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The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst iS No getting aroundtIt gets better you know Die Welt voran if we make ourselves LITTLE Then we re only chaff spinning on the Hurricane of Life And chaffs just peanuts at the Destroyer s orgiastic feastSome day we will all be able to do just that ALL of us VictimsOnce the strength of the battle subsides we will find we have been MOLDED nto a vital tiny truculence that can endure ALL the outrageous Forces of CircumstanceOn that blessed day we ll drop our guardAnd take up the eternal cloak of Humility Which will lead us to a Far Better Land than the one so ruinously despoiled by Lord Foul This sn t so much a review of the book as a response to other reviews I have read by people who hated A Madras Miasma it and hatedt specifically because they see the protagonist Thomas Covenant as unlikeable weak whiny and self pitying andor because of the rape scene Utterly Unbelievable: WWII in Facts includedn t My position s essentially this You can hate a character for many good reasons but having no clue who he really s s not one of themSome readers seem to want to excuse Covenant to some extent as an anti hero but I think this misses a larger point his Chronicles of which this book s the first are a kind of anti fantasy Oh this s still escape literature but Never a Mistress, No Longer a Maid it lacksntentionally the complete abandonment of a Lord of the Rings It doesn t allow the reader to simply wish themselves nto a magical new world Like and because of Covenant t fights back It asks the reader to consider the distinction between reality and fantasy or as Covenant would put t between sanity and madness This tension makes the Chronicles uniue providing a different kind of depth to the storyBriefly Lord Foul s Bane recounts the first part of an epic battle between the good people of the Land and the evil that would destroy t Lord Foul Specifically Citizen Jack it tells the story of Thomas Covenant a leper whose disease has cost him his wife his child and the succor of society his sexual potency two fingers of his right hand and the nervesn his fingers and toes The psychological cost has been no less extreme His disease reuires his full attention Help Your Kids With Music: A unique step-by-step visual guide if not directly for example through freuent visual surveillance of his body searching out any cuts or abrasions that because he can t feel them could uickly become dangerous thenndirectly In a world that hates and fears lepers Covenant s compelled to undertake the hardest of all tasks to give up all hope of health and love and meaningful human contact This s the man who after an accident wakes up n the Land a place of magic where health can not only be seen but restored as he soon discovers his leprosy s cured and only his missing fingers are not returned to himNaturally he rejects the Land and all Storm Chaser itsnhabitantsAnd here Mother Dear is where the story and Covenant too begins to pall on some readers For Covenant s rejections not a polite one Worse for many of these readers The Search for Heinrich Schlögel its Cato Street incomprehensible How could he reject this wonderful gift Howndeed could he not wholeheartedly embrace tThe answer of course s that Covenant s not n fact a weak man but an exceptionally strong one A weaker man would do exactly as many of these readers seem to want he would embrace the Land and charge off to help the good guys defeat the bad And because he carries with him a power eual to the task the white gold with which his wedding ring The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised Men is made he would succeed Then truly this book would be as bad as they thinkt Graphic Design For Everyone: Create Your Own Blog, Logo, Website and Much More isBut thankfully thatsn t Covenant For him the Land s no gift t s a curse He comes from our world the real world where places such as the Land are fantasy And fantasy s dangerous f you begin to believe t That way lies a life of nstitutionalization and madness Yet t seems so real so full of beauty and wonder friendship and love t takes a man of extraordinary character to resist ts temptationsReader complaints of whininess and self pity seem to me to lack an appreciation of Covenant s dilemma and perhaps simple human empathy He believes and as a man of our world he has every reason to believe that he Cooking Korean Food with Maangchi: Traditional Korean recipes is fighting for control of his own mind And againstmpossible odds Of course he despairs Yet he perseveresHow exactly s this man unlikeable Because he clings to sanity Because he refuses to allow figments of his magination to drive him mad Because he doesn t say please and thank you From what I can gather many of these one star reviewers never did read about Thomas Covenant they read about a Hero who wouldn t bow to their own desire for wish fulfillmentIt s ronic They come off sounding like the people n Covenant s town who hate him so much they want him to stay locked up The Girl He Used to Know in his house alone forever Except thatnstead of leprosy they cite the behavior and mode of thinking reuired by his disease as the reasons for their loathing Significantly they don t uestion the townspeople s reactions but they don t follow that through either It s as f they re saying Okay sure everyone hates youbut there s no
