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The Mists of Avalon Hardcover – 1 Nov 2000

4.4 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reissue edition (Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345441184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345441188
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 4.9 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,277,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
" Marion Zimmer Bradley has brilliantly and innovatively turned the myth inside out. . . . add[ing] a whole new dimension to our mythic history."
--San Francisco Chronicle
" Gripping . . . Superbly realized . . . A worthy addition to almost a thousand years of Arthurian tradition."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"From the Hardcover edition."

-[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
-Marion Zimmer Bradley has brilliantly and innovatively turned the myth inside out. . . . add[ing] a whole new dimension to our mythic history.-
--San Francisco Chronicle
-Gripping . . . Superbly realized . . . A worthy addition to almost a thousand years of Arthurian tradition.-
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"[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

"Marion Zimmer Bradley has brilliantly and innovatively turned the myth inside out. . . . add[ing] a whole new dimension to our mythic history."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Gripping . . . Superbly realized . . . A worthy addition to almost a thousand years of Arthurian tradition."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I heard of this book via another fictional read that mentioned the holy grail.
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.
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good service and product
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I first read this book when I was 13 years old. It made an enormous impression on me. I had never read a book like that!Since then I have re-read it several times and it will remain my favourite book of all time.
I made me think different about a lot of things in my life. I was brought up Catholic, but after reading MOA, I started reading other books and learned a lot more. It was also my first encounter with 'feminisme'. I felt connected with Morgaine in a lot of ways, and it made me stronger.
This is the book that opened a whole new world for me, and I do not mean Wicca or any other religion.
I now realise I read this book at a crucial age in my life, from child to young woman. I have recommended the book to several friends and they all agree it is something very special.
I am expecting my first child now, and if it is a girl, I will certainly give her my book and tell her all about it, when the time is right.
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Now a well known part of the fantasy and legends canon it seems, I'm glad I finally got round to reading this engrossing book.

Essential for anyone moved by the tragic but eternal Arthurian saga, this one has less cinematic description (as in the old simple tales), but all the deeper emotion and intrigue of the court and some thrilling tensions between characters. All this is deftly handled through the wisdom and skill of the author, who succeeds in covering the whole period.

My only criticism that stops me giving it 5 stars is it's a bit overlong, due to often and unnecessarily reminding us of the character backgrounds. However, the great story never weakens.

It is also daringly non-christian and this is the very influential and rewarding aspect of a still v. spiritual book. A new respect for an old, more flexible/natural religion is the overall message.

I also wonder how much John Boorman's film 'Excalibur' was influenced by this, as I note the dates are about the same. It seems to me that this is the underlying power behind the film (which may have changed many things to give the more heroic, male perspective). However, that film and this book (which is much more spiritually mature) combine to celebrate the tales of King Arthur in the most adult way you can experience. I'm sure there'll be some more attempts, but perhaps ...unsurpassable.
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This book was what started my obsession with all things relating to King Arthur. I read this book faster than I've ever read any book, and after I'd finished it, I read it again! All of the best known (and some of the not so well known) ledgends are there. Marion Zimmer Bradley causes you to feel sympathy for all of the characters- even the ones that we are told are evil. This is one of the most engaging books I have ever read.
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type small, not worth the effort .... Four attempts too irritating and silly to continue (and I LIKE women's spirituality and Glastonbury etc.) dated ...... Gave away
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Stopped reading after chapter two, very boring and confused,
May have woken up later on, but......lifes too short !!!
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Good condition
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