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Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education eHat was NOT in the Tolkien Lewis mold Like Narnia we have a real world protagonist who is transported to a fantasy world Unlike Narnia this brings the real world ugly to the fantasy It s like if Edmund got his own fantasy series While LOTR was like GOT in that they are both self containedpic fantasies Covenant may have anticipated GOT with its focus on mature subjects and by not shying away from ugly scenesTolkien and Narnia with a few xceptions also stick to fairly asily defined characters While there may be some complexities Narnia s Edmund again stands out and also Thorin Oakenshield and maybe Cruise Control even Gollem from Tolkien for the most part we haveither good or bad While most in the Land as Donaldson has drawn them are ither good or bad our main protagonist Thomas Covenant is morally ambiguous with many disagreeable ven 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 in the same character In this way Donaldson and Martin after him leads fantasy writers away from an thically or idealistically 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 is Covenant Chaotic Good Neutral Good Neutral or ven Neutral Evil I ll leave that to ach reader to ponder onDruids Immunization and Kung Fu PandaThe people and the Land live together in synergistic harmony and Donaldson has described both land and people in 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 ven as a stranger and the people live in close connection to the natural properties of the land and not from it Wood gives off light but does not burn pottery and stone can be shaped with arth magic It s as though we are reading about an ntire society of druids who safeguard and steward the land in all aspects and the land in turn provides for the people There is an tiuette of communal protocols and hospitality and mutual respect among the peopleAnd then this asshole Covenant shows upThomas Covenant is like immunization He is the small but powerful sample of disease and illness 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 lack ven a word to understand disease in their tongue and xperienceThe 2008 animated film Kung Fu Panda features a rotund panda named Po who is voiced by Jack Black Po wants to be a hero but his meager abilities are overshadowed by other animals with greater fighting talents Yet he is chosen as the Dragon Warrior mainly because he can take a punch and keep going He s not the best fighter but he is the one most likely to survive Thomas Covenant likewise for all his failings and they are many is a survivor His training and status as a leper have made him that from his rigid system of self xamination to detect injury to his freuently hostile attitude aimed at keeping others at bay he has made himself to keep moving and to survive which stands in contrast with the civil polite society he discovers in the landA difficult book in many ways and Stephen R Donaldson asks much of his readers this is also to me at least one of the best fantasies in the past 75 years and well worth the D DAY Through German Eyes 2 effort Wow I really didn t like this bookI think it was in large part due to the fact that I found the main character so utterly unlikable Heck he sven despicableSome people can read and Baroque Personae enjoy a book despite not being able tompathize 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 in the first book I didn t bother reading to find out if things improved from there OMG that was a rather difficult book to get into I mean most of the time I had keep re shifting the gears in my head to see what might be valuable and good about this book and for a great 200 pages I was wondering if I had stumbled into 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 in 1977 and the cult fantasy favourite as opposed to the mainstream fantasy favourite was LOTR We ve been inundated with Lewis and Beagle and who knows what lse 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 BREAKAWAY INTO major turning point with a textual breakaway into territory that has stuck with us all the way to modern fantasy which I have to say I now adoreBut did I really get into this book Is it ven possible The answer is yes with a pretty huge caveat It s pretty obvious that the Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? entire book is anxploration of a uote by John Milton in Paradise Lost The mind is its own place and in itself can make a heaven of hell a hell of heavenPutting that firmly in mind now read our self hating Thomas Covenant in his American home being treated as a Leper because he is one and see America as Mordor He s in hell And then he gets sent to heavenThe magical land is 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 in the horses just like Rohan only like Valdemar and the Council who are mages who have lost much lore over the centuriesCovenant is skeptical of verything he sees now for although he used to be a best selling author he s now given up on all things imaginative in the wake of the hell of being diagnosed as a Leper and to learn he has no hope whatsoever So when he is miraculously cured and the wedding ring of his divorced wife has turned into the receptacle of the mystical Wild Magic that could ither restore or destroy this wonderful fantasy world he just Can Not Believe any of it He s hallucinating He s dreamingToo bad for him it s all too real to his senses and Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group even his nerves have regenerated which he knows is impossible Oh DearHonestly the