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The women who wielded power from behind the throne A spellbinding novel an extraordin. This is my favourite book about the Arthurian legend and I have read possibly than I can remember Marion Zimmer Bradley succeeded in breathing new life into the Arthurian saga and at the same time she didn t step too far away from the spirit of it Placing the emphasis on the fascinating female characters that shaped the fate of Arthur and of Camelot she created a monumental work that is now the basis on which most of us rate the works about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round TableMorgaine is our eyes and ears in The Mists of Avalon It is through her perspective that we come to know Igraine her mother Gorlois her father Uther Arthur Gwenhwyfar Morgause Merlin Vivianne Lancelot and all the other well known figures of the Arthurian Tales Is our perspective limited since we get to see the story mostly through her eyes In my opinion no because the writer has created Morgaine in such a way that she comes across as a reliable narrator She is not a fanatic but I can feel that she is a good judge of characters and I can relate to her In stark contrast to her stands Gwenhwyfar the only character in the book that can be described as a snooze fest With her obssessive views about religion her lack of education she is so irritatingAnd of course her actions are far away from what she names as Christian love and we all know that she is a hypocriteThe male characters are the heroes we have come to know from the Arthurian myths Arthur is Arthur clever and willing but weak in judgment and in spirit I never liked Lancelot much and in Marion Zimmer Bradley s version he is even unsympathetic Mordred s voice comes across strong and clear voicing desperation and rage against the neglect of his parents and the manner he was begotten asking for what he feels is his by right I must confess I ve always sided with Mordred in every version of the myth I have come across Two very interesting male characters besides Mordred are Accolon and Kevin the BardIn my opinion what makes this novel so powerful is its ending It depicts completion the way life comes full circle and the fact that we may give different names to people and places and elements in our lives but most of the times we all mean the same thing fighting over thin air really

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Ary literary achievement THE MISTS OF AVALON will stay with you for a long time to com. The Arthur myth from the point of view of Morgaine le Fay pagan priestess Supposedly a feminist take on the old legends There is one main problem with this approach let s face it women s lives in the dark ages were pretty boring And rather than break out of this mold with strong female characters Bradley talks a lot about spinning weaving and having babies The female characters are either contemptible or irritating or both The male characters are cardboard Arthur is as heroic as a limp dishrag Merlin just an old man sitting in his rocking chair The pagan Christian thing is overwrought and shrill devolving mostly into interminable theological debates between characters that cover the same ground over and over and over againA lot of things irritated me about this book but nothing than the simple lack of a compelling narrative construction Nothing happens There is dialogue which mostly rehashes things that were already talked about And then there is monologue in which the weak and mostly contemptible characters thrash around in their heads so much that it would make Dostoyevsky cringe It makes me angry that you could even try to tell the Arthurian legend even from a feminine point of view without looking at the epic clashes between the knights of the round table and their enemiesHorrendously disappointing For a fantasy novel George RR Martin s A Game of Thrones does everything that this book tries to do and does it ten times better For of a historical view Bernard Cornwell s The Last Kingdom is a much fun and interesting look at the clash of Christian and pagan civilizations and even has characters that you don t hate Marriage by Deception you could even try to tell the Arthurian legend even from a feminine point of view without looking at the epic clashes between the knights of the round table and their enemiesHorrendously disappointing For a fantasy novel George RR Martin s A Game of Thrones does everything that this book tries to do and does it ten times better For of a historical view Bernard Cornwell s The Last Kingdom is a much fun and interesting look at the clash of Christian and pagan civilizations and even has characters that A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House you don t hate

