Book Review: The Book of Merlyn

The Book of Merlyn
The Book of Merlyn by T.H. White

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I remain unimpressed with the entire Once and Future King series. I love Arthurian legends, but I just can’t stomach all the stupid philosophy and the ramblings about nothing. If only White would just tell a story! But no, he has to go off on these rabbit trails of stupidity.

I wouldn’t mind so much, if only his philosophy made any kind of sense! There’s no logic or common sense to it at all! It’s like White just strung a bunch of words together and called it a belief system. Don’t try to tell me that children are wiser than adults. Have you ever actually met a child? Don’t write on and on about fascism and communism and socialism and capitalism, as if any of those things had any bearing on Arthur and his story, and then try to tell me that if ants were the perfect communists there wouldn’t be any wars.

The only part of this entire book that I like is the part with the geese. I think that is the only part that Arthur liked too. Poor old Arthur, they make him sit through those interminable speeches of Merlyn’s, and none of it makes any kind of sense to anyone.

I’m so glad to be done with this stupid series. I only forced myself to read through it all, because it’s such an iconic retelling of the Arthurian legend.

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