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The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Mists of Avalon (original 1982; edition 2000)

by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Title:The Mists of Avalon
Authors:Marion Zimmer Bradley
Info:Del Rey (2000), Edition: Reissue, Hardcover, 912 pages
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The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (1982)

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The Arthurian era through the eyes of the women that surrounded Prince Arthur. It transports you into a world where anything is possible. High Priestess and Merlin, Arthur and Lancelot. The story of the women in their lives, of the choices they must make and rituals that must be 'consumed'. ( )
  MissVee | Jul 24, 2017 |
I've read this many times through the years and I love it just as much each time. ( )
  taranator | Jul 11, 2017 |
Le Nebbie di Avalon è uno dei libri più conosciuti del Ciclo di Avalon al punto che, ormai, nel parlare di Marion B. Zimmer è automatico correre con la mente a questo libro che io giudico un vero capolavoro.
Cronologicamente ultimo libro del fortunato Ciclo di Avalon è stato da molti letto come libro autoconclusivo traendone ugualmente una grande soddisfazione perché, con Marion B. Zimmer, ogni libro è un piccolo universo a sé stante da poter gustare con calma.
Le tematiche trattate sono state trattate, nel tempo, da moltissimi scrittori. Parliamo del Ciclo Bretone, della Spada di Excalibur, Re Artù, Morgana la Fata, Merlino, I cavalieri della Tavola Rotonda e i vecchi miti pagani che, a partire dal Medioevo hanno sempre più lasciato il passo, volenti o nolenti, all’avvento Chiesa.
Eppure, nonostante ciò, questo libro ha avuto, ed ha tutt’ora, un grandissimo successo al punto che per quasi un anno è rimasto in cima alle classifiche letterarie e a vendere, solo in Italia, mezzo milione di copie in pochi mesi.
Perché finalmente dopo aver sentito narrare questi fatti dal punto di vista dei cavalieri, dei Re e dei Maghi abbiamo avuto il piacere di sentire l’intera storia dalla bocca di Morgana la Fata.
Perché è un romanzo di personaggi femminili, di Grandi “donne” come Morgana, Viviana e Morgause che hanno avuto la (s)fortuna di vivere un’epoca difficile ma che, in un modo o nell’altro, mettendo la loro vita in mano al Destino hanno continuato a seguire gli insegnamenti della Dea Madre ed a contribuire incessantemente agli eventi.
Perché lo stile della Zimmer è così curato, elegante e verosimile (seppur originale nel suo dare un’interpretazione tutta nuova ai fatti) che non avrebbe potuto che catturare le menti degli amanti del genere.
Si dice che la stessa scrittrice abbia impiegato quasi dieci anni per la stesura di questo romanzo fantasy avvalendosi di miti, leggende e documenti più o meno noti ai più.
Dopo aver letto questo libro, non posso che reputarlo uno dei più grandi libri fantasy del novecento da leggere e rileggere più volte e in grado di lasciarti nell'anima sempre qualcosa di nuovo.
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  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
I wasn't really familiar with the Camelot/King Arthur story before this book. I had heard brief versions and people making references to it but it never really interested me. Then I watched Camelot on Starz and found it fairly interesting. Next, I picked up Guenevere: Queen of the Summer County - which was boring and the character development was atrocious, but because it differed from the TV Show it kept my interest. Then, while I was at a book sale looking through the science fiction/fantasy section, I grabbed "The Mists of Avalon" and a few people started to express their love for the book and so I thought I'd give it a try. Well, I must say I thorough enjoyed it. The characters and plot, along with subplots, were carefully and beautifully developed. Also, I've found myself researching the King Arthur story and wanting to know more. A book is great when it gets its reader excited enough to do additional research on its topic. A definite must read for sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast. ( )
  jthao_02 | May 18, 2017 |
One of the few books in my life that I've read over and over and over again. I do love a tasty retelling of Arthurian legend--this is one of the best. ( )
  kbosso | May 2, 2017 |
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In ''The Mists of Avalon,'' Marion Zimmer Bradley's monumental reimagining of the Arthurian legends, the story begins differently, in the slow stages of female desire and of moral, even mythic, choice. Stepping into this world through the Avalon mists, we see the saga from an entirely untraditional perspective: not Arthur's, not Lancelot's, not Merlin's. We see the creation of Camelot from the vantage point of its principal women - Viviane, Gwynyfar, Morgaine and Igraine. This, the untold Arthurian story, is no less tragic, but it has gained a mythic coherence; reading it is a deeply moving and at times uncanny experience.

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"...Morgan le Fay was not married, but put to school in a nunnery, where she became a great mistress of magic."
— Malory, Morte d'Arthur
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Morgaine speaks...In my time I have been called many things: sister, lover, priestess, wise-woman, queen.
a land ruled by priests is a land filled with tyrants on Earth and in Heaven
the faith of Christ is a fitting faith for slaves who think themselves sinners and humble
What of the King Stag, when the young stag is grown?
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Even readers who don't normally enjoy Arthurian legends will love this version, a retelling from the point of view of the women behind the throne. Morgaine (more commonly known as Morgan Le Fay) and Gwenhwyfar (a Welsh spelling of Guinevere) struggle for power, using Arthur as a way to score points and promote their respective worldviews. The Mists of Avalon's Camelot politics and intrigue take place at a time when Christianity is taking over the island-nation of Britain; Christianity vs. Faery, and God vs. Goddess are dominant themes.

Young and old alike will enjoy this magical Arthurian reinvention by science fiction and fantasy veteran Marion Zimmer Bradley. --Bonnie Bouman

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When Morgan le Fay (Morgaine) has to sacrifice her virginity during fertility rites, the man who impregnates her is her younger brother Arthur, whom she turns against when she thinks he has betrayed the old religion of Avalon.

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