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The Mists of Avalon (original 1982; edition 1982)

by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Title:The Mists of Avalon
Authors:Marion Zimmer Bradley
Info:Ballantine Books (1982), Paperback, 912 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Arthurian Legend, Fantasy

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The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (1982)

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This book was given to me by a pagan/Wiccan witch whom I was dating at the time. I loved it as a different way of looking at literature, history, religion, sex, and especially the contrasting views and roles of women in stories that had always been told from a very male dominated point of view. After years of reading religion and philosophy, serious history, and plenty of fantasy and magical fluff, it was wonderful to lose myself in a fantastic but sometimes realistic world that gave some kind of coherent voice to groups that are usually maligned or used ornamentally (pagans, women, anti-heroes).

Just reading a story from the alternate point of view of a strong, political, pagan woman who is usually the villain was a nice departure from years of studying history (and literature) written so incredibly heavily from the dominant (upper class, male, Christian, victorious side) perspective. ( )
1 vote LocoLibros | Jul 22, 2016 |
It’s been years since I read this and I'm glad I chose to read it again. It is a different take on Arthurian legend and I enjoyed reading it. I don't need it to be historically accurate because I don't expect fiction to be accurate, just real enough to be able to immerse myself in a story and this book does that.

There is definitely some sexual content though it does not get too graphic. ( )
  missmimsy | Jun 14, 2016 |
Mists has a lot of pages that could be cut out. Although the female viewpoint of Camelot was OK, there was too much that was just not happening. I mean the whole Arthurian saga was just kind of in the distant background. The whole 'story' was just one unrequited love after another and a constant pining away for someone other than who that person was with. ( )
  Foghorn-Leghorn | Jun 5, 2016 |
Wonderful imagery. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
Awesome; feminine version of the authurian legend.
Read it many many years ago, when it first came out, and have read it multiple times since. ( )
  GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
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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.
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345350499, Paperback)

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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:33 -0400)

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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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