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The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle #3)

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Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea cycle has become one of the best-loved fantasies of our time. The windswept world of Earthsea is one of the greatest creations in all fantasy literature, frequently compared with J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth or C.S. Lewis' Narnia. The magnificent saga begins with A "Wizard Of Earthsea," continues in "The Tombs Of Atuan" and "The Farthest Shore ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published March 15th 1993 by Bantam Books (first published September 1972)
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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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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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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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Apatt
Sep 18, 2012 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
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
Dan
Mar 12, 2013 Dan rated it it was ok
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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Robert
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Kristal Kitap
Sep 25, 2015 Kristal Kitap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic, high-fantasy
Ve bir efsane daha biter. *-* Keşke serinin diğer kitaplarını da alsaymışım. *-*
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!..
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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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
Cassiana
Nov 01, 2015 Cassiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fechando as leituras de outubro com chave de ouro.

A trama se passa anos depois dos eventos do livro anterior e é conta pelo ponto de vista de um novo personagem, Arren, um jovem príncipe de Enlad. O personagem principal da trama, porém, é o Ged, já apresentado nos dois primeiros livros e protagonista da série, que agora é o Arquimago da ilha de Roke. Ged e Arren saem em uma missão para descobrir o que está acontecendo com o mundo, pois a magia está perdendo o seu poder e causando graves acontec
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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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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
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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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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Kenny
Mar 06, 2015 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really could not put this book down.
It has the same dream-like, otherworldly quality that all the earthsea books have. But this one enhances it even further with the strange dreams of Arren, the young prince. We once more meet Ged, but he's the old Archmage now, and embarks on his final quest, to find out why, and then stop magic from leaving the world.

Trying to comment on this book is like waking up from a dream and trying to write what you saw. It was thought provoking, touching on a search
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Victor Hugo Kebbe
Another excellent book by Ursula K. Le Guin. Here she brings a more adult Ged/Sparrowhawk to the narrative, a fantastic unfolding of what she accomplished in the previous two books. You can notice the growth of the character Ged, now in his winter and on the edge of the land without sun.

In a similar manner to the second book, The Tombs of Atuan, Ged gets to the aid of another character, the immature and passionate Arren/Lebannen, teaching him important lessons about life and death.

The end of th
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Ben Babcock
Jan 09, 2015 Ben Babcock rated it liked it
Shelves: own, fantasy, 2014-read
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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Célia
O enredo de A Praia Mais Longínqua tem início cerca de 20 anos após os eventos que tiveram lugar no volume anterior. Vamos encontrar Gued já como Arquimago de Roke (uma espécie de feiticeiro-mor de Terramar), a receber uma visita do jovem Arren, que lhe traz a mensagem enviada por seu pai, na qual relata a existência de vários sinais a sul do território que mostram que a magia está a perder força e, na pior das hipóteses mesmo a desaparecer.

Gued decide partir e levar com ele Arren, não sabendo p
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Althea Ann
Aug 09, 2013 Althea Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Clorush
Jun 07, 2013 Clorush rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, faves
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
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Johnny
Oct 24, 2015 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
If I were billing The Farthest Shore as the most interesting book in the world, I would probably close my introduction with, “I may not read another Earth/Sea book, but if I do, I’ll probably re-read this one.” As those who read my previous reviews might note, I didn’t care for the second book of the initial trilogy as much as the first. Strangely, I enjoyed this one even though it, of the three I’ve read, is the most Taoistic of the books. Ged remembers, “When I was young, I had to choose betwe ...more
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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)
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