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Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Variations on the Fantasy Tradition ePub download

by W. A. Senior

  • Author: W. A. Senior
  • ISBN: 0873385284
  • ISBN13: 978-0873385282
  • ePub: 1236 kb | FB2: 1577 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: History & Criticism
  • Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr; First Edition edition (November 1, 1995)
  • Pages: 275
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Votes: 631
  • Format: lit doc lrf lrf
Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Variations on the Fantasy Tradition ePub download

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Stephen Reeder Donaldson (born May 13, 1947) is an American fantasy, science fiction and mystery novelist, most famous for The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, his ten-novel fantasy series. His work is characterized by psychological complexity, conceptual abstractness, moral bleakness, and the use of an arcane vocabulary, and has attracted critical praise for its "imagination, vivid characterizations, and fast pace".

As a fan of Donaldson's Covenant series, I was delighted to see that there was a scholarly work of literary criticism . I was looking to understand the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant a bit better, and this book helped out a lot, even though it deals primarily with the First Chronicles.

As a fan of Donaldson's Covenant series, I was delighted to see that there was a scholarly work of literary criticism covering the Chronicles. There have been so many written about The Lord of the Rings (deservedly so) but none regarding Covenant. I felt this was a mistake, as Donaldson's works, while certainly not equal to Tolkien's, bear significant literary merit. If you're addicted to Stephen R. Donaldson's stuff and want to return to the Land (if only in a tangential fashion), this is a good book to check out.

Nothing really new here. Nevertheless it was fun to revisit some of the themes in his books, which I haven't read in a few years. Also, this book included two interviews that Mr. Senior had with Donaldson. These were very insightful as to what Donaldson felt about his works. I'm glad I read it, as I'm a big fan of Donaldson's work.

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Stephen R. Donaldson is one of the most critically acclaimed and successful authors in publishing history. Every volume of his epic fantasy The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, beginning with "Lord Foul's Bane" in 1977, has been an international bestseller. Donaldson returned to the series with The Runes of the Earth in 2004. He lives in New Mexico.

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The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is a series of ten high fantasy novels written by American author Stephen R. Donaldson. The series began as a trilogy, entitled The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever. This was followed by another trilogy, The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and finally a tetralogy, The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

Valawye
For us Stephen R Donaldson buffs, his is a good read..otherwise, probably not so much. Try it if you like SRD
Zololmaran
As a fan of Donaldson's Covenant series, I was delighted to see that there was a scholarly work of literary criticism covering the Chronicles. There have been so many written about The Lord of the Rings (deservedly so) but none regarding Covenant. I felt this was a mistake, as Donaldson's works, while certainly not equal to Tolkien's, bear significant literary merit.

One of the things I found most interesting was the shared vocabulary between Senior and Donaldson. Any reader of Donaldson knows that he enjoys employing archaic words. Senior even levies this as somewhat of a criticism. However, *he uses some of the same words*. I couldn't help but chuckle. To argue for clarity, and then go against your own argument is, well, silly.

But that's the worst I can say about the book. Other than works on literary criticism regarding Tolkien, this was one of the very few that I read from cover to cover. He didn't miss many points (although as others have pointed out there were some factual innaccuries; these were minor, though).

Here are some chapter titles, to give you an idea of what's in the book:

1. Modern Fantasy and Stephen R. Donaldson

2. 2. Thomas Covenant: Leper as Hero

3. Donaldson and Tolkien (great chapter)

4. Myth

5. Narrative, Structure, and Knowledge

6. Life and Death

7. The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: "To Bear What Must Be Borne".

There are also two rather extensive interviews, which for those Covenant fans who don't participate in the "gradual interview" on [...] or who don't follow the bulletin boards on [...] offer much needed insight into the mind of an author who is much more complex than he seems to the casual observer.
Meri
I first read Lord Foul's Bane in 1981 in Junior High. I was instantly hooked, who would'nt be! Donaldson created the most wonderful characters, and creatures, it was a fantasy lovers dream. The thought process of this author is so complex, he thinks out every detail and adds lifes little quircks just to make you feel like "hey, this guy is real". If you like Tolkien, Brooks, or McCaffrey, you must become lost in the LAND, or you will never know true mastery of the art of fantasy writing.
Karg
For the benefit of the people who are reading these reviews, this book is a research paper on the trilogy, NOT the trilogy itself. It's a worthwhile read, but if you're going to write a review on the Amazon.com website (like the first 2 reviews) make sure you write it about Senior's work, not Donaldson's!!!
HappyLove
The book "variations" is a must-read for anyone who enjoys Donaldson's writing. The two interviews alone make it worth the cover price. Before I discovered Lord Foul's Bane, I never thought I would find a better fantasy series than Lord of the Rings. I was mistaken. Donaldson has been called the best pure writer of fantasy, and I have to agree. Tolkien was a linguist, but never claimed to be a writer. He wrote LOTR as an examination of the fictional Elven language. Donaldson writes his fiction in order to lay bare and expose the workings of the human psyche, and that is why his books win out in my mind in a comparison with Tolkien. You will CARE about his characters. Feel their pain, cheer for them, even curse and possibly despise them. Best fantasy series ever, in my opinion. Lots of battles and stuff too, for the action fans!
Gold as Heart
I was looking to understand the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant a bit better, and this book helped out a lot, even though it deals primarily with the First Chronicles. If you're addicted to Stephen R. Donaldson's stuff and want to return to the Land (if only in a tangential fashion), this is a good book to check out.
Nightscar
I really like the Covenant series, and so I picked this book up to see how others reacted to it. What I found was a work that read far to much into Donaldson's work, missed some major points, and committed simple errors (such as which hand Covenant had fingers amputated from). Maybe it's because I'm not a huge fan of lit.crit., but I found this text very dense to work through, and Senior came across as trying too hard to make his points.
The best fantasy series ever written. It is even better than J.R.R Tolkiens The Hobbit. His characters are great and each has his own mystery. This new world that just can't be is awesome in its own special way.
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