By James Branch Cabell
A middle-aged pawnbroker-poet is authorized to regain his adolescence for a yr of amorous adventures during this compelling fable. full of unusual beasts, alien gods, magnificent lands, appealing women, and an charisma of the supernatural, Cabel's allegory leads its hero via affairs with Guenevere and the woman of the Lake in addition to confrontations with God and the Devil.
The 1919 ebook of Jurgen catapulted its writer right into a place as some of the most enigmatic and debatable literary figures of his period. serious reaction ranged from lavish compliment to violent denunciations, together with makes an attempt to have the radical banned for obscenity. sleek readers think about it a landmark within the heritage of yankee marvelous fiction and a successor to the traditions of Rabelais, Sterne, quick, and Voltaire. Its mild mixture of comedy and irony in an attractive environment has enchanted generations of readers. This variation good points greater than a dozen extraordinary full-page illustrations through Frank C. Papé.
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So beneficiant ! ” “ King Arthur can be tough placed to it to deserve her ! ” stated Jurgen : “ Now it truly is droll that to those truths i've got yet so as to add one other fact on the way to have huge paving-stones flung at her ! and to have myself tumultuously torn into fragments, by way of these unpleasantly sweaty individuals who, thank Heaven, are not any longer jostling me ! ” For the Cathedral porch had by surprise emptied, simply because because the procession handed heralds have been scattering silver one of the spectators. “ Arthur can have a really wonderful queen,” says a smooth lazy voice. And Jurgen grew to become and observed that beside him was once Dame Anaïtis, whom humans known as the woman of the Lake. “ certain, he's drastically to be envied,” says Jurgen, with politeness. “ yet do you now not experience with them to London ? ” “ Why, no,” says the girl of the Lake, “ simply because my half during this bridal was once performed while I combined the stirrup-cup of which the Princess and younger Lancelot drank this morning. he's the son of King Ban of Benwick, that tall younger fellow in blue armour. i'm keen on Lancelot, for I reared him, on the backside of a lake that belongs to me, and that i give some thought to he does me credits. I additionally think that Madame Guenevere via this time is of the same opinion with me. And so, my half being performed to serve my writer, i'm off for Cocaigne. ” “ and what's this Cocaigne ? ” “ it really is an island in which I rule. ” “ i didn't understand you have been a queen, madame. ” “ Why, certainly there are a many stuff unknown to you, Messire de Logreus, in an international the place not anyone will get any assuredness of data approximately something. For it's a international in which all males that stay have yet a short while to reside, and none understands his destiny thereafter. in order that a guy possesses not anything definitely store a short mortgage of his personal physique: and but the physique of guy is able to a lot curious excitement. ” “ I believe,” acknowledged Jurgen, as his ideas shuddered clear of what he had obvious and heard within the Druid wooded area, “ that you simply communicate knowledge. ” “ Then in Cocaigne we're all clever : for that's our faith yet of what are you considering, Duke of Logreus ? ” “ i used to be thinking,” says Jurgen, “ that your eyes are in contrast to the eyes of the other lady that i've got ever obvious. ” Smilingly the darkish lady requested him in which they differed, and smilingly he acknowledged he didn't be aware of. They have been taking a look at one another warily. In every one look an skilled gamester said a valuable opponent. “ Why, you then needs to include me into Cocaigne,” says Anaïtis, “and see if you can't realize in which lies that distinction. For it isn't an issue i might care to depart unsettled. ” “ good, that turns out basically simply to you,” says Jurgen. “ convinced, definitely i need to deal relatively with you. ” Then they left the Cathedral of the Sacred Thorn, strolling jointly. the people who went towards London have been now good out of sight and listening to, which in all probability money owed for the truth that Jurgen was once now in no clever considering Guenevere. So it used to be that Guenevere rode out of Jurgen’s existence for it slow : and as she rode she talked with Lancelot. bankruptcy XXI HOW ANAITIS VOYAGED NOW the story tells that Jurgen and this woman of the Lake got here almost immediately to the wharves of Cameliard, and went aboard the send which had introduced Anaitis and Merlin into Glathion.