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El Retorno de Merlin = The Return of Merlin

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  977 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Some legends endure the effects of time, reaching back to the mystery and the magic of a place and a people whom we know are part of who we are today. Camelot is such a legend and the mist shrouded fields, the ancient stone walls, the graceful figures of Arthur and Guinevere are the touchstones that connect us to purity of the heart and a sense of honor that knows no fear ...more
Published by Martinez Roca (first published 1995)
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Steve Cran
I normally love Arthurian fantasy and anything relating to the Celts and the Druids. This was sort of boring. Perhaps the reason behind the boredom was that the author was not focusing on storytelling but was rather using his story as a vehicle to transmit spiritual truths. The truths them self are not bad and it is most likely something we should listen to. According to the wizards way there is no reality and what we see is an illusion. Indeed that is correct but the salt shaker in front of me ...more
I really struggled with this book. I even took a "break" from it, hoping that might make a difference. The story is written well enough with mostly interesting characters, in fact I rather liked Melchoir. But it is the absolute butchering of the legend that I couldn't handle. It's a wonder why he bothered with the pretense of king Arthur and Merlin at all... Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate a fresh twist on the tale, even modern versions, but at least it's recognizable. Oh and merlin drove m ...more
This was one of the books on my shelf that I had to read to decide whether to keep or give away before we move. This is definitely a keeper.

This novel follows events across centuries and retells the Arthurian legend in a way that all of us can relate to. Sure there are wizards and magic and time-travel, but at the very heart, this book is about the battle between good and evil that has always raged and continues in our world today. It's a book about remembering who we are and honoring the goodne
Tim Britton
This is an incredible book. I haven't been much into reading fantasy in years, although I have always been a fan of Merlin, King Arthur, and Camelot, Fantasy books failed to hold my attention for every story has been told and retold in one way or another. I have to be honest, it was Deepak Chopra's name that drew me to this book, and then seeing Merlin's name on the same cover, I had to check it out. And I am so glad I did. What a truly wonderful book for fantasy lovers, and spiritual seekers al ...more
James F
I read this for the book of the month in the Bibliophile Club (Shelfari group); I haven't really been into fantasy as a genre for decades.

This was the first novel by Chopra, otherwise known for his "spiritual" writings (which I admit I haven't read). As a fantasy, it wasn't too bad, although there were inconsistencies in the plot; the premise of the wizards following different world-threads was an interesting twist. The writing wasn't bad either, considering it was a first novel; in places (but
“...if one has courage, the whole enormous load of fear, the dead weight of the past, can be shed.”

"...behind the door to freedom, past the demons of fear, there is nothing but love."

The Return of Merlin is a fantasy tale. In his first foray into fiction Deepak Chopra takes the legend of Camelot and continues the story into current times. The implements, the sword and the cup, reappear and the characters, Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Mordred and Merlin are reincarnated. Their task is to rediscov
This book caught my eye at the library because I have a lot of respect for Deepak Chopra the non-fiction writer. And, honestly, the premise of the story seemed interesting. For the first 3/4 of this book, the best thing I could say about it was that it was interesting enough to continue. Then the story just became confusing and weird. I can accept confusing and weird if the story is interesting. But, alas, my interest faded and my mind wandered and I didn't care enough to go back and re-read the ...more
I was unable to connect with this story on any level. I was put off by the over use (and frequently jarring odd use) of adjectives, adverbs, and clichés, the abrupt point of view transitions, and the pointless long descriptions of scenes that neither enhanced character development nor moved the plot forward nor supported the underlying themes.

The long Camelot prologue was not helpful. Instead, I found his attempt to use “archaic” language ridiculous, especially when the 5th century peasants wer
Feb 11, 2014 Lucya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an imagination
I kept passing this book when I went to my bookstore sheerly because it was fiction. I decided to take a chance and read it. I could not put it down! OMG It is so well written. Keeps you wanting to pick it up and see what happens next. I highly recommend this book.
Though I enjoyed the prologue of the story, I just couldn't get involved in anything beyond it.
The legend of Merlin, Arthur, and the last days of Camelot is overlaid over a story in a contemporary setting, almost as template of 'parables' and lessons, and told as a mystery, no less. While I enjoyed the story, my default position was to treat the storyline as having two distinct and separate parts -- past and present. I enjoy Arthurian lore and have read a lot of books on them, and as such, on occasion in the story, had trouble reconciling the modern counterparts with the characters of yor ...more
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Recommended by Dan F. , Adult Services

Dan's Review:

I admit that I have never read Chopra, but since all things King Arthur attract me, I couldn’t resist. I was very pleasantly surprised to see what an excellent fiction writer he is. He successfully constructed a tale that blends the present with the past using prominent Arthurian themes, and all the while infusing the characters with his insightful genius. His descriptive style puts you right there in the scene. This is a good winter escape nove
Very boring.
Xavier Guillaume
Aug 11, 2012 Xavier Guillaume rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I'm a huge Deepak Chopra fan, and I love his philosophies, but this book somehow fell flat. What was most unappealing was the modernized twist of King Arthur being transported to modern day England. Perhaps the book would have been good if this was done right, but by putting the story in a modern setting, the book simply didn't feel magical anymore. The very beginning is promising as it takes place during Arthurian times. I love the whole story with Merlin and his apprentice and Mordred getting ...more
Michael Alan Grapin
The eternal struggle between good and evil has been going on for centuries from the fall of Camelot to present day England with both mortal and immortal players in the game being reborn and recreated in every era. One by one each of the participants becomes aware of their role in the mystical adventure as the story bounces around from one time period to another. I occasionally found the author's pacing confusing but overall it was an interesting read.
Good book. A world into magic, where the two forces (those of good and evil) fight each other in a twisting and turning tale. The characters are all experiencing their piece of magic and how it all fits together in the whole. For them reality gets different layers, and what is real and not merge into each other. Deepak has done well on this novel.

