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A Wizard of Earthsea characters í eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¹ Ged the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth Hungry for power and knowledge Sparrowhawk tampered with long held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world This is the tale of his testing how he mastered the migG how he mastered the mighty words of power tamed an ancient dragon and crossed death's threshold to restore the balan. This what A Wizard of Earthsea taught me To know a thing's true name is to know its nature Don't fuck with dragons unless you know their true names Summoning the spirits of the dead is a bad idea especially on a schoolboy dare Truly changing your form is dangerous because you can become lost in the aspect you assume If you find yourself hunted turn it around and become the hunter Above all else know yourselfI don't know how I acuired this particular copy of A Wizard of Earthsea It's an old 1977 reprint that is aside from its yellowing pages in remarkably good condition for something that in its day cost 150 in Canada or 50 p in the UK It bears no evidence of a previous owner be that person library or used bookstore Perhaps someone gave it to me However I got it I remember that I read A Wizard of Earthsea for a second time through this copy I read it mostly in the backseat of my mom's van and then in a hair salon while waiting for her to get her hair done So this book is firmly ensconced in my mind as a book I read when I was younger and I associate it with my childhood even though I suspect I was probably in my early teensWhen I first came upon China Miéville a few years ago I was an adult and approached his books with an adult's ideas about fantasy I've only ever known Miéville's works through the eyes of adulthood and that is something outside of my control but it definitely affects how I view his works In contrast Ursula K Le Guin has been with me my entire life stalking me if you will Curiously enough her books have never played the formative role in my reading especially my fantasy reading that others like The Belgariad A Song of Ice and Fire or Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy have done I don't have a pithy story about reading a Le Guin book as a child or adolescent that then opened my eyes and inspired me to read fantasy So it's all the intriguing that I distinctly remember Le Guin being in my life ever since childhood I don't remember when I first read one of her books only that I did And when I pick up A Wizard of Earthsea I'm connected to my childhood to that memory of this particular copy as well as to memories of reading fantasy in general This is a gateway book and that's why it means so much to meIf you don't have this type of connection to Le Guin or to A Wizard of Earthsea I can understand how easy it is to dismiss this book as a 2 or 3 star endeavour It's a condensed story with a small cast of characters who aren't necessarily the most intriguing bunch you'll ever meet There's a lot of narration and exposition covering most of Ged's childhood and adolescent years It's not exactly the big budget epic type of fantasy story that is so popular now Nor is Ged your typical fantasy farm boy Called to be the Chosen One He's a wizard of no small talent who because he's a cocky adolescent boy screws up and spends no small part of his adult life attempting to rectify the mistakeThere's a lot of darkness in this book It reminds me this time around of Arthurian legends well meaning valorous people struggling against their darker selves and sometimes losing Even the Knights of the Round Table had the advantage of knowing they were heroes though—Ged is not a hero; he's just this guy you know He's not preternaturally gifted with good sense so like any inexperienced adolescent he makes bad decisions and is full of flaws He ditches his master on Gont Ogion to go learn wizardry at Roke because he's eager to learn real magic He feels like Ogion is holding him back we readers of course recognize that Ogion is the wise sensei who teaches his student the value of wisdom and work first At Roke Ged allows himself to be manipulated into magical pissing contests by his rival Jasper The result is the escape of a shadow into the world of Earthsea and its encounter with Ged leaves it with some of his power and a hunger to absorb the rest of his aspect This would be bad for Ged and for the world But A Wizard for Earthsea shares with Arthurian legend that underlying motif of temptation and the sin of pride people and magic continually tempt Ged and his successes are measured in the varying degrees by which he overcomes and rejects those temptations Sometimes he fails miserably resulting in the unleashing of a gebbeth into the world Other times he succeeds admirably such as in the case of the dragon YevaudGed's encounter with the dragon of Pendor is nominally what turns him into a legendary dragonlord He manages to learn the dragon's true name and with it he wrangles from the dragon a promise never to fly to the Archipelago The safety of the islands of Earthsea thus secure he departs Pendor to resume his life and his apparently eternal flight from the gebbethGed's confrontation with Yevaud is right out of the classical man versus beast battle of wits canon What stuck with me for the rest of the book however was how Ged deals with Yevaud's brood He ruthlessly does battle with these dragonspawn killing six of them Dragons in Le Guin's Earthsea are predators but intelligent ones their speech is the same Old Speech from which Earthsea wizards draw power So I can't help but feel that in slaying these creatures Ged is wreaking destruction on a much larger scale He's destroying something uniue and wonderful even if it is dangerous to humans And Ged is rather cavalier about it he goes to Pendor because he's decided to leave the town he was protecting from possible dragon attacks and before he goes he wants to ensure the town will be safe This is his first act of major wizardry as a full fledged wizard and it is interesting that it is one of destruction even if it benefits those he swore to protectAfter his encounter with Yevaud Ged bums around Earthsea for a little while faces another great trial and almost doesn't survive Fortunately he finds his way back to Ogion who sets him straight and gives him the best possible adviceIf you go ahead if you keep running wherever you turn you will meet danger and evil for it drives you it chooses the way you go You must choose You must seek what seeks you You must hunt the hunterIf you read A Wizard of Earthsea as a straight fantasy story about good versus evil and wizards and dragons you will probably be disappointed Read this way it's a good book but it isn't great It's too brief to be a satisfying epic meal The strength of Wizard of Earthsea is neither its style nor its substance but its subtext This book embodies literary fiction a lot better than much of what gets marketed under that term today The cover of my edition aside from its regrettable whitewashing of the characters seems to support the idea that this is a children's book The brief description on the back of the book continues this illusion A tale of wizards dragons and terrifying shadows in which the young wizard Sparrowhawk strives to destroy the evil shadow beast he has let loose on the world This description does not do the book justice nor do I think calling A Wizard of Earthsea a children's book does any favours for the book or for children This is not a children's book any than other books that children or adults might read are adult books This is a book a book for children and for adults and frankly one that people should read early and oftenI read A Wizard of Earthsea as a child again as an adolescent and now I've read it as an adult Each time I've read it slightly differently and it has told me different things; my opinions of Le Guin and her works have changed as my perspective changes from childhood to adulthood For me A Wizard of Earthsea is memorable and magical because of what it teaches through its story It deserves five stars because for a fantastic tale at a slim 200 pages this book seems to contain an inordinate amount of truthMy Reviews of the Earthsea seriesThe Tombs of Atuan →

review ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ó Ursula K. Le Guin

Sparrowhawk tampered with long held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world This is the tale of his testin. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin is a beautiful fantasy First published in 1968 it has clearly influenced many fantasy novels since Orson Scott Card with his 1980s era Alvin Maker series stated that he wanted to make an American fantasy and escape or at least distinguish his work from the inherently English Tolkien sub genre of fantasies This is not uite such a departure from the Tolkienesue fantasies but a difference can be seen and enjoyed Another Goodreads reviewer made the observation that the Harry Potter series has been wildly successful while Earthsea has achieved only a cult following and peer respect I can wholly agree with this finding and think it too bad that so many young readers have not discovered this gem of the genre My admiration for Le Guin continues to grow she is an amazing writer 2018 Re readSecond time around I was not as entranced by the story itself but still amazed and inspired by her timelessness her forward vision and for what this book has meant to the genreI wondered again about the influence this may have had over JK Rowling perhaps has the book itself or just a foundation on our modern fantasy literatureI also compared the long voyage seuences here to the long walk across the glacier in her Hainish book The Left Hand of Darkness and see that a journey tale may be a ubiuitous theme in her writing a metaphor for growth and spiritual evolutionA good book by itself and a wonderful work for fantasy writing as a whole

Ursula K. Le Guin Ó 7 review

A Wizard of EarthseaGed the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth Hungry for power and knowledge. It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul This seemingly simple statement actually says a lot about the human nature just as all the Ursula Le Guin's books that I've read so far seem to do A Wizard of Earthsea is a simple but beautiful and magical coming of age story of a young wizard Ged who starts out as a brash and cocky boy who in his arrogance unwittingly releases a terrible Shadow upon the world but who eventually grows up and succeeds in embracing the darker part of himself A word of caution if you are expecting a traditional fantasy adventure it is than anything an introspective book so be warned You thought as a boy that a mage is one who can do anything So I thought once So did we all And the truth is that as a man’s real power grows and his knowledge widens ever the way he can follow grows narrower until at last he chooses nothing but does only and wholly what he must do A 1968 book with a non white hero LOVE There are the traditional coming of age fantasy elements wizarding school true friend bitter rival fighting a dragon finding love But there is something that sets this story apart from the newer variations on the similar theme featuring Kvothe and Harry Potter and the like Part of it of course is the narration The story is told in the fairy tale tradition with that particular strangely fascinating lyrical and melodic fairy tale rhythm But mostly is because instead of focusing on what is on the surface the learning and the adventures A Wizard of Earthsea goes straight for the deeper meaning for what lies beneath the surface You must not change one thing one pebble one grain of sand until you know what good and evil will follow on that act The world is in balance in Euilibrium A wizard's power of Changing and Summoning can shake the balance of the world It is dangerous that power It is most perilous It must follow knowledge and serve need To light a candle is to cast a shadow In her amazing brilliance Ursula Le Guin takes what could have been a straightforward tale of the fight of good versus evil and turns it into something a lesson in self discovery and acceptance of the darkness that lives inside all human beings This is a story about the fascination with knowledge and the temptation of power and dangers of presuming too much and upsetting the natural balance It is a story about getting to know your own self including the darkest corners of your soul And the resulting epic battle of good versus evil well let me tell you that the resolution was brilliant and poetic and I did not see it coming AT ALL “He knew now and the knowledge was hard that his task had never been to undo what he had done but to finish what he had begun” Ursula Le Guin takes the elements that would be a dangerous set up for fail in the hands of most other writers and somehow unexpectedly turns them into the strengths of this book Take the characters except for Ged they exist only as sketches to support the ideas in this story; it's not supposed to ever work but it does She brushes over the years of Ged's life and training in just a few words not detailing the tedium as many writers are prone to doing Her worldbuilding is not very detailed but manages to capture the essence of this world in a few brush pen typewriter strokes We know Ged is in no danger as from the beginning the book refers to his subseuent adventures as a great mage but this seeming lack of danger for the protagonist does not diminish neither the suspense nor the enjoyment of the story My one criticism goes to the some symbolism overkill I passionately hated all the high school teachers' neverending discussions about symbolism yawn but hey even Le Guin can't be always perfect Wonderful mesmerizing read that fully deserves 45 stars Loved it dearly and highly recommend