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I ve often lamented that five star rating systems, such as the one used by GoodReads, don t allow for ratings lower than one star Were it possible, I d give this book negative stars I think it actually sucks the quality away from books shelved near it, and generally makes the world a less joyful, less intelligent place to be.You might assume from the previous statements that I dislike this book Given that dislike is a pretty mild, milquetoast term on the sliding scale of affection, you woul I ve often lamented that five star rating systems, such as the one used by GoodReads, don t allow for ratings lower than one star Were it possible, I d give this book negative stars I think it actually sucks the quality away from books shelved near it, and generally makes the world a less joyful, less intelligent place to be.You might assume from the previous statements that I dislike this book Given that dislike is a pretty mild, milquetoast term on the sliding scale of affection, you would be wrong I loathe this book This is one of the very few novels I ve ever literally thrown across a room once I d finished it, and if I had the chance, I d cheerfully do so again preferably at Donaldson himself, were he within range.Why Let s start with the protagonist and please, don t even try to sell me on the notion that he s an anti hero Thomas Covenant is one of the most loathsome, self involved creations ever to emerge from a writer s psyche, and the fact that he himself would agree with that assessment alleviates his repulsiveness not one bit Covenant is whiny to the point of self parody, self pitying to the point of ego collapse, and constantly uses his admittedly real hardships as justification for not accepting responsibility for anything including a heinous act of sexual violence which Donaldson thoughtfully sketches out for us just enough to make sure we don t miss the point yes, Covenant really does rape a character after she s just healed him of his leprosy.Ladies and gentlemen, Our Hero.Of course, that s merely the most glaring flaw in a book chock full of awful Donaldson s writing style gives new depth and nuance to the concept of purple prose, and his epic story reads like an overcooked pastiche of Tolkien with some cheery realism for which read late 20th century self involvement stirred in for flavor I d go on further, but honestly, there s only so long I can stomach kicking this dog of a novel before I feel the need to wash the taste of Donaldson s florid writing and his hero out of my brain.I regret ever reading this book, and I am absolutely flabbergasted that it has enough readers and fans to have led to seven count em seven sequels as of this writing I mean, sure, I know there s no accounting for taste, but damn Thomas Covenant had it all a good family, his first book was a New York Times bestseller, his second book was in the progress Suddenly he developed leprosy, his wife left him taking his son with her, people avoid any kind of contact with him turning him into a self loathing bitter whining person He is a leper outcast unclean.Some high powers brought him to magic land where he is destined to either help fight Great Evil, or destroy everything the choice is his The problem is he does not re Thomas Covenant had it all a good family, his first book was a New York Times bestseller, his second book was in the progress Suddenly he developed leprosy, his wife left him taking his son with her, people avoid any kind of contact with him turning him into a self loathing bitter whining person He is a leper outcast unclean.Some high powers brought him to magic land where he is destined to either help fight Great Evil, or destroy everything the choice is his The problem is he does not really believe the land is real this is only his mind affected by his leprosy which plays tricks on him As a result he does not really care about the Land this is an actual name of the place or its inhabitants He is a leper outcast unclean.This is my second attempt to read the series The first time I read it, I was really put off by one of Covenant s actions in the Land people who read this know what I talk about Still considering the fact that a lot of people call this the best fantasy ever I was curious to finish this Oh, in case you forgot Thomas Covenant is a leper outcast unclean.Now that I finally finished the book, I am underwhelmed The most GR ratings for it are either 5 stars or 1 star I guess I will be in minority with my rating I found this book to be a slightly above average Tolkien clone with a very unlikable protagonist After all, he is a leper outcast unclean.Quite a few of the scenes can be easily attributed to Tolkien s classic with simple change of names Thomas Covenant has a ring with unknown great powers does this ring a bell Sorry for a bad unintended pun He needs to get to Rivendell , sorry I mean Lord s Keep from where The Fellowship of the Ring , sorry Quest is formed from different people I can go on and on, but will stop here to avoid further spoilers The only really original part is that the main character is a leper outcast unclean.The book was probably shocking in the time it was written, but if one compares it to modern fantasy, it is very mild with the exception of the scene I already mentioned, but even that is not THAT shocking nowadays it just strengthens reader s revulsion for Thomas Covenant who is a leper outcast unclean.Speaking of the main character he is NOT an anti hero as some readers call him For good examples of anti heroes, please refer to Elric by Michael Moorcock, Lady from Chronicles of the Black Company, Gerald