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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He wanders the mythological realms, taking jurgej with Guenevere, the Lady of the Lake, a wood dryad in the realm of Queen Helen, and with several other women besides. For, when Jurgen is sent to Hell, he meets Grandfather Satan and learns that Hell is vabell a construct developed by men who think so highly of themselves that they feel that their bad deeds were so influential that they cannot be forgotten and must be punished for eternity.

Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice by James Branch Cabell

For Jurgen was content to dismiss no riddle with a mere “I do not know. Apr 05, Kat Hooper rated it really liked it. I would like, for a re-read, to have an adnotated edition, like a DVD commentary track, but I’m not sweating over it.

However this is no kids story, a LOT of this book is about sex although it’s all written using innuendo and double entendre which adds to the humour of the story. Cabell was the third name who came to his mind, and the list is interesting from a little reading around, czbell seems pretty close to the critical consensus of its day: Pensaba en el parecido con “El aventurero Simplex Simplicissimus” de Jurfen.


Jurgen (The Biography of Manuel, #7) by James Branch Cabell

Are you looking for an insightful study of the nature of human existence, or at least human existence as it might appear from a very particular btanch perspective? November 27, at 4: Like everything else in the book, the bedroom games serve braanch purpose in revealing Jurgen’s character beyond the immediate jokes about mighty swords, proud spears, bejewelled sceptres, burning candles and cocks crowing at the innoportune moment.

Michael Moorcock and Ursula Le Guin agree, for once, in praising him. I won’t be doing that work, though. Neil Gaiman Presents Availability: Aleister Crowley loved it, though it mocked his paganism.

Jurgen The Biography of Manuel, 7 3. The writing was a little dated, but the prose well versed. Cabell is fascinating apparently he was Mark Twain’s favorite author towards the end of his life. Like a good con-man, he manages to continually invent quotations and citations to suit any occasion. Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner. Books by James Branch Cabell.

Part of it is his own decisions: I was thinking in the Voltaire,s novels “Candide”, and “Zadig” the novel of fantasy journey. Sign in with Facebook Sign jaes options. It covers an amazing amount of ground.

It is also poignant to jamds point of pain, deeply funny, a satire of America, a satire of the Judeo-Christian Universe, a mockery of the devil, an apology for evil, an attack on mankind’s overweening pride, the story of a lost love, and regained loves, and lost youth, and regained youth, and foolishness, and truth.

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 can stand against the chill of outer space jamed. While I admit I may have missed on some of the myths and heroes mentioned in the text, it did not detract in any way from the message or the meaning of the narrative. Want to Read saving… Error rating book. Cabell is also brajch of anagrams, so we end up with a classical city under attack by the forces of logical Philistia, worshipping a god called “Vel-Tyno” “Novelty”.


The book is full of Jurgen’s sexual exploits, though couched as double entendres.

I like how Jurgen is in the habit of finding a girlfriend and sees no reason why being sent to hell should change that. Do you want your books to have a clear, wholesome sense of moral certitude and respect for upright conventional mores?

Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice – Wikipedia

Lewis, Mencken, the Fitzgeralds… or Wilson? But if the author does tend to see the women in his life as objects and symbols… well, maybe we all struggle to see the people in our lives as people, rather than as the backdrop to our own epics. The High Place 3. Though Hergesheimer never had the publicity-boosting legal history of Cabell, nor the cross-over appeal into Fantasy, their careers had similar trajectories, largely, it appears, due to similarities in style.

Cabell’s work is recognized as a landmark in the creation of the comic fantasy novel, influencing Terry Pratchett and many others.