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The Mists of Avalon av Marion Zimmer Bradley
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The Mists of Avalon (urspr publ 1979; utgåvan 1984)

av Marion Zimmer Bradley (Författare)

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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.
Medlem:mauveforest
Titel:The Mists of Avalon
Författare:Marion Zimmer Bradley (Författare)
Info:Ballantine Books (1987), Edition: 1st, 876 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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One of the most well written novels probably of the 20th century. But once you learn a little about the author it immediately puts you on the fence and your morals kick in. I tried so hard to just enjoy the story and forget about her and husbands actions...…..but It was impossible. It just got in the way of the story. ( )
  Joe73 | Oct 19, 2021 |
https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3765102.html

One of those classic works of fantasy which I must have first read soon after it was published in 1983, and which is now tarnished by association with its author's personal history of child abuse.

The novel has some merits, but it has deeper flaws than may be initially apparent. It's great to take a traditionally male story - King Arthur, Lancelot, Galahad, etc etc - and tell it mainly from the point of view of the women in the story, in particular Morgaine who is very much the villain of the original legendarium - Arthur's half-sister, mother of their incestuously conceived son Mordred who eventually kills his own father. The book is a thousand pages long, but doesn't drag; we know what the ending is going to be, but the journey there is exciting and somewhat magical, with three different versions of Glastonbury coexisting in parallel strands of the same geography, two of them accessible only by the adept.

But. A lot of readers took to the portrayal of lovely paganism in contrast with rigid and blinkered Christianity, and sighed when at the end the Christians largely won. But the portrayal of Christianity is much darker than the reality of the time. The sexually repressive arm of recent Christianity has been transplanted by Bradley to the Dark Ages. Actual research on medieval Celtic Christianity shows that it was much more relaxed, including saints who actually performed abortions. The key baddie, the puritanical bigot bishop Patricius, is obviously meant to be St Patrick, who is supposedly buried at Glastonbury (though Downpatrick will disagree). But the real St Patrick seems to have been relatively relaxed about sex; he was much more upset about theft and murder. One of his two surviving works is a letter pleading for the freedom of enslaved kidnap victims. (You can read what you want into his autobiography's allusion to an otherwise unidentified sin committed when he was fifteen). Even in my teens, I felt that Bradley's portrayal of him was rather unfair.

On top of that, the paganism espoused by most of the key characters is actually rather repressive too. Arthur and Morgaine conceive Mordred in a drug-fuelled pagan ritual which they are given no choice about participating in. Avalon's women have no more choice about which men they are given to than Camelot's women do; the only difference is that the Lady of the Lake personally determines the fate of her subjects in Avalon, whereas patriarchal Camelot is more diffuse. (And, gulp, a mother figure deciding who the young people in her care will have sex with, some of them well below what we'd consider the age of consent today, is very creepy given what we now know about the writer.) Avalon also fetishises virginity more than the Christianity portrayed here. (See this really good analysis by Alexandra Lindstrom, from 2005, on these and other points.) I hope that those readers who developed an interest in paganism based on this book were alert to the negative nuances as well.

So, yes, interesting to return to it after many years, but its flaws have become more obvious with time. ( )
  nwhyte | Sep 25, 2021 |
Ugh, Gwenhwyfar. You're really effing annoying.

Everything's too simple.

I'll stick to my guilty pleasure of the made-for-TV movie. :) ( )
1 rösta LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
women's viewpoint and Pagan perspective, sort of
  ritaer | Jun 3, 2021 |
Marion Zimmer Bradley was so important to me when I was a teenager. I read so many of her books, and I am not sure how many times I read the Mists of Avalon, but for a couple of years it was a huge part of my imagination. I forgot about this book for many years, and in 2020 for some reason I decided to revisit it. The first 2 evenings that I spent reading the first part of the book was like a visit to the past. I did have a different perspective on things, and more criticisms as well, but I still did very much enjoyed it. Last night I learned about Marion Zimmer Bradley being a pedophile, and I read the article in the Guardian. I was so shocked. Usually I try to make the separation between the book and the author, but this time I am not being able to. I am not being able to concentrate, and I am most certainly not enjoying myself. I am not going to force myself to do this. I will always cherish the memories of my younger self and how much the young Clarissa loved this book, but I am not going to continue re-reading it. It will stay in the past. ( )
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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."
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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
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The French edition is divided into 2 volumes.
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