Tarrant from Black Sun Rising, or countless others Thomas Covenant is just a whining jerk and something worse which I will not mention here as it will give a spoiler I know quite a few real life people who had it as bad as or even worse than him, but they managed to remain good humans Thomas Covenant is a very pitiful excuse for a human being He is a leper outcast unclean.Did you notice that I never mention anybody except for the main character The reason for this is that every single person in the Land is a typical Mary Sue without any exceptions, and thus are fairly indistinguishable from each other and not very interesting, except for a leper outcast unclean character.I thought about giving 2 star rating to this book, but the very end was interesting enough to warrant an extra star after all, I would not read the next book in the series with the first one having just 2 stars In this case this book was good enough for me to proceed to the next one even though Thomas Covenant is a leper outcast unclean.One last note if you think I overdid on the whole leper outcast unclean thing Thomas Covenant calls himself like this at least once per page if notoften, so if somebody wants to read this for the first time, get used to it He keeps whining like this non stop This isn t so much a review of the book as a response to other reviews I have read by people who hated it, and hated it specifically because they see the protagonist, Thomas Covenant, as unlikeable weak, whiny, and self pitying and or because of the rape scene included in it My position is essentially this You can hate a character for many good reasons, but having no clue who he really is, is not one of them.Some readers seem to want to excuse Covenant to some extent as an anti hero, but This isn t so much a review of the book as a response to other reviews I have read by people who hated it, and hated it specifically because they see the protagonist, Thomas Covenant, as unlikeable weak, whiny, and self pitying and or because of the rape scene included in it My position is essentially this You can hate a character for many good reasons, but having no clue who he really is, is not one of them.Some readers seem to want to excuse Covenant to some extent as an anti hero, but I think this misses a larger point his Chronicles, of which this book is the first, are a kind of anti fantasy Oh, this is still escape literature, but it lacks intentionally the complete abandonment of a Lord of the Rings It doesn t allow the reader to simply wish themselves into a magical new world Like and because of Covenant, it fights back It asks the reader to consider the distinction between reality and fantasy, or, as Covenant would put it, between sanity and madness This tension makes the Chronicles unique, providing a different kind of depth to the story.Briefly, Lord Foul s Bane recounts the first part of an epic battle between the good people of the Land and the evil that would destroy it, Lord Foul Specifically, it tells the story of Thomas Covenant, a leper whose disease has cost him his wife, his child, and the succor of society his sexual potency two fingers of his right hand and the nerves in his fingers and toes The psychological cost has been no less extreme His disease requires his full attention, if not directly for example, through frequent visual surveillance of his body, searching out any cuts or abrasions that, because he can t feel them, could quickly become dangerous , then indirectly In a world that hates and fears lepers, Covenant is compelled to undertake the hardest of all tasks, to give up all hope of health and love and meaningful human contact This is the man who, after an accident, wakes up in the Land a place of magic, where health can not only be seen but restored as he soon discovers, his leprosy is cured, and only his missing fingers are not returned to him.Naturally, he rejects the Land, and all its inhabitants.And here is where the story and Covenant, too begins to pall on some readers For Covenant s rejection is not a polite one Worse for many of these readers it is incomprehensible How could he reject this wonderful gift How, indeed, could he not wholeheartedly embrace it The answer, of course, is that Covenant is not, in fact, a weak man, but an exceptionally strong one A weaker man would do exactly as many of these readers seem to want he would embrace the Land and charge off to help the good guys defeat the bad And because he carries with him a power equal to the task the white gold with which his wedding ring is made , he would succeed Then, truly, this book would be as bad as they think it is.But thankfully that isn t Covenant For him, the Land is no gift it is a curse He comes from our world, the real world, where places such as the Land are fantasy And fantasy is dangerous, if you begin to believe it That way lies a life of institutionalization and madness Yet it seems so real, so full of beauty and wonder, friendship and love, it takes a man of extraordinary character to resist its temptations.Reader complaints of whininess and self pity seem to me to lack an appreciation of Covenant s dilemma and perhaps simple human empathy He believes and as a man of our world, he has every reason to believe that he is fighting for control of his own mind And against impossible odds Of course he despairs Yet he perseveres.How exactly is this man unlikeable Because he clings to sanity Because he refuses to allow figments of his imagination to drive him mad Because he doesn t say please and thank you From what I can gather, many of these one star reviewers never did read about Thomas Covenant they read about a Hero