The Mists of Avalon is a fantasy novel by American writer Marion Zimmer Bradley, in which the author relates the Arthurian legends from the perspective of the female characters. The book follows the trajectory of Morgaine (often called Morgan le Fay in. The Mists of Avalon book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold th. FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by site over £ The Mists of Avalon Paperback – 7 Jan This item:The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley Paperback £
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'The Mists of Avalon' changed my life—how do I reconcile that with what I now This time, we asked: What book was your feminist awakening?. earn your way to a free book! The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley . In addition, Marion drew upon Dion Fortune's non-fiction book, Avalon of the. The Mists of Avalon [Marion Zimmer Bradley] on bestthing.info *FREE* shipping on The New York Times Book Review In Marion Zimmer Bradley's masterpiece .
Her Morgaine is not only a priestess, a woman of magic, but is loyal, hungry for true love, determined to protect her family and friends.
The Mists of Avalon women are strong. They strive to overcome their fears and the challenges posed by men who try to dominate their lives. And the sex. Oh, the sex that my young teenage self read about while lounging on the living room sofa in front of my parents, who had no idea, really, that I was gobbling up passages about orgies by the Beltane fires, and threesomes between Arthur, Lancelot and Gwenhwyfar.
Along that vein, there are many conservative types who frown not only on the conspicuous coupling, but also on the stance Mists takes on Christianity. As a reader, I could almost hear the dirge as Gwenhwyfar succumbed to Christianity, committing herself to a convent in the end.
Its length does not exactly make it ideal for discussion groups. Well, not quite. Now, if only HBO could be persuaded to do The Mists of Avalon justice in a television series, full male frontal nudity and all. She is managing editor of Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based Akashic Books, and continues to hammer away at her novel, which is not fantasy. Bookmark the permalink. But the resolution happens almost despite itself. There's no real climax, at least none befitting a book of this length and scope.
And finally, there are the questions of religion and sex — issues that come up because of the author, who was an outspoken pagan while also implicated in both her husband's ongoing sexual abuse of children and eventually accused by her own daughter of molestation.
Mists of Avalon simply can't avoid these facts. First, Bradley makes no effort to present a fair view of Christianity; even accepting that any work told from the perspective of Morgaine of the Fairies is not going to be pro-Christian and acknowledging that Christian practices in converting pagan tribes were often coercive if not violent, Bradley's portrayal is so lopsided as to be cartoonish.
The character of Gwenwhyfar seems created almost entirely to be the whipping boy for pagan tolerance over and against Christian prudery and narrow-mindedness. Regarding the allegations against Bradley, I feel deeply flawed humans can still create great art — even art that transcends the initial offenses of its creators to become a force for good within the world.
Unfortunately, that's not the case here. In fact, Bradley's deeply troubling views of sex and consent taint this work, as she glorifies incest, promiscuity and rape as part of an idyllic faith free of Christian ignorance.
Certainly, I'm not asking for a book to uphold a conservative Christian view of sex, where all of the characters improbably wait until they are married and never cheat on their spouses. But for a book to be truly feminist in orientation, it seems it should advocate at least a little for the agency of its women, rather than forcing the characters to portray their own subjugation into sexual relationships with family members and older men as somehow liberating.
Most disturbing, the one unequivocally negative portrayal of a sexual conquest view spoiler [— the rape of Gwenwhyfar — hide spoiler ] smacks more than a little of "she had it coming. But overall, Bradley seems enslaved to patriarchal notions of sexuality more than rising above them. In the end, I appreciate the effort, but even as I write this review, I've talked myself down from three stars to two.
It was just OK, and it could have been so much more. I enjoyed aspects of the book, and I never seriously entertained stopping it, but by the end I was seriously disappointed. Maybe even epically. View all 10 comments. Aug 21, J. Though I am wont to blame the inescapability of genetics for various aspects of an Epicurean reading of Absurdism, I tend to pause, for some reason, in ascribing gender differences as stringently.
It's difficult to say if this is simply a bias of wishful egalitarian thinking or truly an outgrowth of my understanding, for precisely the reasons that Epicureus is worthy to interrupt my many Suicides. So, when I say that women seem more than men to be capable of breaking the Tolkien Curse laid so th Though I am wont to blame the inescapability of genetics for various aspects of an Epicurean reading of Absurdism, I tend to pause, for some reason, in ascribing gender differences as stringently.
So, when I say that women seem more than men to be capable of breaking the Tolkien Curse laid so thickly upon Modern Fantasy barely proper , it is with trepidation.
