A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea Ged the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth Hungry for power and knowledge Sparrowhawk tampered with long held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon t

Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death s threshold to restore the balance.

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A Wizard of Earthsea

  1. Ursula K Le Guin published twenty two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN Malamud, etc Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls She lived in Portland, Oregon.She was known for her treatment of gender The Left Hand of Darkness, The Matter of Seggri , political systems The Telling, The Dispossessed and difference otherness in any other form Her interest in non Western philosophies was reflected in works such as Solitude and The Telling but even interesting are her imagined societies, often mixing traits extracted from her profound knowledge of anthropology acquired from growing up with her father, the famous anthropologist, Alfred Kroeber The Hainish Cycle reflects the anthropologist s experience of immersing themselves in new strange cultures since most of their main characters and narrators Le Guin favoured the first person narration are envoys from a humanitarian organization, the Ekumen, sent to investigate or ally themselves with the people of a different world and learn their ways.

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  1. If there were ever a time I d curse my constant reading of Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance or YA lit, it would be now.Because clearly, CLEARLY this is a fantastic book that deserved to be finished Ursula K Le Guin is a phenomenal writer and whilst this book up to what I read wasn t absolutely perfect, it was enchanting It was different, it was QUALITY.Yet I didn t finish it because, thanks to the aforementioned reading habits, my ability to concentrate and enjoy quality literature has slipped [...]

  2. The hunger of a dragon is slow to wake, but hard to sate The Folio Society edition is superbly illustrated by David Lupton.The boy is born on the island of Gont in the archipelago of Earthsea This is a world infused with magic Not everyone can control this magic, but those who know the right words and have a wizard soul can learn to utilize the power of the Earth to manipulate objects and events The boy s name is Duny I can tell you that name because the name has no power over him His true name [...]

  3. It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul This seemingly simple statement actually says a lot about the human nature just as all the Ursula Le Guin s books that I ve read so far seem to do A Wizard of Earthsea is a simple but beautiful and magical coming of age story of a young wizard Ged, who starts out as a brash and cocky boy who in his arrogance unwittingly releases a terrible Shadow upon the world, but who eventually grows up and succeeds in embracing the darker part of [...]

  4. This is old school fantasy at its finest It has all the classic elements It has a young and na ve protagonist who learns the dangers of power he overcomes his initial stupidity and learns how to wield his power effectively It also has wizards, dragons and creatures of great evil It s a standard fantasy plot, delivered in basic way, but, nonetheless, it is still great I think this is because of the plot itself Le Guin drew me in completely, and made me reach the ending rather quickly I had to dis [...]

  5. This what A Wizard of Earthsea taught me To know a thing s true name is to know its nature Don t fuck with dragons unless you know their true names Summoning the spirits of the dead is a bad idea, especially on a schoolboy dare Truly changing your form is dangerous, because you can become lost in the aspect you assume If you find yourself hunted, turn it around and become the hunter Above all else, know yourself.I don t know how I acquired this particular copy of A Wizard of Earthsea It s an old [...]

  6. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin is a beautiful fantasy First published in 1968, it has clearly influenced many fantasy novels since Orson Scott Card, with his 1980s era Alvin Maker series, stated that he wanted to make an American fantasy, and escape or at least distinguish his work from the inherently English Tolkien sub genre of fantasies This is not quite such a departure from the Tolkienesque fantasies, but a difference can be seen and enjoyed Another reviewer made the observation t [...]

  7. How come Harry Potter is the publishing sensation of the century, and this is only a moderately popular cult novel Life seems unfair sometimes, but I suppose that in a few hundred years it will all have sorted itself out The ending is one of the best I know in any book.

  8. Here s an odd bit of trivia I had just read Beagle s Last Unicorn this month, so it is still very fresh in my mind I agreed with everyone that it was a real classic with so much to love within its pages.And yet, right after reading A Wizard of Earthsea, I m gonna have to say I think A Wizard of Earthsea is better Not only better, but a lot enjoyable, fascinating, and exciting Not by a lot, mind you, but enough that I can easily say that this Le Guin s classic is superior I hope this comes acros [...]

  9. As a reader of Fantasy, this book felt like a return home, even though I had never read it before The tale of this young wizard and his hardships and coming to terms with his own darkness is one that has been redone again and again, from Rowling to Jordan to Goodkind, and so far, despite adding gobs of length and endless details, no one has managed to improve upon it.Though she isn t the first to explore the Bildungsroman as Fantasy Mervyn Peake precedes her , he was an author who eschewed symbo [...]

