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Best Ebook, The Silver Stallion Author James Branch Cabell This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Silver Stallion, Essay By James Branch Cabell Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Originally published on my blog here in May 2003.Many readers of fantasy today basically assume that it is a genre which originated with J.R.R Tolkien this is not at all the case, and the best of the earlier writing is, in my opinion, well worth resurrecting James Branch Cabell is today almost completely unknown, even with the occasional cheap reprint in some fantasy classics series, and he has a charm and humour almost totally lacking in most post Tolkien fantasy In the second half of the twenties, he wrote a loosely connected trilogy set in the kingdom of Poictesme, of which this is the second It was attacked at the time as blasphemous and indecent, two charges which would hardly be made today even though it is still just about possible to understand why people reacted in this way.The Silver Stallion is the best of the volumes in the trilogy Figures of Earth lacks the ingredients which mark out The Silver Stallion from just about every other fantasy novels, and Jurgen sometimes reads as though Cabell is trying too hard to shock the reader The reason this novel is different is that it is about what happens after the end of the quest, during the living happily every after It starts with the death of Dom Manuel, central character if not exactly hero of Figures of Earth The fellowship of nine companions who fought under the banner of the Silver Stallion rampant in every member is disbanded, and his widow sets about turning his reputation as the liberator of Poictesme into that of a national saviour and redeemer, sort of a cross between Christ and King Arthur It is Cabell s appropriation of Christian ideas and even Biblical quotations to his manifestly false redeemer and particular what is said about the survival of any religion in Part IX which provoked the charge of blasphemy The Silver Stallion is about both how the cult of Dom Manuel becomes established and the ageing of his former companions These nine men find it hard to fit in with the changes in Poictesme, partly because they remember better than anyone else what Dom Manuel was really like, and partly because they miss the old days of fighting and wenching.The them of the ageing heroes makes The Silver Stallion pretty unusual in the fantasy genre, even today In this era of debunked heroes, fantasy has generally continued to depict the old fashioned superhuman goodies The closest parallels I can think of are the world weariness of some of Michael Moorcock s heroes, the character of the aged Bilbo in TThe Lord of the Rings and Cohen the Barbarian, who has a minor role in several of the Discworld novels Reading the novel reveals, however, that stylistically Cabell is not like these authors stylistically, reminding me instead of L Sprague de Camp and Tom Holt It is a pity that Cabell is not still widely known, and this trilogy at least is well worth seeking out. This books is the source of the following quote The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds and the pessimist fears this is true. Cabell is a bit of an acquired taste but once you get used to the scent and flavor you want to keep coming back Imagine Mark Twain writing fantasy and you are close to the idea Cabell s oeuvre was the saga of Dom Manuel who s mother on her death bed him to make a figure of himself in the world The idiot strove to do just that, out of clay, bronze, sand, and glass you get the idea His picaresque adventures and conquests lead him to become legendary, saintly, messianic, despite being ugly, crippled, a letch, and not very bright Through uncanny good luck he departs this mortal coil a veritable god That s all in Figures of Earth In The Silver Stallion and 22 odd novels, stories, and poems Cabell tells of the world that the fool begets.Stallion is the second novel in the series and tells the story of the breakup of Manuel s Fellowship of the Silver Stallion, sort of Cabell s Knights of the Round Table with Dom as the departed Arthur.Ribald, witty, smart, dirty, blasphemous, and deliciously wordy the fate of the Fellowship as they go their separate ways is told in ten delicious books of mock gospel Full of euphemism, double entendres, the prose is just a delight.This is the third Cabell I ve read and I can t recommend it highly enough. Like Jurgen and Figures of Earth, this is one of the greatest fantasy novels, all the better for being funny and wise It shows how myths and religions develop, and it s a thinly disguised commentary on the growth of Christianity. I have read this book at least twice It is, I think, among the author s very best productions, and may even be the best book to start with after having read the version of The Music from Behind the Moon An Epitome that can be found in The Witch Woman A Trilogy About Her.It is a series of connected novellas that work as perhaps the best example of Menippean satire in the 20th century The final segment, with the Christian knight Donander accidentally carried off to Valhalla, is quite funny, far funnier than the later in sequence Jurgen A Comedy of Justice for which Cabell is best known This book was written after Jurgen The sequence I