NEED TO BE BITTER ABOUT ITto be bitter about t sure everyone hates youbut there s no need to be bitter about t They t seem to understand that Covenant doesn t want to be the way he s but that he has no choice that Dictatorship and Political Police: The Technique of Control by Fear if he doesn t build walls between himself and the outside world he will lose himself entirely If hes overtly rude unlike say a shy person whose rudeness Die Versuchung der Pestmagd is born of annnate social awkwardness t s because he Die Frauen meines Vaters isn t naturally anti social He has had to build his defensive mechanisms himself against his naturalnclinations This makes him at once rigid and heroicAnd then there s the rape a crime compounded by the youth of the victim a girl of only 16 More than one reviewer n the blissful simplicity of the knee jerk reaction wanted to throw the book at a wall at this point n the story How Contest of Champions, Vol. 1: Battleworld ist possible to maintain sympathy for a man who would do such a thingWell as Denn die Nacht bringt das Meer. Nordsee-Thriller it turns outt s uite easy to do so provided you see the book through the lens of Covenant s dilemma If you go nto this book like other works of fantasy believing Galloglass 1250–1600: Gaelic Mercenary Warrior in the reality of the Land and you cannot fathom Covenant s unbelief then you will have a problem with this scene But then I think you will also have missed the point completely For rapen a dream or a fantasy The South Atlantic Coast and Piedmont: A Literary Field Guide isn t rape But for Covenantn a dream as real as this one appears to be The Amish Baking Cookbook: Plainly Delicious Recipes From Oven To Table its mpossible to gnore And A Guide to British Garden Birds. Stephen Moss and Brett Westwood with Chris Watson it acts on himn two ways Yahoo Answered: An Internet Marketer's Guide to Yahoo Answers it makes his rejection the Land difficult even ast raises disturbing uestions of his mental health outside the dream Later From Our Grandmothers' Kitchens in the book he has a similar reaction when he kills for the first time Is he he wonders truly capable of such violenceRather than ask How could he rape a 16 year oldt would be appropriate to think Even Love★Com, Vol. 6 in his dreams this man has a consciencePost Script Excoriating Covenant for the rape of Lena follows a logic that would have us holding ourselves accountable for the content of our dreams If a man told a woman he had a dreamn which he raped someone should the woman henceforth think of the man as a rapist If a woman told a man she had a dream A Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names in which she was raped and she enjoyedt should the man afterward believe the woman obviously wants to be raped I hope I speak for a large majority when I say Of course notBut one of the fascinating things about Covenant The Dinosaur That Pooped Adventures! is that he does follow this logic He doesn t want to and he tries hard not to but the things he doesn the Land the those things affect how he sees himself This The Lost Treasure of Talus Scree is why he does so damn little Thiss another misguided complaint about his characterIn this sense Covenant s journey s one of self discovery Like many of us however he s afraid of what he will discover By doing nothing or as little as he possibly can he can spare himself pain He has enough pain from his disease from his Just William's Greatest Hits isolation he doesn t think he can take any Lord Foul s Banes I think a very good book But t s here n the area of Covenant s self discovery that t s lacking His whining sn t a problem Too Big, Too Thick, Stretched Me, Squirting: Book 5 intself t s a symptom of Donaldson s unwillingness or nability to fully explore the depth of Covenant s character It s nteresting that the Land Fish Chips is mostly exactly that land While theres much to see on the surface a few deep lakes would have been nice Wow I really didn t like this bookI think Bengal in Global Concept History: Culturalism in the Age of Capital it wasn large part due to the fact that I found the main character so utterly unlikable Heck he s even despicableSome people can read and enjoy a book despite not being able to empathize with the characters I m not one of those people I actually like to care about my fictional characters It s pretty hard to give a flying fickle about some cranky jerk who rapes a woman Psychoanalysis and women;: Contributions to new theory and therapy in the first book I didn t bother reading to find outf things The Fifth Elephant (Discworld, improved from there Thomas Covenant hadt all a good family his first book was a New York Times bestseller his second book was n the progress Suddenly he developed leprosy his wife left him taking his son with her people avoid any kind of contact with him turning him nto a self loathing bitter whining person He Murder in the Title is a leper outcast uncleanSome high powers brought him to magic land where hes destined to either help fight Great Evil or destroy everything the choice Plato at the Googleplex is his The problems he does not really believe the land The Man Who Knew is real thiss only his mind affected by his leprosy which plays tricks on him As a result he does not really care about the Land this Mount! is an actual name of the place orts Chipper: More Than a Miracle inhabitants Hes a leper outcast uncleanThis Doctor Who: Combat Magicks is my second attempt to read the series The first time I readt I was really put off by one of Covenant s actions n the Land people who read this know what I talk about Still considering *the fact that a lot of people call this the best fantasy ever I was curious to finish this Oh n *fact that a lot of people call this the best fantasy ever I was curious to finish this Oh n you forgot Thomas Covenant s a leper outcast uncleanNow that I finally finished the book I am underwhelmed The most GR ratings for There’s an Alien in Your Book it are either 5 stars or 1 star I guess I will ben minority with my rating I found this book to be a slightly above average Tolkien clone with a very unlikable protagonist After all he s a leper outcast uncleanuite a few of the scenes can be easily attributed to Tolkien s classic with simple change of names Thomas Covenant has a ring with unknown great powers does this ring a bell Sorry for a bad unintended pun He needs to get to Rivendell sorry I mean Lord s Keep from where The Fellowship of the Ring sorry uest s formed from different people I can go on and on but will stop here to avoid further spoilers The only really original part Girls on the Home Front is that the main characters a leper outcast uncleanThe book was probably shocking The Complete David Bowie in the timet was written but Licence to be Bad: How Economics Corrupted Us if one comparest to modern fantasy Fundamentals of Nursing Care: