One of the best books ever, a beautifully written re-weaving of the Arthurian legend from the POV of Morgaine. I re-read this every couple of years.
I do too, so much so that my copy has fallen apart and I need to replace it. The movie made from the book was a huge disappointment for me, but at least I have the book to go back to...
I think they got the casting wrong for the movie and they cut too much out of the book. But I still have my dogeared copy displayed on my shelf. Love the book!
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I read this book YEARS ago and enjoyed it very much!
I read this book YEARS ago and enjoyed it very much!
Curious about how other people felt about the disagreement between Kevin and Morgaine? I kinda feel that Kevin was a traitor to Avalon and yet at the same time, he was just doing what he felt was best.
One of the many reasons why this is my all time favorite book is because I felt that everyone in the story was both the good and the bad guy. I guess that is what being human is about really. Throughout the book I loved and then hated and then loved again each character. Except for maybe Guenivierre (or however it was spelled) who I found mostly annoying until she was caught in the end. Then I felt truly bad for her. So, was Kevin a traitor to Avalon? In a way, yes. But he was too complex a character to be judged. My favorite line: Pride makes a cold bedfellow.
It seemed like Kevin had his own internal conflicts and compromised loyalties. His actions and reactions suggested his need to still put up a face despite all the...confusion(?) inside. I don't know. He sounded like a complicated person. Interesting, but complicated. And unpredictable.
I love any and all things by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
On my "top ten books I've ever read" list. Every young girl needs tor ead this before she finishes high school. This feminist retelling of the Arthur myth is strong, dark, amazing.
a very long time ago, this book changed my life
It's not just for the ladies, guys. Read it.
"All the Gods are one God, and all the Goddesses are one Goddess, and there is only one Initiator. And to every man his own truth, and the God within.
I have no quarrel with the Christ, only with his priests, who call the Great Goddess a demon and deny that she ever held power in this world. At best, they say that her power was of Satan. Or else they clothe her in the blue robe of the lady of Nazareth- who indeed had power in her way, too- and say that she was ever a virgin. But what can a virgin know of the sorrows and travail of mankind?"
Lander, I'll second that. When I first saw it I said "Oh, gee, yet another retelling of the Arthurian legend." After reading the book it has become my favorite retelling of the Arthurian legend.
The section you quoted is beautiful, Lander. It was that sort of insight and beautiful writing that really made me love this book.
oh my goodness i just got this book a couple days and is it good? i am so into the whole Arthurian legends and Celtic stuff it is so kool!!!!!!!!!!!!
I read this book in high school long long ago... (for a book report) and it was one of the first serious novels I read that affected me on a deep emotional level where I cared so much about the characters I was loosing sleep and basic motor functions... LOL ... Up until then- I'd never cared much for books... they were just annoying things I had to read for school... This book made me realize there was something more to them.
You will HATE guenevere (sp?) if you read this book! But it is a classic and well written- and I recommend it highly!
This is probably my all-time favorite book. I've read it so many times I've lost count. It's truly amazing.
Awesome book! I loved it and read it twice. I don't know if anyone watched the cable series of the book--it was awful and didn't do the book any justice.
Never seen a series, but I did rent the movie from the library..it was brutal. I think a book this involved doesn't translate well to the screen.
the movie was awful. It cut out whole characters and didn't make any sense. I loved the book, it could have made a really good movie if they'd done it right.
I totally agree with astrari on this. The "movie"- it was actually a TNT mini-series- was horrid. Bad casting, atrocious acting, horrible direction, production and editing, and the screenwriting...well, when you change the entire story, cut out integral characters, and all around butcher the original text, it equals a huge mess altogether. It's blasphemous, in my opinion, to botch such a great novel. This really could be done well as a movie and hopefully someone will one day give it the time and attention it deserves. I cringe to think of all of the people out there who have only seen the mini-series and were so turned off that they'll never read the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book it makes a change to read the legend from the female point of view and from Morgaine at that - a couple of things did jar a little the use of the word gotten which stood out like a sore thumb amongst the literary style employed and a passage about a "family party " which again was a bit glaring - a very intensly written book which took me a long time to read unusual since I am a quick reader- all in all enjoyable though sad