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Here is the magical legend of King Arthur vividly retold through the eyes and lives of. Good lord I haven t ever hated a book as much as this oneI picked up The Mists of Avalon because I really love Nordic myths and usually any stories about King Arthur Everyone seems to adore this book even my librarian told me that this was a really good Arthurian tale Well it s not It s horribleFirst let me say how turned off I was by all the bashing and hating there was of Christianity And I m saying this as the atheist that I am I don t believe in God yet that doesn t mean I am not bothered by the unnecessary and often narrow minded hate towards a religion That s all there was in the first 150 pages and it was a very recurring theme throughout the book As if having one stupid priest wasn t enough the author just had to fit in several and call each stupider than the previousYeah there were dumbevil priests and followers of that religion who did horrible things but there will always be bad people who call themselves followers of a religion However this amount of blabbering about stupid mean cowardly priests did nothing to advance the plot At all I mean if you wanted to write a book in which the antagonists were all evil Christians then you re on the right track but this was supposed to be a book on King Arthur dang it not of your personal hate issues with Christians Personally I really don t like it when authors bring up religions in books that aren t nonfiction theologypsychologyhistory works Stuff gets brushed over and embellished to make the book in uestion seem interesting and it s infuriating what you ll read That s exactly the case with The Mists of Avalon Keep that in mind Marion Zimmer Bradley You can rant to a therapist but don t take it out on a book THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT A WELL LOVED FANTASY TALE Just don t take it out on a book in general What s worse the author couldn t seem to create a halfway decent female protagonist in all the 800 pages and the countless women charactersIgraine No She s a whiney pushover who convinces herself she s in love with a man her husband hates because she hears a prophecy that she s supposed to bear that man s child if I heard a prophecy like that I d run away Okay she didn t love Gorlois but he was good to her up until she started spending time with a man he clearly distrusted and told her to stay away from not that I really like Gorlois but wouldn t you be freaking mad if your wifehusband got all cozy with someone you consider evil And besides stabbing her husband Igraine doesn t do anything She just sits at home Wow my new heroVivianne plotted adultery and incest acted like she loved everyone but in reality did horrible things to them She was even surprised when Galahad who she barely had anything to do with didn t love her Also did anyone else notice how Vivianne always corrected people and told them All gods and goddesses are one and then proceeded to ridicule the Christian God and call him and his followers morons Hah Ha ha I don t know if that was meant to be funny or if Ms Bradely was just too stupid to notice the contradiction Morgaine failed at everything in life I felt bad for her at being used like that then for being rejected by Lancelet But then again she couldn t care less for her child hated pretty much innocent Gwenhwyfar and came up with plans to have Lancelet sleep with her even though she knew he didn t love her so whatever sympathy I had for her went pretty uick And it gets even better she gets married sleeps with several people goes to Avalon again and acts like she s the main goddess even though she did so many un goddess like things I loved how Niniane thought She should be here in my place the GREAT Morgaine of the Fairies HAH What did Morgaine ever do besides sleep with her own brother Gwenhwyfar was worse than Igraine On the other hand it was so obvious that Bradely created her solely to make fun of Christians She must have been like Oh I ll create this woman who s a dumb little bitch in heat who everyone will hate And bonus I ll mention how beautiful she is every two pages to make sure all the female readers will be jealous of her and hate her even Then I ll make sure to have her pretend to be a pious follower of Christ even though in reality an adulteress is not a pious follower of Christ and I ll have created a perfect epitome of all Christian women to show the world what nasty morons they are YayI mean really And a lot of people actually agree with this exaggerated biased ridiculous nonsenseWhen I was browsing through 5 star reviews of this book to try and understand why exactly human beings love this trash someone actually said this book makes me want to leave behind my life and become a pagan That wasn t the exact uote but that was the gist of itI just I can t even Oh yes I can Become a pagan then and have a baby with your own brother at a drunken bonfire Next make sure you neglect your child and run around effing tons of other men By the way back then protection didn t exist so be sure not to use any of that either and see how many STDs and unwanted pregancies you ll get Homeless and vulgar isn t Morgaine s portrayal of a pagan lifestyle just wonderful Back to the characters the males were all one dimensional and flat They were all extremely handsome and extremely skilled knights and extremely horny Coughs A little originality please Bradely Maybe divert from your view that all men are chauvinist pigsThe one character I kind of liked was Morgause she s independent seemed to have a good relationship with her children and kept Morgaine s secret But she wasn t anything I really cared aboutThere also seemed to be a whole lot of describing boring day to day activities that just like all the Christian hate did nothing to advance the plot It s like somebody gets up stares in the mirror and thinks about some complicated love web goes downstairs starts knitting talks to an old woman who came in from the cold 47 pages later something tiny happens that helps the story along Then another good 15 of the book was made up of describing how beautiful this and this person was and then another person is introduced who is WAY MORE beautiful and so on and so on In Morgaine s case it was terrible One minute she s plain then someone calls her beautiful then she s called ugly then she s supposed to have an inner beauty then Morgain does something horrible so I can t see what inner beauty they re talking about then she s beautiful ugly beautiful uglyLike did the author have bipolar attacks while writing this I honestly don t spend a whole lot of time detailing characters faces Tell me they re tall red haired have a scar on their face and that s just perfect I m interested in the plot not the size of everybodys big toes SeriouslyThe writing itself could have been okay but because its subject was crap it was not okay This book was bad it really was After a good 150 pages I just skimmed another 500 and then skipped the last part and skimmed the epilogue I honestly could care less what happens stupid