Flatly blaming rude and wretched socialization always seems easier; despite our inability to understand any First Cause. Original Sin infects us all. There is certainly something bound in the flesh which drives a breed of dwarfish, ill-socialized, fetish-loving escapists to blindly build and habitate an unoriginal world; and for a further gaggle of the nearly less-talented to consume it ravenously.
It seems that, in the spirit of contrariness, when women find themselves thrust by love of horses or exceedingly lax tonsorial concerns into the same arena, that they fight a different fight. Perhaps they approach the incline from a different vantage; arriving not by way of a Tolkien to b Conan to c some unspeakable modern half-wit, but by Malory, McKinley, and Spenser.
Of course, one must not forget that the vein of Fantasy still runs, at least in part, through Austen; and that though those alloys be rarer, still inhabit the edges. Bradley has certainly taken a different tack on her way to the summit never tor of fantasy. She evokes Spenser, the Idylls, and all manner of other ridiculous romanticics of the Arthurian Mythos. She also endeavors to pull the characters out of the romantic and toward post-modern psychological conflict.
On occasion, she even succeeds. There is an undeniable depth to the books, accompanied by a rather pleasing graying at the temples of morality which immediately places her at the opposite pole from her male contemporaries. That those poles are really not so far away somewhat lessens the impact, and one is eventually bound to recognize that there really is a reverse pole to the whole of our concept of fantasy marked somewhere in Peake's Titus trilogy.
Actually, that's not true. One could very easily read a fantasy novel a week for life and never have to realize that Bradley is really only a little bit out there; but certainly enough to feel like a breath of the fresher.
My Fantasy Book Suggestions View all 41 comments. Nov 25, Tiffany Miss. Fiction rated it it was amazing. Before any review, i need to put down some words. I can't understand how MZB, who wrote such powerful lines and characters, that made me feel so understood, that represented repression and gender inequality with such a beautiful, compelling and empowering novel, could have also been the abuser of her daughter.
I can't understand but i am so angry and this is never something to forgive just because her work spoke to me so much. She is unforgivable to my eyes and my heart, it made me vomit as soon Before any review, i need to put down some words. She is unforgivable to my eyes and my heart, it made me vomit as soon as i found out about her daughter, so this is why i won't read more in this series and of her work but i'll review this book detached from my personal opinions of the author.
I hope you'll understand. Would i recommend it? It's up to you. XXX I loved this book, so fucking deeply. It took me 3 weeks to read it but i couldn't put it down. Some will find it boring, some will find it fascinating, some will find it disturbing, some will find themselves in this book.
I couldn't express a more striking and effective metaphor of woman condition and on how religion has repressed and effected our society better than what MZB has done. If you're a fervent religious person, you'll probably hate it. It follows the story of the women of Avalon, a land where the old Goddes is celebrated. Those women were seen as witches and the villains of the story, just because they didn't turn into christians and because they couldn't accept their predetermined roles as wives and mothers.
They were so much more. The decline of the pagan religion is symbolized quite literally, through their holy Isle of Avalon. There was a time when any man or woman could find the Island, but as more and more converts abandon the old ways, Avalon fades more into the mists. So we witness the battle to make the old gods survive against the Christian repression. But it's not just that. This is a story of men and women and their flaws and search for doing the right thing whatever that means and human nature.
The moral grey area of this book is very wide. I liked the fact that what for our society is considered abomination wasn't seen as such for who's not coming from a christian background. And the strongest key point of this book is exactly that, showing as many perspective as possible, all valid.
It was a real, deep understanding of moral ambiguity and of the fluid nature of truth. Bradley creates women who are strong-willed, born into a tradition of matriarchal hierarchies and yet, they face a society that has fought them and locked them to traditional roles.
She re-envisions Arthurian legend through the eyes of its women, but this only explain a fraction of what this book is about. It also questions our assumptions about the natures of the characters involved, and ultimately about the nature of the story itself.
Morgaine is one of my favorite character ever, she was such a complex and determined person. We feel her pain, her struggles but we can also find solace in her strength and in her voice. I loved her because we can see vulnerability and empowerment, strength and weakness. She's not just black or white, like any woman.
I couldn't understand both Arthur and Lancelot, and it made me wonder that sometimes the will of looking to the story from a female point of view erased or flattened the male perspective. Just like the old story did with these ladies. So, this is a very dark tale that maybe you won't always understand nor like but it's addictive because it reflects the horrors and the struggles of women condition and on how christianity has impacted our societies.
