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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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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 |
What an amazing, truly well-written book. There are so many levels: a young boy growing into manhood, a gifted wizard coming into his power and self-awareness, and a human being who realizes the harm he has unleashed on the planet and seeks to rectify his wrong. Good explanations of magic and its limitations, such as you can't make food appear and hope to be nourished by it." It seems so many other books that show young wizards going to different places to learn something new derive that theme from this book. The difference is, Ms. LeGuin is capable of creating a new land in a few strokes of a pen, not in pages of rambling discourse. My only beef (and this because of when the books were written) is the only role for women magic-workers is in the secondary role of hedge-witch, not true wizards." ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
I really liked the story and themes of this book. Magical adventure about a boy who learns the importance of acceptance and balance.

(Also, I don't know why people keep comparing Harry Potter to this - they're nothing alike!) ( )
  CatherineHsu | Jun 8, 2016 |
Wonderful.
A great story, far larger in the imagination than this short book belies.
It is a coming of age and discovering who you are story, told in a seemingly simple episodic way, which has a mythic quality. On might call it a bildungsroman, except that it is belittle it and pigeon-hole it. This feels a far deeper, more protean creation. A beginning.

I have memories of reading this voraciously over thirty years ago in a sun drenched room, hardly pausing, as it is probably possible to read in a day, a sitting. This time I savoured it more and wondered at the construction of an entirely other world. A great fantasy novel.

I read the Folio Society edition published in 2015, illustrated with muddy brown pictures by David Lupton. This artistic vision creates a wonderful buckram cover, with brilliant indenting of Ged's scar to create a memorable design. ( )
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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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Archer, KarenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553383043, Paperback)

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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