Concepts, Connections Skills its very mild with the exception of the scene I already mentioned but even that s not THAT shocking nowadays t just strengthens reader s revulsion for Thomas Covenant who Seoul: A Window Into Korean Culture is a leper outcast uncleanSpeaking of the main character hes NOT an anti hero as some readers call him For good examples of anti heroes please refer to Elric by Michael Moorcock Lady from Chronicles of the Black Company Gerald Tarrant from Black Sun Rising or countless others Thomas Covenant Doctor Who: The Roundheads is just a whining jerk and something worse which I will not mention here ast will give a spoiler I know uite a few real life people who had Argirópolis (Colección de Clásicos de La Literatura Latinoamericana: Carrascalejo de La Jara) it as bad as or even worse than him but they managed to remain good humans Thomas Covenants a very pitiful excuse for a human being He Advanced Imagineering: Designing Innovation as Collective Creation is a leper outcast uncleanDid you notice that I never mention anybody except for the main character The reason for thiss that every single person Around Town (LEGO Duplo Dk Readers. Level 1) in the Lands a typical Mary Sue without any exceptions and thus are fairly Social Imaginaries of Space: Concepts and Cases indistinguishable from each other and not verynteresting except for a leper outcast unclean characterI thought about giving 2 star rating to this book but the very end was Developing Bus Rapid Transit: The Value of Brt in Urban Spaces interesting enough to warrant an extra star after all I would not read the next bookn the series with the first one having just 2 stars In this case this book was good enough for me to proceed to the next one even though Thomas Covenant Everything but the Squeal: Eating the Whole Hog in Northern Spain is a leper outcast uncleanOne last notef you think I overdid on the whole leper outcast unclean thing Thomas Covenant calls himself like this at least once per page Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective if not often sof somebody wants to read this for the first time get used to Connivance it He keeps whining like this non stop I ve often lamented that five star rating systems such as the one used by GoodReads don t allow for ratings lower than one star Weret possible I d give this book negative stars I think The Rest of the Story it actually sucks the uality away from books shelved neart and generally makes the world a less joyful less China-European Union Investment Relationships: Towards a New Leadership in Global Investment Governance? intelligent place to beYou might assume from the previous statements that I dislike this book Given that dislikes a pretty mild miluetoast term on the sliding scale of affection you would be wrong I loathe this book This s one of the very few novels I ve ever literally thrown across a room once I d finished t and f I had the chance I d cheerfully do so again preferably at Donaldson himself were he within rangeWhy Let s start with the protagonist and please don t even try to sell me on the notion that he s an anti hero Thomas Covenant s one of the most loathsome self Five Wakes and a Wedding involved creations ever to emerge from a writer s psyche and the fact that he himself would agree with that assessment alleviates his repulsiveness not one bit Covenants whiny to the point of self parody self pitying to the point of ego collapse and constantly uses his admittedly real hardships as justification for not accepting responsibility for anything Si encuentro tu nombre en el fuego including a heinous act of sexual violence which Donaldson thoughtfully sketches out for us just enough to make sure we don t miss the point yes Covenant really does rape a character after she s just healed him of his leprosyLadies and gentlemen Our HeroOf course that s merely the most glaring flawn a book chock full of awful Donaldson s writing style gives new depth and nuance to the concept of purple prose and his epic story reads like an overcooked pastiche of Tolkien with some cheery realism for which read late 20th century self nvolvement stirred n for flavor I d go on further but honestly there s only so long I can stomach kicking this dog of a novel before I feel the need to wash the taste of Donaldson s florid writing and his hero out of my brainI regret ever reading this book and I am absolutely flabbergasted that t has enough readers and fans to have led to seven count em seven seuels as of this writing I mean sure I know there s no accounting for taste but dam. 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Donaldson õ 8 Free readI live An Elegy for Mathematics in a smallish room with roughly a couple of thousand books They are everywhere I love the books but I also hate the books I d have spacef A Stranger on the Beach it wasn t for them when I movedt would be easy Coming Home ift didn t Strasberg at the Actors Studio: Tape-Recorded Sessions involve carrying what feels like an endless amount of heavy boxes packed with them They are everywhere The bookshelves are all double stacked There are books on top of the normally shelved books There are piles of them everywhere They fall over They aren the way Mooncheese likes to knock them over sometimes even though falling books scare her Like Juliana Hatfield felt about her sister I have the same lovehate relationship with my significant others Lately I ve been n the mindset to cull some of the books Be all JC on them and remove the wheat from the chaff I ve been a little successful I ve gotten rid of about sixty or seventy books n the last couple of months but there A Witch's Guide To Faery Folk: How to Work With the Elemental World is a problem I feel wrong about getting rid of books that I have not yet read This wouldn t be a problem except that a like a geologist I can go through my shelves and re create the history of fleetingdeas and The Homefront in Civil War Missouri interests I had that happened to correspond to fortuitous trips to used bookstores and b I sometimes buy a lot of crap An amendment to bs that I also acuire a lot of crap for free e I Love You Beth Cooper In some cases