A feast for us atheists, a banquet for feminists and a fantasy book that really makes me wonder why, in , we still struggle with bad female characterization and stereotyped heroines.
Oh Goddess, come and do what you will! An excellent Arthurian saga. Written from the point of view of Morgaine, Arthur's half-sister and the villian of traditional Arthur tales.
Unique in perspective with strong female characters. It is a story of love; and quite different from any Arthur novel you'll ever read. Marion Zimmer Bradley's best work. She paints a vivid picture, rich with depth of characters and relationships. One of my favorites, I can read this over and over again. View 2 comments.
Not that the blurb gives away much of this book and not that I was even remotely interested in it, but a review came up on my feed of someone blacklisting this book.
Curious, I clicked the links to work out why. Here is one which I feel is most impactful: To summarise though, this author supports her husband who was a known pedophile. The above link shows her daughter saying the author herself molested her the daughter. So, to all my friends who want to Not that the blurb gives away much of this book and not that I was even remotely interested in it, but a review came up on my feed of someone blacklisting this book.
So, to all my friends who want to read this or any of the author's other books, I would strongly suggest not to support a monster.
If anyone has anyone more information on this or if I am wrong on any counts, please let me know. I am just absolutely horrified by what I have read and felt I should share.
View all 14 comments. I read this book when I was in my mid-teens, and in the midst of an Arthurian obsession phase. These are mythical characters that have been written on so many times and by legendary figures who are almost myths themselves. It's a really hard subject to tackle without derision.
I do think she filled a niche in what could otherwise be a very chauvinistic, idealized genre. I haven't read this recently, so I don't know if I would still connect to it as much as I did when I read it all those years ag I read this book when I was in my mid-teens, and in the midst of an Arthurian obsession phase.
I haven't read this recently, so I don't know if I would still connect to it as much as I did when I read it all those years ago. It teaches something about never taking a story for granted, and the fact that there's a side even to the purportedly evil people that can be more sympathetic than we realize. It's like "Wicked" in that way, only less cliched. Plus, this one was first! View 1 comment. This is kind of a feminist version of the Arthurian legend I say "kind of" for a reason; Nenia's review offers several reasons why it's arguably quasi-feminism at best.
It's well-written but I got bored, and it was long-winded, and I simply didn't care about any of the characters. I didn't find any of them particularly likeable or sympathetic. I skimmed most of the second half. Young girls with romantic dreams an too many braincells to settle for cheap romance books.
Have you ever found yourself reading a book, knowing you're reading crap, but the writing style and the occasional promising plot twist kept you going? Maybe I was fooled by Hallmark's production, Merlin, and I expected Morgaine to have a backbone to call her own. Zimmer Bradley took whatever hope I had of finding yet another female character to favore and crushed them; Morgaine is obsessed with who everyone marries and who gives birth to who as badly as the simple 'foolish' women she describes c Have you ever found yourself reading a book, knowing you're reading crap, but the writing style and the occasional promising plot twist kept you going?
Zimmer Bradley took whatever hope I had of finding yet another female character to favore and crushed them; Morgaine is obsessed with who everyone marries and who gives birth to who as badly as the simple 'foolish' women she describes contemptly.
The constant religious conversations were getting boring by the nine-hundredth time they were run and Zimmer Bradley's constant obsession wit not taking sides or making too many snapping comments of christianity were annoying. Bradley gives no one a truely happy ending nor a revenge to any of the 'bad' characters and so leaves the reader with a sense of bitter dissappointment.
Sure, it was nice to read about the very early days of post-Roman england, but for god's sake; I could have picked up a history book and not this waste of time, energy and paper. This is a feminist work. I saw a few one-star reviews from dudes AND ladies of this saying that the women were boring or slutty or whatever coded misogyny nonsense, but let me get something off my chest: The women were strong and they were complex and each one of them had this beautifully woven narrative.
Spinning, weaving, childbirth, mother This is a feminist work. Spinning, weaving, childbirth, motherhood, sex, periods, heartbreaks, first uncomfortable pangs of romance- these are all honest and authentic experiences of these women.
The characters navigated their world, insular as it may have been, in a manner accommodating the men who ran it. Behind the scenes and pulling strings, that's what these women were doing. Standing close to the spotlight and never stepping in it. I thought there was a beautiful symmetry in this book- once I got to the end and all the scattered pieces started to come together again because yo, not gonna lie, this book will wander far and wide from the original starting point , it felt like this bellowing crescendo to me.