  10. I rated this 5 from memory of reading the trilogy as it then was back in the late 70s.My wife has taken to reading to our very disabled daughter now 13 while I make up her medicines before bedtime it takes a while, there are 8 drugs that need to be counted out between a 1 3rd of a pill and 4 pills, crushed, mixed with water, sucked into a syringe and administered through a tube that goes through the wall of her stomach.Anyway, A Wizard of Earthsea was a recent read, and listening to my wife read [...]

  11. I remember reading this book as a child and loving it, and that is all I can remember, the reading and the loving Anything about the contents has slipped through the old grey cells somehow As it turned out my brain knew what it was doing when it jettisoned all the details of the book so yesterday I was able to read it as if for the first time Like A Virgin.Nowadays any fantasy book that features a school of wizardry can not help but bring up Harry Potter comparisons I can t help it anyway A Wiza [...]

  12. I couldn t have chosen a better time to experience LeGuin s reimagining of the story pardon me, I mean The Story which we weave into our lives and the lives of those around us At 35, I m not really old but I don t often feel young any, and it s only now that I feel like I am finally confronting my shadow and embracing who I am.There are an infinitude of ways to reflect upon, analyze and understand our life experiences But LeGuin provides a framework that is just right for me Her telling of The S [...]

  13. Wow This had all of the plot points and awesome fantasy world that I d normally love The writing was almost mesmerizing at times So why was it so painfully boring This really reminded me of The Name of the Wind but at least it was better than that Ged is a sulky, prideful boy who starts out being trained by a wizard to learn the true name of things He eventually leaves him to go to a school and has experiences similar to Kvothe I LOVED the elements of the world with the mages and dragons and eve [...]

  14. So this really wasn t for me I love fantasy and the overall story was good, the writing was beautiful definitely helped me practice my english but I was so bored Like REALLY bored I ended up skimming a bitIt reminded me of Uprooted which I also didn t like Also couldn t get attached to the main character due to the third person narration and how often months or years of his life were described in one sentence.Will not continue the series.

  15. When I was in grade seven I had a Language Arts teacher named Mr Hore you can imagine the fun we had with that in junior high school He noticed that I was a voracious reader, and that I was devouring fantasy books at the time, so he nudged me in the direction of his favourites Ursula K LeGuin and Anne McCaffrey The nudging began in class with a LeGuin short story I remember sterile white homes that were pre fab pods, I remember odd, sci fi ish flora and a girl as the protagonist I also remember [...]

  16. I wish I d read this one as a kid It s one of those books that crams an epic story in under 200 pages, sketching the world and the details and the action rather than spelling everything out As a kid, you get lost inside of a book like that, and it seems the better for it the closest comparison I can think of is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe I was shocked to re read that and discover the epic battle at the end is about two pages long.I can tell that s what UKLG was going for with this firs [...]

  17. I can t believe I am giving a Le Guin book 2 stars, I have nothing but respect for this writer and her work, but alas, A Wizard of Earthsea was a chore to get through Frankly, I only enjoyed the very beginning and the very end of this story What s in between is excruciatingly boring A Wizard of Earthsea is an introspective book What I mean is, it s all about one wizard s personal quest to overcome the dark entity Shadow that he unleashed during a youthful boasting about his magical powers Ged sp [...]

  18. The thing to remember about Earthsea, like all of LeGuin s writing, is that it is less fiction that it is Taoist parable LeGuin is a philosopher cleverly disguised as a sci fi fantasy writer Her writing is beautiful and languid her characterization and plotting range from excellent to mediocre But character and plot serve as a vehicle for the themes of balance, simplicity and serenity that infuse all of her works.Earthsea is, on its face, a fantasy saga along the lines of Tolkien or Rowling But [...]

  19. I have been reflecting a lot lately on the hugeness of my own limitations This story represents one of my most obvious limitations when it comes to appreciating books I don t understand world building I think this is my limitation when it comes to historical fiction as well I don t understand why an author would want to make a story complicated than just what it takes to tell what happens to characters That s how I experience world building in both sci fi fantasy and historical fiction an over [...]

  20. The fantasy classic A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin was first published in 1968 and this fantasy book deserves the praise it has often received The fantasy world, Earthsea, created by the author is rich in detail The fishy odor at the dock of every village and the salty tang of the sea literally wafted off the pages The magical system revealed by Le Guin is convincingly real as well, and the way in which the wizards, witches, and sorcerers fit into the society felt natural and logical t [...]

