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The Silver Stallion (The Biography of Manuel #3)

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The Silver Stallion: A Comedy of Redemption
Mass Market Paperback, 279 pages
Published May 12th 1979 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1926)
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Maureen
Jul 02, 2013 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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as my compulsive consumption of cabell continues (this has been in my purse a month now and this is my third re-read), i have been alerted to the fact that i am reading these books "out of order" though it hardly seems to matter. i will say that it seems the more you read cabell, the more intertextualities you recognize as you come upon them. i discovered the paternity of dame lisa, jurgen's wife in reading the silver stallion, which added a certain piquancy. my beloved jurgen also make appearan ...more
Terence
Dec 08, 2008 Terence rated it really liked it
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Mundus vult decipi: Here begins the history of the birth and of the triumphing of the great legend about Manuel the Redeemer, whom Gonfal repudiated as blown dust, and Miramon, as an imposter, and whom Coth repudiated out of honest love: but whom Guivric accepted, through two sorts of policy; whom Kerin accepted as an honorable old human foible, and Ninzian, as a pathetic and serviceable joke; whom Donander accepted whole-heartedly (to the eternal joy of Donander), and who was accepted also by N ...more
Simon Mcleish
Jul 21, 2014 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Originally published on my blog here in May 2003.

Many readers of fantasy today basically assume that it is a genre which originated with J.R.R. Tolkien; this is not at all the case, and the best of the earlier writing is, in my opinion, well worth resurrecting. James Branch Cabell is today almost completely unknown, even with the occasional cheap reprint in some "fantasy classics" series, and he has a charm and humour almost totally lacking in most post-Tolkien fantasy. In the second half of the
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David
Aug 10, 2015 David marked it as may-read
This books is the source of the following quote - "The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true."
Vasha7
May 29, 2011 Vasha7 rated it liked it
After Domnei: A Comedy of Woman-Worship (1913), Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice (1919), and other novels set in the fictional medieval province of Poictesme, comes this 1926 tale, subtitled "A Comedy of Redemption". Here, as in Jurgen, James Branch Cabell gave full rein to his taste for low comedy, much of it misogynistic. I find paragraphs about nagging wives and stupid but sexy princesses quite stale; I was just waiting for the mother-in-law to put in a tiresome appearance (she eventually doe ...more
John
Aug 22, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
After the disappearance of Count Manuel, his widow and a missionary start the legend of Count Manuel the Redeemer. The Knights of the Silver Stallion dissolve the order and wander to the ends of the earth and beyond. Some of the knights have difficulty associating the Manuel of legend with the ordinary man they knew. One wanders in search of a young princess. One wanders in search of Manuel and winds up in pre-Columbian Mexico. One dies in battle and accidentally goes to the wrong religion's par ...more
Kyle Miller
Aug 18, 2015 Kyle Miller rated it really liked it
I read and reread the chapters on Coth, many times, and skimmed through most of the rest. Cabell is a strange writer.
Edgar
May 25, 2014 Edgar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had been sitting on my to-read pile since my vintage fantasy phase. I guess I'd grown too tired of Eddison and Pratt to try this, but it's proven to be the most likeable of them. The book is still terrifyingly full of alien names and hints to a complex history, but it is split comfortably into short storylines containing mostly amusing fables, and the style is that of an author who knows he's overdoing it and sniggers while he does it. And I learned a few new words.
Fraser Sherman
Aug 11, 2013 Fraser Sherman rated it really liked it
One of James Branch Cabell's best. In this sequel to Figures of Earth, which ended with Manuel of Poictesme disappearing from this world, his devoted followers meet their own eccentric endings as Cabell satirizes religion, politics, idealism, fairy tales and of course there's sex. Throughout all this the legend of Manuel slowly transforms the cynical, conniving conqueror into a saintly redeemer possessed of all the virtues.
Christopher Tookey
Mar 17, 2015 Christopher Tookey rated it it was amazing
Like Jurgen and Figures of Earth, this is one of the greatest fantasy novels, all the better for being funny (and wise). It shows how myths and religions develop, and it's a thinly disguised commentary on the growth of Christianity.
Vanessa
Jan 16, 2008 Vanessa rated it liked it
I am currently reading this book. It makes me laugh out loud but also puts me to sleep. Frank C. Pape's illustrations are fascinating.
Simon
Sep 23, 2010 Simon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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He writing style just didn't work for me. Indeed, I couldn't even finish the book.
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Other Books in the Series

The Biography of Manuel (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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