Hallowed moments of tender mercies and divine revelations finally knit back together and shaped this incredible feminist narrative of women and God.
Here's a backstory: I have a "Valar Morghulis" tattoo. I love asoiaf unconditionally and forgive GRRM being unable to write women's anatomy. He writes women like they were men, and I appreciate the complexity this offers women roles. While I was reading Mists of Avalon I thought of Gregory Macguire's Wicked novels and how Elphaba, like Morgaine, eventually wanders into moral grey areas and makes mistakes.
Elphaba hardens, she resigns herself to wickedness and coldness and keeps her vulnerability hidden. Addendum to backstory: I'm not religious in the slightest. But now I know what a complex woman in a fantasy setting looks like when written by a woman and I am never going back.
Reading female characters who show strength as well as vulnerability? Fortitude and weakness? How refreshing is this, reading women who aren't written as men or earn have to earn their "girl power" mantle by wielding swords and acting like men?
I have never had a particularly favorable attitude towards Christianity and have kept a respectful and silent distance, but the end of this book brought about a new affection for how beautiful spirituality can be because of how it affected each of these women in different ways. I was deeply moved by this book. View all 3 comments. View all 6 comments.
Thus far I had found the book to be more complex than that, but I could see that ending coming, as MZB is not always the subtlest of writers.
However, at the end I happily conclude that seeing such a reductionist message from the text is a failing on the reader, not the author. Most notably, it follows the women of Avalon, traditionally regarded as witches, crones, and villainesses. Morgaine Morgan Le Fey is not evil sorcercess intent on destroying the good Christian king, she is a devoted priestess to the Goddess who wants to make sure that her religion is not destroyed by the Christian conversion of the lands.
Both Morgaine and Gwynhefar are I think what you could fairly describe as religious fanatics, and they both struggle with what they must give up to push their agenda. The Merlin of Britain, leader of the Druids, occupies a middle ground in this religious debate, saying merely that all Gods are one and that it does not matter what form men see them in.
I think this book is a great starting place for a bigger discussion of the place of feminine spirituality within a patriarchal driven religion.
Although the book is largely concerned with matters of religion, it is also a saga of family and love and is filled with fascinating characters.
For me it was a totally immersive and exciting experience, I suspect for others it would drag. I would NOT recommend it for someone looking for an Arthurian story, this is a postfeminist story about spirituality. If that interests you, go for it. View all 5 comments. This review can also be found on Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell -blog.
In that time, my criteria for rating a book on the one to five stars scale has changed a couple of times. A few things still hold true. The book has to be exceptional and leave an indelible impression to get a five star rating from me.
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Three stars remains my meh-rating. To compensate, I adjusted my personal rating scale and now one star is reserved to books that induce burning white rage in me.
For me, the style matters little, but dammit, it matters. Bradley set out to write a retelling of the Arthurian legend from the female perspective, and in that she succeeded. She managed to put together a logical and a somewhat coherent version of the events that put King Arthur on his throne in Camelot and brought him down from it, and she managed to tell it with female voices.
Igraine, Viviane, Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, Morgause, all these women claw their way from the footnotes of the myth and become three dimensional people—not just characters, but people—with worries and joys of their own.
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However, as wonderfully flawed all these people were with their virtues and their unbridled ambitions, none of them really had a choice in the matter. She wrote people thrown about by the fates and whims of their deities. All the characters, as Ms. Bradley paints them, are passive. None are active. None make choices and then take responsibility for their actions. The only stupid choice she makes is so that the author has an excuse to make the pious lady into an adulteress without making her choose it.
Morgaine, the worst offender, chooses nothing. The closest she comes to making up her own mind is when she flees Avalon, but after that she promptly becomes the meekest of them all. Catalyst, you say? People change, people make choices that change them and others around them. But times were different then and women nothing but chattel, you say?
All Morgaine and the others had to do to win me over, was not to see themselves as victims. All they had to do was to endure what was thrown at them and choose to make the best of it. All they had to do was to choose. Only Morgause and Viviane come close to choosing anything, and how are their choices rewarded? Why of course, they are the great villainesses whose actions lead to a family tragedy after a family tragedy. That matters.
View all 11 comments. I really enjoyed the author's very original take on this famous legend. Having Morgaine as a sympathetic character instead of the usual villain of the piece I thought worked very well. Only four stars from me though because I felt the story faltered many times especially with the constant repetitive bickering between characters about Christianity versus paganism. Obviously this was central to the book but there was just too much.
