- File Size: 1587 KB
- Print Length: 161 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust (September 23, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 23, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005P8CCOE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,548,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bluebeard's Daughter Kindle Edition
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I will acknowledge I enjoyed Mists of Avalon, though could not get myself to stay with any of its sequels back in the naive 1990s when they were an intense awakening to matters mystical, celtic, spiritual and planted deeply in ancient English lore. I was also aware of a certain disquietening complexity to the work, difficult to explain, and I did not bother with the puzzle for long. Not then at least.
Not long after Mists, I encountered the old European story of BlueBeard, which I think needs be read prior this MZB work for full impact of its themes. There are translations of the original BlueBeard story here on Amazon. As it no doubt began in oral tradition generations before becoming more fixed by ink, paper and editorial whim ... there will likely be some differences between the versions. My preferred form is included in Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, as hers not only remains true to the full gravitas of the tale in relatively succinct form, but has excellent subsequent commentary regarding the teaching value of the story which serves as strong medicine in developing the necessary immunities in young people, male and female, so that they would be less likely to fall into unwitting entrapments cleverly designed by those intent on abusing through any form of malignant power.
It is clear in this work by MZB that she knows the original tale and is playing on the lure, denials and vulnerabilities that dress a particular prey to be very attractively fashioned for a particular predator. In fact, the main character at one point references the original tale as if it is as well known to us all as "Sleeping Beauty" or "Cinderella". I will avoid offering spoilers and leave it to the readers of her work to determine whether either MZB or the main character actually benefited from any prior initiatory knowledge buried in the BlueBeard tale or whether they were sorely in need of Women Who Run With the Wolves.
Perhaps as or more puzzling regards the real to life theme of BlueBeardian energies in the home and relationships of Marion Zimmer Bradley who died in 1999, approximately 1-2 years after a required deposition in the unfortunately not so fictional or transient case of one of her husbands -- who was ultimately convicted of pedophilia on multiple accounts with young males and jailed. MZBs daughter reportedly served as "whistleblower" and provided helpful testimony toward his containment and the protection of subsequent potential victims. Sadly, Marian Zimmer Bradley's track record, as partially disclosed in her evasive answers during depositions which are openly available by Internet search, is not so forth coming.
One is left to wonder whether she was a passive and hurt wife, or whether her escape into fantasy was an active coping if not extension of her own playing around with seductive entanglements of the young for the impulses and pleasures of the more powerful. Such questioning may be intensified further when reading BlueBeard's Daughter.
Just to confirm that truth is indeed more compellingly strange than fiction, MZBs daughter as of late 2014 came public with accusation that MZB molested her -- her own daughter. A journey through the interwebs reveals so far that some of the earlier fantasy co-authors with MZB have donated proceedings from some of their works to organizations that fight to end child abuse and aim to care for its victims. The administrators of MZBs estate likewise now donate some proceedings of the profits from her e-works to similar ends.
Having learned of these allegations just prior to reading BlueBeard's Daughter serves to be an initiation itself that cannot be undone. Cannot help but seek for clues to explain the motivations, wounds, complexities and shadows in the web of fantasies spun here by an author we may now guess might have been deeply snared in her own troubled relationships at the time she was writing this work.
This story would not serve well as justification nor accurate representation of the horrific suffering that falls into the lives of molested children, including those who resided in her own house nor the one she apparently subsidized for her husband. There is no indication she intended such.
However, with the clarity of time and later scholars, perhaps this along with her other works will be opened cautiously in full consciousness. Perhaps that unquenchable bleeding key and the fire-ravaged castle/prison are necessary maps to freedom that too can grow a certain wisdom more capable of protecting the young in us all from the predatory, and can clean up the boundaries and shadows that MZB's secret story has cast on the integrity of those whose spirituality was at least for a time brightened and nourished in the Mists of Avalon.
It is hard to rate this ebook as I find it hard to focus on the story line apart from investigation of the questions - Who really was Marion Zimmer Bradley; how did she come to do what she is known now to have done; is it likely after her death that the fresh allegations can be proven or not -- and regardless -- how can these exploitive behaviors and imbalances of power be more and more confined to history and its fantasy rather than the futures of our children?
I can say that the ebook formatting on Kindle was smooth. Easy to navigate. The story engaging and fast moving.