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?