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A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1) (original 1968; edition 2004)

by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Title:A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1)
Authors:Ursula K. Le Guin
Info:Spectra (2004), Paperback, 192 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:epic fantasy, coming of age, magic, responsibility, nautical, map

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A re-read. Actually, I’ve probably read the trilogy a couple of dozen times, but it’s been long enough that many of the elements felt fresh.
This time, looking at the book analytically, what struck me most:
First, whether it’s a natural resonance or a direct shaping, LeGuin has deeply affected the way I view the world, and my most deeply-held feelings of ethics. (Earthsea and LoTR were probably my most-read children’s books, and while Tolkien is glorious and wonderful, and gives the reader that sense of ‘something beyond,’ LeGuin, while no less wonderful, is quietly practical, earthily grounded, concentrating on the interior, the sense of self and one’s place in the world.
Second: Her prose is just amazing. It’s not what in vogue right now. (Or even what was in vogue in the 60’s, when this was written.) I think she was consciously harking back to 19th-century writers such as Howard Pyle. The language is spare and elegant, elevated yet accessible – and it leaves room between the lines for the imagination.
Also – though much less importantly – I’d forgotten what an annoying and arrogant person Ged was as a kid! Probably because when I read this first, I was quite similar. Hopefully I’ve grown a bit since then…
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
LeGuin is a true master of fantasy! This series stands out as a wonderful coming of age story for all ages. The poignancy in these books is almost physically devastating at times. She writes a truly heroic, timeless legend. Like many other great works of fantasy, it can be read on many levels. On the story-level alone, she succeeds magnificently. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I have re-read this a few times, but the first time stands out in my memory. It was so fascinating. ( )
  AngelaGustafson | Jan 25, 2016 |
I thought I would like this book more then I did. I thought it was a classic in the fantasy genre, but I found they story wordy and tedious for an under 200 page book. Some of the concepts were interesting and that is why I rounded up to 3 stars. The beginning was decent, but then I found myself struggling through the middle and into the end. I just wasn't compelled to keep reading and I didn't have an emotional connection to the main character. When he lost his confidence I lost my interest in him. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
I thought I would like this book more then I did. I thought it was a classic in the fantasy genre, but I found they story wordy and tedious for an under 200 page book. Some of the concepts were interesting and that is why I rounded up to 3 stars. The beginning was decent, but then I found myself struggling through the middle and into the end. I just wasn't compelled to keep reading and I didn't have an emotional connection to the main character. When he lost his confidence I lost my interest in him. ( )
  clockwork_serenity | Jan 23, 2016 |
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The most thrilling, wise and beautiful children's novel ever, it is written in prose as taut and clean as a ship's sail. Every word is perfect, like the spells Ged has to master. It poses the deep questions about life, death, power and responsibility that children need answering.
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Often compared to Tolkien's Middle-earth or Lewis's Narnia, Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea is a stunning fantasy world that grabs quickly at our hearts, pulling us deeply into its imaginary realms. Four books (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu) tell the whole Earthsea cycle--a tale about a reckless, awkward boy named Sparrowhawk who becomes a wizard's apprentice after the wizard reveals Sparrowhawk's true name. The boy comes to realize that his fate may be far more important than he ever dreamed possible. Le Guin challenges her readers to think about the power of language, how in the act of naming the world around us we actually create that world. Teens, especially, will be inspired by the way Le Guin allows her characters to evolve and grow into their own powers.

In this first book, A Wizard of Earthsea readers will witness Sparrowhawk's moving rite of passage--when he discovers his true name and becomes a young man. Great challenges await Sparrowhawk, including an almost deadly battle with a sinister creature, a monster that may be his own shadow.

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A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.

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