Thursday, March 18, 2010
What Am I Reading for My 2010 New/Old Reading Challenge?
And so, I have begun my fourth reading of The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart, for my 2010 New/Old reading challenge. (The above is the cover on my ancient edition. It's not the same cover you'll find on the book today.) I am only 48 pages in (although the print is very small for my now aging eyes), but already my confidence in my former opinion has been reassured. Perhaps because I read this book at such a young age, the protagonist became, and has remained for all these years, the "definitive" Merlin of Arthurian legend to me. As I sink into prose and memory, I am once again with an old friend. To my mind and heart, The Crystal Cave will always remain a true classic.
Note: One reader on Goodreads said she'd heard (or read?) that The Prince and the Pilgrim was written by Mary Stewart before she became a published author. If that is the case, it might go a long way towards explaining the amateurish feel of the book for me. Heaven help me if anyone ever decides to pull out any of my "early novels" and publish them!
Back cover blurb:
Who was Merlin?
Was the famed magician of Camelot and King Arthur's court really a sinister, all-powerful being from another wold? Was he truly a Prince of Darkness?
Or was he a man with the loves and passions of other mortals? A man with unique intelligence and unusual gifts?
Why was he so feared? How did he come by his occult powers? Why was the crystal cave so important to him?
Mary Stewart's novel brings to vibrant life one of the world's greatest legends and sheds a fascinating new light on the turbulence and mystery of 5th-century Britain.
With its length and small print, this is likely to be a multiple Tuesday Teaser read for me. Stop by next Tuesday to get your first peek!
If you'd like to join my 2010 New/Old Reading Challenge, its not too late! Click here and here for more information. And remember, there are prizes involved if you join us! :-)