who wouldn t bow to their own desire for wish fulfillment.It s ironic They come off sounding like the people in Covenant s town who hate him so much they want him to stay locked up in his house, alone, forever Except that instead of leprosy, they cite the behavior and mode of thinking required by his disease as the reasons for their loathing Significantly, they don t question the townspeople s reactions but they don t follow that through, either It s as if they re saying, Okay, sure, everyone hates youbut there s no need to be bitter about it They don t seem to understand that Covenant doesn t want to be the way he is, but that he has no choice that if he doesn t build walls between himself and the outside world, he will lose himself entirely If he is overtly rude unlike, say, a shy person, whose rudeness is born of an innate social awkwardness it is because he isn t naturally anti social He has had to build his defensive mechanisms himself, against his natural inclinations This makes him at oncerigid andheroic.And then there s the rape, a crime compounded by the youth of the victim, a girl of only 16 More than one reviewer, in the blissful simplicity of the knee jerk reaction, wanted to throw the book at a wall at this point in the story How is it possible to maintain sympathy for a man who would do such a thing Well, as it turns out, it is quite easy to do so provided you see the book through the lens of Covenant s dilemma If you go into this book like other works of fantasy believing in the reality of the Land and you cannot fathom Covenant s unbelief, then you will have a problem with this scene But then, I think, you will also have missed the point completely For rape in a dream or a fantasy isn t rape But, for Covenant, in a dream as real as this one appears to be, it is impossible to ignore And it acts on him in two ways it makes his rejection the Landdifficult even as it raises disturbing questions of his mental health outside the dream Later in the book he has a similar reaction when he kills for the first time Is he, he wonders, truly capable of such violence Rather than ask, How could he rape a 16 year old, it would beappropriate to think, Even in his dreams, this man has a conscience.Post Script Excoriating Covenant for the rape of Lena follows a logic that would have us holding ourselves accountable for the content of our dreams If a man told a woman he had a dream in which he raped someone, should the woman henceforth think of the man as a rapist If a woman told a man she had a dream in which she was raped, and she enjoyed it, should the man afterward believe the woman obviously wants to be raped I hope I speak for a large majority when I say, Of course not.But one of the fascinating things about Covenant is that he does follow this logic He doesn t want to, and he tries hard not to, but thethings he does in the Land, thethose things affect how he sees himself This is why he does so damn little This is another misguided complaint about his character In this sense, Covenant s journey is one of self discovery Like many of us, however, he is afraid of what he will discover By doing nothing or as little as he possibly can , he can spare himself pain He has enough pain from his disease, from his isolation he doesn t think he can take any.Lord Foul s Bane is, I think, a very good book But it is here, in the area of Covenant s self discovery, that it is lacking His whining isn t a problem in itself it is a symptom of Donaldson s unwillingness or inability to fully explore the depth of Covenant s character It s interesting that the Land is mostly exactly that land While there is much to see on the surface, a few deep lakes would have been nice I read Lady Chatterly s Lover, and The Lord of the Rings for a second time It was a good year for me and reading And an important year for who I would become But I didn t know until now how important OMG that was a rather difficult book to get into I mean, most of the time I had keep re shifting the gears in my head to see what might be valuable and good about this book, and for a great 200 pages I was wondering if I had stumbled into another Eddings slogfest full of completely predictable situations and heroes, with only the main character being a bit out of the ordinary.And then I had to remind myself that this came out in 1977 and the cult fantasy favourite as opposed to the mainstream OMG that was a rather difficult book to get into I mean, most of the time I had keep re shifting the gears in my head to see what might be valuable and good about this book, and for a great 200 pages I was wondering if I had stumbled into another Eddings slogfest full of completely predictable situations and heroes, with only the main character being a bit out of the ordinary.And then I had to remind myself that this came out in 1977 and the cult fantasy favourite as opposed to the mainstream fantasy favourite was LOTR We ve been inundated with Lewis and Beagle and who knows what else in the fantasy field The time was ripe for a change, and all the big fantasy fans have all declared this fantasy cycle as a major turning point with a textual breakaway into new territory that has stuck with us all the way to modern fantasy, which I have to say, I now adore.But did I really get into this book Is it even possible The answer is yes, with a pretty huge caveat It s pretty obvious that the entire book is an exploration of a quote by John Milton in Paradise Lost The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven Putting that firmly in mind, now read our self hating Thomas Covenant in his American home being treated as a Leper, because he is one, and