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The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle #3)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  61,798 Ratings  ·  1,013 Reviews
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. Together they will sail to the farthest reaches o ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 197 pages
Published June 1981 by Bantam Books (first published September 1972)
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Apatt
Feb 21, 2016 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 o
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Jerzy
Jun 03, 2015 Jerzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
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
Brad
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
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Sumant
May 07, 2016 Sumant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really hard for me to write a review for this book, because this book changed my perception regarding it dramatically from start to the end. Initially when I started it I really liked how the story was flowing in it, but then Le Guin starts introducing a lot of philosophy in the middle, at that time I thought what the hell is going on ?. What am I reading ? whether this is fantasy or a philosophical book ? but she manages to tie things up masterfully at the end that I devoured this book in ...more
Kaora
Mar 14, 2015 Kaora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is between 3 and 4 stars for me, but I'm feeling generous so I'm giving it a 4.

All over Earthsea wizards are losing their magic, so Ged Sparrowhawk and Prince Arren embark on a quest to discover the source of the disappearing magic.

While this one again starts off rather slow as Le Guin builds the scene, and the action doesn't occur until the end, I'm stating to enjoy the world she has created more and more as it is slowly revealed.

I also enjoyed the characters a great deal more in this
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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
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Donna
Aug 16, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Earthsea Cycle, closing out the trilogy, though the stories of Earthsea continue with subsequent books. The story picks up years after book two ends, when Ged is middle-aged and has become the Archmage of Roke, which is the center of wizardry in that world, housing a school for those in training. Roke is isolated, though well protected from hostile invasion. This gives little comfort to Ged when he learns that wizards in other parts of Earthsea have lost their magic ...more
J. Trott
May 16, 2011 J. Trott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nikki
Jun 13, 2016 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This has always been my least favourite of the Earthsea books, and I think that’s sort of inevitable given the central conflict, the issue that the whole book centres around. It’s about magic dying out, about death and fighting death and being afraid of death, where few people are whole and entire and able to see the world as it is rather than wishing it was something else. Ged is one of those people, of course: he’s the Archmage for a reason, and more importantly, he’s faced the dark part of hi ...more
Dan
Mar 12, 2013 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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
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Ivan Lutz
po neni dosta slabija od dvije prethodne knjige. Ged je razvijen do kraja kao lik - junak..ali nesto fali. Dosta zapinje kad sam citao i ne budi onakvu zelju za citanjem kao ranije. A sad odmor od Zemljomorja moja domaca zadaca je zavrsena.
Robert
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Kristal Kitap
Sep 25, 2015 Kristal Kitap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ve bir efsane daha biter. *-* Keşke serinin diğer kitaplarını da alsaymışım. *-*
Neda
Apr 12, 2016 Neda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each volume is better than the other, deeper, more adventurous and even more philosophical..
Am so happy am reading these series..
:)
YouKneeK
Sep 13, 2016 YouKneeK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On average, I would say I enjoyed this book about as much as I had enjoyed the previous two books, but maybe less in some ways, and more in other ways.

In the very beginning of book one, we were told Ged would eventually be an Archmage. At the beginning of this book, we find that this has come to pass and Ged is now the Archmage at the school on Roke. Prince Arren, a teenager introduced in this book, has traveled to Roke to tell the wizards that people seem to be losing their ability to work magi
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Zeynep Nur
Okurken en çok heyecanlandığım kitaplardan biri oldu. Ölüm üzerine yazılmış olması, olaylar, Arren'in değişimi beni etkileyen başlıca şeylerden birkaçı. Serinin okuduğum kadarıyla en iyi kitabı.
Laila
Aug 18, 2015 Laila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ged... Her zamanki gibi kendine has durusuyla bir sonraki sayfada neler olacak diyerek kendini merakla okutan, sonunda "ne yani, bu kadar mi?" dedirten, serinin bir sonraki kitabina gecmek icin acele ettirten kahraman...

Bu defa da "buyuleyiciydi" bu defa da surukleyiciydi.

