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The Tombs of Atuan (The Earthsea Cycle, Book…

The Tombs of Atuan (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2) (original 1970; edition 2001)

by Ursula K. Le Guin (Author)

Series: The Earthsea Cycle (02)

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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.
Title:The Tombs of Atuan (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2)
Authors:Ursula K. Le Guin (Author)
Info:Aladdin Paperbacks (2001), Edition: Reprint, 192 pages
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The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin (1970)

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    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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I liked this one more than the first one ( )
  RaynaPolsky | Apr 23, 2024 |
Overall this was solid - notably better than the first book, mostly because the style matched the story better. Many of the same problems exist (including, in this case, a literally invisible evil force, instead of a shadow), but the story is less about that conflict directly than about the “coming out of the cave” of a sheltered kid who is shown a skewed view of the world from birth. Overall, worth a read. Honestly, you could just start here and read A Wizard of Earthsea later as a prequel if you wanted to. ( )
  mrbearbooks | Apr 22, 2024 |
I read A Wizard of Earthsea when I was very young, but for some reason, avoided The Tombs of Atuan. Maybe something about the cover scared me, or something a friend had said about it put me off of reading it. I do remember that the first book haunted me, and that was a weird feeling for my ten year old self. I distinctly remember avoiding The Tombs again when I read The Farthest Shore in high school. I don't know why I had decided to shun this book. I am glad that now, years later, I was finally open to it. What a story. It is one of the truest things I have ever read.

My favorite quote (of many):
"What she had begun to learn was the weight of liberty. Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward toward the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it." ( )
  pianistpalm91 | Apr 7, 2024 |
Brilliant second part in the series. I love the perspective in which this book is written. ( )
  Lokileest | Apr 2, 2024 |
This story starts slowly and takes time to light up, but it's a beautiful tale once it finally does. ( )
  patl | Feb 29, 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.
added by kthomp25 | editKLIATT, Carol Reich (Mar 1, 1995)

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Babo, Carlos GrifoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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真砂子, 清水翻訳secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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