The Prydain Project

Thirty years after first devouring Lloyd Alexander's Prydain books, I'm rereading them to see if the magic is still there. If you've arrived at this blog because you loved Prydain as a kid, I hope you’ll enjoy the chance to revisit it along with me. To read the recaps in order, start here: "The Book of Three," Chapter 1

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Reading List: The Once and Future King

Netflix recently added "The Sword in the Stone" to its streaming lineup, and since it's one of the few Disney animated features I'd never seen, I sat down with my husband, who remembers watching it on VHS as a child, to check it out. It's not one of the strongest Disney movies, by any means, though I did enjoy the sequence where Wart, turned into a squirrel by Merlin, is romanced by a persistent young-lady squirrel.

But watching it reminded me that I never read the book upon which it is (I'm guessing very, very loosely) based, T.H. White's "The Once and Future King." Though perhaps not a completely canonical "Great Book," it has a high rating on Goodreads, it appears on school reading lists, and Lev Grossman, whose writing I admire, recommended it on NPR's "You Must Read This" series.

So, what do you think, readers? Should I add "The Once and Future King" to my reading list?