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The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle #3)

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Book Three of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle Darkness threatens to overtake Earthsea: the world and its wizards are losing their magic. Despite being wearied with age, Ged Sparrowhawk -- Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord -- embarks on a daring, treacherous journey, accompanied by Enlad's young Prince Arren, to discover the reasons behind this devastating pattern of loss...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Gallery Books (first published September 1972)
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I started reading this to Miloš & Brontë at the beginning of March, and somewhere around May they lost interest.

I don't think I can blame Ursula K. LeGuin, at least not entirely. I was a big part of the problem. I struggled with this installment of The Earthsea Cycle, and that must have translated into the way I read this aloud, making it and me tough to listen to (never have the kids fallen asleep so often while I was reading. I usually have to tear myself away).

My problem is tough to pinc...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
The Farthest Shore was written for tweens and teens, so if you just want a good fantasy full of adventure and daring and DRAGONS (the best part!), ignore all of the following and just enjoy.

This is a story the meaning of which will derive from the beliefs of the individual reader. Had I read it when I still held spiritual beliefs, I would doubtless have fit the story into a framework of religious allegory and symbolism. As I am now comfortable in my unbelief, I focused on the more concrete them...more
“I would not ask a sick man to run a race,” said Sparrowhawk, “nor lay a stone on an overburdened back.” It was not clear whether he spoke of himself or of the world at large. Always his answers were grudging, hard to understand. There, thought Arren, lay the very heart of wizardry: to hint at mighty meanings while saying nothing at all, and to make doing nothing at all seem the very crown of wisdom."

There are surely better passages to quote than the above to encapsulate the meaning or theme of...more
As usual with Le Guin's books, the flow of the plot is not the strong point. It's more about the sum of experiences and discussions that the characters have, if that makes any sense. So although this one has a more hackneyed plot than any other book of hers I've read, there are (as usual) quite a few really nice moments and deep insights. She spins out some more thoughts about balance and equilibrium, continuing the conversation from A Wizard of Earthsea. Here, Earthsea is being overrun by greyn...more
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J. Trott
People like to talk about "The Golden Compass" as the athiestic answer to C. S. Lewis' Narnia series. However Ursula Le Guin's series has a far better claim to this title. In these books, the most trenchant critiques of religion, and the best arguments for humanism are presented. In the first book, the greatest enemy is within the protagonist, who must name his darkest self in order to overcome. Old powers are present throughout, and fear is their power. In the second book we see this replayed,...more
Good story, bad prose.

When I was in high school, I read an Ursula K. Le Guin story in my Science Fiction Literature class. I found it to be difficult to read. I chalked that up to being young and a relatively inexperienced reader. I saw this book at a library book sale and picked it up to give it a try.

I discovered that being young an inexperienced had nothing to do with her stories being hard to read. She uses peculiar word order that confuses the meaning, missing or extra commas, excessive adv...more
In the third of Ursula Le Guinn's Earthsea books, Sparrowhawk the mage is a much older, wiser man. We see him through the eyes of Arren - a Prince making the jouney from boy to man, and devoted to the mage. Magic is dying, and the two set out to discover what has gone wrong and try and save the world.

It's not just the magic being lost - all the joy, skill and art is leaving the world. Creativity, hope and inspiraiton are stripped away. I could not help but read this book and see parallels with m...more
When I first read Earthsea, this was probably my least favourite book. Probably because throughout it the world I've started to love is dying and in pain. The pain isn't just the characters, it's the whole world; it's less a personal journey and of significance for the whole of the world. I mean, it wasn't like a Ged-gebbeth wasn't a big threat to the world, or finding the ring of Erreth-Akbe wasn't important, but the story in this world is all about the failing of the world -- not a single thin...more
Ο νεαρός γιός του Πρίγκιπα των Ενλάδων, ο Άρεν, καταφθάνει στην νήσο Ροκ κομίζοντας στους εννέα θεματοφύλακες των μαγικών τεχνών που διδάσκουν εκεί την πανάρχαια τέχνη, δυσάρεστα νέα. Ο Γέροντας Αρχιμάγιστρος Γκεν, ο Κοσμήτορας της Σχολής, θα διακρίνει στο πρόσωπο του παιδιού κάτι βαθύ και ελπιδοφόρο· την πιθανότητα της εκπλήρωσης μιας παλιάς, αλλά όχι ξεχασμένης, υπόσχεσης. Οι δυο τους θα βγουν μαζί στο Αρχιπέλαγος της Γαιοθάλασσας αναζητώντας τη βαθιά πληγή στο μεδούλι ενός κόσμου, που δεν είν...more
When I picked up this series I never thought I'd be learning valuable life lessons from it. NEVER. But the author touches on some interesting subjects, like life and death and sacrifice. It's not as kid friendly as the first two. But still a well written and thought provoking story.

