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Soul saddened SIGHDamn damn DAMNlife can really be full of suck This book really torched my hopes and dreams NOT because it was nightmarishly horrible which it wasn t but because I wanted 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 character is Not a problem for this reader as I have no problem hating a protagonist as long they are interesting well drawn and compelling I don t generally care if 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 in American Psycho Lou Ford in The Killer Inside Me Heathcliff 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 awesomeness is 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 installments of Donaldson s Gap series I knew the man could write so I figured I might be in for a real treat and then I would show all those Thomas Covenant haters out there cue sinister music end sinister music Well for the first 70 to 75 pages my plan was working perfectly and I was sitting suarely in 5 star territory and starting to brainstorm what insults I would hurl at the insult hurlers in my defense of what I was sure must be THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD FANTASY CLASSIC OF ALL TIME Ah if only someone would have warned me how wrong I was I even flew right through the infamous rape scene and had my explanationsdefenses already germinating in my caustic little brain I was thinking granted there is NO justification for rape but we have seen similar events 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 remorse is something that continues to play an important part in the narrative Thus I think his deep regret and loathing of himself for what he did and the uncontrollable impulse aspect of the initial 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 initial positive feelings for the book were horribly ripped away from me by the oncoming train wreck of its narrative problems I can only hope that you can forgive my earlier arrogance in wanting to prove you wrong END INTERLUDEUnfortunately shortly after the rape scene when I thought the story was really going to ramp up into uncharted bastions of EPICness inconsistencies in the narrative structure began to really really get in my way Before I can explain I need to give a brief thumbnail description of the basic plot Thomas Covenant is a leperyes LEPER How cool 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 leprosy in 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 impotentnice bonusSo at the beginning of the story TC is living alone in a perpetual pissed off mood and is being shunned by his entire community due to the whole leprosy is icky vibe he 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 bill in person During this excursion he has an accident loses consciousness and wakes up in the Land which is the fantasy world in which the series takes place So far so good Well Thomas doesn t believe he is in a strange new world He thinks he is unconscious or dreaming or in a coma etcHe is afraid to take any of the new world seriously because he thinks it will indicate his final break with reality TC s grip on reality is all the important 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 it 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 imagine the sight of my murdered dreams as I could not find a picture that truly showed the horror of my disappointment Here 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 Unbeliever is 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 is THE central plot device of the entire series and it is inconsistent 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 inconsistency but I will at least mention a few so you know what I mean At one critical point in the story TC vows to stop eating because he believes that by starving he will force the illusion of the world to be revealed Sounds good but do you know what ole TC is doing when he makes the vow to ignore foodhe s grabbing the freaking wine skin and taking a swig HUH Food is illusion but I might as well believe in the wineI need some help on this one Once I started looking for this I found it everywhere I asked myself whenever Covenant did anything if you are dreaming and you know 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 believe in 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 is there Again HUH Despite his complete lack of belief in 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 is the key No No No Mr Donaldson that makes no sense The truth is it is just too inherently difficult to have a main character in a fantasy world not participate in the story You got yourself stuckBottom line if TC doesn t believe where he is than he should ACT like it Don t just tell us and then occasionally say I won t do such and such because none of this is real Be true to your lack of convictions TC because otherwise you just come across as a failed literary experiment which unfortunately is what I think you areAnyway that is 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 interesting Thus while I liked the 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 very interesting idea for a story but it just suffered from the fundamental flaw of being almost impossible to pull off in the context of a coherent narrative20 stars heavy sigh Something About Jace Pineapple Grove #1 problem for this reader as I have no Angels of the Sea problem hating a The Four Yogas Of Swami Vivekananda condensed and Retold by Swami Tapasyananda protagonist as long they are interesting well drawn and compelling I don t generally care if 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 in American Psycho Lou Ford in The Killer Inside Me Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights and even at first Tyrion Lannister from A Game of Thrones I must Ted White Blue The Nugent Manifesto point out that my dislike for Tyrion didn t last Landmarks of Canadian Art past the second book and I now want him to be my BFF because his awesomeness is 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 installments of Donaldson s Gap series I knew the man could write so I figured I might be in for a real treat and then I would show all those Thomas Covenant haters out there cue sinister music 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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 turning him into a self loathing bitter whining person He is a leper outcast uncleanSome high powers brought him to magic land where he is destined to either help fight Great Evil or destroy everything the choice is his The problem is he does not really believe the land is real this is only his mind affected by his leprosy which plays tricks on him As a result he does not really care about the Land this is an actual name of the place or its inhabitants He is a leper outcast uncleanThis is my second attempt to read the series The first time I read it I was really put off by one of Covenant s actions in 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 in case you forgot Thomas Covenant is a leper outcast uncleanNow that I finally finished the book I am underwhelmed The most GR ratings for it are either 5 stars or 1 star I guess I will be in minority with my rating I found this book to be a slightly above