a and b come together Lord Foul s Bane s one of those books A few years ago I went through a brief moment where I thought maybe I should become familiar with fantasy Then I bought up some fantasy books for about a uarter a piece on a trip to the always wonderful bookstoreI love this cat he likes to sometimes sit on my back while I m crouched down looking for books Celibate Passion in Schuylerville turning point of the Revolutionary War and home of the most disgusting home I ever stepped footn but that Learning in the Cloud is another story I ll try to fitnto some other review where dog shit plays a promiment role This long and uninteresting story has no real point except that I want to get rid of books but I feel I need to read them before getting rid of them Lately that has been making me read books I have no Daniel Webster and Jacksonian Democracy interestn I ll look at a book that I think I will enjoy and say to myself when I finish this I think I ll want to keep The Gay Pretender it Sonstead of reading something I may potentially enjoy I ll see something like Lord Foul s Bane sitting Bloody Winter in a pile and I ll grab thisnstead I didn t finish this book I made t a little than halfway through t If I spent another couple of hours reading I d be able to finish Inventaire Sommaire Des Archives D�partementales Ant�rieures � 1790, Vol. 1: Mayenne (Classic Reprint) it but I just don t care to The books bad It s written n very formal and stilted style kind of like something you hear from some drama nerd who tries to bring a little Shakespeare nto their daily life The story War Girls is uninteresting Its difficult to accomplish this for me I find nothing wrong with reading a novel about a man laying Hieroglyphen lesen. in pig shit and doing nothing but thinking I can find that engaging Theres nothing engaging As Lágrimas Amargas de Petra Von Kant in this book By the time I stopped readingt there was some kind of uest to bring a message to someone but I didn t give a fuck Why didn t I care Well one I hated the language I hated the characte OMG that was a rather difficult book to get Lesson Planning and Classroom Management into I mean most of the time I had keep re shifting the gearsn my head to see what might be valuable and good about this book and for a great 200 pages I was wondering The Stalin Front: A Novel of World War II if I had stumblednto another Eddings slogfest full of completely predictable situations and heroes with only the main character being a bit out of the ordinaryAnd then I had to remind myself that this came out The Nightmare Garden in 1977 and the cult fantasy favourite as opposed to the mainstream fantasy favourite was LOTR We ve beennundated with Lewis and Beagle and who knows what else Look to the Mountain in the fantasy field The time was ripe for a change and all the big fantasy fans have all declared this fantasy cycle as a major turning point with a textual breakawaynto new territory that has stuck with us all the way to modern fantasy which I have to say I now adoreBut did I really get nto this book Is t even possible The answer The Space Race: The Journey to the Moon and Beyond is yes with a pretty huge caveat It s pretty obvious that the entire books an exploration of a uote by John Milton The Precarious: The Art and Poetry of Cecilia Vicuna / Vicuna, Cecilia. 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Two books in one (Wesleyan Poetry) in Paradise Lost The minds The Color of Water its own place andn Mayan Strawberries itself can make a heaven of hell a hell of heavenPutting that firmlyn mind now read our self hating Thomas Covenant Bill Gates (Up Close) in his American home being treated as a Leper because hes one and see America as Mordor He s Mistaken Mistress in hell And then he gets sent to heavenThe magical lands just that It s magical people CAN live on beauty alone and there are honourable seafaring giants reminiscent of the Ents horse riders with much magic n the horses just like Rohan only like Valdemar and the Council horse riders with much magic n the horses just like Rohan only like Valdemar and the Council are mages who have lost much lore over the centuriesCovenant s skeptical of everything he sees now for although he used to be a best selling author he s now given up on all things maginative The Great Smog of India in the wake of the hell of being diagnosed as a Leper and to learn he has no hope whatsoever So when hes miraculously cured and the wedding ring of his divorced wife has turned nto the receptacle of the mystical Wild Magic that could either restore or destroy this wonderful fantasy world he just Can Not Believe any of t He s hallucinating He s dreamingToo bad for him The Sex of the Angels, the Saints in their Heaven: A Breviary it s all too real to his senses and even his nerves have regenerated which he knowss Tryst with Prosperity impossible Oh DearHonestly thedeas come across as much Popular Hits interesting than the execution Like I saidt was a slogfestIt s also too bad because he s rather an assholeAfter reading so much modern fantasy I ALMOST wish he d done something other than rape the wide eyed girl that was doing her damnedest to help him like murder a cute puppy or an nnocent child Maybe he d have had an easier time making me believe he really did regret the act later or even right after the passion had been spent Jesus What a fucking prickOkay Moving along And that s another thing It was just a very very long travelogue At least LOTR had t n service of excellent secondary or tertiary goals The most we can say about Covenant s his gradual slide The Creative Habit into belief and eventual realization that he s been a major asshole At least there was lots of dancing And thenitial metaphor and how The Rest of the Story it changed each time was not lost upon me That was one of the nicer aspects of the novel other than the realizations of Covenant himselfOkay now here s my biggest nut and bolt complaint Lord Fouls both a pretty damn nteresting strategist and uber powerful magical villain I wish t hadn t taken so damn long for us as readers to GET THAT POINT Practically anything else would have been a better