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La Malédiction du Rogue (Les Chroniques de Thomas Covenant, T. 1) (original: 1977; edição: 2008)

de Stephen R. Donaldson, Isabelle Troin (Traduction)

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He called himself Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever because he dared not believe in the strange alternate world in which he suddenly found himself. Yet he was tempted to believe, to fight for the Land, to be the reincarnation of its greatest hero...
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Título:La Malédiction du Rogue (Les Chroniques de Thomas Covenant, T. 1)
Autores:Stephen R. Donaldson
Outros autores:Isabelle Troin (Traduction)
Informação:Pocket (2008), Poche, 667 pages
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Lord Foul's Bane de Stephen R. Donaldson (1977)

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So, as a high fantasy novel, this one was up there. It had a rich world with interesting characters and unique creatures. They had their own customs and belief. There was a small, but not overwhelming presence of magic and the fantastical that made the world feel so real and down to earth. Even the MC's lack of belief that the world he was in really gave this book a nice atmosphere and made it so immersive. And the leprosy was a unique aspect.

But, that same quality about Covenant was also what made me give this book three stars. In his constant disbelief that the world around him was real, he became more of the anti-hero as he did not believe there would be any consequence for his actions. He even raped a sixteen-year-old girl who had done nothing but try and help him since he arrived in the world, then figured it was okay because no one came after him. Sure, he felt guilty and it stayed with him throughout the book, but after that, I can't see Thomas in a good light anymore. Nor can I give this book a better rating, even ifI did start to enjoy myself later on, after I pushed the event to the back of my mind. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
This is one of my favorite fantasy series - I believe this is the 3rd time reading through. This is a difficult book (and series) due to several factors, but the primary two are the heavy use of archaic and difficult language, and the anti-hero, Thomas Covenant.

My first read through, I was really bothered with Covenant's actions, especially at the beginning of this book. However, the context of this whole series is Covenant's struggles with reality and dealing with his very serious disease, which leads many of its victims to delusion and self-destruction.

I feel that Covenant is more believable due to his faults and weaknesses. A careful reading indicates that he is principled and has strong morals. A comparison would be how do you act in your dreams? Is it always in a perfectly honorable manner? Especially at the beginning of the story, Covenant is struggling mightily with feelings of delusion, entrapment, and self-destruction. As the book develops, it can be seen that he comes to greatly regret his earlier actions and attempts to make restitution.

However, he is actively working against a evil, manipulative force in Lord Foul. This is one of the interesting things about this series is that it is primarily a man vs supernatural power story on different layers, set in a modern and fantasy world. A potential weakness that the story has is that it boils down to an apocalyptic confrontation of good vs evil. This is the path of high fantasy, as opposed to pulp fantasy, which deals more with human incentive and motivation. As I enjoy both high and pulp fantasy, this is not so much an issue for me.

In conclusion, I think I would have initially given this book only 2 or 3 stars, but it has grown on me quite a bit. ( )
  quinton.baran | Mar 29, 2021 |
A man finds out that he has leprosy and then proceeds to act completely selfishly and horridly self-centeredly across two worlds and throughout the remainder of the novel. The main character has absolutely no redeeming qualities at all, and the story reads like bad D&D fic gone completely off the rails. The only way this book could hold any interest at all to me is if it's read as happening wholly in the MC's mind, and even then I don't think I can muster up enough bother to care. How this is considered a keystone of fantasy lit, I have absolutely no idea. ( )
  electrascaife | Mar 2, 2021 |
I know that I tried to read this book in my teens; I am not sure that I ever managed to finish it. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Different, novel. Disclaimer: Aside from the novelty aspect, I didn't especially care for this series.

The hero is a depressed and self-absorbed character who suffers from a true affliction- leprosy- and is either in a coma dream or literally transported to the Land, where allegory is more-or-less literal. The eponymous villain, Lord Foul, is a mixture of a Manichean devil figure imprisoned "inside the Arch of Time by the Creator" and an infection of Despair and Despite.

I had the following impressions after reading this novel:

1) Donaldson either has depressive tendencies or fundamentally a nihilistic outlook
2) He wanted to write something different- the villain is the embodiment of depression itself, infecting the otherwise healthy Land populated with hopeful, bright personalities that lack subtlety, so he is winning. His hero is something of a villain himself- a negative personality, but one accustomed to despair and therefore not vulnerable before it.

How he does it is personally a bit distasteful to me. I realize that's a personal moral judgment; from a technical standpoint the writing is concise and excellently executed, descriptions are quick but vivid, and there are many memorable moments. However, this is perhaps best suited for those who are tired of Tolkien imitation, found the violence in Game of Thrones excessive but the dark and depressing moments perhaps a bit not enough.

I know many who adore these books. They are unique, and this first outing into the Land is an excellent introduction to the setting and the contrast between ur-Lord Thomas Covenant and the people of the Land in their struggle against Lord Foul the Despoiler, Covenant's perhaps metaphoric internalizing of the leprosy that is killing his otherwise healthy body and optimism- but for myself, I am glad I read them for their impact, do not mind discussing them with fans, but they are not generally on my re-read list. I find myself feeling depressed, and not cathartically cleansed of same, and I think it's where you fall on that line that determines where you stand on these works. ( )
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Sweet, Darrell K.Artista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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