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@Download Kindle é The Mists of Avalon » 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 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. 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 respondi 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, 2014 ORIGINAL 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 Good lord, I haven t ever hated a book as much as this one.I 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 horrible.First, 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 n Good lord, I haven t ever hated a book as much as this one.I 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 horrible.First, 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 severaland call each stupider than the previous.Yeah, there were dumb evil 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 theology psychology history works Stuff gets brushed over and embellished to make the book in question seeminteresting 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 characters.Igraine 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 wife husband 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 hero.Vivianne 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 quick And it gets even better she gets married, sleeps with severalpeople, 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 evenThen 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 Yay I mean really And a lot of people actually agree with this exaggerated, biased, ridiculous nonsense.When 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 quote, but that was the gist of it I 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 about.There 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 1 5 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 Seriously The 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 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 8 15 on December 31st You 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 fini 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 8 15 on December 31st You 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 quite enjoyed the storytelling It is indeed a large book and quite a commitment, but if you love fantasy and Arthurian legend, it is worth checking out.In 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 frequently Feminism 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 quite 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 either.Finally, 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 about.Summary Many will enjoy this book It is a big commitment Some subject matter may be controversial and preachy but, some really good storytelling