ideas come across as much interesting than thexecution Like I said it 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 Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust eyed girl that was doing her damnedest to help him like murder a cute puppy or an innocent child Maybe he d have had anasier time making me believe he really did regret the act later or Conscience and Memory 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 it in service ofxcellent secondary or tertiary goals The most we can say about Covenant is his gradual slide into belief and Pansy Vol. 6 eventual realization that he s been a major asshole At least there was lots of dancing And the initial metaphor and how it changedach 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 Foul is both a pretty damn interesting strategist and uber powerful magical villain I wish it hadn t taken so damn long for us as readers to GET THAT POINT Practically anything Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods else would have been a better introduction to Drool and Foul They came across as an actual snivelling idiot 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 itself Lord Foul It was all properlypic and I loved the ideas once I was finally INTRODUCED to themI saw the influence of Zelazny s Amber series right away and I ve always loved it 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 Elizabeth I enough I got a lot out of the novel s spoken aloud tales campfire style than I did with thentire 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 Education in a New Society end and slamming this as I would with a modern fantasy that tried to pull this off I m trying to respect it as a product of it s time and place and as such I d probably give it a 5 star rating too or perhaps a 4 because Zelazny s was better Or at least I remember it fondly and since I haven t read the other Covenant novels I really shouldn t judge just yetBut the language in this novel wasn t up to Tolkien s high standards and the worldbuilding didn t leave all that much impression on meither Maybe that s a personal failing and the fact that I couldn t get into the groove and kept falling out of
whatever groove I ventually got well it certainly didn t helpI ll keep going because once I invest in a thing groove I ventually got well it certainly didn t helpI ll keep going because once I invest in a thing like to maintain the investment specially when others tell me it only gets a lot better but as of right this moment I m a bit weary Maybe a few novels before I sink into the next might be bestsigh THIS is a book for folks who often find life Tough Maybe you re one of m That has been My life for sureWhen I was 20 I started swimming against the Tide I had discovered Value in my life I was gonna hang on to it 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 in 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 itSo back and forth went my life just so for interminable aeons of slumber interspersed with jarringly wide awake cauchemars with all their Soul splitting bright noonday torment Awakening from history s nightmare is no picnicPride was always my stumbling block EXACTLY as it is for Thomas Covenant in the Strange and Savage Real Life Dreamworld he s been catapulted into We re all proud naturally because of our inborn need for transcendence A real radix malorum as it turns out So then the world turns to us and says You re no one special So why not just jump on the The Baby Swap Miracle eternal bandwagon ofndless 247 Desire Because it s precisely the road of fools is "why the way to dusty death Death isn t real to a little "the way to dusty death Death isn t real to a little And it s only real to us because of our illimitable desires We have to make perfect our willBut Thomas knows nothing of this So in his vividly Real parallel universe to his daily disbarred from humanity drudgery of incurable leprosy he is fighting perceived vilDon t all we outsiders do thatJust like me so Thomas a leper one set apart and nchained in a Magic Circle of Exclusion from Thomas Covenant had it all a good family his first book was a New York Times bestseller his second book was in the progress Suddenly he developed leprosy his wife left him taking his son with her people avoid any kind of contact with him t I read Lord Foul s Bane once in 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 good year for me and reading And an important year for who I would become But I didn t know until now how important Lord Foul s Bane was to all of thatThis story has stuck with me in the most amazing ways After nearly three decades I recalled an amazing amount of detail in the pages I reread I remembered minute details about Thomas Covenant s attitude towards his leprosy specially when it came to the VSE Visual Surveillance of Extremities rituals that sustained him in our world and the new rituals he developed during his time in the Land I remembered Atiaran s stone knife and the way Covenant tempted the fate of his leprosy with its keen dge the dge that never dulled I remembered the way Covenant hero anti hero villain weakling coward simply flawed raped Atiaran s daughter Lena I remembered the diamond draught of Stoneheart Foamfollower and the image of the impaled Waynhim in the Waymeet and the death of the Unfettered One trying to save the beautiful wraiths of the Andelainian Hills and the wedge formation of the ur Viles I remembered it all with the sort of clarity one has when they read a book dozens of times or reread a book very shortly after having put it down but I didn t xpect to have anywhere near the clarity I had all these years later Thomas Covenant himself has stuck with me He is frustrating spiteful ugly tormented cynical dark brooding and infuriatingly self pitying. 