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The author of the book: E.R. Eddison
Edition: Del Rey
The size of the: 26.92 MB
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Date of issue: April 12th 1978
ISBN: 0345272218
ISBN 13: 9780345272218
Language: English
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OK, this one is also complicated ... Not so much the broad strokes of the story, this time, though; rather, it's the structure of the book. Unfortunately, Eddison died before completing it; fortunately, he did leave enough notes to allow the book to be understandable even in partial form. Apparently, he wasn't one of those authors who starts at the beginning and keeps going until they get to the end; he was one who creates the framework of the story, and then goes in and starts expanding & detailing the interesting bits until everything is finished. So in the book there are a number of chapters of varying stages of completeness -- he had at least drafted out the first part of the book, and the last part, and a couple of key bits in the middle.

For the chapters that were not completed, we're for the most part presented with "Arguments" -- a couple hundred words describing the main events of the chapter, and some of their implications.

There are also at least a couple of chapters that weren't fully drafted, but for which various notes & fragments exist and are presented.

In the end we have maybe a quarter to a third of the completed book? plus the assorted arguments and drafts and notes filling in the gaps. And on the one hand, it's a damned shame we didn't get the full book -- had it been completed (and, of course, had its potential been realized in its creation) I think it would have been a masterpiece of the first water; on the other hand, I'm at least happy that we got such of it as we did.

The narrative is much more straightforward than A Fish Dinner in Memison. There's a brief introduction -- excuse me, Praeludium -- with the Lessingham of our world, but then the scene shifts to, and remains in, Zimiamvia.

If you recall, in the first book of the trilogy, Mistress of Mistresses: A Vision of Zimiamvia, the Triple Kingdom was wracked by civil war after the death of King Mezentius and, shortly after, his son King Styllis. A Fish Dinner in Memison showed some of the events immediately preceding Mezentius' death, up to and including the eponymous fish dinner. The Mezentian Gate shows the history of the Triple Kingdoms, as embodied in the family of the Parrys and the family of the royal house of Fingiswold, on an epic scale, beginning generations prior to the events of Mistress of Mistresses and ending just prior to that book, and introducing pretty much all of the major players and moving them into their opening positions. Additionally there are plenty of deep philosophical discussions on the nature of reality and of Love (yes, always with a capital L), and intimations that some characters may be, or at least represent, Gods in their mortal shell, all told in Eddison's inimitable prose. Plus the mysterious Doctor Vandermast and the oh-so-charming (and dangerous) ladies Campaspe, Anthea and Zenianthe, none of whom is entirely as she first appears to be.

Those Parrys really are bad eggs, btw.

Even in its incomplete state, it's a remarkably assured and ambitious book.

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Ebook The Mezentian Gate read Online! Eric Rücker Eddison was an English civil servant and author, writing under the name "E.R. Eddison."

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