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The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Oct 04, 08

bookshelves: feminist-lit, arthurian-lit, favorites, myth
Recommended to Michelle by: I read it for a college lit class
Recommended for: fans of Arthurian literature; feminists, pagans
Read in January, 1990, read count: over 10

One of my all-time favorites. Morgan Le Fay is finally redeemed from her presentation as the horrific scary lady in Arthurian legend. Here, she is a complicated figure who is out of time--completely at odds with the historical, social, and political changes of her era. Bradley does a masterful job crafting the relationship between Morgaine and Gwenhyfar, presenting both women as subject to forces greater than themselves. These are complicated characters, ones we sympathize with, even while we want to condemn their behaviors. I recommend this novel to anyone interested in the Aurthian legend and who is willing to let that legend be challenged in provocative ways.
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