see America as Mordor He s in hell And then he gets sent to heaven.The magical land is just that It s magical, people CAN live on beauty, alone, and there are honourable seafaring giants reminiscent of the Ents, horse riders with muchmagic in the horses, just like Rohan, onlylike Valdemar, and the Council, who are mages who have lost much lore over the centuries.Covenant is skeptical of everything he sees, now, for although he used to be a best selling author, he s now given up on all things imaginative in the wake of the hell of being diagnosed as a Leper and to learn he has no hope whatsoever So when he is miraculously cured, and the wedding ring of his divorced wife has turned into the receptacle of the mystical Wild Magic that could either restore or destroy this wonderful fantasy world, he just Can Not Believe any of it He s hallucinating He s dreaming.Too bad for him, it s all too real to his senses, and even his nerves have regenerated, which he knows is impossible Oh Dear.Honestly, the ideas come across as muchinteresting than the execution Like I said, it was a slogfest.It s also too bad, because he s rather an asshole.After reading so much modern fantasy, I ALMOST wish he d done something other than rape the wide eyed girl that was doing her damnedest to help him, like murder a cute puppy or an innocent child Maybe he d have had an easier time making me believe he really did regret the act later, or even right after the passion had been spent Jesus What a fucking prick.Okay Moving along And that s another thing It was just a very, very long travelogue At least LOTR had it in service of excellent secondary or tertiary goals The most we can say about Covenant is his gradual slide into belief and eventual realization that he s been a major asshole At least there was lots of dancing And the initial metaphor and how it changed each time was not lost upon me That was one of the nicer aspects of the novel, other than the realizations of Covenant, himself.Okay, now here s my biggest nut and bolt complaint Lord Foul is both a pretty damn interesting strategist and uber powerful magical villain I wish it hadn t taken so damn long for us as readers to GET THAT POINT Practically anything else would have been a better introduction to Drool and Foul They came across as an actual snivelling idiot and a minor house lord, and not the wielder of a staff fashioned by the Creator, himself, to right the corruption being spread throughout the fabric of reality, or the source of that corruption, itself Lord Foul It was all properly epic and I loved the ideas once I was finally INTRODUCED to them.I saw the influence of Zelazny s Amber series right away, and I ve always loved it when authors did that You know Uber Reality and the lesser realms, with Earth being one of many minor realms It was a nice addition to the book.And oddly enough, I got a lotout of the novel s spoken aloud tales, campfire style, than I did with the entire let s go get that damn Staff storyline.It s not a bad novel Don t get me wrong I m not jumping off the deep end and slamming this as I would with a modern fantasy that tried to pull this off I m trying to respect it as a product of it s time and place, and as such, I d probably give it a 5 star rating, too, or perhaps a 4 because Zelazny s was better Or at least I remember itfondly, and since I haven t read the other Covenant novels, I really shouldn t judge just yet.But the language in this novel wasn t up to Tolkien s high standards, and the worldbuilding didn t leave all that much impression on me, either Maybe that s a personal failing, and the fact that I couldn t get into the groove and kept falling out of whatever groove I eventually got well, it certainly didn t help.I ll keep going, because once I invest in a thing, I like to maintain the investment, especially when others tell me it only gets a lot better, but as of right this moment, I m a bit weary Maybe a few novels before I sink into the next might be best sigh THIS is a book for folks who often find life Tough Maybe you re one of em That has been My life for sure When I was 20, I started swimming against the Tide I had discovered Value in my life I was gonna hang on to it for dear lifeThe only other available option was sheer outrage.So, naturally I made new friends the pleasers They sought to lull me with their nice, pleasant lullabies, and dropped pleasant leading gambitsWhenever in a weak moment I consented to listen, the soporific wou THIS is a book for folks who often find life Tough Maybe you re one of em That has been My life for sure When I was 20, I started swimming against the Tide I had discovered Value in my life I was gonna hang on to it for dear lifeThe only other available option was sheer outrage.So, naturally I made new friends the pleasers They sought to lull me with their nice, pleasant lullabies, and dropped pleasant leading gambitsWhenever in a weak moment I consented to listen, the soporific would be gently administered and I d drift off to Lala Land for what seemed ages But then I d remember to Remember myself and throw off my shackles Time then for my opposition to use the heavy artillery You got it So back and forth went my life, just so, for interminable aeons of slumber interspersed with jarringly wide awake cauchemars with all their Soul splitting bright noonday torment Awakening from history s nightmare is no picnic.Pride was always my stumbling block EXACTLY as it is for Thomas Covenant in the Strange and Savage Real Life Dreamworld he s been catapulted into We re all proud naturally, because of our inborn need for transcendence A real radix malorum, as it turns out So