SOME SUMMER LANDS by Jane Gaskell

SOME SUMMER LANDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The fifth, last, and best of Gaskell's Atlan chronicles--which have all been about a muddled alliance of powers in antediluvian South America invading the ancient continent of Atlan to the east. Heroine Cija, a gushy little twit with a propensity for being raped and/or abducted by every male she meets, is here led on the usual merry chase (the birth of her half-ape-man child, some time in a chastity belt, and the unwelcome attentions of her brother/lover) before reuniting with her husband Zerd at the final fall of Atlan. But Gaskell has scrapped the device of Cija's diary, substituting Cija's mute child Seka as a far more matter-of-fact narrator of the lurid antics, sexual and otherwise. And so ends (it seems) one of the strangest concoctions in the history of fantasy-literature: it's impossible to ignore its idiocies, but also impossible to discount its sheer force of imagination.

Pub Date: Feb. 9th, 1978
Publisher: St. Martin's