The story twists around the battle between Merlin and Mordred. Mordred is the bastard son of King Arthur, and destined to make his father pay for what
Mik Brauner

In my mind if you like stories about wizards and druids, and more precisely Merlin you'll enjoy this novel. Along with a captivating storyline the book teaches us about how not everything is as it seems. I
Parts of the novel felt to me like a mix of the show "once upon a time", and the movie "butterfly affect", but it wasn't overdone by any means.
It's a feel good ending if that's the sort of ending you're into, but it also leaves the Web of time open to endless possibilities.
This book started off amazing, I was instantly drawn into the story and the author's spin on the traditional King Arthur legend. It almost had a Harry Potter like feel to it where the world created was our own but with instances of unexplained magic and mysteries that somehow were believable the way the author conveyed them. As I approached the last few chapters of the book I wondered how the author would tie up all of the loose ends and get the lesson across that he was so very clearly trying t ...more
It is hard to rate this story, which I almost did not pick up because of the author. I am familiar with Chopra from his spiritual writings, and did not feel that this would be a good read.

However, it surpassed my expectations, pulling me into a story of a modern Camelot with resurrected knights and knaves. Unfortunately, this entire theme, from Arthur and the perpetual Quest and continuous returns (rebirths) has been redone so many times that I am not sure any author could have done Arthur justi
Prologue really intrigued me. The book is really well written. Amazed at the use of words and mastery of english language by someone born in India. I read about half. Chimerical creatures, magic and the sorts is just not my cup of tea.
Feb 11, 2014 Valeria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valeria by: wanted to read more by Chopra
This book was amazing! I could stop there. It is a thick novel and so interesting. In a fictional sense it is so easy to relate the incidents in this book to real life. The analogies are sheer genius. Deepak is the writer of this age.
Cynthia Egbert
If you love the Arthurian legends and I can appreciate a good mystical novel with tons of symbolism. So, as scholarly as this book can sometimes get, I did enjoy it. But one almost needs to have an intimate knowledge of the Arthurian legends, I think to appreciate it, on that level because the characters of those legends only make brief appearances really, and if you do not know their back story, you might not catch all the nuances of this work.
In the awkwardly self-conscious introduction Deepak Chopra attempts to convince us that this isn't just a fantasy novel but a serious spiritual allegory of moving beyond the "20th-century dark age of war, pollution, predation, and hatred".

Skip all that and just enjoy the fantasy novel, easily as good as any Harry Potter book. Its almost as good as Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series.
Very interesting twist on an old Friend!
Karen the Comic Seller
In some ways, I really like this book - anything to do with the Arthurian Mythos is on my must read list. But in too many places, it got a little confusing...while time runs forward for us mere mortals, it runs backwards for wizards (like Merlin & Mordred) Until the last few chapters, when it seems it runs in all directions....Not sure if Chopra lost sight of the characters, the plot line, or if I just got lost and missed a few turns. Much of it was very good. Not satisfied with how it ended ...more
Behnoosh E
هر آدمی در اعماق درونش، ماردرد و مرلین و آرتور رو یکجا داره... بسته به خودشه که بخواد کدوم رو بیدار کنه و به پیروزی برسونه
Julie Laporte
Eeeehhhhh....I'm always a sucker for a Camelot story. The idea behind this book was GREAT....the "New Camelot" in modern times, meaning our favorite Camelot characters are reincarnated for their final (?) battle between Merlin and Mordred...but the execution of this novel is icky. I really enjoy Chopra's flow of words in all of his works, but imo, he needed some serious help with the outline/plot for this book.

Philosophically good...I won't expand, as I don't want to spoil it if you decide to re
Schimen Scott
Mixed feelings. It had a strong start but the finish was weak. The storytelling was splotchy but, the spiritual truths were insightful. As the wizards profess that what we see is an illusion and when we look at reality we see our reflection as reality is nothing but a mirror of our expectations. I like that truth.

I thought it had potential as I read on but, was disappointed that the ending fell flat. The message of hope was that I had hoped it was better.
Eve (Bee) Beltane
Thoroughly enjoyed this winding tale, it's strong characters and a fresh new take on Arthurian legend. The story intensified, drawing me in as I went deeper into the tale. Deepak put a lovely touch of spirituality into the story which I found fitting because in that period, spirit was honoured more so than in today society. The ending was an invitation to look inside yourself for spirit, courage and truth and that this, as is life, a never-ending quest.
If you are fascinated with the Arthurian Legend, as I am, then this is a great book to add to your reading collection. Chopra sets his tale in modern times where there is much chaos. Surely a great and wise wizard should materialize in this time of need. This is a book of hope and courage in a time of darkness without being hokey. The characters are well drawn and the plot keeps you reading.
Curl up in front of a fire for a good read.
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