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King Cole   By: (1878-1967)

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In John Masefield's powerful and gripping novel, readers are transported to the enchanting world of King Cole. Set in a time of kings and kingdoms, this book takes us on a journey through war, love, and redemption.

The story centers around King Cole, a character who is complex and multifaceted. Masefield beautifully captures his struggles and ambitions, making him a relatable and endearing protagonist. As readers follow his journey, they witness Cole's growth and transformation, which adds depth to the narrative.

One of the strengths of this novel is Masefield's rich and vivid descriptions. From the sprawling landscapes to the magnificent palaces, the author brings every scene to life, allowing readers to immerse themselves fully in the world he has created. Additionally, the author's attention to detail and careful choice of words make each chapter a joy to read.

Another aspect that sets this book apart is the author's exploration of various themes. Love, betrayal, and the quest for power are expertly woven throughout the narrative. Masefield delves into the complexities of human emotions and the consequences of one's actions, leading readers to reflect on their own lives and choices.

Furthermore, the pacing of the novel is masterfully done. The plot moves at a steady pace, with suspenseful moments that keep readers eagerly turning the pages. The narrative never feels rushed, allowing for the development of both the plot and the characters.

However, some readers may find the storyline predictable at times. While there are moments of surprise and suspense, the overall arc may be somewhat familiar to avid readers of the fantasy genre. Nonetheless, the strength of the writing and the depth of the characters more than make up for any minor shortcomings.

In conclusion, King Cole is an enthralling read that transports readers to a captivating world filled with adventure and emotion. John Masefield's writing captivates from start to finish, ensuring that readers will be left yearning for more. Whether you are a fan of fantasy or simply enjoy a well-crafted tale, this book is a must-read. Masefield's unforgettable characters and thought-provoking themes make King Cole a true gem in the realm of literature.

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KING COLE

By

JOHN MASEFIELD

Rosas Gallipoli Right Royal The Faithful Selected Poems Lost Endeavour A Mainsail Haul Captain Magaret Reynard the Fox The Daffodil Fields The Old Front Line Multitude and Solitude Collected Poems and Plays Salt Water Poems and Ballads Good Friday and Other Poems The Tragedy of Pompey the Great Philip the King and Other Poems The Tragedy of Nan and Other Poems Lollingdon Downs and Other Poems The Story of a Round House and Other Poems The Locked Chest; and The Sweeps of Ninety eight The Everlasting Mercy and the Widow in the Bye Street

KING COLE

BY

JOHN MASEFIELD

WITH DRAWINGS IN BLACK AND WHITE

BY

JUDITH MASEFIELD

New York

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

1921

All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1921,

BY JOHN MASEFIELD.

Set up and electrotyped. Published October, 1921.

To

MY WIFE

KING COLE

[Illustration]

King Cole was King before the troubles came, The land was happy while he held the helm, The valley land from Condicote to Thame, Watered by Thames and green with many an elm. For many a year he governed well his realm, So well beloved, that, when at last he died, It was bereavement to the countryside.

So good, so well beloved, had he been In life, that when he reached the judging place (There where the scales are even, the sword keen), The Acquitting Judges granted him a grace, Aught he might choose, red, black, from king to ace, Beneath the bright arch of the heaven's span; He chose, to wander earth, the friend of man... Continue reading book >>




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