Visa For Avalon

In this chilling futuristic novel, four men and women attempt an escape to legendary Avalon after the Movement threatens the liberty and comforts they have taken for granted Visa for Avalon takes place in an unnamed country and an unnamed time In it, Bryher uses her knowledge of history and psychology to examine the eruption of a political crisis in a surprisingly famiIn this chilling futuristic novel, four men and women attempt an escape to legendary Avalon after the Movement threatens the liberty and comforts they have taken for granted Visa for Avalon takes place in an unnamed country and an unnamed time In it, Bryher uses her knowledge of history and psychology to examine the eruption of a political crisis in a surprisingly familiar setting First published in 1965, it resonates profoundly in the U.S in 2004 The style is understated and tense as Bryher subtly suggests that closing our eyes to growing restrictions and loss of liberties does not protect us And she offers a provocative commentary about the paradise of King Arthur s legendary Avalon, as well This is a wake up book that will encourage readers of all ages and backgrounds to defend democracy and get out and vote.
Visa For Avalon In this chilling futuristic novel four men and women attempt an escape to legendary Avalon after the Movement threatens the liberty and comforts they have taken for granted Visa for Avalon takes plac

  • Title: Visa For Avalon
  • Author: Bryher Susan McCabe
  • ISBN: 9781930464070
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Reading Margaret Atwood’s collection of essays, articles and short fiction (“In Other Worlds”) led me to Bryher and “A Visa for Avalon”. A very short novel, it is written simply, focusing on a small number of characters over a brief span of time. External events and other individuals are briefly illuminated as if from a distance when the characters look in their direction. There are some sentences and phrases where the use of certain words caused me to stumble; however, I have found ex [...]

    2. how did i not love thee? let me count the sentences"There was a climbing rose over the porch but it had already flowered and the only one of her sons left at home had a patch of potatoes at the back of the cottage."i know three-year-olds who speak like this, but as yet none of them has a book in print."There was just a glimpse to be seen of rough waves racing like little puppies between the old houses and the sheds."rough waves? little puppies? and is there a flood? oh, no, it's the glimpse that [...]

    3. 4.5 starsYour world is just beginning to descend into turmoil, you see the signs and you want out. Visa for Avalon starts with two retirees, Lillian and her lodger Robinson, in a small country town, and but quickly changes when the government declares they are going to tear down Lillian’s house to build an expressway. They spend a day or so trying to figure out if there’s anything they can do, but when they realize they can’t they decide to emigrate to Avalon. There are only a few visas gi [...]

    4. Visa For Avalon (1965) by Bryher(Mild spoilers follow)I found my expectation exceeded my experience with this short book. I had expected from it's category as 'a dystopian novel' something that examined more of the origins and conditions of a society and nation turning to oppression and coercion. This was kept mostly hidden and is little examined here. The events that precipitate the decision of the main characters to emmigrate -- beyond the rumor or a diffuse general description of a mass revol [...]

    5. Bryher was a pivotal but overlooked member in the modernist literary community of ‘20s Paris and Europe. Almost all of her books are now out of print, but this novel was reissued in 2004, it was originally published in 1965, but the psychological fingerprints of WWII are all over it. I mostly came to read this book because of my curiosity of Bryher. I guess all her other novels are historical novels, so it is curious that she wrote this one futurist dystopia. Within the novel, it is never clea [...]

    6. This new edition of Bryher's (Annie Wilfred Ellerman - 1894- 1983) futuristic novel smacks firmly of current reality. The driving force, which shapes the story for all the characters, is totalitarianism, but Bryher has focused on individuals caught up in the "sudden Movement" that transforms their lives. Within a week they are thrown into confusion as they attempt to get visas for Avalon (think, King Arthur) and escape the oppressive social change. Throughout the richly written piece are constan [...]

    7. parispress/shop/visa-fIn this chilling dystopian novel, five men and women attempt to emigrate to “Avalon” after the Movement threatens the liberty and comforts they have taken for granted. Visa for Avalon takes place in an unnamed country and an unnamed time. As ordinary life comes to a standstill, escape is the only hope. But is Avalon truly the safe haven that it is rumored to be? A question readers must answer themselves.Taught in secondary schools such as Deerfield Academy (MA), as an a [...]

    8. I was intrigued that poet Bryher had a second career writing "speculative fiction" or "science fantasy" so decided to check this out.It's very much of its time (mid-60s) with a WWII flavor. The action is not anchored in a detailed milieu, though it's rather English-seeming.The plot and characters gain impact from readers' knowledge of history more than from the force of the writing itself.Eh, this wasn't terrible and it is engaging, but it's rather dated. It's an easy and enjoyable read (I think [...]

    9. Rather dull book - her historical stuff makes for much better reading.So amusing to read Susan McCabe lament the parallels of this story with the advent of the Patriot Act. It's an allusion to the Socialists destroying individual liberties shortly after World War 2. A better contemporary analogy she might want to consider is the Obama administration and their "you didn't build that" mentality along with their penchant for petty regulation.

    10. Bryher was an incredible woman. The About the Author was actually more interesting than the book itself, but I think it was a generational problem. Visa for Avalon was originally published in 1965, and I'm sure it was exciting and chilling at that time. Having grown up with 80s-90s-2000s media, the drama of the story just wasn't dramatic enough for me. I kept expecting more conflict, higher stakes, a twist.

    11. If you've never heard of this book, there's a good reason why. well but never delivers on it's promises. As far as dystopian novels go, this is pretty wimpy. The blurb and quotes from reviews make the book out to be far more entertaining than it was.

    12. A nightmare vision of our world here and now, where our very attempt to escape is in itself the worst horror of all. We can only imagine what Avalon may be A chosen destination that offers no promise of safety and yet we find ourselves desperate to get there.

    13. Just about the escape part from the "Movement," a 'new' social order. The thoughts and concerns of a variety of people fleeing.

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