And Gwenhwyfar was just awful. I have never had much sympathy for I really enjoyed the author's very original take on this famous legend. I have never had much sympathy for her when the story is told more traditionally but in this I just wanted to smack her! So overall an enjoyable version of the legend, well told with some great highlights but a little repetitive and consequently too long. Here's a good jumping-in point: Her Daughter: Her Son: I didn't like this novel before -- too much misandry, revisionism, contempt for the Arthurian mythos, creepy sexual content, etc.
But knowing such information about the author -- who she REALLY was and what she did and what she thought -- explains a lot about certain themes, scenes, etc. View all 8 comments. What an excellent retelling of Arthurian legend from the women in the classic legends perspective.
I don't know why I put this off for so long - it sat on my shelf gathering dust for far too long. This feminist retelling is a must read. I know, it's pages long, but it's worth tackling. I've never seen an Arthurian retelling quite like this one - I particularly enjoyed how The Merlin and The Lady of the Lake are the titles of an office with multiple people fulfilling those roles. Otherwise, i What an excellent retelling of Arthurian legend from the women in the classic legends perspective.
Otherwise, it's fascinating to see what Bradley makes of this legendary cast of characters. If only it were easier to keep track of the multitudes of characters, though, since several of them have quite similar names. View all 4 comments.
This book has been important to me for a long time. The main characters include those that were familiar to me at least in name: Arthur, Lancelo This book has been important to me for a long time.
However, the lead character is the priestess Morgaine, born on the Isle of Avalon, which is hidden from others by the mists referenced in the title. Doing right sometimes means having to let your true love go. So, coincidently, Jesus happened to be born near the winter Solstice although other accounts say he was born in June or July and was resurrected near the Spring Equinox. Pagans essentially worship Mother Earth and nature. Imagine if we still respected nature and Earth that much.
I read this first after it was given to me as a gift after high school graduation approximately a million years ago. This time around, I listened to it as an audiobook. Thanks to audiobooks, you no longer need to be a little kid to be read a bedtime story! What can I say about this book? I understand that this is largely considered to be one of the great classics of modern fantasy literature.
But personally, I found it to be a tedious, repetitive, grossly innaccurate affair that has little redeeming value.
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To be fair, I have to applaud Bradley for the sheer audacity of what she attempts to accomplish with this book: Perhaps she merely bit off a lot more than she could chew. Bu What can I say about this book? But nevertheless, this book wound up being one of the great disappointments of my reading career. The entire point of Bradley's book seems to be not really to tell a story, but to push a neo-feminist, neo-pagan point of view. Her arguments, that Christianity ruined egalitarian earth-loving Celtic cultures and shackled women under a male-dominated cultural power supported by the Church, are repetitive and monotonous.
Her book becomes far more concerned with repeating this argument over and over again, and the plot suffers greatly. Even if you do agree with some of her points which I do , you find yourself becoming quite aggravated by her tiresome diatribes well before the book is half finished.
Any basic writing instructor will tell you that when setting out to write a story, don't try to make a point. If your writing is good enough, it will make that point clear for you, while leaving your reader to determine their own conclusions. Obviously, Bradley never got this piece of advice or simply chose to ignore it.
The other grave fault of the books is that Bradley's perspective is based on a lot of New Age, Neo-pagan pseudo-history than any real research.
Either she didn't know any better, or just as likely, she chose to ignore historical fact. Now I can allow for a healthy amount of artistic interpretation to history, especially when you take into account the Arthurian period, which is itself layered in so much myth and speculation.
But Bradley goes beyond the acceptable levels of "stretching the facts," and instead weaves such blatant misrepresentations that it makes one cringe. For one, Celtic cultures were hardly the peaceful, egalitarian, feminist examples that Bradley portrays them to be.
Their religious organization was male-dominated, and they engaged in human sacrifice and even ritual rape. In her attempts to color Christianity black she entirely overlooks the contributions the Church made in bringing peace to war-torn Britain.
And, perhaps her most horrendous and unforgiveable sin, is in her portrayal of St. Patrick, who becomes Arthur's bishop in the later half of the book. Not only did Patrick never become a bishop in Britain or hold any real post there whatsoever , but Bradley again overlooks the fact that while in Ireland on his mission of conversion, Patrick actually allowed for female bishops and priests and created perhaps one of the most egalitarian versions of the Catholic Church.
These points aisde, what about her actual portrayal of the Arthurian legends? Bradley's characters are mostly one-dimensional, alas. There is very little narrative structure, and most of the "action" of the novel occurs within the characters.