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I live in a smallish room with roughly a couple of thousand books They are Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation everywhere I love the books but I also hate the books I d have space if it wasn t for them when I moved it would beasy if it didn t involve carrying what feels like an Gender Justice endless amount of heavy boxes packed with them They areverywhere The bookshelves are all double stacked There are books on top of the normally shelved books There are piles of them Generations and Collective Memory everywhere They fall over They are in the way Mooncheese likes to knock them over sometimesven 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 in 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 in the last couple of months but there is a problem I feel wrong about getting rid of books that I have not yet read This wouldn t be a problem xcept that a like a geologist I can go through my shelves and re create the history of fleeting ideas and 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 b is that I also acuire a lot of crap for free ie I Love You Beth Cooper In some cases a and b come together Lord Foul s Bane is 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 in Schuylerville turning point of the Revolutionary War and home of the most disgusting home I ver stepped foot in but that is another story I ll try to fit into some other review where dog shit plays a promiment role This long and uninteresting story has no real point From Notes to Narrative 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 interest in I ll look at a book that I think I willnjoy and say to myself when I finish this I think I ll want to keep it So instead of reading something I may potentially Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America enjoy I ll see something like Lord Foul s Bane sitting in a pile and I ll grab this instead I didn t finish this book I made it a little than halfway through it If I spent another couple of hours reading I d be able to finish it but I just don t care to The book is bad It s written in very formal and stilted style kind of like something you hear from some drama nerd who tries to bring a little Shakespeare into their daily life The story is uninteresting It is difficult to accomplish this for me I find nothing wrong with reading a novel about a man laying in pig shit and doing nothing but thinking I can find thatngaging There is nothing God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School engaging in this book By the time I stopped reading it 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 characters The main character is a one dimensional leper with rage issues that make little sensexcept that they spring up when the author needs to create dialog The only meaningful thing he did in 252 pages was rape a girl All of the other characters are bullshit cookie cutter caricatures The whole world he created seems like just a series of seperate little communities that Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) each have some New Age Hippy thing going on There are the people who like the rocks the people who like the tree s the people who like the water but besides liking something they don t seem to do too muchI m Treeman of the timberpeople my made up names are only a tad dumber then the names Donaldson comes up with and we live in the treesWhatlse do you doDo We live in treesYeah but besides living in trees what do you do I live in an apartment but I also do other thingsNo man you don t get it "We Live In Trees "live in trees like trees Just like Granitehead of the Rock collectors digs rocks we dig treesI get it you like trees they like rocks but You Live In A World And You live in a world and you to do something besides just like TREES NO MAN YOU DON T GET IT WE No man you don t get it we trees Are you retarded What baffles me about this book is that it is highly regarded It was up for a bunch of big awards Lists on place it as a great fantasy book and maybe it is My fantasy knowledge being kind of weak Besides my other misgivings the thing I hated most ok not besides I hated this the most was the motherfucking bullshit weakasfuck Dungeon Master shit that the author pulled constantly Any possible conflict could be resolved by some lame ass addition into the powers of a character or thing Maybe it s fun when you re ok Me when I was 13 and overweight and playing Dungeons and Dragons with your friend to throw all logic out the window and just let your characters kill and do anything they would like but as a novelists you can t just add bullshit constantly because you can t think of any other way out of the problems you have made your characters face you may do this if your name is Joss and your protagonist is a teenage girl who kills vampires I don t know why he gets a pass but he does no one lse does though I m done with this book and this review I m going to give this book away and maybe learn my lesson that if I don t think I d njoy a book I own it may be ok to just get rid of it without torturing myself for past mistakes in book buying 2020 re readI first read this 1977 publication arly in HS so probably in 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 in hard back a rare xtravagance for me back then I recall being so caught up in the world building it was fantastic but also very different from Tolkien or