The Mists of Avalon (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – 1 Jun 1987
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"[A] monumental reimagining of the Arthurian legends . . . Reading it is a deeply moving and at times uncanny experience. . . . An impressive achievement."
--The New York Times Book Review
--San Francisco Chronicle "Gripping . . . Superbly realized . . . A worthy addition to almost a thousand years of Arthurian tradition."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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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 MISTS OF AVALON will stay with you for a long time to come....
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I thought it would be interesting to read this book on Avalon and the legend that is King Arthur, his wife Gwen, the round table, Camelot, his knights, Lancelet and Morganaine.
It is a very long book and took me days to read it. It was really intense and at times I had to re-read a few pages at a time so that I could understand it.
Overall, I enjoyed it but I think that I will have to read it again to understand it a bit more, which I will do.
I hope that if you download to read you will enjoy it too.
There are an abundance of disappointing errors in this kindle edition- missing speach marks, h's instead of b's and some irregularities in continuity- that need ironing out, so I'd recommend the real book until such a time as the ebook has been fully edited. My 4 ★'s is reflective of this.
It is the best retelling of the Arthur and Avalon legends that I've ever come across, rivalled only by the great Mary Stewart's stories which focus mostly on Merlin.
The historical research is detailed and superb. The spiritual world of the times really comes to life and the telling of how Christianity threatened to take over, yet the old ways weaved their own way into the teachings of the priests is fascinating. The characters are three dimensional and I found myself caring about all of them. Zimmer Bradley brings a real sense of the ancient history that was instrumental in shaping the beautiful green lands of Britain.
I'm now really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
A very clever retelling of the Arthurian legend,told solely from a female perspective.
It is much cleverer than the usual scenario of... Morgaine bad...Arthur good.
It is indeed a battle for power...but not so one dimensional as a battle for the throne,but more a battle for the hearts and minds of men.
If the author does go off at times on a tangent,then she more than makes up for it,by offering the reader a story which is rich in imagery,character and mythology.
A really good read.
I read this book over a decade ago and it changed my life. I have never read something so inspiring and uplifting and hope-provoking, for women in particular and the world in general. I read it again a short time later and then recently bought the hardback. I read adult fantasy and though this is not strictly my kind of high fantasy I was glad to come across it.
Phew what a breath of fresh air. Female characters that actually reflect female people I know, female people that might have been, and a history, as sad as it is, that may have come to pass. And also religion with a goddess. Truly different, thank you.
It continues to be an inspiration in my life and I hope that one day my books will carry the torch of higher ideals that Marion Zimmer Bradley ignited. I wish I could thank you in person. Rest in peace MZB.