Marion Zimmer. BRADLEY
Hristianity bashing Then I decided to google the author s history to see if she s Christian or not After reading wikipedia I will not finish this book or read anything else by this author Marion Zimmer Bradley s Arthurian creation is dreamy deviant dangerous and sometimes just plain oddThe first
installation in her Avalon series The Mists of Avalon focuses onin her Avalon series The Mists of Avalon focuses on characters from Arthurian Stonebrook Cottage (Carriage House, legend detailing their various rises and falls Bradley models and refashions theegends in her retelling making it distinctly her own in several ways Narrative perspective this is famously a feminist perspective on a story traditionally dominated by knights and uests The narrative is framed by Morgaine s first person retrospective narration while the rest is told in first person The story begins with Igraine Arthur s mother ong before the Round table was ever installed in the hall even was ever installed in the hall even Arthur s conception Character interpretation Bradley also re casts the two most notorious women of the story Morgaine commonly known as Morgan e Fay and Gwenhyfar Guinevere Morgaine is the story s heroine who drives the plot s action as she moves through the major settings of the book from the magical pagan isle of Avalon to Arthur s court at Camelot and even to fairyland Gwenhyfar is California Living less sympathetically portrayed as a close minded pious devout Christian who struggles to reconcile her faith with her sinful passion for LanceletThis is an extremelyong book clocking in at over 1000 pages so it s uite a commitment to finish Despite being a slow burner much of this book doesn t drag at all as it offers the reader a fascinating insight into the characters So Damn Lucky (Lucky OToole, lives over the decades propelled throughout by a melodic haunting and mystical writing styleThe Mists of Avalon covers the personal political and spiritual characters passions and wants are inextricably entwined with religious upheaval and the machinations of the royal court The decline of the pagan religion and rise of Christianity is a prevalent theme one on which most of the characters relationships whether those of passionove or fuelled by animosity hingeUnfortunately I think the novel s major weakness is the end This Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire, and Beauty lengthy tome puts up a good fight butoses momentum in the Ryugakusei no tame no Kanji no Kyokasho SHOKYU 300 - Japanese Writing Study Book last few hundred pages as events become and ridiculous Iost sympathy for the character who I A Study in Scandal (Scandalous loved and rooted for Morgaine which made me much disengaged with the story itselfThe climactic ending which is foreshadowed from as early as the Prologue deserved page time and the main villain of the story should have received development and insight into hisher motives no spoilers Thisack of understanding made the final events Letting it Go less satisfying and richUltimately the uality of the end made me relieved that I had finally finished this especially as it took me over a month to read it It s a shame as for much of this audiobook s 50 hours I was under its spellNote Davina Porter narrates the audiobook and she is truly excellent her voice is compelling rich and sophisticated and she effectively gives the wide cast of characters their own voice Iove this book the story is intriguing and told from the female perspective so uite different from other Arthurian tales However having. 9 sh. Lent out my copy and the recipient The One Who Stays (Summer Island, losing it i was gifted with this The publishers should be ashamed the paper is of poor uality actual feel isike izal toilet paperthe book is smaller but thickerthis means the type is so small its unreadable even with reading glasses its to much of a struggle everything is So TightI Am So Disappointed tightI am so disappointed now on the ookout for an older better copy I am a voracious book reader Almost to the point of obsession I have thousands in all different genres and formats This book is in my top 5 all time favorite books ever I ve always been a sucker for King Arthur In between my Robin Hood phases as a kid I went through reams of stories about Camelot And in college I happily hiked around the ruins of Tintagel in Cornwall supposedly the place of arthur s birth but marion zimmer of Arthur s birth But Marion Zimmer s The Mists of Avalon was something new for me the King Arthur egend from the perspectives of important women in his Smijurija u mjerama life namely Igraine his mother Viviane his eldest aunt Morgause his youngest aunt Gwenhwyfar aka Guinevere his wife and Morgaine aka Morgana his half sisterMorgaine is the main protagonist And unlike in most retellings she s not an evil sorceress Instead she s an initiate of Avalon a mythical island that s home to a sect of Goddess worshippers trying to stave off Christianity s growing influence over Britain Bradley includes the familiarove triangle between Arthur Gwenhwyfar and Lancelet aka Lancelot but the contest of religions is the core struggle in The Mists of Avalon Viviane Lady