then the world turns to us and says You re no one special So why not just jump on the eternal bandwagon of endless 24 7 Desire Because it s precisely the road of fools, is why the way to dusty death Death isn t real to a little kid And it s only real to us because of our illimitable desires We have to make perfect our will.But Thomas knows nothing of this So in his vividly Real parallel universe to his daily disbarred from humanity drudgery of incurable leprosy he is fighting perceived evil.Don t all we outsiders do that Just like me, so Thomas a leper, one set apart and enchained in a Magic Circle of Exclusion from polite society A figurative leper, like the rest of us plodders who strive with every fibre of our sinews to be reconnected and justified to our erstwhile peers.As Kafka says, give it up Kafka and Thomas win out Inclusion is not the point Our, and their, splintered life is Brokenness wins That s where we start.As the Nobel laureate Lagerkvist states, Endurance is everything, for only in that can there be Glory.We are ALL clinging to that accursed rock upon which, we, like Prometheus who saw THROUGH Lord Foul s mind games are impaled, sentenced to submit to the gnawing of the gods upon our liver.So resistance, as the film clich says, is futile And submission is key The books in the immortal Thomas Covenant sword n sorcery series seem endless, and a too daunting task for a feeble septuagenarian like me to attempt But I HIGHLY recommend them to folks who like I do find the struggle for Goodness Herculean And this First one of the saga is Great For Thomas Struggle is Really Endless No getting around it.It gets better, you know, if we make ourselves LITTLE Then we re only chaff spinning on the Hurricane of Life And chaff is just peanuts at the Destroyer s orgiastic feast.Some day we will all be able to do just that ALL of us Victims.Once the strength of the battle subsides, we will find we have been MOLDED into a vital tiny truculence that can endure ALL the outrageous Forces of Circumstance.On that blessed day we ll drop our guardAnd take up the eternal cloak of Humility Which will lead us to a Far Better Land than the one so ruinously despoiled by Lord Foul Wow I really didn t like this book.I think it was in large part due to the fact that I found the main character so utterly unlikable Heck, he s even despicable.Some people can read and enjoy a book despite not being able to empathize with the characters I m not one of those people I actually like to care about my fictional characters It s pretty hard to give a flying fickle about some cranky jerk who rapes a woman in the first book I didn t bother readingto find out if things improve Wow I really didn t like this book.I think it was in large part due to the fact that I found the main character so utterly unlikable Heck, he s even despicable.Some people can read and enjoy a book despite not being able to empathize with the characters I m not one of those people I actually like to care about my fictional characters It s pretty hard to give a flying fickle about some cranky jerk who rapes a woman in the first book I didn t bother readingto find out if things improved from there *Download Book ⇕ Lord Foul's Bane ☔ st Ed Holt, Rineholt Winston Retroland Rineholt Winston I live in a smallish room with roughly a couple of thousand books They are everywhere I love the books, but I also hate the books I d have space if it wasn t for them, when I moved it would be easy if it didn t involve carrying what feels like an endless amount of heavy boxes packed with them They are everywhere The bookshelves are all double stacked There are books on top of the normally shelved books There are piles of them everywhere They fall over They are in the way Mooncheese lik I live in a smallish room with roughly a couple of thousand books They are everywhere I love the books, but I also hate the books I d have space if it wasn t for them, when I moved it would be easy if it didn t involve carrying what feels like an endless amount of heavy boxes packed with them They are everywhere The bookshelves are all double stacked There are books on top of the normally shelved books There are piles of them everywhere They fall over They are in the way Mooncheese likes to knock them over sometimes, even though falling books scare her Like Juliana Hatfield felt about her sister, I have the same love hate relationship with my significant others Lately I ve been in the mindset to cull some of the books Be all JC on them and remove the wheat from the chaff I ve been a little successful, I ve gotten rid of about sixty or seventy books in the last couple of months, but there is a problem I feel wrong about getting rid of books that I have not yet read This wouldn t be a problem except that a like a geologist I can go through my shelves and re create the history of fleeting ideas and interests I had that happened to correspond to fortuitous trips to used bookstores and b I sometimes buy a lot of crap An amendment to b is that I also acquire a lot of crap for free ie., I Love You, Beth Cooper In some cases a and b come together Lord Foul s Bane is one of those books A few years ago I went through a brief moment where I thought, maybe I should become familiar with fantasy Then I bought up some fantasy books for about a quarter a piece on a trip to the always wonderful bookstore I love this cat, he likes to sometimes sit on my back while I m crouched down looking for books, in Schuylerville turning point of the Revolutionary War, and home of the most disgusting home I ever stepped foot in, but that is another story, I ll try to fit into some other review where dog