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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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With more than 1 million copies in print and winner of the 1984 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, "The Mists of Avalon" is by far Marion Zimmer Bradley's most successful novel. Putting a new twist on the Arthurian legends, this beloved book tells the epic story of the women behind the rise and fall of King Arthur.

Synopsis:

A Literary Guild Featured Alternate

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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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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1. Reading Group Questions and Topics for Discussion

  The Mists of Avalon revolves around a number of dualities: male/ female, Christianity/druidism, duty/desire. How are these duali-

ties represented in the book? Can you think of others that were

presented?

 

2.  How does the book strive to challenge common stereotypes? How does it reinforce them?

 

3.  Is Gwenhwyfar a sympathetic character? In your opinion, does Marion Zimmer Bradley treat physical beauty in a positive, negative, or neutral manner? Explain.

 

4.  How responsible is Arthur for allowing the spread of Christianity and ultimate disappearance of Avalon? Was he simply being an honorable husband to Gwenhwyfar? Did you find the Arthur, Lancelet, Gwenhwyfar tryst disturbing? Although Arthur was an indisputably potent leader, can he, in the end, be deemed an effective one?

 

5.  It seemed in several instances that Morgaine disappeared when

she was most needed. Was she ultimately successful in represent-

ing the Goddess? Would you say that she was a victim to her fate or that she ultimately rose to meet it? What parallels can you draw between Morgaines life and Igraines? Between Morgaine and Viviane?

 

6.  The Merlin seems to play an ambiguous role in the story. Do you agree with this statement? In your opinion, was he motivated more by his faith, or by pride and ambition?

 

7.  Throughout history, did the spread of Christianity really lead to a diminishing of tolerance? Does the Goddess have a place in todays world? Do you think that Christianity ever held woman as the principal of evil?

 

8.  What symbolism, if any, would you apply to the dragon slain by Lancelet? What is the symbolism behind Excalibur? The Grail? The Holy Thorn?

 

9.  At the end of Mists, did you feel that the Goddess had truly been absorbed into Christianity?

10.  How has Mists changed your perception or understanding of the Arthurian legend? How has it changed your perception of womens roles in the making (and telling) of history?

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radianttheatre, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by radianttheatre)
This (and other books by the author) are an incredibly detailed view of a history long since forgotten into song and myth.
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Waney, December 31, 2012 (view all comments by Waney)
This is by far my favorite reading experience. . I would read, and my elbows would go numb, so I would lay on my back until my thumbs hurt, and then flip over again. I had read some Zimmer Bradley in high school and enjoyed it, Firebrand and the one about trapeze artists, but I hadn't been swallowed by the story, hadn't consumed it in turn, like I did with this book. She blew my post-adolescent mind with her view of history, of legend, of the long, dark story of men and women. Totally recommended.
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dmard, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by dmard)
It's the story of King Arthur turned on it's ear beautifully and magically. Arthur and Merlin become minor characters in the story while the women, particularly Authur's sister Morgana, become the driving forces. These female characters are profoundly spiritual and passionate. They are also fully in control.

This book taught me more about feminism than anything else I've ever read. It made me fully aware of the fact the the history of Western Civilization is told from a male perspective and that the roles of women have merely been downplayed. In short, it changed my life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345350497
Author:
Bradley, Marion Zimmer
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Author:
Bradley, Marion Zimmer
Location:
New York :
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General
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Great britain
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Fiction
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Fantastic fiction
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Fantasy
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Historical fiction
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Fantasy - General
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Fantasy fiction
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Fantasy - Epic
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Fantasy - Historical
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Visionary & metaphysical
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Arthurian romances
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Historical - Arthurian
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Britons
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Arthurian romances -- Adaptations.
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Great Britain History Anglo Saxon period, 449-1066 Fiction.
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Avalon
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Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
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Subject:
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Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Del Rey Book
Series Volume:
2001-02
Publication Date:
19870512
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
912
Dimensions:
9.22 x 6.6 x 1.6 in 2 lb

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Product details 912 pages Ballantine,1984. - English 9780345350497 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , With more than 1 million copies in print and winner of the 1984 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel, "The Mists of Avalon" is by far Marion Zimmer Bradley's most successful novel. Putting a new twist on the Arthurian legends, this beloved book tells the epic story of the women behind the rise and fall of King Arthur.
"Synopsis" by , A Literary Guild Featured Alternate

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....

"Synopsis" by , A Literary Guild Featured Alternate
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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