A Casa de Thendara

Magda e Jaelle se tornaram amigas depois de enfrentarem perigos terríveis em Darkover, o planeta misterioso, colonizado a mil anos pelos passageiros e tripulantes de uma espaçonave da terra, que se extraviou após sofrer avarias irreparáveis, desviando-se de sua rota. O desenvolvimento histórico da civilização em Darkover foi diferente de tudo o que a sociedade humana havia conhecido, dando margem a um choque cultural quando espaçonaves terráqueas pousam no planeta e o Império ali estabelece uma base. Agora, Magda, a terráquea, embora criada em Darkover, torna-se uma Amazona Livre e vai fazer seu aprendizado na Casa da Guilda de Thendara, enquanto Jaelle, a darkovana, casa com um terráqueo, Peter, ex-marido de Magda, e vai trabalhar na base do Império. Para Magda, o choque é a descoberta da luta das mulheres numa sociedade que lhes impõe todas as restrições e um papel secundário, a perspectiva da consideração do amor entre mulheres como uma coisa natural e o despertar de seu laran, o misterioso poder paranormal que existe em Darkover. Para Jaelle, o choque é o contato com uma sociedade altamente tecnológica, em que a mulher aparentemente conquistou a igualdade, mas na qual ainda persiste o desejo do homem de possuí-la e dominá-la. Entre as intrigas do Comyn, a aristocracia que domina a sociedade de Darkover, e dos altos representantes do Império, empenhados em fazer com que o planeta se conforme a suas normas e aceite uma plena integração, Magda e Jaelle lutam para se afirmarem como pessoas, não apenas como mulheres.
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Published 1990 by Imago (first published 1983
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Thendara House (Darkover, #13)
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But even having lived in several different Darkovan cultures would n't really prepare Jaelle to adapt to what must be a VERY varied palette of cultures in the Terran Empire.

Of course, it does n't help either of them that they 're in delayed threshold sickness, and neither of them really grew up in a telepathic culture.The feminist elements naturally take the foreground here, but the clashes between Darkovan and Empire values are perhaps best illustrated by the ailure of the Terran bureaucrats to understand the importanc of Jaelle taking PERSONAL responsibility in a matter which the Terrans would consider one of professional responsibility only.

Unless or until THAT issue is cleared up, there are bound to continue to be misunderstandings ( and even clashes) .Some afterthoughts: It may be ore of a reflection of the time the ook was written that the culture of the Terran Empire is represented as being so implacably homophobic.

The Terrans who go 'over the wall' are not particularly more likely to escape cultural misunderstandings in homosexual than in heterosexual relationships, especially if what they 're looking for is not an affair, but a long-term relationship.

If they do n't get answers when they first ask " Why? ", most people may just stop asking ... but I doubt it.I did n't actually delineate yet that this volume is divided into three 'books': I CONFLICTING OATHS; II SUNDERING; and III OUTGROWTH.

It would help, by the way, if there was a simple notation ( a Table of Contents, maybe?) showing on what page the second and third 'books' begin.In terms of timing, this book begins right after the beginnin of The Shattered Chain.

His son Danvan Hastur, ( who is preeminent in many later books), is still a very talente man ... scarcely more than a child.The Shattered Chain ends with an attempt by the Renunciates to establish a way to negotiate labor and other collaboration with the Terrans.

Although the misplaced Russ Montray is probably the worst possible representative of the Terran Empire ( Jaelle wonders why the advanced civilization of the Terrans would send such an incompetent to Darkover -- but she does n't really catch the insulting implication that it 's because, though the Darkovans care very much about the Terrans, the Terrans really do n't care uch about Darkover), his staff are often rather better representatives of the Empire as a whole.

Margali has few interactions with Comyn ( except Jaelle, of course), until the nd of the books.

During the course of this essay, the long-frail Gabriel of Ardais dies, and the incredibly long-lived Kyril Ardais ( who was about 25 at the time) becomes Warden of Ardais, despite Rohana 's attempts to get him to accept a regency.

