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The Mists of Avalon ➽ [Reading] ➿ The Mists of Avalon By Marion Zimmer Bradley ➲ – Thomashillier.co.uk Here is the magical legend of King Arthur vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne A spellbinding novel an extraordinary literary achievement THE Here is the magical legend of King Arthur vividly retold The Mists eBook ☆ through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne A spellbinding novel an extraordinary literary achievement The Mists of Avalon will stay with you for a long time to come.


10 thoughts on “The Mists of Avalon

  1. Claire Claire 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 popular one And for everyone writing GET OVER YOURSELF in the comments as a response to my using my own little corner of the internet to tell a story about how my life as a writer and a Catholic and a woman was shaped by this book there were a dozen other women responding OH MY GOD ARE YOU ME? I love that I love this weird little internet mini community we've built out of being weirdo outcast girls who felt inspired and empowered by this book about a weirdo outcast girl who becomes a raging badass And then today I read this this this this about twenty Every consumer of art gets to decide for themselves how much the life of the artist matters to them Sometimes brilliant creative geniuses are assholes Sometimes they're criminals Sometimes that makes a difference to how you read their work Sometimes it doesn't The words of twenty six year old me pouring forth my passionate love for MZB's words remain untouched and unedited below Because that story of how I fell in love with that book as a child is still a true story I haven't decided whether I will re read this book again whether I will keep it or get rid of it knowing the things I know now about the woman who wrote it And I'm not telling you what you should do But MZB's daughter says out loud not only that her mother abused her but that part of the reason she hid that abuse was because of MZB's status in the SFF community as a champion of women Because she didn't think anyone would believe her Because this is an important feminist work Because her mother's fans would be angry at her for accusing their icon of such horrors And I won't be complicit in that Claire Willett June 27 2014ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOWYou have to be a particular kind of girl to fall in love with this book the way I did You have to be in the sixth grade a freakishly precocious reader whose beloved sixth grade teacher brings a box of her ten favorite books to class and sets them up on the chalkboard and leaves them there for weeks for you to look at including one HUGE book that looks like it's a billion pages long with some cool fairy priestess chick on a horse on the cover You have to have grown up reading King Arthur stories and LOVE the movie The Sword In the Stone You have to be so hopelessly nerdy that you would rather sit on the side of the playground reading than play kickball never mind how much the other kids make fun of you about it You have to be Catholic enough to understand the mentality of the occasionally hateful Christian characters in the book as well as to be baffled and perplexed by all the sexuality which will make a number of plot elements only make sense to you when you re read the book as a college student and go Ohhhhh Now I get it You have to be the kind of girl who loves and relates to the plain outcast Morgaine who is treated as a freak has to learn how to rely on herself alone You have to hate the shallow blonde princesses even when they seem like they might be kind of nice people and always root for the feisty brunette You have to be a fantasy geek who LOVES any book with swordfighting magic princesses and doomed romance You have to be patient enough to read 800 pages that cover one woman's entire lifetime from before her birth to old old age You have to come to the end of the book and secretly wish that despite your religious conviction in your Catholic upbringing Britain had never been Christianized and we were all still witches You have to secretly wish you belonged to a mystical female cult where you had to have a blue crescent moon tattooed on your forehead You have to wish you knew how to ride a horse in a dress and look majestic instead of falling off every time you were forced onto a horse at camp or on vacation and now you hate them and they scare you


  2. Virag Virag 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 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 pigs?The 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


  3. Matthew Matthew 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 going I often found myself not reading it for days at a time It really wasn’t capturing my interest But with a week to go in 2017 and about 300 or so pages left I buckled down and finished it at around 815 on December 31stYou might think that my opinion of this book will not be stellar considering it was slow going About a week ago when I committed to finishing it before the end of the year that was where I thought it would end up too However the story really came together for me and I actually uite enjoyed the storytelling It is indeed a large book and uite a commitment but if you love fantasy and Arthurian legend it is worth checking outIn some of my discussions with my book friends we were trying to figure out what Bradley was going for with this book Having finished I am not sure it is much clearer Here are a couple of topics that came up freuentlyFeminism – If she was going for the feminist viewpoint why are pretty much all the female characters unlikable and devious throughout the book? Some of them do come around but it seems to make women generally seem either sneaky or annoying Christianity vs Paganism – What amazed me the most about this was that many said they did not remember the opposing religious viewpoints from the book when they read it; that seemed to be the main point of the story Reading up on Bradley it sounds like she was a practicing Pagan so it would make sense that she might want to bring this discussion in but it seemed uite repetitive after a while It does definitely come into play with the overall resolution of the plot but I am thinking if you don’t like reading debates on religion on Facebook you probably wouldn’t want to read 876 pages of it eitherFinally I can say that my overall feelings about this book were skewed by what I found out about the life of the author when I was partway done with the book I won’t go into it here but if you Google her or check out her Wikipedia page you will see what I am talking aboutSummary Many will enjoy this book It is a big commitment Some subject matter may be controversial and preachy but some really good storytelling


  4. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin 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 that makes any sense Happy Reading Mel ❤️


  5. Amalia Gavea Amalia Gavea 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 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


  6. Rachel Rachel 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 time Evil sorceress Morgan Le Fay is transfered into multi faceted Morgaine a woman deeply committed to her family especially her aunt Viviane half brother Arthur and cousin Lancelet Gwenhyfar the simpering Christian princess was my least favorite but even she had some complexity an unhappy childhood inferiority complex made worse by her bareness and obvious jealousy issues with Morgaine concerning the womens' relationships with Arthur and Lancelet Perhaps the most dour of Morgaine's familial ties is that with her son Mordred the illigitimate heir of her brother whom she foolishly put up with her aunt Morgause easily the most shallow and greedy woman in the entire bookReligion wise I found it impossible not to root for Morgaine's Avalon not only because I knew it was destined to recede into the mists but because it was matriarchal and so much comforting to me than the expansionalist narrow minded and mysoginistic version of Christianity prevalent during those times At the end Morgaine herslf shows the most tolerance and versatility for diverse cultures she outlives most everyone else and grows to accept that her mother goddess is now worshipped as the virgin mary uite the contrast from the crone like Morgan Le Fay whose only purpose is to destroy the kingdom of Camelot


  7. Emily May Emily May 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. Matthew Matthew 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 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


  9. Manny Manny 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. Genevieve Genevieve 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 good bits Overall I found it offensive to the Arthurian legends to history and to women and being a 15 year old girl who liked fantasy novels did nothing to change this opinion


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