James Branch Cabell was an American author of fantasy fiction and belles lettres . Cabell was well regarded by his contemporaries, including H. L. Mencken. Jurgen [James Branch Cabell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. James Branch Cabell’s career was short-lived – his works fit neatly within. James Branch Cabell’s Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice went before a court in and became a bestseller, but today Cabell has met the fate of.

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Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice; by James Branch Cabell

There are a lot of references in this from greek myth and arthurian legend, to more specific things like the ‘Devil and Tom Walker’, ‘Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came’ and the land of ‘Cockaigne’. In a discourse with a monk, he puts in a good word for evil it allows to us to be good. Publishers of the time hated the book, and many wanted to see it banned for its suggestive nature a nature that is laughably tame by today’s standards.

Both men were considered cultured, European and Decadent — elegant, polished, a little tantalisingly lascivious in subject matter.

Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice by James Branch Cabell

Bkumenfeld for his marvelous interpretation of this book. As I say in the review, this may be a better book to read in snippets than to dive into in a long weekend.

Also, some monstrously clever innuendoes sprinkled throughout. Then the door closed, the bolt fell, and Jurgen went away, still in considerable excitement.


Nobility against a hopeless universe. Looking for something “different”. Are you now strongly tempted to go and read Jurgen?

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A veritable tale of Faith, Desire and Visions uh, and Cocaigne ” yes, that cocaine “. The Swords cabwll Lankhmar 14 27 Apr 07, For those whose form-of-life depended on taking absolutely seriously, without irony, such issues as the virtues of chastity or the sanctity of the priesthood, this nonchalance was probably more threatening than any overt polemic could have been.

A lot of it still relevant today. While searching for Lisa, he enters a strange land and charms Mother Sereda into temporarily giving him back his youth and good looks. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Aug 26, Anne added it.

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Cabell is also fond of anagrams, so we end up with a classical city under attack by judgen forces of logical Philistia, worshipping a god called “Vel-Tyno” “Novelty”. Cabell took an author’s revenge. What kind of answer, after all, is it to drop a magic ring into an imaginary volcano? Despite all its impieties, the book ends up in a very sentimental place–and a very modern one, too. Jurgen, a dissatisfied, middle-aged pawnbroker in the land of Poictesme with a rather difficult wife, loses his wife one day.

It is so fun, and so funny, and the themes and the beauty just put the final icing on it.

This is the destined food, do what you will, of small white worms. Then this may not be the book you want.


I can just imagine Jurgens gravestone eulogy: As a result, it was authors like Steinbeck and Hemingway who rose to prominence, with a very different approach to how best to depict the essence of life. When Jurgen is about to turn back the sheet jurgej reveal the naked body of Helen, and then doesn’t, plays on my male heartstrings like a violin. Cabell is capable of emotive moments.

You can always come back for my thoughts about it later. And, in a gnostic twist, he meets the true creator of the world, the one who made it as it is, not as people want it to be.

The impression I get from Cabell is that he thinks that everybody is trapped in their own story, everyone enacting their story surrounded by all these other people who think they are the all-important figures of their own tragedies, in the same way that Jurgen accidentally wanders into the novels jurgfn Perion and Horvendile or has them wander into his and nobody can agree what story they are in.

And I could not believe as my fellows believed, nor could I love them, nor could I detect anything in aught they said or did save their exceeding folly: But for all his laughter, he could not understand his fellows