allude to is Cabell s somewhat forced assemblage, the multi volume mock epic, The Biography of the Life of Manuel, best collected in the MacBride printed Storisende Edition in green boards Figures of Earth is the first in the story sequence, though written late in the game and the only one to deal with Manuel the Redeemer directly Beyond Life is the literary manifesto that serves as the biography s manifesto, and Straws and Prayer Books is a fond look back in a similar vein I have this bizarre idea that The Silver Stallion joins The Cream of the Jest A Comedy of Evasions and the aforementioned epitome as must reading for all readers who can read comedies in what loosely might be thought of as The Voltaire Idiom.Great stuff. Wanted to understand the influence on Vance and find out about this author, whom I ve heard about but knew very little I found a whimsical but sometimes stirring fantasy novel that was humorous on the surface, but had a lot to say about modern religion, marriage, growing old without really being a satire Though had satirical elements Firmly dated in the way of early SF Horror authors Lovecraft, Bourroughs et al Definitely let me wanting to read JBC. His repetitive superficial ironies grate, and he s as incapable of sustained dramatic momentum as the Spenser he parodies, but he can produce a wild and charming fantasy of domestic and fairy tale life intermingled. Mundus vult decipi Here begins the history of the birth and of the triumphing of the great legend about Manuel the Redeemer, whom Gonfal repudiated as blown dust, and Miramon, as an imposter, and whom Coth repudiated out of honest love but whom Guivric accepted, through two sorts of policy whom Kerin accepted as an honorable old human foible, and Ninzian, as a pathetic and serviceable joke whom Donander accepted whole heartedly to the eternal joy of Donander , and who was accepted also by Naifer, and by Jurgen the Pawnbroker, after some little private reservations and hereinafter is recorded the manner of the great legend s engulfment of these persons. The Silver Stallion is a darkly humorous, often sad, satire on human hypocrisy and our need for heroes Cabell is unsparing in his skewering of the delusions of religion, marriage and politics, among others Yet, he doesn t leave us utterly forlorn, as the final paragraphs attest Anyhow, young Jurgen had brought down from Morven a most helpful and inspiring prediction which kept up people s spirits in this truly curious world and cheerfulness was a clear gain The fact that nothing anywhere entitled you to it could only, he deduced, make of this cheerfulness a still clearer gainThere might, besides, very well have been something to build upon Modesty, indeed, here raised the point if Jurgencould have invented out of the whole cloth anything quite so splendid and far reaching And that question he modestly left unanswered Meanwhileit was certain that Poictesme, along with the rest of Christendom, had now its wholly satisfactory faith and its beneficent legend p 354.The novel is divided into 10 books that take place in and around Poictesme, an imaginary, 13th century land somewhere in France, and reount the adventures of Dom Manuel s followers The Fellowship of the Silver Stallion after his miraculous assumption into Heaven according to the sole eye witness testimony of the young child Jurgen for maps and a fuller explanation of Cabell s imaginary realm, see The Atlas of Fantasy and The Dictionary of Imaginary Places and for a short but concise bio of Cabell, see the entry in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy.I ll leave off this unabashedly positive recommendation with a short sample of Cabell s lyrical, darkly humorous prose Then Madame Niafer arose, black robed and hollow eyed, and she made a lament for Dom Manuel, whose like for gentleness and purity and loving kindliness toward his fellows she declared to remain nowhere in this world It was an encomium under which the attendant warriors stayed very grave and rather fidgety, because they recognized and shared her grief, but did not wholly recognize the Manuel whom she described to them.As an FYI The copy I have is the 1926 first edition bought at an outrageously cheap price from aLibris but I abhor the Image Not Available thumbnail and like to have a covershot in there whenever I can so I went with the recent paperback edition s photo. AfterDomnei A Comedy of Woman Worship1913 ,Jurgen A Comedy of Justice1919 , and other novels set in the fictional medieval province of Poictesme, comes this 1926 tale, subtitled A Comedy of Redemption Here, as in Jurgen, James Branch Cabell gave full rein to his taste for low comedy, much of it misogynistic I find paragraphs about nagging wives and stupid but sexy princesses quite stale I was just waiting for the mother in law to put in a tiresome appearance she eventually does That apart, though, there s a lot in this book that s quite brilliant, as Cabell subtly takes apart the pieties associated with the posthumous elevation of Count Manuel to the status of Redeemer Cabell heartily dislikes hypocrisy, and in all of his books he shows up the lies that people tell to one another and to themselves Yet he doesn t have some great idealism to promote himself He s a thoroughgoing skeptic, a doubter, and that besides his splendid control of language is the best thing about his stories.