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A Wizard of Earthsea by URSULA K. LE GUIN

A Wizard of Earthsea (original 1968; edition 1994)


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Title:A Wizard of Earthsea
Info:Puffin (1994), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 256 pages
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Tags:fantasy, young adult, adventure, Earthsea, wizards, magic, dragons, coming of age, 2012

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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (1968)

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I'm glad Ged woke up long enough to take care of his shadow problem. ( )
  glitzandshadows | Oct 12, 2015 |
I read this in high school - but I don't remember it very well. My impressions than were a dense book with difficult language - luckily, on a re-read, I found it to be well written book with a rich world, interesting magic, likable characters. But, you need to pay attention. The book keeps moving ahead - it doesn't go back, and missing one sentence can mean you miss a major plot element. I suspect that this is why I found the book challenging as a high-schooler.

The characters are written sparingly, a sentence describing interaction between two characters makes the entire relationship. So to how a character changes. Not much is written except a few well chosen words that explains everything.

I do want to say this is high fantasy, written originally in 1968. The wizards are all male - females can have power, but its lesser. This is a male dominated world. The other thing is that most people in the book are shades of brown-black. It doesn't default to white. Its refreshing to see a book where the color of the person is mentioned, but doesn't define the character.

The world is beautiful and well thought out. This a world of small islands - farmers and fishermen and nobles. Its a fully created - with a lot of elements taken from early European history. So, we get one room huts and nobility that is close to the peasants.

This book is a classic for a reason. And I highly recommend reading it. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Aug 30, 2015 |
Young readers' book. Prizewinner. ( )
  clifforddham | Aug 29, 2015 |
This fantasy novel set in the magical land of Earthsea introduces Ged, a boy whose magical ability shines in a society with numerous witches and practitioners of magic. After saving his village from an attack, Ged is taken as apprentice by a wise wizard and then sent to wizarding school. Despite his talent and proclamations that he may become the greatest wizard, Ged is headstrong and impatient and unleashes an evil shadow that follows him around and tries to possess his body. Ged thus has to face many quests and challenges to learn how to face down the shadow creature and understand himself. It's a good novel, and apparently pretty influential as many of the tropes and ideas are picked up by other fantasy novels. ( )
  Othemts | Jul 28, 2015 |
First book in trilogy.
  BdF | Jul 24, 2015 |
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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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Ellison, HarlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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