As mentioned, she seems a lot more interested in making her socio-philosophical point than in telling a real story. The great events of the Arthurian tales are mostly glossed over, though she does have some interesting and intriguing re-interpretations of some of the episode.
Unfortunately, these are few, and the end of the book is especially anti-climactic. Arthur's tragic death and the dissolution of the dream of Camelot is merely a footnote. The final verdict? Read this book if, like me, you are very interested in the Arthurian cycles and their re-interpretations throughout history.
This is one of those works that, while painful to plod through, should at least be attempted in order to gain a better understanding of the modern impact of Arthur and his exploits. However, beyond that cultural context, this book hardly stands out. If you are looking for a unique, intriguing, and multidimensional treatment of the Arthurian legends, then I recommend you seek out T.
White's The Once and Future King. I have heard for years nothing but glowing recommendations for this book, yet I am still amazed by the intensity with which this story touched me.
Marion Zimmer Bradley is an incredible storyteller with impressive knowledge of the ancient Goddess based spirituality.
The history and mysticism are clearly well-researched, and the writing is lyrical, palpable, and quite beautiful. Paganism, where the lines between good and evil are much blurred; All the characters are well-drawn in depths both good and bad, flawed and noble, completely and ultimately human. My favorite passage: But I know too much of the truth…of the way life works, with life after life in which we, ourselves, and only we, can work out the causes we have set in motion and make amends for the harm we have done.
It stands not in the realm of reason that one man, however holy and blessed, could atone for all of the sins of all men, done in all lifetimes. Portrayed through the story of Camelot, told in the voice of Morgaine, Morgan La Fey, niece of Viviane, Lady of the Lake; queen of Cornwall, sister to the High King, and consort to the King Stag; a refreshing perspective to a well-known tale. This is a masterful interpretation, giving new life to all the old characters: If you have not yet treated yourself to this enchanting feat of imagination into this world of Old, I urge you to do so, soon.
It is well worth the journey This book is one of those that I would consider required reading. Marion Zimmer Bradley's telling of the Arthurian legend from the point of view of Morgaine is so captivating that even twenty years later, I come back to it. It's the story of Britain after Rome has faded but the influence of Rome, particularly through spreading Christianity hasn't. Britain is on the cusp where the spread of Christianity is eclipsing the native, ancient religion. You'll see all the familiar names from the legend, A This book is one of those that I would consider required reading.
You'll see all the familiar names from the legend, Arthur, Guinevere, etc. In Bradley's tale, Morgaine is a priestess of Avalon who tries to serve the Goddess, the Lady of Avalon, her King and brother and is ill-used in the process. For me the book succeeds because when I read it I got the sense that it could have happened like that if you're willing to suspend disbelief enough for the magical elements of the story.
When I first read this, I couldn't put it down.
If you haven't read it, you should remedy that! Mists of Avalon 13 Jul 06, The Mists of Avalon 3 8 May 16, Readers also enjoyed. Videos About This Book. More videos Science Fiction Fantasy. About Marion Zimmer Bradley. Marion Zimmer Bradley. Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.
Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla , first published in the May issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.
When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Hamilton, and Leigh Brackett, especially when they wrote about "the glint of strange suns on worlds that never were and never would be.
Early in her career, writing as Morgan Ives, Miriam Gardner, John Dexter, and Lee Chapman, Marion Zimmer Bradley produced several works outside the speculative fiction genre, including some gay and lesbian pulp fiction novels. For example, I Am a Lesbian was published in Though relatively tame by today's standards, they were considered pornographic when published, and for a long time she refused to disclose the titles she wrote under these pseudonyms.
Her story The Planet Savers introduced the planet of Darkover, which became the setting of a popular series by Bradley and other authors. The Darkover milieu may be considered as either fantasy with science fiction overtones or as science fiction with fantasy overtones, as Darkover is a lost earth colony where psi powers developed to an unusual degree.Bradely was just too stupid to notice the contradiction.
As her religious fanaticism grows, relations between Avalon and Camelot grow strained. Even so, Bradley brings nuance to these characters. I sympathized with the girl Morgaine, and her adolescent experiences hinted at frustrations I was just beginning to feel. In a climactic battle, the armies of Arthur and Mordred fight and Arthur is mortally wounded.
Her Morgaine is not only a priestess, a woman of magic, but is loyal, hungry for true love, determined to protect her family and friends. I'm interested in the plot, not the size of everybodys' big toes. As I discussed the book with Marion, I came to understand the place of the Avalon mythos in her work much more clearly.