An alternative history in fiction form which explores such concepts as the function of myth in history and the role of royalty in the modern world. King Arthur is rediscovered doing battle with the Nazis, and the grail to end all wars appears to be a bomb.
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Donald Barthelme was one of the most influential American novelists of the 1970s and 1980s, bringing a unique postmodern voice to his novels, short stories and essays. He died in 1989.
Barry Mosher, one of the foremost illustrators working today, has illustrated many books for adults and children, including The Pennyroyal Caxton edition of the King James Bible and Lewis Carroll's Alice: Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
The King is Arthur himself, even though Barthelme's brief novel is set during World War II. As "real" battles rage far offstage, the Knights of the Round Table are busy "rushing and riding, foining and striking." Meanwhile, Lord Haw-Haw keeps the populace abreast of Guinevere's infidelities in his broadcasts from Berlin. Sad to say, the late Barthelme doesn't do much with Arthur. The irony is tired, the whimsy facile, the language numbing in its archaic banality: "Yonder knights hurtle together like rams to bear either other down!" Faithful readers of Barthelme may appreciate The King ; others will wonder whether it would have seen publication without his name attached.
- Grove Koger, Boise P.L., Id.
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Book Description Harper, NY, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Moser, Barry (illustrator). 1st Edition. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition (1st printing). In a like dust jacket. A retelling of "Le Morte d'Arthur". Bookseller Inventory # 047919
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