A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #1)
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* 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 yourself.
I don't know how I acquired this particular copy of A Wizard of...more
"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 dar...more
Though she isn't the first to explore the Bildungsroman-as-Fantasy (Mervyn Peake precedes her), he was an author who eschewed sym...more
Because clearly, CLEARLY this is a fantastic book that deserved to be finished. Ursula K Le Guin is a phenomenal writer and whilst this book (up to what I read) wasn't absolutely perfect, it was enchanting. It was different, it was QUALITY.
Yet I didn't finish it because, thanks to the aforementioned reading habits, my ability to concentrate and enjoy quality literature has slip...more
I can tell that's what UKLG was going for with t...more
Sadly though, the same technicalities that made this book special also made it frustrating. Alliteration and rhythm are what this is all about to the point where even the story takes a background. The level of detail and character development is strong early-on before a...more
There are an infinitude of ways to reflect upon, analyze and understand our life experiences. But LeGuin provides a framework that is just right for me. Her telling o...more
Le Guin's writing is beautiful -- lyrical and powerful. I love how she makes all of her words count. They are all necessary, there's no fluff or redundancy -- it's simple, natural, alive, and vivid. Her understanding of different people and cultures (her father was an anthropologist and her mother was a psychologist) enhances her ability to create imaginative, creative, and believable characters and worlds. When you step into Earthsea, you feel like you're...more
Earthsea is, on its face, a fantasy saga along the lines of Tolkien or Rowling....more
Siapakah nama sejati-mu?
Keangkuhan, seperti kita ketahui, bisa menjatuhkan seseorang, dan membuka sisi tergelapnya. Demikian juga Ged, karena terpedaya oleh emosi dan keinginan tak terkalahkan, berusaha membuka satu sisi tergelap yang seharusnya tetap tertutup. Keahlian sihir yang diperoleh dengan cepat karena bakat yang luar biasa, menjadi terpenjara oleh ketakutan dikejar-kejar oleh sisi gelap yang berhasil dibukanya. Sosok bayangan yang sulit ia ketahui nama sejatinya.
Nama sejati, ya...more
The prose aside, the story itself is original for its time. Many newer tales now also involve the journey of some boy as he rises to power, and how he eventually discovers his rightful place in the world.
The difference between most of T...more
The first book of a trilogy, 'A Wizard of Earthsea' offers its readers a rich and complex world to explore. Summertime adventure literature of the highest caliber.
The Tombs of Atuan is by far the best book of the cycle, but I wouldn't advise reading it out of context.
The gorgeous, poetic language and the epic, wondrous setting pulled me in and never let me go. It spoke to me in a profound way.
The pinnacle of beautiful and moving language is at the end:
** HERE THERE BE SPOILERS **
"...he began to see the truth, that Ged had neither lost nor won but, naming the shadow of his death with his own name, had made himself whole: a man: who, knowing his whole true se...more
Este livro relata a evolução de Gued desde a descoberta de seu dom a aprendiz de Feiticeiro e sua intrução e sua evolução e sua luta contra "a Sombra" um ser do mal que ele libertou sem querer e sua perseguição e aventuras pelas ilhas De Terramar tentanto descobrir que ser se tratava e como destrui-la!
Um escritora que desconhecia mas sendo do tempo de Tolkien achei uma e...more
Nowadays any fantasy book that feature a school of wizardry can not help but bring up Harry Potter comparisons (I can't help it any way)....more
"But there are no wars in Earthsea. No soldiers, no armies, no battles. None of the militarism that came from the Arthurian saga and other sources and that by now, under the influence of fantasy war games, has become almost obligatory.
I didn't and don't think this way; my mind doesn't work in terms if war. My imagination refuses to limit all the elements that make an adventure story and make it exciting--danger, risk, challenge, courage--to battlefields. A hero whose her...more
It has some interesting and original concepts, especially considering that she wrote this in 1967, 45 years ago (by the time I wrote this)!
As much as I know, she was the first one to introduce, in fantasy books, concepts like:
a) The School of Wizards (long before J. K. Rowling, with the Harry Potter series.)
b) Almost no war at all, unlike most fantasy written before or since.
It is also different for introducing an almost “subliminal” anti-racist mes...more
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