One of the best things in the world is to have friends whose taste in books is similar to yours; and my taste in books isn’t exactly that easy. If you enjoy tales such as The Lord of the Rings and Anne Rice, this new section on And Far Away should help you find a good book to read.
One condition: if you have a similar taste, you should also recommend books for me to read, because I’m out of books again!
“The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Bradley was very enjoyable for several reasons:
1. It is very satisfyingly long, with around a 1000 pages, printed in the tiniest font legible. It took me a while to read, and since I usually gobble books in hours, I was very happy about that.
2. The plot takes place over a very long time period, so you know everything that happens to everyone. Again, satisfying details.
3. Based on history, but creative enough to offer a really fascinationg reinterpretation of a myth we’re all familiar with. It is basically a feminist interpretation of a male-centered myth, with a woman fighting to save her matriarchal Celtic culture in a country where patriarchal Christianity threatens to destroy the pagan way of life.
Yeah, religion versus magic, patriarchy versus matriarchy, cliche history versus some creativity. Definitely my sort of book. If you like history and good story telling, and if you enjoy actually thinking about religion, then you will enjoy this book. Highly recommended.
Have anyone read “The Mosts of Avalon”?
Other book reviews on AndFarAway:
The Mists of Avalon
All My Friends are Superheroes
The Lord of the Rings
His Dark Materials
Blood and Gold
The Time Traveller’s Wife