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The Ruins of Isis by Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Ruins of Isis (1978)

by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Two anthropologists, Cendri and her husband Dal, come to study ruins on the planet Isis. Dal is actually the senior scholar, but since Isis is a matriarchy, he poses as Cendri's assistant. I'm a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley, not of her well-known Mists of Avalon, which I didn't care for, but her science fiction Darkover series. I have 36 of her books on my bookshelves, and though I can't remember reading one I didn't enjoy--she's a strong storyteller--this standalone isn't one of her best. The reviews bear out my memory of the feminist theme being rather overbearing in a way that feels rather dated. (This was published in 1978.) Not the book I'd pick as an introduction to Marion Zimmer Bradley, or even top twenty on my list of her best. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Oct 21, 2012 |
A young, married pair of scientists go to the Matriarchal world of Isis, to openly study its mysterious ruins and secretly examine its closed culture. Bradley confronts sexism in an unusual way - be exploring a world where men are oppressed - in order to get past our cultural expectations. While the technique is effective, it tends to overwhelm the plot of the book. She raises more questions than she answers and highlights how complicated feminist issues are. ( )
  hjjugovic | Mar 1, 2008 |
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Je ne suis qu'un homme
Je n'ai pas ma place au Paradis.
Deux fois j'ai goûté le bonheur
Et deux fois il me fut ravi ;
D'abord quand j'ai quitté le ventre de ma mère,
Puis quand de sa maison je fus chassé.

Quand j'en aurai fini avec la vie
La Déesse acceptera-t-elle
De me serrer tendrement sur son coeur ?

Chant de la Maison des Hommes d'Ariane.
I am only a man
And I have no part in Paradise.
Twice have I tasted bliss
And twice have I been driven forth;
Once when I left my mother's womb
And again when I was driven forth
From my Mother's house.

When I am done with life
Will the Goddess take me, perhaps
To her loving breasts?

Song of
the Men's House
of Ariadne
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Le pilote de la navette était une femme.
The pilot of the shuttle ship was a woman.
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