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He rubbed his head and scowled. Little, mean stars, that never move.

No moon. No sunrise… There are roads, if you go down the hill. Roads and cities. Nothing grows. Dark cities. The multitudes of the dead stand in the streets, or walk on the roads to no end. They never touch. No bond. Something is happening, is changing. If I had to rank the four books, this one and Wizard of Earthsea are at the top 2 places. The hurt that hatred and fear causes. The three faces, the three selves Tenar has inside her. I like the idea of great heroes settling into a quiet life after their legendary adventures end.

When Ged came back, the witch Moss said he was like a year-old, revealing that the wizards of Roke are celibate. When it comes up again later in the book, when Tenar teaches Ged something the wizards never taught him, I kind of started to laugh. I mean, all-boy boarding schools, guys. They charmed themselves to stay pure, apparently.


Log in Sign up. You will die. You will not live forever. Nor will any man nor any thing. Nothing is immortal. But only to us is it given to know that we must die. And that is a great gift: the gift of selfhood. For we have only what we know we must lose, what we are willing to lose… That selfhood which is our torment, and our treasure, and our humanity, does not endure.

It changes. It is gone, a wave on the sea. Would you have the sea grow still and the tides cease, to save one wave, to save yourself? I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning. There is no safety, and there is no end. The word must be heard in silence; there must be darkness to see the stars. The dance is always danced above the hollow place, above the terrible abyss.

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LeGuin's the earthsea cycle. It also completely deconstructs the worlds established patriarchy in the later books.

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Ask iwriteaboutfeminism a question Fandom Friday gedsparrowhawk earthsea cycle sci-fi and fantasy representation. Earthsea Cycle Earthsea Ursula K. Art digital fanart a wizard of earthsea earthsea cycle sparrowhawk ged otak. But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.

Le Guin ya books quote young adult. And though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet I would remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content. Ged : mine, if you will.. Tenar : I will. You are exploring a territory, finding out what happens there. Only you do it with thoughts, images, words, instead of with your body. Ursula K. Le Guin, author of the Earthsea series, on writers as explorers. This is a most terrible place. One man alone has no hope, here. I was dying of thirst when you gave me water, yet it was not the water alone that saved me.

It was the strength of the hands that gave it. A child who loved the oddities of a fantasy book cannot possibly be xenophobic as an adult. What is a different color, a different culture, a different tongue for a child who has already mastered Elvish, respected Puddleglums, or fallen under the spell of dark skinned Ged, the greatest wizard Earthsea has ever known? She had not realized how very different people were, how differently they saw life.

She felt as if she had looked up and suddenly seen a whole new planet hanging huge and populous right outside the window, an entirely strange world, one in which gods did not matter. Le Guin, The Other Wind. You fear them because you fear death, and rightly: for death is terrible and must be feared, and life also is a terrible thing, and must be feared and praised.

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When I was young, I had to choose between the life of being and the life of doing. And I leapt at the latter like a trout to a fly. But each deed you do, each act, binds you to itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again and yet again. Then very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be. Or wonder who, after all, you are.

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Gravely she walked beside him up the white streets of Havnor, holding his hand, like a child coming home. He would have laughed if he had had time; he knew at last what it was like to be the hunted instead of the hunter, the quarry instead of the leader of the chase. It was to be alone and to be free. I'm finally reading A Wizard of Earthsea. There, thought Arren, lay the very heart of wizardry: to hint at mighty meanings while saying nothing at all, and to make doing nothing at all seem the very crown of wisdom.

The Farthest Shore , Ursala K. LeGuin This is one of my favorite quotes in the entire series. There was a power in him, if he knew how to use it, and he sought among all the spells he knew for some device that might give him and his companions an advantage, or at least a chance. But need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge.

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So after watching Tales of Earthsea and realizing I never read the last two books of the series I'm off to reread the Earthsea Cycle. I loved these books so much, now i can remember why…. For me, the success of the book seems to lie in exactly what is for you its failure — this notion of chaos steadily eroding the balance. I see the initial fits and starts of the book as a patterning — hinting at chaos but unable to define it exactly. I think these patterns coalesce just before the appearance of the dragon during the Long Dance among the raft folk, when the singer no longer knows his song.

Just over half the novel is an attempt to define the nature of the catastrophe. The appearance of the dragon is deus ex machina, enabling Ged to get to the heart of the disaster quickly and resolve it. I saw the land of death as being a reflection of the land of the living where magic had been stripped away, where singers had lost their song. Or, as you put it, more a kind of limbo where death has been defied. I suppose all this rambling is to say that I did not find the book unsatisfactory at all. Certainly, it is focused differently from the previous novels but its portrayal of a society verging on entropy I found compelling.

Hi Neil. Thanks for that. I do wonder how much my feeling about the book was affected by my liking the previous two books so much — and my heavy familiarity with them, compared to this being a first reading. You got me thinking, Murray. Interesting, Aonghus! It must say something for The Farthest Shore , then, that it led you to read the others.

Even the illustration of Tenar who is pale-skinned on the back of Atuan gets her hair colour wrong! Penguin issued the trilogy ie, the first three books in the series in a composite volume. Nice detective work, there!