"Death and life are the same thing - like the two sides of my hand, the palm and the back. And still the palm and the back are not the same... They can be neither seperated, nor mixed."

"...when we crave power over li...more
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It's a little strange, but as I was reading this book, I was thinking it would be the perfect thing to give to someone who was dying. It plays with the themes of being afraid of dying in a really interesting way and I liked it for that.

It also as a bit more ornate language than might be found in more current day books, but since reading Something Wicked This Way Comes, no book can really compare language-wise.

I've been slowly making my way through this series. I'm in no great hurry to read the n...more
Althea Ann
All three books of the original Earthsea trilogy have always been right up there with my most favorite books of all time, but both when I was a child, and now, I thought that The Farthest Shore was the least strong of the three. However, I think I had different reasons for feeling that way now, than I did then.

I think that now, the main focus of the book worked better for me – the whole idea of dealing with the consequences of your own actions, as well as LeGuin’s conceptual idea of evil, and th...more
For quite a while, I've spent my time in reading fantasy books. From The Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Harry Potter, to Eragon, Percy Jackson, and Stardust. I have to say that Earthsea is really a wonderful addition to the world of fantasy. Though what makes Earthsea outstanding is not what I expected.

One thing that I can't believe is that this book is actually published in 1972, more than three decades ago, but is still in print today. As a matter of fact, my copy was from Simon Pulse, publish...more
After The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore falls a little bit flat. Le Guin maintains her formal, mythic voice, which I enjoy, as it gives her writing a sense of reverance and quietness.

The problem is, the plot of this one is sort of repetitive and plodding, and things she says about the overarching themes of life and death aren't especially new or different.

The ending was especially kind of lame.

It's still a worthy book, though. Just not the author's best.
Mary Catelli
And here the trilogy ends. Spoilers ahead for A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan.

It opens with a young prince, Arren, coming to the Archmage, the great and famous Sparrowhawk who brought back the Ring of Erreth-Akbe from the tombs -- also known as Ged. But not all is well. They have the Rune of Peace, but where is the king? And Arren tells of how the wizardry is losing power in his father's land. The wizard who should have cast the spell on the lambing could not do it, and Arren's fathe...more
When I first read this book, it really reminded me of old animated films I grew up on - namely the opening of 'The Last Unicorn' and 'Flight of the Dragons' - a rich, magical world in decay and I love that. The moment where Galadriel talks about how the power of Nenya etc will fade and she will "diminish, go into the west, and remain Galadriel" still resonates with me.

So this book, with its focus on the fading of magic (even dragons!) was right up my alley but somehow, it left me with the sense...more
Ted Child
In these days of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials, the Earthsea books are under-appreciated and might seem dated but I think that is a historical anomaly that will eventually rectify itself for no other reason than the uniqueness and subtle strength of these books. Le Guin writes her ideas into stories that are patient and calm. High fantasy might not seem like the best place to write about Taoism but Le Guin does it in her usual comfortable and confident fashion.
The Farthest Shore, along w...more
Este é o último volume da trilogia original de Terramar, série que granjeou a Ursula Le Guin um lugar incontestável na Fantasia, e que desde os finais dos anos 60 tem conquistado leitores por todo o mundo, sendo um marco na Literatura tão grande quanto O Senhor dos Anéis. Leitura obrigatória para todos aqueles que adoram Fantasia, dos mais pequenos aos mais experientes, esta é uma série que continuará a marcar gerações de leitores.
Este livro já devia estar lido à mais tempo, não fosse a falta de...more
Attempting to describe a great book is a bit like attempting to describe the beauty of a sunrise: It was red and stuff was glowing orange and yellow. It just doesn't translate. Which is an interesting thing to my mind because OF COURSE a sunset doesn't translate. It's photons and light beams and refraction and fire and energy, no mere words. But shouldn't a book? It IS mere words.