  21. A Wizard of Earthsea The Earthsea Cycle, 1 , Ursula K Le Guin 2008 1 1386 327 1 9789645365835 1 9789645362773 20

  22. This is such a precious book of fantasy, of a classic if it even exists fantasy tale, of a mage who learns his true nature, who fights himself and his fears to become a better version of himself The plot is nice and simple, straightforward and entertaining The writing style is superb, impressive in the simplicity of the delivery Yet, the words used tend to be of a refined palate it is pure gold I dare saying this is felt as a family tale, a book to share with your loved ones it also feels like a [...]

  23. When I think about my favorite epic fantasy books I always think about books that are 500 pages long and honestly I didn t think it could be done properly any shorter.I was wrong.A Wizard of Earthsea is only 180 long but it doesn t does feel short neither do I find story lacking as anything and it doesn t leave story unfinished.This book is just as long as it needs to be.

  24. The Good Written in an amazing mythic style, this book initially blew me away The societies depicted weren t just modern Western cultures with bronze iron age furniture the setting felt like a truly ancient place shaped by geography and history, and where lack of technology actually mattered The magic and metaphysics were freakin sweet too.The Bad The second half of the story really dragged, probably for a few reasons The mythical style certainly keeps the reader at arm s length not in itself a [...]

  25. Appropriately for a YA novel, this story is, I think, about processes of identity In Earthsea, magic workers are various from the Archmages on Roke island to the village charm maker, many folks have some wizardish powers These come in many forms, but they are based on words, specifically the True Names of things in the Old Speech Names are of extreme importance and power then, and a person must guard her true name, given in a ceremony performed at the age of around 13, with great care, revealing [...]

  26. One of the first aphorisms of a creative writing class is Show, not tell Not that I don t believe in turning aphorisms on their heads, but this one is there for a reason Le Guin, for the greater part of the book, just tells It makes for a painful reading experience Children s literature in the 21st century is not limited in its range of boy in fantasy realm turns amazing magic user, and so the dull setting, plotting and characterization of A Wizard of Earthsea is best left unread In 1967 when th [...]

  27. Wanda s Summer Carnival of Children s Literature Even the greatest sorcerer has to begin somewhere and Ged gets a harrowing beginning thanks to getting a bit too big for his britches This little juvenile novel is all about balance Balance in the world and balance within a human being I m truly sorry that I never ran into it many years ago.I can definitely see why it was compared to both Tolkien s Middle Earth and Lewis Narnia, because the world building is excellent I have to wonder if J.K Rowli [...]

  28. Ne yalan s yleyeyim, biraz ekinerek ba lad m seriye nk b y c d r, ejderhad r vs beni biraz s kt art k Tamam, yaz ld d nemde muhte em bir eserdi mutlaka, zira yeniydi, ilklerdendi Ancak aradan ge en bunca zaman i erisinde b y c l k okullar , birinin ismini bilmenin kudreti vb temalar o kadar ok taklit edildi ki be enmeyece imden, hak etti i de eri veremeyece imden korktum.Neyse ki yan lm m Evet, ilk bas ld y llarda okuyup da her eyi birinci elden deneyimleme f rsat n ka ral ok oldu Ama yine de Ge [...]

  29. Puedes encontrar esta y otras rese as en mi blog S lo en el silencio la palabra, s lo en la oscuridad la luz, s lo en la muerte la vida el vuelo del alc n brilla en el cielo vac o Un mago de Terramar es el libro que da comienzo a una saga de fantas a compuesta por 6 libros, y es considerada como un cl sico dentro de este g nero Su autora, Ursula K Le Guin, se inspir en obras cl sicas de fantas a como La serpiente Ur boros , mitolog a n rdica y El se or de los anillos para crear esta historia que [...]

  30. Her iyi fantazya kurgusunun temelinde bir b y me hikayesi yatar Malum katharsis, e er ya la s ren bir kavgan n sonucuysa ok daha etkili olur nk Kahraman n bitmek bilmez sonsuz yolculu u , falanlar felanlar Bknz Zaman ark , Harry Potter, Y z klerin Efendisi ak diye de ayn , benzer bir kal ba d km hikayesini Ursula A k as ben ok daha zengin ve zg n bir yap bekliyordum ama aksine ok beklenilen bir yk buldum kar mda Elric Destan okudu um u g nlerde bende sersemletici bir kolayl k hissi yaratt n s yl [...]

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