ntroduction to Drool and Foul They came across as an actual snivelling diot and a minor house lord and not the wielder of a staff fashioned by the Creator himself to right the corruption being spread throughout the fabric of reality or the source of that corruption Lords of Life: A History of the Kings of Thailand itself Lord Foul It was all properly epic and I loved thedeas once I was finally INTRODUCED to themI saw the nfluence of Zelazny s Amber series right away and I ve always loved t when authors did that You know Uber Reality and the lesser realms with Earth being one of many minor realms It was a nice addition to the bookAnd oddly enough I got a lot out of the novel s spoken aloud tales campfire style than I did with the entire let s go get that damn Staff storylineIt s not a bad novel Don t get me wrong I m not jumping off the deep end and slamming this as I would with a modern fantasy that tried to pull this off I m trying to respect t as a product of t s time and place and as such I d probably give t a 5 star rating too or perhaps a 4 because Zelazny s was better Or at least I remember t fondly and since I haven t read the other Covenant novels I really shouldn t judge just yetBut the language Simon Spatz: From Holocaust to Halifax, A Story of Survival and Success in this novel wasn t up to Tolkien s high standards and the worldbuilding didn t leave all that muchmpression on me either Maybe that s a personal failing and the fact that I couldn t get A Life in Two Worlds into the groove and kept falling out of whatever groove I eventually got wellt certainly didn t helpI ll keep going because once I The Hitler Kiss: A Memoir of the Czech Resistance investn a thing I like to maintain the The Doré Illustrated Balzac Droll Stories investment especially when others tell met only gets a lot better but as of right this moment I m a bit weary Maybe a few novels before I sink nto the next might be bestsigh I read Lord Foul s Bane once n grade seven the same year I first read Macbeth and Lady Chatterly s Lover and The Lord of the Rings for a second time It was a Soul saddened SIGHDamn damn DAMNlife can really be full of suck This book really torched my hopes and dreams NOT because Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species it was nightmarishly horrible whicht wasn t but because I wanted Feminisms at a Millennium it to be so brimming with steaming chunks of mouth watering awesome that I could write a stinging snark filled anti anti Thomas Covenant reviewmy rant against the rantersI suspected I had a excellent chance of really liking this story because most of the criticism of the series revolves around how douchy and unlikeable Thomas Covenant the main characters Not a problem for this reader as I have no problem hating a protagonist as long they are Gwydion's Dawn interesting well drawn and compelling I don t generally caref I like them In fact some of the most memorable characters I have come across have been ones that made me cringe like a baby before broccoli I despised Patrick Bateman n American Psycho Lou Ford n The Killer Inside Me Heathcliff Mj 12. Die Geheime Regierung in Wuthering Heights and even at first Tyrion Lannister from A Game of Thrones I must point out that my dislike for Tyrion didn t last past the second book and I now want him to be my BFF because his awesomenesss off the chartsSo I didn t forsee that an unlikeable main character was going to be much of an obstacle for me Plus having already enjoyed the first two Strahlend In Purpur Und Goldd. Heilige Reich Von Konstantinopel installments of Donaldson s Gap series I knew the man could write so I figured I might ben for a real treat and then I would show all those Thomas Covenant haters
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music sinister music Well for the first 70 to 75 pages my plan was working perfectlysinister music Well for the first 70 to 75 pages my plan was working perfectly I was sitting suarely Sierra Wildflowers: Mt. Lassen to Kern Canyon in 5 star territory and starting to brainstorm whatnsults I would hurl at the El Guero Tellez/ Tellez the Blond: Reportero de policia!/ Police Reporter! insult hurlersn my defense of what I was sure must be THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD FANTASY CLASSIC OF ALL TIME Ah Haunted Louisiana: The Most Haunted Houses in Louisiana if only someone would have warned me how wrong I was I even flew right through thenfamous rape scene and had my explanationsdefenses already germinating n my caustic little brain I was thinking granted there s NO justification for rape but we have seen similar events A Mistaken Match in other novels eg The Outlander series that so many people seem to fawn over Also Covenant did express lingering guilt over this senseless and brutal act and his remorses something that continues to play an Lodz important partn the narrative Thus I think his deep regret and loathing of himself for what he did and the uncontrollable mpulse aspect of the nitial crime makes Covenant s behavior despicable while still holding out the possibility of his redemption OOOOOOOHHHH take that all you haters BRIEF INTERLUDE Those of you Covenant haters out there that are reading this and know the almost Shakespearean tragedy that was soon to befall me as my The Diminished initial positive feelings for the book were horribly ripped away from me by the oncoming train wreck ofts narrative problems I can only hope that you can forgive my earlier arrogance n wanting to prove you wrong END INTERLUDEUnfortunately shortly after the rape scene when I thought the story was really going to ramp up nto uncharted bastions of EPICness nconsistencies n the narrative structure began to really really get n my way Before I can explain I need to give a brief thumbnail description of the basic plot Thomas Covenant s a leperyes LEPER How cool Discipline is that The man has leprosy He was a best selling writer before he got the big L and lost two of the fingers on his right hand He also lost his wife and child who packed up and moved on the greener pastures that had a little less leprosyn them So Tommy boy has been going through the mother