the Narnia talesMy first thoughts now is how dark the story was Donaldson has crafted a magnificent fantasy and then placed at its center a thoroughly unlikeable protagonist in Thomas Covenant so much so that it 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 infant son and this coupled with his rigid self preservation training from the leprosarium makes him an abrasive selfish and self loathing person He is magically transported to a fantastic setting and is immediately fighting for his life and in mortal dangerLEPER OUTCAST UNCLEANFinally as if that was not Foraging for Survival 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 theyither put the book down or learning about this scene never picked it up The betrayal of a beautiful young girl in a healthy land was a further stinging rebuke against an already troubling narrativeSo why did Donaldson write his fantasy in this wayI understand now that my younger self did not have the Fragments emotional maturity to fully grasp the ramifications of the crime I knew then that it was a terrible act and then I just went on with the rest of the story mesmerized by the imaginative vision Donaldson had conjured But I see now that this ugliness this repugnance wasxactly what Donaldson was striving for he wanted an xplosive contrast between this healthy utopian society and a sickly gocentric 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 is not Marlon Brando looking cool and confident on a motorcycle Covenant is damaged physically and motionally and his leprosy his identity as a leper outcast from society is a central imperative in Donaldson s story Donaldson notes that leprosy is not the kind of disease that can be romanticized and likewise he does not glamorize Covenant but describes him in less than complementary ways throughout the book He wakes up in a wholesome bountiful land with a magical history and he names himself Unbeliever thinking he is dreaming or has gone insane A magical lement found in 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 in 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 xperience 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 very reader who gets through the outrageous subject must come to terms with the xperience It is foremost an xceptionally written book with masterful prose and from a writer gifted in 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 One Ticket To Texas each use this highly unorthodox protagonistDonaldson talented as he is is not Nabokov the literary giant he s telling a very good fantasy story with somexceptional nuances Truth be told in this second reading I thought of a comparison with Gene Wolf with its dark tone and intricate magic rules While Humbert Humbert is an unrepentant sex offender Covenant is a confused tragic hero coming to terms with the contrast between the harsh reality of his severe illness and the fantastic healthfulness of the land In his struggle to understand what has happened to him he acts as a monster but there is good in him I ll leave it to the reader to decide if Covenant is fundamentally good or bad but he is drawn by Donaldson to be a decidedly complicated person Similarly Nabokov described Delores in a dynamic complex light so the victim in both stories is provided a sympathetic humanistic portrayal In this way Donaldson s literary ambition to tell than just another sword and sorcery fantasy is at least in part realizedThe LandDonaldson s world building is what drew me to this story decades ago and it is still impressive in its scope and design Most noteworthy is the intrinsic health of the land from its strong people who do not know disease to the magical dichotomy between the cological well being of the land and of the Satanic like antagonist Donaldson has crafted a world where the vigor of the land is tied to the people and vice versa There is an intricate system of laws and oaths and pledges and all is well in the land as long as its people uphold their lawfulness There is a history of desecration where the land was destroyed literally but also metaphorically by desperation hopelessness and lawlessness Covenant the outworlder the Leper is starkly contrasted with this health and part of Donaldson s story is how Covenant struggles for acceptance of the Land and of his reluctant heroism Covenant s wedding ring is of white gold and this alloy is given special significance 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 to independently 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 idea but now also see this as an important lement in Donaldson s narrative Just as Covenant is a kind of bottom of the barrel anti hero being rejected and 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 of individuality and self determinism Donaldson may also have been signifying a rejection of collectivist conservationist s for a classically liberal libertarian thosTolkien Narnia and Game of ThronesStephen R Donaldson very deliberately created a fantasy 1977 1st Ed. ,
