Orsinia ... a land of medieval forests, stonewalled cities, and railways reaching into the mountains where the old gods dwell. A country where life is harsh, dreams are gentle, and people feel torn by powerful forces and fight to remain whole. In this enchanting collection, Ursula K. Le Guin brings to mainstream fiction the same compelling mastery of word and deed, of stor...more
Although she is better known for her science-fiction, LeGuin has turned her hand to many different genres and forms over the years. In her stories f...more
For the most part, I found myself very drawn in and read through these stories wit...more
This collection, set mostly in the troubled Eastern-European fictional country of Orsinia during the early-mid 1900s, is rife with the political philosophy that make Le Guin's work so thematically poignant, but told with such attention to characters, with such a sparse brush. It's like wandering an art gallery.
Almost entirely absent are elements of science fiction or fantasy, making this the perfect collection to introduce someone otherwise wary of those genres to Le...more
Orsinian Tales covers the history of Orsinia, a small Eastern European country from a feudal holding of early medieval times to a part of the Eastern Bloc in the 196...more
This collection of short stories is somewhat atypical of Le Guin, as it is not really fantasy or science fiction, though it takes place in the fictional country of Orsinia. However, Le Guin spins some truly intrig...more
There is a beautiful story near the end of the collection about a family staying at their summer house. The gentle touch of a families love for one another, and the magic and sadness of the end of summer. It was also the sadness of a world tha...more
And it was interesting. It's not a mosaic novel — there is not real overarching narrative — and most of the stories are almost like exercises. "The Lady of Moge" is probably the best.
The one exception might be "Ile Forest". A great story, with a disappointing ending that let the reader down easy as they wrap up a great beginning...more
Ursula Le Guinn's take on science fiction is here mingled with the absurd of the past. Eastern block peasantry meets minimalist aesthetics for streamlined strange fiction, no ribbons. Yay.
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"Then they want less than I do. There’s something inside me, in my heart, a brightness and a heaviness, how can I describe it? Something that exists and does not yet exist, which is mine to carry, and not mine to give up to any man.”