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This book genuinely blew my mind. Everything from start to finish was phenomenal, White was clearly a very thoughtful and intelligent man and I found this work to be immensely humbling. I'm not even a writer and I know that there is absolutely no way my own thoughts could approach this orderly parade of ideas for over eight hundred pages. The prose is phenomenal, I was completely lost in the beautiful descriptive language of medieval England and medieval pursuits during The Sword and the Stone, and the psychology is deep, realistic and important to the world today.
The entire Lancelot cycle and the conclusion with the Orkney faction, Gawaine and Mordred was probably the best few hundred pages I've ever read on the subject of human nature, why wars are fought, and how to prevent war that I have ever read. I feel like this story represents a lifetime of deep thought by an exceptional intellect ;and the dense, sinewy philosophy written into the text feels almost like how a person thinks. It's disjointed, it gets across so much and yet there's no answer; White is filled with doubt and hope and ideas about mankind which are left unresolved by the end of the novels, but the element of hope, and even that old motif of the new generation of youth carrying out the ideas of the old, well meaning failure at the end of his last stab attempt was just so beautiful to me.
I'll definitely be re reading this a few times over the years, you should really pick it up /lit/.