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Domnei (The Biography of Manuel #5)

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Cabell was an early 20th century author of fantasy fiction. Domnei is subtitled A Comedy of Woman-Worship. This is book four in the series The Biography of the Life of Manuel. The series follows Don Manuel the Count of Poictesme. Poictesme is a fantasy province in France. His physical and spiritual descendents are followed through several generations.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 12th 2007 by Book Jungle (first published 1913)
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Steven Malone
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Branch Cabell is an American treasure. "Domnei" is one of his best. A wry, ironic, sardonic and witty fantasy that explores the nature of woman's effect on men and on the meanings of "Love" and lust.

Domnei is an adult, wicked, and subversive story of the bitter feud between a knight, Perion, and evil Demetrios for the love of beautiful and pure Melicent. Read to see if you don't gain empathy for the urbane villain as the two men learn to respect each other as adversaries. Read to see if Me
James Wallis
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You don't expect a book about chivalric romance, written in the slightly arch tone of hundred-year-old pre-Tolkien fantasy, to completely wreck you. Domnei left me quiet, still and thoughtful for a very long time. It is an extraordinary work, illustrative of the depths of emotion and great writing that the best speculative fiction can attain. The author described it as a 'comedy'. The author was a complex and sardonic man. I commend him and his works to you.
I really don't know what to make of this book. It's two tales, the first, "Domnei", is a depiction of the soul of Melicent whose love, in the face of reason, time, trouble, uncertainty, and absence, remained purely unchanging. For this diverse men worship her (worship is to be taken literally). Cabell thought the whole thing ridiculous (with a sort of "and yet.. it's rather splendid" in the background). He claims that there were once men who believed that such a soul as Melicent's could exist, a ...more
Coleman Ridge
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a prose romance, a picaresque, violent love story told in poetic language. Like The Princess Bride, it was written by a cynical, anti-romantic writer secretly in love with romance, who wrote one romance, putting the pent-up passion of a lifetime into it. The story is mannered, witty, and mocking, as if laughing at children's games played a long time ago, but full of passionate belief just under the surface.

It tells of three men who love the princess Melicent: Perion de la Foret, an outl
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James Branch Cabell was a novelist, critic and poet.
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Other Books in the Series

The Biography of Manuel (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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  • Figures of Earth
  • The Silver Stallion
  • The Witch-Woman
  • Chivalry
  • Jurgen  (The Biography of Manuel, #7)
  • The Line of Love: Dizain des Mariages
  • The High Place
  • Gallantry: Dizain des Fetes Galantes
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