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Product Details

  • Series: Wildside Fantasy
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Borgo Press (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587152215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587152214
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,343,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Branch Cabell (1879-1956) is best known for his tales of the imaginary land of Poictesme, where chivalry and galantry live on. All of Cabell's works from before 1930 were assembled into the grand "Biography of the Life of Manuel," the supposed redeemer of the land of Poictesme, and they form a series which follows Manuel and his descendants through the centuries.

Cabell has been a favorite author of many famous writers, ranging from Lin Carter to Robert A. Heinlein.

About the Author

James Branch Cabell (1879-1958) wrote fantasy, and while he's not as well-known to readers these days, his work inspired various authors including Robert A. Heinlein, Neil Gaiman, James Blish, Fritz Leiber, and others. Interesting tidbit, in 1901, Cabell was a suspect in a murder investigation. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert Throckmorton on June 27, 2000
Format: Unbound
Manuel, a swineherd for his brother-in-law the miller, was a resident in the area ruled by Count Demetrios d'Arnaye. His girlfriend was the lovely Suskind. On her deathbed, Dorothy, his mother, told him that she wanted him to make himself a figure in the world that was a splendid and admirable young man in all respects. After her death, he spent much time at the Pool of Haranton using its marsh clay to make a figure of earth of himself. After he had an adventure with Miramon Lluagor, the wizard, which netted him a lover named Niafer who was then taken by death to the pagan paradise, he decided to seek his fortune elsewhere. He did the following: provided wisdom for King Helmas, turned the wicked King Ferdinand into a saint and ended up engaged to Alianora the Unattainable Princess, the daughter of King Berenger of Arles. The princess taught him her magic and he saved the life of a stork that became indebted to him. He relinquished Alianora to the King of England and found a way to turn Queen Freydis of Audela into a woman permanently. That queen gave life to one of his figures that ran away fom them and became Sesphra, the god of the Philistines. After Queen Freydis taught him how to invoke Misery to free Niafer from the pagan paradise, he invoked Misery and served him for 30 of Misery's days which turned out to be 30 years for Manuel. Misery returned Niafer to him and they were married. For a time, they lived with Queen Freydis on her enchanted island where the stork delivered Melicent, their first child. With the aid of Queen Freydis and Miramon Lluagor, Manuel became the Count of Poictesme which had been granted to him by King Ferdinand, but had been occupied by the Northmen.Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JURGEN on July 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is where it starts (maybe); the epic History of Dom Manuel of Poictesme (pronounced pwa-tem), progenitor of a clan that stretches from pre-revolutionary France to the American South and includes Kings of England and Shakespeare. Cabell was witty, erudite and scandalous,,,by far the finest, widely unknown fantasist ever produced in America. Only for those who relish dense language and wisdom that is inevitable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Simons VINE VOICE on August 17, 2009
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James Branch Cabell shares, with Lord Dunsany, the honor of being the most influential fantasist that everyone today has forgotten, occluded behind Mount Tolkien. He was considered a major literary writer in his day, a friend of H.L. Mencken and others, and he's been an influence on Heinlein and Gaiman and many other major writers. . Generally, his works are satiric fantasy with literary bite -- imagine a cynical, agnostic C.S. Lewis, writing pointed fantasies to skewer the pretensions of his Oxford chums, and you might have some preliminary idea of what to expect with Cabell.

This book is chronologically the first in his "series" -- his fantasy works are primarily set in a mythical medieval french realm called "Poictesme", and this book is a biography of the founder, Count Manuel, whose motto is "Mundus Vult Decipiti" ("The World Wishes to be Deceived"). It's a sharp book, aimed at sharp readers, and very amusing for what it is (if somewhat bitter). The only problem with it is that he wrote it after writing _Jurgen_, and Jurgen is simply funnier and more entertaining and better -- as good as this book is, Jurgen is the same thing, but better, pretty much across the board, a better satire of contemporary norms, a better puncturing of worldly ideals. So, read Jurgen first; if you really like it and want more, read this one next.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By grozny on September 5, 2009
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This is one of his shorter novels, but incredibly rich from beginning to end. I don't consider it inferior to any of his books. Some readers will be completely befuddled by his references to obscure mytholigies, his strange spelling of what turn out to be familiar names, and his use of anagrams. My recomendation is to read it. If the names of gods and queens have no resonance, read them as characters in the novel. Don't waste time looking for Manuel's County on a map. This is a fantasy grounded firmly in a fantatsic view of history and human nature and human mythlogy.

At some point something may click. It's not like a secret being revealed; it's just another layer to the story. One of the central dynamics is the contrast between youth and age. This alone may inspire a re-reading. Some may be put off by Cabell's jaundiced view of humanity, its strivings, and its hypocricies. Others may be put off by the clear immoralty of its characters and its raucous blending of fantasy and history. Don't feel sorry for such people; they cause more misery than they suffer.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave on September 24, 2010
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I rarely review a purchase. I even more rarely return a book. The typeface used in this book is terrible, faded, and almost unreadable. It appears to have been typeset with a typewriter. Although probably not important to the story, none of the original illustrations are in this edition (it just says "[Illustration]" where there should be an actual illustration). Curling up with this oversized book (I didn't expect 8 1/2 by 11 size pages) would have all the charm of reading an ancient hand-typed grad-school monograph on the crystalline structure of dipenzenemonophosphate. I strongly recommend finding another edition. That's what I will do.
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