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The Tombs of Atuan (1970)

by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Series: The Earthsea Cycle (2)

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Arha's isolated existence as high priestess in the tombs of Atuan is jarred by a thief who seeks a special treasure.
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    The Unspoken Name by A K Larkwood (Aquila)
    Aquila: I feel like The Unspoken Name takes The Tombs of Atuan as a starting point, but it's just the beginning of a completely different story.
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    Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff (spiphany)

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The second Earthsea story introduces and follows a new character, a young girl, chosen to be the next priestess of the Tombs of Atuan, because she was born on the day the previous priestess died. The parallel with the story of Ged in the first book is interesting for just how their paths are and are not the same. Both accept their lot completely, never regretting leaving their families. Both work to excel. But where Ged's ambition leads him to question and tragically violate core principles of wizardry, Tenar never questions the premises of the cult she belongs to, no matter how evil, until Ged's arrival nearly 2/3's into the book shakes her assumptions.

One passing name took me aback: a reference to something in the month of April. Was this meant to make some hiddent connection between Earth and Earthsea? Nowhere else do I recall any other use of a name from our world.

Well-told, with a welcome move away from the male-centric first book, but Ged claims that unlike his magic, everything the women worship is a sham.

Recommended. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Feb 22, 2024 |
3.5 stars.

In many ways a polar opposite to "A Wizard of Earthsea", "The Tombs of Atuan" is small and claustrophobic, taking place in a small temple village filled with a magic heavy laden with dread and fear.

The first half feels like a long-winded prologue and the second half is over before you know it. Tenar is sullen and veangeful, although she has good reason to be. There are a lot of reasons to dislike it, but it really sticks the landing where Ged draws her out of her hateful beliefs and grounds her in a supportive, loving friendship.

I love this speech he gives her at the end:

"You were the vessel of evil. The evil is poured out. It is done. It is buried in its own tomb. You were never made for cruelty and darkness; you were made to hold light, as a lamp burning holds and gives its light. I found the lamp unlit; I won't leave it on some desert island like a thing found and cast away. I'll take you to Havnor and say to the princes of Earthsea, 'Look! In the place of darkness I found the light, her spirit. By her an old evil was brought to nothing. By her I was brought out of the grave. By her the broken was made whole , and where there was hatred there will be peace.'" ( )
  AdioRadley | Jan 21, 2024 |
The best entry in the original trilogy. ( )
  audient_void | Jan 20, 2024 |
Another visit to a book from childhood. The Wizard of Earthsea was good, but didn't grasp my imagination and sympathy like Tombs of Atuan. Tenar is a well written character struggling in a dark prison to know herself. Her light overcomes that darkness. The imagery is compelling along with the plot. Characters are meaty. An overall really good story worth visiting. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Jan 14, 2024 |
Not as good as the 1st book but I enjoyed this one anyway. It's a good introduction to a new character. The audiobook (Rob Inglis) was read well too. ( )
  Dances_with_Words | Jan 6, 2024 |
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Carol Reich (KLIATT Review, March 1995 (Vol. 29, No. 2))
Le Guin's 1970 fantasy for YAs (part two of the Earthsea Trilogy) has held up well over the decades and remains engaging. Narrative predominates throughout, but during the dialogue Inglis' voiced characters are never confusing to the listener. The three main female voices are acceptably done, the two main male voices are well done, the recording is clear, and Inglis is skilled enough to drop out of character for phrases such as "she said." Between the two of them, Le Guin and Inglis paint a vivid picture of the devious, threatening labyrinth that exists both underneath the temple and within the heart of the High Priestess whom the Wizard Ged rescues from service to the Nameless Ones. This book can stand alone. Category: Fiction Audiobooks. KLIATT Codes: JS*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1994, Recorded Books, 4 tapes, 5.5 hrs.
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Ursula K. Le Guinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Babo, Carlos GrifoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergen, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
真砂子, 清水翻訳secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellison, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Solo nel silenzio la parola,
solo nella tenebra la luce,
solo nella morte è vita;
fulgido è il volo del falco
nel cielo deserto.

La creazione di Éa
For the redhead from Telluride
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One high horn shrilled and ceased.
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Le Guin, Ursula K.,1929-2018.
Οι τάφοι του Ατουάν / Ούρσουλα Λε Γκεν · μετάφραση Λίλη Ιωαννίδου. - Αθήνα : Όμμα, 1992. - 143σ. · 21.5x11.5εκ.
Το δεύτερο βιβλίο του έπους της Γαιοθάλασσας.
Γλώσσα πρωτοτύπου: αγγλικά
Τίτλος πρωτοτύπου: The Tombs of Atuan, 1971
ISBN 960-7271-02-1, (Μαλακό εξώφυλλο) [Εξαντλημένο ]
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