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He is very bit the Unbeliever he names himself And Stephen R Donaldson wants him to be that way He needs him to be that way Covenant has to fight his belief in the Land at very turn because the Land is impossible and as a rational man suffering from leprosy in 20th century North America all that allows him to cling to his life is his rationality and sanity no matter how tenuous both are But the Land at least in this first book of the Chronicles is unbelievable It has to be one of the strangest most frightening and surrealistic fantasy worlds ver created Donaldson describes it with achingly beautiful prose and sometimes that beautiful prose is dense and slow and plodding mirroring the motion of Covenant through the Land itself to reveal wonders that are just slightly different from Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader everything we ve seen before invery high fantasy that Tolkien gave birth to but Donaldson s slight shift in perspective his offering of the place through the decaying lens of a leper his constant overturning of Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead expectations makes his fantasy world uniue His giants are not what we dxpect nor are his wraiths nor his Cavewights nor his landscape nor his weather nor his incarnadine corrupted moon nor his magic And the most disconcerting difference between Donaldson s Land and the other fantasy realms we know is that his Land feels Bryozoan Evolution entirely unpopulated Covenant never stops travelling as he tries toscape his dream yet his contact with the Land s denizens is minimal He passes through four centers of population Mithil Stonedown a town of Gravelingas who are rich in stone lore Soaring Woodhelvin a tree town of Lillianrill who are rich in wood lore Revelstone the seat of the High Lords and the Plains of Ra where the nomadic Ramen serve the Ranyhyn a kind of uber horse He sees great sights bizarre rituals and happenings and he interacts with a person here or there but the first two towns seem home to mere dozens of people Revelstone seems Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) empty and the Ramen are so hidden in their poisonous plains that we never get a sense of how many there are Andven those people and races Covenant spends much time with such as the Haruchai Bloodguards and his Giant friend are isolated from their vital populations Two score set out to fight Lord Foul s desecration Where is Silvers Edge everyonelse The Land feels mpty and this is another disconcerting moment in an already disconcerting novel But that s why I love Lord Foul s Bane It isn t asy Donaldson challenges us whenever and however he can And he does it with transcendent prose and unflinching devotion to his problematic protagonist I d much rather read Mordant s Need It is hopeful lively real but I don t know if that makes it better In fact it probably isn t If you ve read both I ask you this Going Berserk especially you Jon Is Mordant s Need better I really don t know But I do know this Stephen R Donaldson is my unsung hero of fantasy greatness He is up there with the best But damn is he a lot of work This isn t so much a review of the book as a response to other reviews I have read by people who hated it and hated it specifically because they see the protagonist Thomas Covenant as unlikeable weak whiny and self pitying andor because of the rape scene included in it My position isssentially this You can hate a character for many good reasons but having no clue who he really is is not one of themSome readers seem to want to xcuse Covenant to some xtent as an anti hero but I think this misses a larger point his Chronicles of which this book is the first are a kind of anti fantasy Oh this is still Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America escape literature but it lacks intentionally the complete abandonment of a Lord of the Rings It doesn t allow the reader to simply wish themselves into a magical new world Like and because of Covenant it fights back It asks the reader to consider the distinction between reality and fantasy or as Covenant would put it 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 anpic battle between the good people of the Land and the Autobiography and Other Writings evil that would destroy it Lord Foul Specifically 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 nerves in his fingers and toes The psychological cost has been no lessxtreme His disease reuires his full attention if not directly for xample through freuent visual surveillance of his body searching out any cuts or abrasions that because he can t feel Them Could Uickly Become Dangerous Then Indirectly uickly become dangerous then indirectly a world hates and fears lepers Covenant is compelled to undertake the hardest of all tasks to give up all hope of health and love and meaningful human contact This is the man who after an accident wakes up in the Land a place of magic where health can not only be seen but restored as he soon discovers his leprosy is cured and only his missing fingers are not returned to himNaturally he rejects the Land and all its inhabitantsAnd here is where the story and Covenant too begins to pall on some readers For Covenant s rejection is not a polite one Worse for many of these readers it is incomprehensible How could he reject this wonderful gift How indeed could he not wholeheartedly mbrace itThe answer of course is that Covenant is not in fact a weak man but an Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. exceptionally strong one A weaker man would doxactly as many of these readers seem to want he would mbrace the Land and charge off to help the good guys defeat the bad And because he carries with him a power ual to the task the white gold with which his wedding ring is made he would succeed Then truly this book would be as bad as they think it isBut thankfully that isn t Covenant For him the Land is no gift it is a curse He comes from our world the real world where places such as the Land are fantasy And fantasy is dangerous if you begin to believe it That way lies a life of institutionalization and madness Yet it seems so real so full of beauty and wonder