I haven't finished reading this book yet, have been reading it with my young son and we both find it to be delightful. I bought this book along with The Sword in the stone and The tales Merlyn, only to discover that this book contains all of the Camelot stories including this famous titles.
I have loved this book for years, this would be the fourth reading. In parts the prose is to be cherished, such eloquence. In parts the story becomes ponderous, and takes mature patience to work through. Overall though, this is worth ever minute of the reader's time.
There is so much to be learned about life from the telling of this story. This book should be ready by young people and old.
My hard cover copy of this book is now 50 years old and its spine is cracked - but I refuse to discard it and I've plucked it off the shelf to read again. It is a lovely, thoughtful book that can be read on several levels. Children are enthralled by the story of the young Arthur. Young romantics (as I was when I bought it) are enchanted by the chivalrous Lancelot and Arthur, Guinevere and the Lady of the Lake. And adults can see the political allegory beneath the legend. It is a book for long winter nights when you have time to contemplate and immerse yourself in the sad and beautiful story of Camelot: one man's dream, destroyed by family tragedy and violence.