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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 kind of blew me away a little bit. I love the Arthurian legend so I was excited from the beginning, even with the slow pace. This take on the legend has both the classic events and new twists. I don't think there is one accurate telling of the legend and seeing Bradley's take on it was fantastic. I loved how simple it ended up being. One small event that creates a chain reaction. Innocent things leading to others. The magic was portrayed pretty realistically in my opinion; I feel that even the magic could be interpreted as happening in real life, if that makes sense. Gwenhwyfar's piousness got on my nerves more than I expected her to. Morgaine was my favorite, which was startling at first because she's not always portrayed in a likable manner. Here she was very likable. The writing takes a little bit to get comfortable with, at least for me. But once you're in, you're in. I recommend it on audio. I really really enjoyed this rendition, and highly recommend it to those fans of the legends, if you can ignore the facts about the author to enjoy a wonderful story. ( )
2 vote Kassilem | Jan 30, 2016 |
Great book! The feminine perspective on the King and how betrayal can burn holes in the universe. A nice companion novel is the more male-oriented _The Once and Future King_ by White. ( )
1 vote dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
One of my all-time favourite books, the best re-telling of the Athurian saga I've come across. This is told from the point of view of the women in the tale, mainly Morgaine who is Arthur's sister. The conflict between the old religion and the new, illuminating the merits and faults of both, is beautifully played out - even if we all know how it ends. Sadly, the prequels and sequels to this one are dissappointing. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
4.5 rounded up.

Ms. R's Book Bingo: "Read a book your parents recommend."

2015 Reading Challenge: "Read a book with magic." ( )
1 vote | Cecilia_Ridley | Jan 10, 2016 |
Expecting the book to be an example of positive feminine energy, I was quite disappointed. The two most powerful women in the book - Vivian, followed by Morgaine, are essentially war lords, selecting their puppet rulers to defend their empire.

I think it's a great piece of fantasy, and love the grounding in Arthurian legend. But I was really hoping for something other than war and violence.

The book is unbelievably pessimistic, in the sense that I had a hard time connecting with all of it's negativity. By the end of the book, pretty much every person Morgaine cares about has been killed either directly or indirectly because of her actions. Not only that, but patriarchy's conquest is complete, Avalon having fallen into the mists. ( )
  willszal | Jan 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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Marion Zimmer Bradleyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bralds, BraldtCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herranen, PaulaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ohl, ManfredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porter, DavinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sartorius, HansTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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The French edition is divided into 2 volumes.
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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

(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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