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Free read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ó Stephen R. Donaldson Free read Lord Foul's Bane 109 1977 1st Ed. 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 is essentially 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 excuse Covenant to some extent 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 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 an epic battle between the good people of the Land and the 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 less extreme His disease reuires his full attention 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 then indirectly In a world that 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 embrace itThe answer of course is that Covenant is not in 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 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 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 human empathy He believes and as a man of our world he has every reason to believe that he is fighting for control of his own mind And against impossible odds Of course he despairs Yet he perseveresHow exactly 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 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 if they re saying Okay sure everyone 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 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 uite easy 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 even 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 enjoyed 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 enough 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 explore the depth of Covenant s character It s interesting that the Land is mostly exactly that land While there is much to see on the surface a few deep lakes would have been nice

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Donaldson Free read Lord Foul's Bane 109 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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Free read ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ó Stephen R. Donaldson Free read Lord Foul's Bane 109 Holt Rineh. THIS is 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 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 eternal bandwagon of endless 247 Desire Because it s precisely the road of fools is why the way to dusty death Death isn t real to a little kid 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 evilDon t all we outsiders do thatJust like me so Thomas a leper one set apart and enchained in 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 it up Kafka and Thomas win out Inclusion is not the point Our and their splintered life is Brokenness wins That s where we startAs the Nobel laureate Lagerkvist states Endurance is everything for only 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 are impaled sentenced to submit to the gnawing of the gods upon our liverSo resistance as the film clich says is futileAnd submission is key The books in the immortal 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 is Great For Thomas Struggle is Really Endless No getting around itIt gets better you know if we make ourselves LITTLE Then we re only chaff spinning on the Hurricane of Life And chaff is 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 into 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

  • Hardcover
  • 369
  • Lord Foul's Bane
  • Stephen R. Donaldson
  • English
  • 06 March 2020
  • 9780805012729