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The Mists of Avalon

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""I read The Mists of Avalon because a girlfriend recommended it to me. And at first I was hesitant to - it's about 900 pages long - so it's a very thick book, and I knew it would be quite an undertaking to read it; but when I did, I didn't want to put it down. The Mists of Avalon is a retelling of the Arthurian legend through a female perspective. Morgaine Le Fay, who is also known as Morgan of the Fairies and who has in other interpretations been seen as an evil sorceress or a witch, is actually given voice in a very different light. The book brings together several what could be seen as binaries. We have Christian versus ancient Celtic religions; we have male versus female, god versus goddess, priest/priestess. A lot of these issues come to a head in this book. I was happy to read a book where a writer causes us to think about how the gods rule and what our parts are within that. I did suspend my disbelief, and I think that the reason that that was possible is because there were very real issues at stake; so even though there was something supernatural about these things going on, they still had to do with very real things going on in our hearts. I would recommend to anybody who is familiar with Arthurian legend. I believe feminists would like this book. I believe anybody who is considering the significance of religion and how it can either be helpful or destructive might want to read this book. I would give The Mists of Avalon five stars. It's an epic book, it's an epic story, and it's told in such great detail with such care."
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