shit plays a promiment role This long and uninteresting story has no real point, except that I want to get rid of books, but I feel I need to read them before getting rid of them Lately that has been making me read books I have no interest in I ll look at a book that I think I will enjoy and say to myself, when I finish this I think I ll want to keep it So instead of reading something I may potentially enjoy I ll see something like Lord Foul s Bane sitting in a pile, and I ll grab this instead I didn t finish this book I made it a littlethan halfway through it If I spent another couple of hours reading I d be able to finish it, but I just don t care to The book is bad It s written in very formal and stilted style, kind of like something you hear from some drama nerd who tries to bring a littleShakespeare into their daily life The story is uninteresting It is difficult to accomplish this for me I find nothing wrong with reading a novel about a man laying in pig shit, and doing nothing but thinking I can find that engaging There is nothing engaging in this book By the time I stopped reading it there was some kind of quest to bring a message to someone, but I didn t give a fuck Why didn t I care Well, one I hated the language I hated the characters The main character is a one dimensional leper with rage issues that make little sense except that they spring up when the author needs to create dialog The only meaningful thing he did in 252 pages was rape a girl All of the other characters are bullshit cookie cutter caricatures The whole world he created seems like just a series of seperate little communities that each have some New Age Hippy thing going on There are the people who like the rocks, the people who like the tree s, the people who like the water, but besides liking something they don t seem to do too much I m Treeman of the timberpeople my made up names are only a tad dumber then the names Donaldson comes up with , and we live in the trees What else do you do Do We live in trees Yeah but besides living in trees what do you do I live in an apartment, but I also do other things No man, you don t get it, we live in trees We like trees Just like Granitehead of the Rock collectors digs rocks, we dig trees I get it you like trees, they like rocks, but you live in a world and you have to do something besides just like trees No man, you don t get it, we liketrees Are you retarded What baffles me about this book is that it is highly regarded It was up for a bunch of big awards Lists onplace it as a great fantasy book, and maybe it is My fantasy knowledge being kind of weak Besides my other misgivings, the thing I hated most ok not besides, I hated this the most , was the motherfucking bullshit weakasfuck Dungeon Master shit that the author pulled constantly Any possible conflict could be resolved by some lame ass addition into the powers of a character or thing Maybe it s fun when you re ok Me, when I was 13 and overweight and playing Dungeons and Dragons with your friend to throw all logic out the window and just let your characters kill, and do anything they would like but as a novelists you can t just add bullshit constantly because you can t think of any other way out of the problems you have made your characters face you may do this if your name is Joss and your protagonist is a teenage girl who kills vampires, I don t know why he gets a pass, but he does, no one else does though I m done with this book and this review I m going to give this book away, and maybe learn my lesson that if I don t think I d enjoy a book I own it may be ok to just get rid of it without torturing myself for past mistakes in book buying This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here SPOILERS BELOWThis book was in it s own way well written or at least fairly well written It s well written in that it dragged me in, sort of Often I wished it hadn t Thomas Covenant is one of the universe s great whiners You see, Thomas is a leperand while I can t imagine how awful this would be wife leaves and takes child, loses fingers before realizing condition, etc.,etc., etc he manages to drive any sympathy out of the readers, or he did me Upon being healed in THE LAND he s SPOILERS BELOWThis book was in it s own way well written or at least fairly well written It s well written in that it dragged me in, sort of Often I wished it hadn t Thomas Covenant is one of the universe s great whiners You see, Thomas is a leperand while I can t imagine how awful this would be wife leaves and takes child, loses fingers before realizing condition, etc.,etc., etc he manages to drive any sympathy out of the readers, or he did me Upon being healed in THE LAND he s afraid to believe as it might cause him not to take his leprosy seriously and end up withlost limbs etc His frantic dis belief is so emphatically strong he view spoiler rapes the young woman who helped him hide spoiler Thomas Covenant is a real prince He meets Lord Foul early on and in spite of what you will realize about it all, Thomas will fail to realize those things and go right on.for 3 books.Having refused to believe he is healed and that the land is even real, he tags himself the unbeliever So, put on your white gold ring, gird up your loins and charge ahead Thomas will entertain you with his continual Woe is me, ohhh woe is me for a long, long time to come Now that I think of it, I DISLIKE these books.I reviewed this a while back, but I want to update it I want to include a quote from Dorothy Parker I ve used beforeThis is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly It should be thrown with great force https www.goodreads.com review show