of Avalon when the story begins places Arthur on the throne so that he may serve his Christian and non Christian subjects alike But Gwenhwyfar convinces him to become ever Christian "And Viviane And Morgaine Consider " Viviane and Morgaine consider conversion a betrayal of the oaths he swore to win the crown In the years that follow Avalon sets itself against Camelot and grows intolerant in kindNot everyone is as narrow minded about religion however Morgause has Speer little use for gods or goddesses while the druidic Merlins plural in this version believe all deities are one Such a diversity of viewpoints is also present in how Bradley portrays the different spheres of influence available to women in her historical fantasy of early Britain In Avalon Morgaine and Vivianeead a matriarchal society In the North Morgause defies convention and rules as a ueen who takes Ultralearning lovers as she wills But in the South Igraine and Gwenhwyfar mostly accept their priests advisements that they should be content to stay in their castles and make children and clothing for their husbandsThe overall story is philosophical than I m used to for a tale of King Arthur It s also slower The Mists of Avalon spans generations and glosses over the usual knightly contests and heroic deeds But if you want a Camelot that makes you think Bradley s seminal work is worth a read This is a culture specific read but it is full of strong universal spiritual passages for those who are seeking to read up on esotericspiritualmagicalore For me this book is not fiction It is highly insightful and can teach us much about our innate power women in particular Marvellous read could not put it down Relished every word Read it slowly to fully take it in. 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Free download Æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ç Marion Zimmer. BRADLEYRecommended this to me after reading Bernard Cornwell s Arthur series also extremely good After reading some reviews I was intrigued by the idea of a feminist King Arthur book I consider myself a feminist although not in the way that I ve
*seen many feminists *many feminists the term I certainly don t intend to engage in a political discussion in this review so I l just say that I decided to take the chance on this book and was very greatly rewardedIt is true that the women in this book are strong and capable and well worthy of Respect And Admiration As and admiration as believe all women are Having said that all of the characters are so well written and detailed it is difficult to single out any one character as particularly well done The personalities of each character and the growth or regression each experiences is one of the primary attractions of reading anything by the author There were so many twists and turns to the plot that I was emotionally exhausted by the end of the book In a good way thoughI really appreciate a good King Arthur story I also really appreciate The Lost Literature of Medieval England literature that elevates Goddess worship This book does both and I came away knowing that I will read the other two books in the series NOTE I believe that there are than three in the series but after the third my understanding is that Diana Paxson took over the writing That isn t to say that those books are any better or worse but that I will focus first on Marion Zimmer Bradley s workI very highly recommend The Mists of Avalon There are so many beautiful parts to the book that I can t imagine anybody disliking itunless the very discussion of a Goddess offends his or her sensibilities Love this book Tells the story so beautifully from a different perspectiveEdit finally finished this book again I first read this in my teens since I was young I doved the Arthurian A Curse of Kings legends started when my parents bought me 4 penguin books about King Arthur and his knightsNow I m 51 I found myself re reading it and have to say it felt even profound to me A few times found myself tearing up and had to be careful while reading it at work I m a firefighter and not really prone to shows of raw emotion The story is so beautiful and almost every character is imagined wonderfully The story jumps about from each character but mainly Mograine and always the females Guinevere Elaine Igrain Vivian and Nimue to name a fewIt s a must read and even better if you ve already read it as a child and are now fully grown with children of your own now As I have just done I heard of this book via another fictional read that mentioned the holy grailI thought it would be interesting to read this book on Avalon and theegend that is King Arthur his wife Gwen the round table Camelot his knights Lancelet and MorganaineIt is a very Garfield Dishes It Out (Garfield, long book and took me days to read it It was really intense and at times I had to re read a few pages at a time so that I could understand itOverall I enjoyed it but I think that I will have to read it again to understand it a bit which I will doI hope that if you download to read you will enjoy it too I wasooking forward to the book and was really disappointed by the time I d read 36% The main themes seem to be who is usting after who and 101.