of all rough patches when we first meet him Oh Oh I almost forgot The leprosy has also made him Claim the Night (The Claiming impotentnice bonusSo at the beginning of the story TCs living alone Claimed by Desire in a perpetual pissed off mood ands being shunned by his entire community due to the whole leprosy Say Youll Remember Me iscky vibe he Accidental Bodyguard is putting out there Well TC as a not so subtle FU to the townsfolk decides to walk down to the power company to pay his billn person During this excursion he has an accident loses consciousness and wakes up n the Land which s the fantasy world Mehr als das in which the series takes place So far so good Well Thomas doesn t believe hes The Accidental Cowboy (Angel Crossing, Arizona, in a strange new world He thinks hes unconscious or dreaming or Abby and the Bachelor Cop in a coma etcHes afraid to take any of the new world seriously because he thinks Eye to Eye it willndicate his final break with reality TC s grip on reality Accidentally Expecting is all themportant to him due to his leprosy trust me on this no time to explain Anyway all of this sounds great to me A fantasy character who doubts the world around him Bring t on WAITWHAT IS THATDANGERFLASHING RED LIGHTSPROBLEM AHEADSTEVE S REVIEW AND HIS WHOLE PLAN IS HEADED FOR TROUBLENO NO NO NO FULL STOPTRAIN WRECK AHEAD Note you will have to magine the sight of my murdered dreams as I could not find a picture that truly showed the horror of my disappointment Here Herzrivalen is where Donaldson completely lost me and I lost all of my hopes of turning the hate against the haters Instead the read became a waking nightmare that haunted me and began slowly crushing my will to live You see Thomas Covenant the Unbelievers only partially and occasionally an unbeliever and only when his unbelief can be used to some kind of dramatic effect Otherwise he seems to take the world very very seriously This s THE central plot device of the entire series and t s nconsistent than a politician during campaign season In fact I could probably open the book up anywhere during the last 300 pages and find an example of this nconsistency but I will at least mention a few so you know what I mean At one critical point n the story TC vows to stop eating because he believes that by starving he will force the llusion of the world to be revealed Sounds good but do you know what ole TC s doing when he makes the vow to gnore foodhe s grabbing the freaking wine skin and taking a swig HUH. 1977 1st Ed. Food s Always Look Twice illusion but I might as well believen the wineI need some help on this one Once I started looking for this I found All For You: Halfway There / Buckhorn Ever After / The One You Want / One Perfect Night it everywhere I asked myself whenever Covenant did anythingf you are dreaming and you know Any Man Of Mine it why are you bothering to do X Y and Z I NEVER got a good answer AND HERE IS THE BIG ONE Covenant doesn t believen the world and tells this to everyone who will listen AND YET he continues to follow the course laid out for him by Lord Foul at the beginning of his dream throughout the entire time he Annalee And The Lawman is there Again HUH Despite his complete lack of beliefn the reality of this fantasy world TC goes through extreme hardship and turmoil to travel the length of the Land because he conveniently tells himself that continuing to move forward The Apollonides Mistress Scandal is the key No No No Mr Donaldson that makes no sense The truths t s just too Anything For His Son inherently difficult to have a main charactern a fantasy world not participate Anticipation in the story You got yourself stuckBottom linef TC doesn t believe where he s than he should ACT like t Don t just tell us and then occasionally say I won t do such and such because none of this s real Be true to your lack of convictions TC because otherwise you just come across as a failed literary experiment which unfortunately s what I think you areAnyway that s where the story lost me I would add to the above major grievance that the narrative was also too disjointed and Donaldson was never able to really make the world come alive despite the fact that some of the world building elements were pretty nteresting Thus while I liked the Annie and the Outlaw idea of the Land and some of the secondary characters especially the giants they came across too much like set pieces given the rather undefined nature of the world Overall I think that Donaldson had a verynteresting ANNIE AND THE PRINCE idea for a story butt just suffered from the fundamental flaw of being almost The Single Dad's Redemption impossible to pull offn the context of a coherent narrative20 stars heavy sigh 2020 re readI first read this 1977 publication early A Christmas Affair in HS so probablyn the neighborhood of 1982 or 1983 I blazed through the books and then had to wait for the sixth novel White Gold Wielder to come out and I bought that book n hard back a rare extravagance for me back then I recall being so caught up n the world building The Apple Orchard it was fantastic but also very different from Tolkien or the Narnia talesMy first thoughts nows how dark the story was Donaldson has crafted a magnificent fantasy and then placed at When Hitler Took Austria: A Memoir of Heroic Faith by the Chancellor's Son its center a thoroughly unlikeable protagonistn Thomas Covenant so much so that t seems the author went out of his way to make Covenant ugly Covenant somehow contracted leprosy and Donaldson draws on all of the ancient fears and prejudices against that affliction Covenant s wife leaves him taking with her their nfant son and this coupled with his rigid self preservation training from the leprosarium makes him an abrasive selfish and self loathing person He s magically transported to a fantastic setting and s mmediately fighting for his life and n mortal dangerLEPER OUTCAST UNCLEANFinally as f that was not enough Donaldson describes a very sad horrific rape scene Speaking with other readers and many reviews here on Goodreads this was the final straw and they either put the book down or learning about this scene never picked t up The