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A Wizard of Earthsea (original 1968; edition 1994)

by URSULA K. LE GUIN

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Title:A Wizard of Earthsea
Authors:URSULA K. LE GUIN
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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Not much to say about this, it's a classic, and I've read it many times since I was a child. But today I was sick with the flu, so curled up in bed and I listened to the Harlan Ellison audiobook, with the author reading the intro and epilogue.

I adore Harlan Ellison, not just as an author, he's absolutely my favourite audiobook narrator, and I'm intimately familiar with the book, so this was like comfort food for the ears, audio chicken soup. Can't recommend it enough.

So consider this less a review of the book (which truly does deserve it's "classic" epithet) and more of a rave review of this particular audiobook version. ( )
  krazykiwi | Aug 22, 2016 |
I'm not sure why I disliked this so much. I normally love fantasy and this was highly recommended but wow - I was so BORED.
  KnivesBoone | Jul 29, 2016 |
I had some trouble joining Le Guin in Ged's world, but the finishing climax made the effort worthwhile. Everyone has to wrestle with their shadow-demons. ( )
  kcshankd | Jul 25, 2016 |
Ged learns basic magic from his aunt, becomes an apprentice wizard to learn more and unleashes a shadow that haunts him until he is ready to face and name it. I'm now curious about the other books in the Earthsea cycle. ( )
  queen_ypolita | Jul 2, 2016 |
An interesting story ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Le Guin, Ursula K.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Archer, KarenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cases, MadeleineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon. DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, Anne YvonneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harman, DominicCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rambelli, RobertaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rikman, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robbins, RuthIllustratorsecondary 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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