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Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice

James Branch Cabell

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Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice is a fantasy book by James Branch Cabell, which gained fame (or notoriety) shortly after its publication. It is a humorous romp through a medieval cosmos, including a send-up of Arthurian legend, and excursions to Heaven and Hell as in The Divine Comedy. Cabell's work is recognized as a landmark in the creation of the comic fantasy novel, influencing Terry Pratchett and many others. - Summary by Wikipedia

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Now he shrugged.
"My dear young lady, I no longer carry the cross. I must fight
Thragnar with other weapons."

"Two sticks will serve, laid crosswise—"

Jurgen submitted that nothing would be easier than to lift the trapdoor, and thus dislodge the sticks. "They will tumble apart without anyone having to touch them, and then what becomes of your crucifix?"

"Why, how quickly you think of everything!" she said, admiringly. "Here is a strip from my sleeve, then. We will tie the twigs together."

Jurgen did this, and laid upon the trapdoor a recognizable crucifix. "Still, when anyone raises the trapdoor whatever lies upon it will fall off. Without disparaging the potency of your charm, I cannot but observe that in this case it is peculiarly difficult to handle. Magician or no, I would put heartier faith in a stout padlock."

So the girl tore another. . . Read More

Community Reviews

ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Jurgen, an aging pawnbroker who considers himself a poet and a “monstrous clever fellow,” sets off to find his missing loquacious wife — not because he likes her, but rather because his family and friends say it’s the manly thing to do. While searching for Lis

My review of Jurgen is published at Grimdark Magazine.

Before J.R.R. Tolkien, there was James Branch Cabell (1879-1958), a pioneer in the fantasy genre from Richmond, Virginia, who achieved his greatest fame during the roaring 1920s. Cabell published a series of 23 novels (The Biography of Manuel) ba

As a little boy, Jurgen was the last to see Dom Manuel alive. Now, at the opening of this tale, Jurgen is a middle-aged pawnbroker with a nagging wife. He certainly has a bit of an evil streak. After saying some sympathetic words to a cleric about Satan, a man in black appears and promises to reward

i've got a new crush, and it's on jurgen. i read it four times in a row. i took a break after the fourth and read a few different things while staying with friends, but now i'm back to longing for jurgen. i'm having trouble thinking of anything or anyone else. the book works on so many levels: there

Jurgen is a monstrous clever book about a monstrous clever fellow who has many amorous adventures which are told in a monstrous clever literary way with amusing double entendre and implication. It was recommended to me by very intelligent people, and I've been reading about it for years; many of the

3,5 stars, the extra half star because I spent half the time on Wikipedia brooding over the gaps in my classical education and it's no fault of the book. The story is witty, cynical, irreverent, full of double entendres, bittersweet and totally fun.

A veritable tale of Faith, Desire and Visions (uh,

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