome narrative If the entire book were written like this it would be one of the greatest books in the fantasy genre Unfortunately White too often moves uickly over interesting points of character because he is so heavily commenting on the tradition Live a little Lancecomplete the love triangle try for a threesome TH White doesn t make me feel as sympathetic and tender toward Lancelot as Steinbeck does though there are some similarities in the two treatments The way he talks about Guinevere too I don t know it bothers me It s tender and it tries to understand her but at the same time it s so condescending and ust knowing from research how closely the portrayals of MorganMorgause and Guinevere are linked and knowing how Morgause is portrayed in the earlier books it shades TH White s portrayal uglierHe does very well at exploring Lancelot s character though I miss the insights into Arthur s character that the first book promised And I can t get on with White s version of GawainAnyway this isn t very useful for my dissertation but I thought I d revisit it anyway in case something thematic popped up Middle aged people can balance between believing in God and breaking all the commandments without difficulty TH White The Ill Made Knight You might think a novel that basically focuses on a love triangle a uadrilateral if you include God several affairs a man s struggle between his love for a woman love for God love for his best friend would not hold the interest of a 13 and an 11 year old for long but this is TH White The Ill Made Knight characters are so human so filled with frailties heroics and insecurities that White could have written about cooking for 300 pages and my kids would have been rapt from page 1 to the end In this the third book of the greater The Once and Future King epic the story turns solidly to Lancelot It is impossible to understand Lancelot without looking at Arthur Guinevere Elaine Galahad And the Ill Made Knight digresses to capture these stories The middle of the book pivots as Camelot under Arthur s leadership undergoes a change from physical uests Round Table v Might makes Right to spiritual ones Round Table Grail uest This change capturesmirrors the dynamic of Lancelot s own story the vacillation between the physical and spiritual. Is ugly and ape like so that he calls himself the Chevalier mal fet.
Oint of view the stuff modern audiences want how people tick why they behave a certain way and so forth This book starts to hit you in the emotional breadbasket much harder It s necessary The Arthur Guinevere Lancelot love triangle tests than the three people involved Yet it s presented in a neutral manner White never asks us to take sides ust to understand how it came to be what motivated each character to reach the point they did The subtle compare and contrast to modern relationships adds weight perhaps gravitas is a better word to the tragedy Man this is miles from the lighthearted book that opens the series Some readers may need to have a box of tissues handy for this oneAs well as the detailed character study of Lancelot we also battle alongside Arthur as he sees his grand plan Right over Might is fundamentally flawed The only way to achieve Right over Might is with Might I guess it was lucky he had the greatest knight in the world to deal with the bad guys but this too is presented in a neutral way where we see Right Might in disguise repeating the same patterns of injustice At the risk of repeating myself wow this is good storytelling It does not uite compare to the beauty of The Sword and the Stone but it does feel like it is in that vein than Book 2 was It was hard for me to make it through the bleakness of The ueen of Air and Darkness but I m so glad I did because I thought that this book was beautifully written and of a seuel The contents of this part of Legend do not make for a happy love story so it was bound to be a sad tale But these characters seemed so real and you could feel for their struggles I really enjoyed this book Not as much as Book 1 because that book is special but much than Book 2 Now on to Book 4 It is difficult to know what to do with this book Mostly it seems to be a commentary of the tradition especially Malory rather than a narrative at all White skips over some major parts of the story and the end of the narrative seemed to me to be rather unsatisfactory Often White stops the action to delve into not the psyche of his characters but their potential psyche This potential over seems to be based not entirely on Malory or some other writer but the characters as if they were actually historical humans Thus the book is really a meditation of what Lancelot Guenever Arthur and the rest of the knights may have been like in a space between history the tradition and White s own created works At times this works beautifully at other. Es of Sir Lancelot Lancelot despite being the bravest of the knights.
To recap Book 1 The Sword in the Stone was a charming wise and somewhat silly story that would be suitable for precocious young readers Book 2 The Witch in the Wood while retaining some of the humorous elements is a much darker tale in which plot does not arch in a typically satisfying way So what is book 3 The Ill Made Knight is a romance in the largest sense of the word Here the story arcs wonderfully and though the plot meanders a fair bit the meanderings are captivating The cast is large and the story twists and turns but it is all handled so well that I never wanted to put it downOnward This rather sad retelling of the story of Sir Lancelot focused on the warrior s obsession with his own ugliness and inadeuacy Sir Lancelot s tumultuous and complicated and violent and love filled life makes for probably my favourite part of the series so far although weirdly enough I liked the actual romance probably the centerpoint of the entire thing the least I like a good romance but this one never truly grabbed meBut the narrative s still great the hero s conflicts real and there were a bunch of good fights The Ill Made Knight covers the story of Lancelot from his beginnings to near the end of the time in Camelot and chronicles his love for Guinevere and Elaine s love for him and his struggles in the uest for the grail I was uite amused by the references back to Malory and found myself rather wanting to revisiting that book in the original of course not an abridgement or a retellingTH White has a certain amount of tenderness for and an understanding of his characters that makes their stupidities endearing and understandable but even he couldn t make me stop wanting to shake all three of them I liked his interpretation of the triangle as a uadrangle including God on Lancelot s part and I felt that the last few pages were wonderful I love the story of Sir Urry for what it says about Lancelot and for that surprisingly humbled pride of Lancelot s when he cries at having performed a miracleWithout Merlyn the book is a lot less vibrant and like many versions of the story it becomes unstuck from Arthur as the centre and devolves to Lancelot I always feel some disappointment about that At the half way point of the epic it s clear TH White isn t simply recounting the events of Arthurian myth At several points he tells us to go read Malory if we want to read about the events This is a retelling for a modern audience focusing on the people in the myth from a psychological The Ill Made Knight is based around the adventures perils and mistak.
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Born in Bombay to English parents Terence Hanbury White was educated at Cambridge and taught for some time at Stowe before deciding to write full time White moved to Ireland in 1939 as a conscientious objector to WWII and lived out his years there White is best known for his seuence of Arthurian novels The Once and Future King first published together in 1958