Later accounts describe his behavior as not only scandalous ( he 's considered dissolute and at least a potential rapist -- which seems likely, given his behavior toward Jaelle), but also so unstable that he 's later confined under house arrest, while his son takes over as Regent.

Was it never even mooted to her? One thing I 've noted in all these books: when people have hallucinations, especially under the influence of kireseth, those hallucinations tend to be both clairvoyant and precognitive.

Valdir would probably have been about 12 or 13 by the time the book ends.

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Both must struggle with being accepted by their new colleagues and coming to erms with the ealities of- in Jaelle 's case- the Terran zone with all its technological and bureaucratic strangeness, plus being in a marriage with Peter Haldane, Magda 's ex fiance, and -in the case of Magda/Margali- with the different expectations of the Renunciates who in effect deprogramme new members to break down the dependency on men that is normal to Darkovan women.Magda, who is a product of both worlds, makes mistakes along the pat, resulting in friction with other me in the Renunciate Guild House, while Jaelle contends with the ndifference and lack of nderstanding of the Terrans.

The problem is compounded because Jaelle 's laran- the psychic ability a lot of Darkovans have- strengthens when she becomes pregnant, so she is made aware of his bsession with getting a son and also with climbing the greasy pole of career progression in the Terran Zone, where he sometimes views her as a liability.Jaelle constantly has insights into Peter 's bullying and small minded attitude, partly through the incipient telepathy she is developing, but she makes excuses for him to such an extent that I started to lose sympathy with her.

Even in 1983, when this was published, surely the practice of referring to a married woman by her fiance 's name was swiftly dying out, so it comes across as ludicrous that this is the practice among Terrans thousands of years into our future: despite their supposedly 'egalitarian' society as the book blurb would have it, they insist on calling Jaelle Mrs Peter Haldane.

Considering that Terran society is different in so many ther aspects- chiefly its reliance on advanced technology for everything- why should n't the Terrans put women into prominent positions to gradually break down this attitude among the native population?

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I believe half of this boo can be edited out.

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On one level, I read Thendara House as a sweeping discovery epic, but also that classic struggle to discover where one truly belonged.With fresh eyes, Thendara House is that rare book that asks thought-provoking questions and leaves the question to the reader, and the questions especially around issues of ender, are still very much with us today.

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Thendara House is the preque to The Shattered Chain and picks up almost immediately after that book ends, with Magdalen Lorne/Margali going to the titular house to live her initiatory period as a Renunciate and Jaelle, having married Peter Haldane, moving to the Terran Zone to assist the Terrans with their knowledg of Darkovan culture.My interest in this book went up and down like a sine wave constantly over the ourse of reading it.

The Empire having legal gender equality but favoring men in practice in something that persists in the real world even in places that have made extensive efforts to eradicate it, and it 's not like this was n't previously evident in The Shattered Chain.

And Jaelle and Magda, the main haracters that Thendara House splits its viewpoints between, spend too much time rehashing the themes of The Shattered Chain for me to develop too much interest.

I was really hoping that in a memoi about the Renunciates, laran would n't be used to solve the problems the main characters encounter, but by about halfway through the book both Magda and Jaelle 's laran awakens and they spend the whol of its length having visions, reading people 's minds to learn new facts, and otherwise doing all the hings with laran that happen in Darkover books to prevent the protagonists from being inconveniently ignorant of other people 's traumatic backstories.

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Chronologically, the series takes place over a number of centuries, covering from the initial Darkover Landfall to eventual rediscovery by the galactic empire and its aftermath.

Thendara House is set several years after the Terran Empire rediscovers the lost colony of Darkover.

Because of the atrocities of native women, she decides to disguise herself as a Renunciate for safety.

agda takes her place in the Renunciate house in the capital city of Thendara.

Despite the sword-and-sorcery setting, this is more psycholog than action and may be a goo place to dive into the series, as the paradig of Magda as a semi-outsider learning the nuances of the culture makes it clear more quickly than if you try to pick it up as you go along.

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