Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Once and Future King (6)

T.H. White. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 1939.

Why read it? Merlyn teaches King Arthur the art of leadership. Part of his training was in learning to live with the animals and gain their perspective. Finally, he founded the Round Table. Merlyn is a most amazing character. A delightful and imaginative tale of what was to become known as Camelot. And a great deal of wisdom..


“…the Unicorn, called by the Greeks, Rhinoceros.” p. 244.

“…made it clear that the business of the philosopher was to make ideas available and not to impose them on people.” p. 256.

“…until they themselves were ready to refrain from warfare, being confronted with its reality.” p. 287.

“Lancelot began to shudder, not as the knight but at the cruelty in himself.” p. 350.

“At twenty-two, the age of thirty seems to be the verge of senility.” p. 352.

To be continued.

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