average Tolkien clone with a very unlikable protagonist After all he is 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 is formed from different people I can go on and on but will stop here to avoid further spoilers The only really original part is that the main character is a leper outcast uncleanThe book was probably shocking in the time it was written but if one compares it to modern fantasy it is very mild with the exception of the scene I already mentioned but even that is not THAT shocking nowadays it just strengthens reader s revulsion for Thomas Covenant who is a leper outcast uncleanSpeaking of the main character he is 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 is just a whining jerk and something worse which I will not mention here as it will give a spoiler I know uite a few real life people who had it as bad as or even worse than him but they managed to remain good humans Thomas Covenant is a very pitiful excuse for a human being He is a leper outcast uncleanDid you notice that I never mention anybody except for the main character The reason for this is that every single person in the Land is a typical Mary Sue without any exceptions and thus are fairly indistinguishable from each other and not very interesting except for a leper outcast unclean characterI thought about giving 2 star rating to this book but the very end was interesting enough to warrant an extra star after all I would not read the next book in 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 is a leper outcast uncleanOne last note if you think I overdid on the whole leper outcast unclean thing Thomas Covenant calls himself like this at least once per page if not often so if somebody wants to read this for the first time get used to it He keeps whining like this non stop Brief an den Vater progress Suddenly he developed leprosy his wife left him taking his son with her Zu Den Platonischen Gleichnissen people avoid any kind of contact with him turning him into a self loathing bitter whining Once in Kazakhstan The Snow Leopard Emerges person He is a leper outcast uncleanSome high In guten Kreisen powers brought him to magic land where he is destined to either help fight Great Evil or destroy everything the choice is his The Serafina and the Black Cloak problem is he does not really believe the land is real this is only his mind affected by his leprosy which Artemis Fowl plays tricks on him As a result he does not really care about the Land this is an actual name of the La esfinge maragata place or its inhabitants He is a leper outcast uncleanThis is my second attempt to read the series The first time I read it I was really The Inklings CS Lewis JRR Tolkien Charles Williams and Their Friends put off by one of Covenant s actions in the Land The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig people who read this know what I talk about Still considering the fact that a lot of Spectrum 21 people call this the best fantasy ever I was curious to finish this Oh in case you forgot Thomas Covenant is a leper outcast uncleanNow that I finally finished the book I am underwhelmed The most GR ratings for it are either 5 stars or 1 star I 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reader s revulsion for Thomas Covenant who is a leper outcast uncleanSpeaking of the main character he is NOT an anti hero as some readers call him For good examples of anti heroes Pinstripe Empire 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 is just a whining jerk and something worse which I will not mention here as it will give a spoiler I know uite a few real life Rastafari people who had it as bad as or even worse than him but they managed to remain good humans Thomas Covenant is a very Saphirblau pitiful excuse for a human being He is a leper outcast uncleanDid you notice that I never mention anybody except for the main character The reason for this is that every single Chancy and the Grand Rascal person in the Land is a typical Mary Sue without any exceptions and thus are fairly indistinguishable from each other and not very interesting except for a leper outcast unclean characterI thought about giving 2 star rating to this book but the very end was interesting enough to warrant an extra star after all I would not read the next book in the series with the first one having just 2 stars In this case this book was good enough for me to Anna hambad proceed to the next one even though Thomas Covenant is a leper outcast uncleanOne last note if you think I overdid on the whole leper outcast unclean thing Thomas Covenant calls himself like this at least once Under Western Eyes per Canvas Sunsets Never Fade page if not often so if somebody wants to read this for the first time get used to it He keeps whining like this non stop

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Donaldson ¶ 9 Read & Download Olt Winston. 2020 re readI first read this 1977 publication early 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 extravagance 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 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 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 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 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 is not Marlon Brando looking cool and confident on a motorcycle Covenant is damaged physically and emotionally 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 element 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 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 is foremost an exceptionally 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 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 some exceptional 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 ecological 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 element 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 ethosTolkien Narnia and Game of ThronesStephen R Donaldson very deliberately created a fantasy that 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 contained epic 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 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 for the most part we have either good or bad While most in the Land as Donaldson has drawn them are either good or bad our main protagonist Thomas Covenant is 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 in the same character In this way Donaldson and Martin after him leads fantasy writers away from an ethically 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 even Neutral Evil I ll leave that to each 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 even 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 earth magic It s as though we are reading about an entire society of druids who safeguard and steward the land in all aspects and the land in turn provides for the people There is an etiuette 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 even a word to understand disease in their tongue and experienceThe 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 examination 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 effort


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  • Hardcover
  • 369
  • Lord Foul's Bane
  • Stephen R. Donaldson
  • English
  • 03 July 2018
  • 9780805012729