DAY 156 – 02/13/2013 – Goodbye, Sweet Book!



I think it’s safe to say that I read the heck out of this book! Now, I will do something I try not to do, which is, throw it out. I try not to do this, ever. Except for old college textbooks that no one will  buy or even be interested in for the next hundred years, I pass books along so that someone else can read them.

On the Tramper Voyage, I search for books at Goodwill or other second-hand stores. Sometimes, someone I meet along the way will give me a book. When I’ve read the book, I give it away or leave it someplace. There’s no room for extra weight in the Tramper!

The place I leave it varies. Lots of RV parks have “libraries”. Junk stores always take donations. Once, I left a pile of books at a Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.

As for The Once and Future King, well, it was picked up in one of those junk stores, already well-loved by countless readers. Plus, it’s just a cheap paperback, printed over 50 years ago. My handling wasn’t rough – I promise! As I turned the pages, various leaves would pop out. Then, entire sections would separate from the binding. When I needed a rubber band to hold the book together, I knew it was doomed!

This post isn’t meant to be a book review. I’m not qualified! But, I really enjoyed it. I’m a fan of the play and movie versions of this story, called “Camelot”. It was fun to recognize parts of the book that were incorporated into the movie. Other movies, too. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” lifted concepts and entire lines of dialogue from The Once and Future King!

The movie took off in flights of Hollywood fancy, though. The story of Arthur, Guenever and Lancelot was a lot longer and more mature, according to T.H. White. Imaginative recreation of the whole of English history was described by White. Lots to ponder; fun to read.

– Jane



10 responses to “DAY 156 – 02/13/2013 – Goodbye, Sweet Book!

  1. Can’t say I’ve read that one. Good chick books I actually enjoyed: by Laura Esquivel – Like Water for Chocolate, The Law of Love.

  2. Good fun,
    Ive understood this game on a wild scale. Ive been a Garbage Man and understood a large amount of the dynamics your relating. The world is a large dynamic place, you can not carry all you have learned. You Can however be a competant Guide for students……….”If you feal cold and lost in desperation…..” ( Quote from a song on the radio) Have Fun Dave and Jane.
    Jason Shields

    • Hi Jason! You are a cool guy! Did you know that, when we are talking about interesting people we’ve met, we talk about you! You are so smart, and you gave that to yourself, by yourself.

      – Jane

    • Thanks, Ned! Sometimes, I wish I could find a specific book; one that’s recommended. But, on the Tramper Voyage, it’s catch-as-catch-can! BTW – The Once an Future King does have some guy stuff in it! Lots of splitting skulls, maiming, beheadings, etc! LOL!

      – Jane

  3. Love the rubber band around it to keep it together. I’d say that’s a well-shared book. Fun blog entry. I vowed after retirement I’d “catch up” on my reading and have stacks of books and national geographics and can’t seem to find the time yet to read them. We’re WAY too busy with life! Oh, well, they can all sit in their stacks and wait a little longer.


    Julie andrews, richard burton……..have to love Camelot. Never read this book but would love to. I once found a paperback on the double yellow line in the street in front of chapel pond in the Adirondacks. it was a gripping suspense novel. “The blind man of Seville”. Nothing remotely intellectual but interesting and suspenseful. A good yarn on a camping trip. One of my favorite things to do is to peruse second hand book venues. I love the musty smell of old pages, and the slow revelations of books from former times. I just got my “Tramper” post fix!

  5. My son is playing bass guitar for his college production of Camelot the first couple of weekends in March. He is a huge reader. I will have to ask him if he has read it yet and pick it up myself at the library or used book store.

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