soxmomma74, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by soxmomma74)
My dad bought this for my 15th birthday and it was my first foray into the Arthurian legends. This is such a great book that I've read it many times since then, and even made my husband read it when we first started dating! It's so different from the traditional legends from the 12th century, and such a refreshing angle with strong female characters. Loved it then, still LOVE IT 25 years later!
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.
Be warned, however, that this retelling of the Arthurian legends is not for the faint of heart- This is the kind of story that remains burned into the mind of the reader long after the book has been finished. The relentless tragic plot twists will break your heart, but the story offers a catharsis of a nature I've not yet found in any other book.
There is also a healthy dose of feminist spirituality, as well as a more sympathetic view of what pagan Britain may have looked like. Christianity comes off looking rather bad in this tale. If you can't handle that, spare yourself a lot of pain and skip this book.
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.
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