Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Mother Moon)

First let me say that for some time I have been more a informational type book person and have not read many fiction books lately (something I have started to change).. Yet there is one fiction book that I have read that I truly loved. 

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.  Being a lover of Celtic tradition as well as the lore of Arthur I was immediately drawn to the book.  Yet as I began to read it, the book took on a completely different meaning for me.  I loved how instead of focusing on the men of Camelot (Arthur, Lancelot and so on) it took the view of the many women who had their place in this legend.  I grew to love Morgan le Fay or Morgaine as I like to call her, as a woman of strength and strong convictions.  She is definitely one of my heroes and quite possibly one who gave me strength to follow my own convictions and beliefs/intuitions.  In the prologue she speaks and says such words of wisdom I often have trouble thinking them as fiction as they hold so true still today.  "...there is no such thing as a true tale.  Truth has many faces and the truth is like to an old road to Avalon; it depends on your own will, and you own thoughts, whither the road will take you, and whether, at the end, you arrive in the Holy Isle of Eternity or among the priests with their bells and their death and their Satan and Hell and damination.. ."   This book had a way of teaching me that there is always more than one way to look at things and although we may think that we know all that we need to know, in order to say we know the truth, there is always more to be seen.  Truth truly does have many faces.

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...

5 comments:

The Wizardess epi said...

Definitely one of my faves as well. I read this over & over in high school & undergrad. Kinda dim not to figure out I was a witch then, but hey, I had to do things in my own time. Another WONDERFUL Arthurian series is The Winter King, Enemy of God & Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell.
All three of these are told from the pt of view of Derfel, foster child of Merlin & best friend of Arthur, but the women are also v strong.

Mother's Moon's Message said...

I have also read the Cromwell series and yes I do agree it is also a wonderful set.... But then I am a sucker for anything of this nature.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I read the Mists of Avalon shortly after it was published, at a very unhappy time in my life. This book made me want to run away and become a Druid. A ridiculous notion, I thought. Yet within 5 years, I had found the Goddess Path and was well on my way to leaving my unhappy life behind. Unwittingly, the Mists of Avalon showed me which way to go!

The Wizardess epi said...

It is a special book. These days I identify more with Terry Pratchett's witches, though. :)

luna petunia said...

I bought this on audible just as soon as you recommended it & it is just as wonderful as you said. Listening while I sew or make soap or candles makes the time zip away. I can't wait to hear the next one in the series. Thanks, Janie!

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