betrayal of a beautiful young girl n a healthy land was a further stinging rebuke against an already troubling narrativeSo why did Donaldson write his fantasy n this wayI understand now that my younger self did not have the emotional maturity to fully grasp the ramifications of the crime I knew then that t was a terrible act and then I just went on with the rest of the story mesmerized by the maginative vision Donaldson had conjured But I see now that this ugliness this repugnance was exactly what Donaldson was striving for he wanted an explosive contrast between this healthy utopian society and a sickly egocentric paranoid and mistrustful anti heroCan an anti hero become heroicTo be clear Thomas Covenant was not the charismatic anti hero of the 50s or 60s this Ensimmäinen maailmansota is not Marlon Brando looking cool and confident on a motorcycle Covenants damaged physically and emotionally and his leprosy his Molly Weir's Trilogy of Scottish Childhood identity as a leper outcast from societys a central The Lion Seeker imperativen Donaldson s story Donaldson notes that leprosy s not the kind of disease that can be romanticized and likewise he does not glamorize Covenant but describes him n less than complementary ways throughout the book He wakes up Tom Waits - Mule Variations in a wholesome bountiful land with a magical history and he names himself Unbeliever thinking hes dreaming or has gone nsane A magical element found n the land cures him of his disease and the re awakening of his nerve cells of his ability to feel touch and have sensations leads him to act n an abhorrent fashion rather than being thankful for this unexpected blessingMost notably when describing the critical scene and one that has certainly polarized readers since publication Donaldson shifts the perspective from Covenant to the victim Lena and we experience her thoughts and fears about what has happened to her and by a man she not only trusted but that she believed had a prophetic power to provide some benefit to the LandWhen I read Vladimir Nabokov s Lolita I like every reader who gets through the outrageous subject must come to terms with the experience It s foremost an exceptionally written book with masterful prose and from a writer gifted n the ability to make language do what he wants with color and wit It s also about a child molester How are Humbert and Thomas Covenant different and how do the authors of each use this highly unorthodox protagonistDonaldson talented as he s Ghanta College : The Art of Topping College Life is not Nabokov the literary giant he s telling a very good fantasy story with some exceptional nuances Truth be toldn this second reading I thought of a comparison with Gene Wolf with ts dark tone and ntricate magic rules While Humbert Humbert s an unrepentant sex offender Covenant s a confused tragic hero coming to terms with the contrast between the harsh reality of his severe llness and the fantastic healthfulness of the land In his struggle to understand what has happened
To Him He Actshim he acts a monster but there s good n him I ll leave t to the reader to decide Letters of Euler on Different Subjects in Natural Philosophy: Addressed to a German Princess if Covenants fundamentally good or bad but he Christiane und Goethe (Spiegel-Edition, is drawn by Donaldson to be a decidedly complicated person Similarly Nabokov described Deloresn a dynamic complex light so the victim The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe V. Wade in both storiess provided a sympathetic humanistic portrayal In this way Donaldson s literary ambition to tell than just another sword and sorcery fantasy Jager's Mate is at leastn part realizedThe LandDonaldson s world building s what drew me to this story decades ago and t Leaving Rock Harbor is stillmpressive The Caucasus: An Introduction ints scope and design Most noteworthy Ketamine: Dreams and Realities is thentrinsic health of the land from The Last Prairie: A Sandhills Journal its strong people who do not know disease to the magical dichotomy between the ecological well being of the land and of the Satanic like antagonist Donaldson has crafted a world where the vigor of the lands tied to the people and vice versa There Siege is anntricate system of laws and oaths and pledges and all s well n the land as long as Erik Erikson its people uphold their lawfulness Theres a history of desecration where the land was destroyed literally but also metaphorically by desperation hopelessness and lawlessness Covenant the outworlder the Leper s starkly contrasted with this health and part of Donaldson s story s how Covenant struggles for acceptance of the Land and of his reluctant heroism Covenant s wedding ring Decoy: A Novella is of white gold and this alloys given special significance Ramona in the land wild magic and Covenant as the wielder of this wild magic seems to be at chaotic variance with the liturgical observance of the many laws of the land The UnfetteredIn the world building residents of the Land can go to a place of learning called the Loresraat where they can study ancient rites and magic and may someday become a Lord a leader and steward of the land and a member of the Council of Lords A student who graduates and does not want to become a Lord and Earthfriend can take the Rites of the Unfettered to be allowed tondependently continue to devote themselves to a single mystery of the Land without the responsibility of being a Lord When I first read this the concept was attractive and I thought about the Unfettered since Re reading now I still see this as an appealing dea but now also see this as an mportant element Active Korean 3 in Donaldson s narrative Just as Covenants a kind of bottom of the barrel anti hero being rejected and Ein schönes Paar in turn rejecting much of the law and order of society both from his world and the Land s the Unfettered serve as a metaphor for 60s and 70s counter culture they drop out and live off the grid for their own purposes While like Covenant they can be seen as self centered and contrary to collective society they are also a demonstration ofndividuality and self determinism Donaldson may also have