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Ian McDowell

Autor(a) de Mordred's Curse

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Ian McDowell is Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
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In this version of the tales, Merlin was Uther Pendragon's lover, banished from court by Arthur. Years later Nimue, Gwenivere's half sister Nimue develops a penis when she hits puberty. Merlin tells Mordred that it is a natural condition but that he has the power to magically restore Nimue to a woman's body through magic. Arthur is reluctant to readmit Merlin to court, but relents under pressure from Gwen. This leads to the disaster with which the book begins, Mordred going to war against his father. An interesting variant.… (mais)
ritaer | 1 outra crítica | Jul 7, 2016 |
Re-working of Mordred's story from King Arthur.
aulsmith | Jan 13, 2013 |
Mordred's Curse starts with what I felt was like a slap in the face. It took me by surprise, both due to the language and the intensity of it. It goes like this:

“I don't care what Guinevere and Gawain say; this won't be Mordred's Life of Arthur, but Mordred's Life of Mordred. Fuck them; they can chronicle my sanctimonious progenitor's exploits if they've got the stomach for it.”

These first sentences are a great synopsis of the book, much better than the one found on the back cover. After the initial surprise was gone, the book proved to be both enjoyable and memorable.

First, I have to say I'm not a fan of the Arthurian Legend – I mean, I like it well enough, but I don't go out of my way to get books on the subject (in short, meh...). This happens mostly because I don't really care for Arthur. Or Guinevere. And even Merlin doesn't interest me that much. The one character I do like, mostly because of his complexity in terms of relationships (and also because no-one likes him), is Mordred. So this book was like an early Christmas: a book about Mordred, told by Mordred, just like his autobiography.

But despite this, I was actually amazed by how much I enjoyed this book.

Like I said before, Mordred's Curse tells the story of Mordred, even though this is not complete, and about his relationship with the other characters. Truth be told, most of the appeal of the book was how Mordred related to others (and others to him), and not so much about his deeds and adventures (although those are good too).

Most of these relationships are with members of his family: with Lot, his “father”, where there is no love, and much hate; with Morgawse, his mother, that is heavily influenced by her relationship with Arthur; with Gawain, the older brother; with Guinevere, in a role usually given to Lancelot (who is absent in this tale).

And of course with Arthur. This played a very important role in the story, and I really loved to see all the variations and shifts. A lot of Mordred's actions are a result of Arthur's attitude towards him – first as his uncle, then as his father.

But, concerning character development, it seems that Arthur and Merlin (who makes only a brief appearance) seem to have drawn the shortest straw. Their characterisation didn't convince me as much as the others characters did.

Going back to the language, Mordred's Curse is full of cursing (pun intended). As well as the swear words, there are a lot of innovative ways to insult someone. Add the fact that the descriptions are quite vivid, and Mordred does describe some gory and gross things, this book may not be everyone.

I really liked it, though, and will try to find a copy of the second book – Merlin's gift.

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quigui | 2 outras críticas | Nov 9, 2010 |
Arthurian, but with Mordred as the central character, and Lancelot's role as well as his own. Bitter twisted heroic Mordred, and even more twisted religious Arthur. I liked it. Mordred's an antihero I can enjoy.The only change to the standard legend that bothered me was the loss of Gawain's other brothers. Probably justified in the source material, but I miss them.Gawain is very much like White's Gawain, and all the other Gawains, despite the change in his family. I guess he must go far back.
krisiti | 2 outras críticas | Jul 1, 2009 |


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