But it's not. It's the fatigue you feel at the end of a work day when you recline in your favorite chair and open the...more
Jan 10, 2010 Christine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, wizards, philosophical fiction, Earthsea, Ursula Le Guin
Not as emotionally riveting as "Tombs of Atuan," but better written than both "Tombs" and "Wizard of Earthsea." It's clear Le Guin has fully mastered writing as a craft by this book. The reader is plunged into the action immediately, and the pacing and plotting in the latter half of the book are handled perfectly. However, the new protagonist, Arren, though likeable and well-characterized, is just not as interesting as Tenar and Ged were. Which I hate to say, because I love Arren when he reappea...more
From the back cover "Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle has earned a treasured place on the shelves of fantasy lovers everywhere, alongside the works of such beloved authors as J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis." ......I just don't get it. If you're looking for an escape, read the Earthsea books, but don't look for more.

I just never really believed any of the characters and I never feared for the ending. By about the first quarter of the book I KNEW that whats-his-name was going to win. No quest...more
A thinly veiled metaphor for criticism on drug culture, perhaps? The high fantasy story of a world that has turned it's back on real "magic" and favors escape into an opium induced trance. Except in this story the "nameless ones" return, perhaps, as the antagonist... an old mage who is luring people to a stead of being undead on the isle of Selidor.

Perhaps one of the most enjoyable elements of this book, for me, was the "romantic" relationship between Ged, the archmage, and his boy Arren, who "f...more
Nancy O'Toole
The unthinkable has happened in Earthsea. People are losing their magic. The young prince Arren asks Ged, now The Archmage, to help him discover the truth behind this loss. The two begin a journey on the seas to many islands of the archipelago, the home of dragons, and finally to the land of death itself.

The Farthest Shore is the third book in The Earthsea Cycle, and the final book in Jawasreadtoo's June portion of the Summer of Series challenge (I did it!). It takes place several years after th...more
"Mhd Haikal"
Waktu itu jam 2 pagi ketika menyelesaikan membaca buku ini... Sambil menarik nafas panjang dan menyeluarkannya lagi, terucap kata 'nikmat'. Yah itulah kesan ketika akhir membaca buku ini. Selain bertamasya ke dunia earthsea, kita seperti mendapatkan sesuatu yang baru.

Mungkin beberapa orang lebih suka buku pertama daripada buku ini. Tetapi saya pribadi lebih menyukai buku ketiga. Indah, luas, segar dan detil. seperti menerima hidangan di restoran berbintang.

Dimulai ketika beberapa penyihir di dae...more
Florian Pekazh
Мрак е сковал Землемория в третата част от класическата поредица на Урсула ле Гуин, а един наш стар познайник ще се впусне в състезание срещу смъртта в името на доброто.

Години са минали от събитията в "Гробниците на Атуан" и Гед вече е възрастен мъж и може би най-силния жив магьосник. Величието му се сравнява с това на някои от най-легендарните герои, за които се споменаваше в първите две части. Сега, като върховен жрец, той все по-рядко има възможност да се впусне в приключенията, които така об...more
Nuno Mateus (Kratos)
Este 3º livro do Ciclo da Terramar, vai se focar mais em duas personagens, em Gued mais uma vez mas desta vez apresentando-se já mais velho e como Arquimago de Roke e em Arren um jovem principe de Enland que vem em busca da ajuda de Gued.
Desta vez estas duas personagens terão o desafio de procurar e destruir o mal que anda a atacar as ilhas através da forma do esquecimento e do desaparecimento da magia aos poucos sobre as pessoas que possuiam tal dom, como tambem o conhecimento e saber de outros...more
Kyle Muntz
this book is like a dream-journey, intensely imaginative and surprisingly contemplative and philosophical, especially in the conversations between ged and arren. at the same time, while i think it was probably the best book so far, a few problems with the series are becoming more noticeable. in particular the characterization is shallower than it could have been, the pace is a little too fast--not to mention i think ged would have been a better pov character than arren. still, this series is rea...more
Patricia Rodrigues
Neste livro, Gued é agora o Arquimago em Roke e quando Arren se desloca à ilha para relatar a perda de poderes dos feiticeiros na Extrema Sul. Após este relato Gued decide partir para descobrir o porquê da perda de poderes, levando Arren consigo.
Ao longo da viagem, vamos encontrando várias populações das diversas ilhas, em que gostei particularmente do Povo das Canoas.
A escrita é especial e tocante, abordando mensagens importantes e profundas, onde a lealdade, a vida e a morte estão presentes e...more
The Farthest Shore tells the story of how Sparrowhawk, now Archmage, travels with Arran to the absolute end of the world and beyond to defeat a wizard who thinks he has conquered death and in so doing has opened the door to death so that all life and magic are draining out of the world. People have forgotten wizardry and are obsessed with immortality. Woven into the tale of their quest is the idea that the Balance must be preserved and that life and death are just two sides of the same coin. A v...more
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