been signifying a rejection of collectivist conservationist s for a classically liberal libertarian ethosTolkien Narnia and Game of ThronesStephen R Donaldson very deliberately created a fantasy that was NOT Say You'll Remember Me in the Tolkien Lewis mold Like Narnia we have a real world protagonist whos transported to a fantasy world Unlike Narnia this brings the real world ugly to the fantasy It s like f Edmund got his own fantasy series While LOTR was like GOT n that they are both self contained epic fantasies Covenant may have anticipated GOT with ts focus on mature subjects and by not shying away from ugly scenesTolkien and Narnia with a few exceptions also stick to fairly easily defined characters While there may be some complexities Narnia s Edmund again stands out and also Thorin Oakenshield And Maybe Even Gollem From Tolkien and maybe even Gollem from Tolkien the most part we have either good or bad While most n the Land as Donaldson has drawn them are either good or bad our main protagonist Thomas Covenant s morally ambiguous with many disagreeable even despicable ualities Not until the Game of Thrones characters do we see such a wealth and diversity of good bad and ugly sometimes showing up n the same character In this way Donaldson and Martin after him leads fantasy writers away from an ethically or dealistically binary alignment system to one where the lines are blurred and the concept of unreliable narrator takes a bold new courseIn a Dungeons and Dragons alignment s Covenant Chaotic Good Neutral Good Neutral or even Neutral Evil I ll leave that to each reader to ponder onDruids Immunization and Kung Fu PandaThe people and the Land live together Chairul Tanjung Si Anak Singkong in synergistic harmony and Donaldson has described both land and peoplen terms of health vitality and power The trees and forests are vibrant the animals are strong and the people are charged with vitality Covenant can sense the health of the land even as a stranger and the people live the Message of the Apus in close connection to the natural properties of the land and not fromt Wood gives off light but does not burn pottery and stone can be shaped with earth magic It s as though we are reading about an entire society of druids who safeguard and steward the land Double Play in all aspects and the landn turn provides for the people There Frau, komm!: die Massenvergewaltigungen deutscher Frauen und Mädchen 1944/45 is an etiuette of communal protocols and hospitality and mutual respect among the peopleAnd then this asshole Covenant shows upThomas Covenants like Les Enfants Terribles immunization Hes the small but powerful sample of disease and llness from an unhealthy and corrupt place that the land needs to properly deal with the corruption and waste personified by Lord Foul and his minions In several scenes the people THIS s a book for folks who often find life Tough Maybe you re one of em That has been My life for sureWhen I was 20 I started swimming against the Tide I had discovered Value n my life I was gonna hang on to t for dear lifeThe only other available option was sheer outrageSo naturally I made new friends the pleasers They sought to lull me with their nice pleasant lullabies and dropped pleasant leading gambitsWhenever n a weak moment I consented to listen the soporific would be gently administered and I d drift off to Lala Land for what seemed ages But then I d remember to Remember myself and throw off my shackles Time then for my opposition to use the heavy artilleryYou got tSo back and forth went my life just so for These Witches Dont Burn interminable aeons of slumbernterspersed with jarringly wide awake cauchemars with all their Soul splitting bright noonday torment Awakening from history s nightmare The Black Jersey is no picnicPride was always my stumbling block EXACTLY ast Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin is for Thomas Covenantn the Strange and Savage Real Life Dreamworld he s been catapulted The Heat of the Moment: Life and Death Decision-Making From a Firefighter into We re all proud naturally because of ournborn need for transcendence A real radix malorum as t turns out So then the world turns to us and says You re no one special So why not just jump on the eternal bandwagon of endless 247 Desire Because t s precisely the road of fools Potty Training Magic: The Fun Way to go Nappy-Free Fast is why the way to dusty death Deathsn t real to a little kid And Tiny House: Live Small, Dream Big it s only real to us because of ourllimitable desires We have to make perfect our willBut Thomas knows nothing of this So n his vividly Real parallel universe to his daily disbarred from humanity drudgery of ncurable leprosy he The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes: Crisis, Breakdown and Reequilibration. An Introduction is fighting perceived evilDon t all we outsiders do thatJust like me so Thomas a leper one set apart and enchainedn a Magic Circle of Exclusion from polite society A figurative leper like the rest of us plodders who strive with every fibre of our sinews to be reconnected and justified to our erstwhile peersAs Kafka says give This Beach Is Loud! it up Kafka and Thomas win out Inclusions not the point Our and their splintered life Young Mr. Obama is Brokenness wins That s where we startAs the Nobel laureate Lagerkvist states Endurances everything for only Inside Tunisia's Al-Nahda: Between Politics and Preaching in that can there be GloryWe are ALL clinging to that accursed rock upon which we like Prometheus who saw THROUGH Lord Foul s mind games arempaled sentenced to submit to the gnawing of the gods upon our liverSo resistance as the film clich says The Amiable Baltimoreans is futileAnd submissions key The books Love's Pulse in themmortal Thomas Covenant sword n sorcery series seem endless and a too daunting task for a feeble septuagenarian like me to attempt But I HIGHLY recommend them to folks who like I do find the struggle for Goodness Herculean And this First one of the saga Okfuskee: A Creek Indian Town in Colonial America is Great For Thomas Struggles Really Endles. 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