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review 2018-12-23 19:03
A Wizard of Earthsea
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin

Another from NPR's Backseat Bookshelf.

 

The rating is solely because I don't like high fantasy (I do like low fantasy). I'm pretty sure this A Wizard of Earthsea is good since most people who do like high fantasy like Le Guin and the Earthsea series. If I wanted long descriptions of fantasy worlds and life at wizard school and battles with a mysterious shadow being, I would have loved it.

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review 2018-12-13 07:10
The Word for World is Forest
The Word for World is Forest - Ursula K. Le Guin

Has anyone of you watched the movie Avatar and thought the same thing as I did: “It´s worth watching the movie because of its visual style but the story is one of the lamest I ever had to sit through in a cinema.” Leave it to Ursula K. Le Guin to write almost the same story and make it an interesting one out of it. I guess she could write an essay about the telephone book and I would be enthralled by it.

 

What I realized about Le Guin´s writing is:

  • she does an incredibly job in creating the world in which her story is set in.
  • she has the most wonderful way of writing about interspecies friendships. In both “The Left Hand of Darkness” and “The Word for World is Forest” there is a pair of human and alien, who are forming a friendship despite their differences and I feel like the pages are radiating a warmth whenever I´m reading about these friendships.
  • I love how subtle her commentaries on social issues come across in her books. Whether it being the criticism of the Vietnam War (which Mike Finn – Audiobook Addict kindly told me this book is) or gender issues in “The Left Hand of Darkness”, as a reader I never feel whacked over the head by Le Guin´s views.  

 

As you might tell, I loved this book. It´s 128 pages of a highly immersive and spellbinding story and I loved how the ending packed such a punch. Highly recommended.

 

I´ve read this book for the 24 tasks as a book, that has green on the cover

 

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review 2018-12-08 11:35
D-Cups: "The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction" by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction - Ursula K. Le Guin;Susan Wood



(Original Review, 1981-04-01)



My understanding of close reading was what I described in another review gleaning from Empson, and I never intended to dismiss the idea of finding archetypes in literary characters. As far as that goes, I might put myself much closer to the other extreme and be tempted to say: every story contains archetypes because we have nothing else to tell stories about; even non-fiction stories are told primarily if not exclusively about real people who embody archetypes.

I’m now reading a collection of essays by Ursula K. Le Guin, “Language of the Night,” and she offers an interesting take on many of these issues from the writer’s point of view. She acknowledges the appearance of archetypes in her stories, but, with what she considers her best work, the story comes from within her and only after it is written does she recognize the archetype that inspired it:

“The writer who draws not upon the works and thoughts of others, but upon his own thoughts and his own deep being, will inevitably hit upon common material. The more original his work, the more imperiously recognizable it will be.”

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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text 2018-11-28 20:33
Reading progress update: I've read 128 out of 128 pages.
The Word for World is Forest - Ursula K. Le Guin

Wow, this was beautiful. And devastating. A review will follow, I have to have a good nights sleep over it though.

 

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text 2018-11-28 05:45
Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 128 pages.
The Word for World is Forest - Ursula K. Le Guin

The fact is, the only time a man is really and entirely a man is when he´s just had a woman or just killed another man. That wasn´t original, he´d read it in some old books; but it was true. That was why he liked to imagine scenes like that. Even if the creechies weren´t actually men.

 

I loathe Captain Davidson!

 

So far I´m loving this novella by Le Guin. Her writing is absolutely stunning.

 

 

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