10 thoughts on “The Mists of Avalon

  1. says:

    In 2007 I joined Goodreads and wrote reviews of some of the books that had most transformed me as a reader I have since over the years taken an absurd amount of geek pride that my review of this book is I think the most p

  2. says:

    Good lord I haven't ever hated a book as much as this oneI picked up The Mists of Avalon because I really love Nordic myths and usually any stories about King Arthur Everyone seems to adore this book; even my librarian told me that this was a really good Arthurian tale Well it's not It's horribleFirst let me say how turned off I was by all the bashing and hating there was of Christianity And I'm saying this as the atheist that

  3. says:

    My final book of 2017 I did not think I would finish it before the end of the year I started it back on October 1st and it was slow go

  4. says:

    Hmmm I would like to see the mini series to this book I felt it was a good book although it did get boring at times or maybe it was just me I loved reading about the history The most I have ever known about Arthur and the gang was through my show Merlin The ending was really sad to me 😕 But it was excellent as well if

  5. says:

    This is my favourite book about the Arthurian legend and I have read possibly than I can remember Marion Zimmer Bradley succeeded in breathing new life into the Arthurian saga and at the same time she didn't step too far away from the spirit of it Placing the emphasis on the fascinating female characters that shaped the fate of Arthur and of Camelot she created a monumental work that is now the basis on which most of u

  6. says:

    OK I admit when I told my college Arthurian Lit professor that I'd read and enjoyed this book he proceeded to give me a uick before the next class comes in lecture about how Marion Zimmer Bradley's interpretation skewed wildly from the genreBut I don't care It's a difficult book long and utterly depressing but it takes the first in depth look at both women and the pagan Celtic religion of Britain which Christianity usurped around that tim

  7. says:

    Y'all need to tell me when I start reading a book by a child rapist At least I only made it 85 pages before figuring out this was that author warning the later paragraphs of this post turn homophobic

  8. says:

    The Arthur myth from the point of view of Morgaine le Fay pagan priestess Supposedly a feminist take on the old legends There is one main problem with this approach let's face it women's lives in the dark ages were pretty boring And rather than break out of this mold with strong female characters Bradley talks a lot about spinning weaving a

  9. says:

    My favorite fantasy novel written by a serial rapist and child abuser Now that I think about it I'm interested to remember that the person who recommended it to me was also a big fan of Nietzsche

  10. says:

    This is one of the few books that I hate I'm a feminist and I love King Arthur stories and The Mists of Avalon makes me vaguely nauseous I read the whole thing hoping it would get better and it didn't though there are a few

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