Ölmeden once bu seriyi mutlaka okumalisiniz!..
Nikki
Jul 14, 2009 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Buck Ward
Mar 04, 2016 Buck Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, wwend-2016
So, this is the third in the original trilogy. (In later years, there are more books.) I read A Wizard of Earthsea so long ago that I don't remember it; just that sense of having liked it. I read the Tombs of Atuan more recently and it was pretty good, and now I have read The Farthest Shore. It is a good story, a quest across the archipelago of Earthsea. It has a wizard, Sparrowhawk, Gandalf-like; a boy prince, who comes to manhood; and there are dragons. Le Guin's prose is lyrical and the story ...more
Cristen
Sep 20, 2007 Cristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-scores, classics
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
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Tevfik
Oct 28, 2014 Tevfik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yerdeniz üçlemesinin son kitabıyla birlikte Ged'in Kahramanlıkları'nın Ursula'nın elinden çıkmış kısmı sona ermiş oldu.

Ursula K. Leguin, sadece iyi bir yazar değil, aynı zamanda ilham veren bir yazar. Romanlarında yarattığı dünyaların birer vatandaşı. Anlatıcı değil, anlattığı karakterlerin yoldaşı.

İtiraf edeyim: Ursula okuduktan sonra böyle bir gelişim romanı yazmaya ben de pek heveslendim. Mülksüzler'le başladığım Leguin maceramı Yer Deniz Üçlemesi'ni bitirerek sürdürüyorum. Sırada Karanlığın
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Yelda Güzel
Jun 04, 2015 Yelda Güzel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Le Guin, En Uzak Sahil'in ölüme dair olduğunu belirtmiş. Ancak gerçek şu ki, ölüme dair hiç bir şey bilmiyoruz. Yazar da bilmiyor. O nedenle, itiraf ettiği üzere, ölümü anlatamamış. Yaşamı anlatmış. Ölümün zıttı olarak düşündüğü yaşamı. Yaşam aydınlıktır, durağan değildir, aralıksız bir devinimi vardır. Yaşam sihirlidir. Ve o sihre inanmaktır. En önemlisi: Yaşam umuttur. Yaşam eksildikçe damarlarımızdan; ya da bir diyardan, bir uygarlıktan, bir inançtan, bir fikirden, idealden, duygudan yaşam ek ...more
Ben Babcock
I love Ursula K. Le Guin’s first two Earthsea novels. A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan are among my two favourite fantasy novels, and together I think they form an essential duology that showcases some of the most compelling and truthful storytelling about identity and finding oneself. So it was with some trepidation that I read The Farthest Shore.

In the third Earthsea novel, magic is dying. Our protagonists are a much older, more experienced and more weary Ged, and the youthful and
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vivliovision
Dec 29, 2013 vivliovision rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bryn
Oct 19, 2010 Bryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Maree
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
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ethuil
Sep 23, 2015 ethuil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Yaşamın bedeli ölümdür" Ged
Kitap boyunca ölülerin diyarına yolculuğu anlatır Ursula Le Guin ki bu da kocaman bir metafordur aslında; yaşam da sonunda ölüme giden bir yolculuktur. Biri ölüme diğeri yaşama daha yakın olan iki kişi çıkar bu yolculuğa. Sonunda ölümü de bulurlar, yaşamı da, yaşamaya dair umudu da.
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Bahar
Jun 01, 2016 Bahar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1kitap1000sohbet
En Uzak Sahil, benim Yerdeniz Serisi ile tanıştığım kitap... O zaman yayınlanmış/ yazılmış olan 4 kitabı okuduğumda bana en zayıf olan gibi gelmişti... Aradan geçen 20 yılın bana kattıkları ile yeniden okuduğumda, o zamanki aklımla anlamadığım, sindiremediğim ne kadar çok şey olduğunu fark ettim... Sırada o zamanlar favorim olan Tehanu var... Bakalım onun vereceği tat nasıl olacak yollar sonra? Belki de En Uzak Sahil, serideki favori kitabım olur bundan sonra...
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Fantasy Book Club...: * Earthsea #3--The Farthest Shore 9 19 Aug 25, 2016 08:06AM  
Can I just read this one? 10 81 May 28, 2014 07:57PM  
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As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. Forthcoming ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Earthsea Cycle (6 books)
  • A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)
  • The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2)
  • Tehanu (Earthsea Cycle, #4)
  • Tales from Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #5)
  • The Other Wind (Earthsea Cycle, #6)

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