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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And yet the attentive Cabellian knows that the content cannot be genuine. I was named after this book!

It’s impossible to read Jurgen and not hear “The Princess Bride. Had to read this to see the inspiration for Heinlein’s “Job: Along the way he meets dozens of historical and mythical creatures and people including Queen Guenevere, shown in the picturefirst introducing himself as a duke, then promoting himself to prince, king, emperor, pope, and eventually, for a moment, even God.

You could counter this by saying, with support from the text, that the novel is to some degree criticising the way that society forces women into these prescribed roles.

There’s nothing to do with conscience, Jurgen concludes, just accept the world as it is and try to make the best of it. Everything is implied rather than explicite – Cabbell claiming in his defense that it is the reader who has a dirty mind.

People are used to the idea that fantasy can be funny, and to the idea that fantasy can be clever, and to the idea that fantasy can be meaningful. Besides, if any woman had ever understood me she would, in self-protection, have refused granch marry me. Jurgen is not an epic, but, at least superficially, a picaresque.

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Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice – Wikipedia

Cabell’s most notorious novel because of its obscenity association. James Branch Cabell was an American author of fantasy fiction and belles lettres. Then the fact that this novel was banned and the author prosecuted for indecency might be a clue that this one may not be entirely up your alley. James Branch Cabell, a geneologist by trade, was one of the more risque “mainstream” writers of my grandmother’s generation.

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Jurgen, a dissatisfied, middle-aged pawnbroker in the land of Poictesme with a rather difficult wife, loses his wife one day. Because of his level of notoriety in the twenties and thirties, copies of his books often appear in used bookstores–sometimes as volumes in more than one collection of his works. That, in a way, makes him both more and less admirable, and more and less despicable.

James Branch Cabell (Author of Jurgen)

His discussions with St. Cabdll you looking for a hilarious light read? I know this will sound foolish, but the part where Jurgen meets the Brown Man with Queer Feet is a capsule of a philosophy that cabwll stand against the chill of outer space itself.

I hope to pass more interesting books. Wodehouse and Terry Pratchett funny? This edition of Cabell’s witty an One of the most-talked-about works of the s, this compelling fantasy recounts the odyssey of a middle-aged pawnbroker who regains his youth for a year of jjrgen adventures. Nov 30, Wastrel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Well, things less likely than that have happened. I found myself just beginning to weary in the middle, but getting right back into the spirit of things as they got more serious.

A weird tale, to be sure, but pretty amusing, perhaps particularly in its observations on religion. All of which is fine enough. This one I even got on tape.

I’m sure there are some who will say this is not a perfect book ‘and certainly I cannot go so far as to say they are wrong: Despite all its impieties, the book ends up in a very sentimental place–and a very modern one, too. It is almost impossible to overstate the book’s influence. Sword and Sorcery after Howard attempted quite unapologetically to imitate Cabell: Both forms are beautiful and polished. This book has the honor of being one of the strangest and impossible to summarize that I have ever read.


Cabell was the third name who came to his mind, and the list is interesting from a little reading around, it seems pretty close to the critical consensus of its day: What I am also reading in December 30 Jan 08, The main character Jurgen he wants to escape of his wife Lise, who eliminate his capacities a overnatural creature kidnaps her, and Jurgen starts an Odissey to recover her, without glad.

For if you deny what he says, he will promptly concede you are in the right.

Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice by James Branch Cabell

Math Tasks 77 Oct 02, The Biography of Manuel 1 – 10 of 23 books. Quotes by James Branch Cabell. Want to Read saving….

Jun 03, Rob rated it it was amazing. Trivia About Jurgen The Biog Cabell is probably not a writer you will like if you already know the answer to life, whatever answer it is you may happen to have. But jurgeb desires them.

They argued that the “indecencies” were double entendres that also had perfectly decent interpretations, though it appeared that what had actually offended the prosecution most was the work’s mocking expression of philosophy, including a jest about the nature of papal infallibility. So I loved it.

And I think that gets to the crux of it as regards Cabell too. 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.