friendship and love it takes a man of Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript extraordinary character to resist its temptationsReader complaints of whininess and self pity seem to me to lack an appreciation of Covenant s dilemma and perhaps simple humanmpathy He believes and as a man of our world he has very reason to believe that he is fighting for control of his own mind And against impossible odds Of course he despairs Yet he perseveresHow xactly is this man unlikeable Because he clings to sanity Because he refuses to allow figments of his imagination 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 ironic They come off sounding like the people in Covenant s town who hate him so much they want him to stay locked up in his house alone forever Except that instead of leprosy they cite The Behavior And Mode Of Thinking Reuired behavior and mode of thinking reuired his disease as the reasons for their loathing Significantly they don t uestion the townspeople s reactions but they don t follow that through Infamous either It s as if they re saying Okay sureveryone hates youbut there s no need to be bitter about it They don t seem to understand that Covenant doesn t want to be the way he is but that he has no choice that if he doesn t build walls between himself and the outside world he will lose himself Walled entirely If he is overtly rude unlike say a shy person whose rudeness is born of an innate social awkwardness it is because he isn t naturally anti social He has had to build his defensive mechanisms himself against his natural inclinations 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 in the blissful simplicity of the knee jerk reaction wanted to throw the book at a wall at this point in the story How is it possible to maintain sympathy for a man who would do such a thingWell as it turns out it is uiteasy to do so provided you see the book through the lens of Covenant s dilemma If you go into this book like other works of fantasy believing 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 rape in a dream or a fantasy isn t rape But for Covenant in a dream as real as this one appears to be it is impossible to ignore And it acts on him in two ways it makes his rejection the Land difficult ven as it raises disturbing uestions of his mental health outside the dream Later 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 old it would be appropriate to think Even 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 dream in 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 in which she was raped and she njoyed it 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 is that he does follow this logic He doesn t want to and he tries hard not to but the things he does in the Land the those things affect how he sees himself This is why he does so damn little This is another misguided complaint about his characterIn this sense Covenant s journey is one of self discovery Like many of us however he is afraid of what he will discover By doing nothing or as little as he possibly can he can spare himself pain He has nough pain from his disease from his isolation he doesn t think he can take any Lord Foul s Bane is I think a very good book But it is here in the area of Covenant s self discovery that it is lacking His whining isn t a problem in itself it is a symptom of Donaldson s unwillingness or inability to fully xplore the depth of Covenant s character It s interesting that the Land is mostly xactly that land While there is much to see on the surface a few deep lakes would have been nice 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 Were it possible I d give this book negative stars I think it actually sucks the uality away from books shelved near it and generally makes the world a less joyful less intelligent place to beYou might assume from the previous statements that I dislike this book Given that dislike is a pretty mild miluetoast term on the sliding scale of affection you would be wrong I loathe this book This is one of the very few novels I ve ver literally thrown across a room once I d finished it and if 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 Snowbound Seduction even try to sell me on the notion that he s an anti hero Thomas Covenant is one of the most loathsome self involved creationsver to In the Surgical Theatre emerge from a writer s psyche and the fact that he himself would agree with that assessment alleviates his repulsiveness not one bit Covenant is whiny to the point of self parody self pitying to the point ofgo collapse and constantly uses his admittedly real hardships as justification for not accepting responsibility for anything including a heinous act of sexual violence which Donaldson thoughtfully sketches out for us just Hinterlands and Commodities: Place, Space, Time and the Political Economic Development of Asia Over the Long Eighteenth Century 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 flaw in a book chock full of awful Donaldson s writing style gives new depth and nuance to the concept of purple prose and hispic story reads like an overcooked pastiche of Tolkien with some cheery realism for which read late 20th century self involvement stirred in 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 Hometown Valentine ever reading this book and I am absolutely flabbergasted that it hasnough readers and fans to have led to seven count m seven seuels as of this writing I mean sure I know there s no accounting for taste but damn Soul saddened SIGHDamn damn DAMNlife can really be full of suck This book really torched my hopes and dreams Olt Winston.