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Tehanu, o Nome da Estrela (Earthsea Cycle #4)

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Tehanu é o quarto livro do Ciclo de Terramar. A obra ganhou um prémio Nebula em 1990 e marca um ponto de viragem na série. 17 anos separam Tehanu de A Praia Mais Longínqua e acontecimentos como o renascimento do feminismo. Terramar parece um local diferente neste volume, mas a grande mudança é o ponto de vista. Através de algumas personagens, a autora conduz os leitores a ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 16th 2002 by Editorial Presença (first published 1990)
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May 2013

I don't know anything anymore.

A Wizard of Earthsea and The Farthest Shore, you can take your dragons and shove em. Your wizardry's not wanted here. All your quests are just cruises and island-hopping, boys' own adventures. Fuck it all. This is the real story. The tedium and horror of regular life is more epic than your silly jaunts, and all your hoity-toity man's magic won't do nothing to save you here.

Feb 17, 2011 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading Tehanu in grade school; I also remember not liking it very much. However, reading it again, years later, I think of it as a masterpiece. The first three Earthsea novels were good, interesting, entertaining, but Tehanu belongs to another tier entirely. Its character development and world-building are par with Tombs of Atuan, but its pacing is better and it ties in more tightly to existing lore. Further, we get to see the characters we've come to love in a more natural light. It ...more
Jul 08, 2008 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thinkers, fantasy fans, feminists
This is a difficult Earthsea book to read. After Ged's adventures crossing the sea and dealing with Kings, Princes and Mages, this book stays pretty much firmly on Gont and he hardly appears.

Instead the book concentrates on Tenar (from the "Tombs of Atuan") and her life on Gont Island and that of the small damaged girl Tenar finds in the road one day who has been so badly burned and mistreated that she is terribly deformed.

The book deals with discrimination on the basis of appearence, the every
Feb 22, 2017 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readathon17
Ήθελα πολύ να παραθέσω κάποιο απόσπασμα του βιβλίο στην κριτική μου ώστε να πάρετε μια ιδέα,αλλά δεν μπορούσα. Για να εκτιμήσει κανείς με τον καλύτερο τρόπο τα νοήματα του βιβλίου πρέπει να το διαβάσει ολόκληρο.. και,πιστέψτε με, αξίζει τόσο πολύ αυτή την ανάγνωση!!

Το "Τεχανού" είναι το τελευταίο μέρος της τετραλογίας της Γαιοθάλασσας. Εγώ δεν το γνώριζα, είδα στη βιβλιοθήκη το όνομα της Λε Γκεν, το άρπαξα, το διάβασα. Υπάρχουν αναφορές σε γεγονότα των προηγούμενων βιβλίων, αλλά διαβάζεται άνετ
May 05, 2007 Jerzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi

It's possible that people who have never experienced much actual trauma or severe discrimination might not understand how on-target this book can be. If that's you, you'd probably find it really interesting to check out Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman for a solid overview of how/why trauma survivors can be crippled by fear in seemingly irrational ways. And The Macho Paradox by Jackson Katz is a surprisingly good book on male violence (and not just against women).

Reading the first 3 Earthsea
Jan 04, 2015 Laila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Serinin her kitabında biraz daha seviyorum ejderhaları diye başlayayım. Bu defa okuduğum diğer iki kitaptan daha farklı "daha derin" tabir edebilecegim şeyler de vardı. Kadına ve kadının düşünce tarzına yapılan ince göndermeleri okumak çok keyifliydi. Sanırım bu yüzden diğer kitaplarda favori karakterim Gedken bu defa Tenar diye yaptım grizgahı.

Dikkatimi çeken satırlar vardı örnek olması açısından paylaşayım:

#1 Sonra kurtuldum, seninle ve Ogion ile kurtuldum, bir an için. Ama bu benim
May 29, 2016 Tijana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ovo je baš jedna od onih klasičnih knjiga koje su to bolje što ih više puta čitam i koje sa svakom pauzom dobiju neko novo osvetljenje. Mnogo pozdrava četrnaestogodišnjoj meni koja se žalila da je Tehanu previše feministička.
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It is surprising that it has taken Le Guin up to the fourth book to bring to the forefront one of the most conspicuous and prevalent inequities not only in the fantasy genre but more importantly in the living world, that is the inequity between the sexes.

Le Guin's writing aside from boasting of incomparable depth, truth and weight is exceptionally fluid. Tehanu is surprising in respect with the presentation of the themes in the book in that some almost felt li
Michael Tildsley
This book never really feels like book #4 in the Earthsea Cycle to me. The first hundred pages or so did not feel needed. The darkness, sexuality, and gender role issues in this book, though valid on their own merits, felt really out of place to me in this fantasy world. It would be like if Wicked were the fourth sequel in the Oz series. The political and social agendas do not jive with the previous books.

My other gripe is that this book would have been infinitely more entertaining if it had be
Apr 17, 2014 Barbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I must have been about 10 when I read the original Earthsea trilogy for the first time and was just blown away by it. I loved it and have re-read it many times since. I daydreamed about going to Roke and proving to all those narrow-minded wizards that a woman could be as good at magic as a man. I even tried to make my own model of the tombs of Atuan.

I was thrilled when Le Guin decided to write another story in that world - until I read it. I was deeply disappointed by this heavy-handed update i
Tehanu is the fourth entry in the Earthsea Cycle. It was written years after the original trilogy, and it shows: It is markedly different from the other books, both in style and in substance. Sadly, it is also inferior to the earlier books. Le Guin had picked up a strident feminism in between The Farthest Shore and Tehanu, and it shows in Tehanu in the worst way possible. Literally every female character in the book is worthy (even dirty, crazy Aunty Moss), whereas all the men in the book are we ...more
Apr 14, 2016 Neda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow... In less than 10 pages Le Guin is able turn all the tables, lead the reader to climax and finish the novel altogether.. She is the master of storytellers in my regard.
Highly recommended
Berfin Basak
Jan 11, 2017 Berfin Basak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tehanu kadının toplumdaki yerini sorgulayan bir kitap. Yerdeniz'in dördüncü kitabının temel konusu kadın. Ursula Le Guin okuyucuyu Yerdeniz'in büyüsünden biraz uzaklaştırıp o diyarların toplumsal yönünü gösteriyor. Kadın - erkek eşitsizliğinin baskın oldugu metinler ile büyü birleşince ortaya harika bir kitap çıkmış. Şimdiyse seriye biraz ara verip Le Guin'in kalemini sindirmenin zamanı.

Devamı için:
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Dec 12, 2015 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Yes, it's obvious this book is written by a woman.

Your point, everybody?

Like, God, do you even understand how many books are "so obviously written by a man?" Historically, nearly all books have been written by men. Certainly most of Western canon has been. And for most of those, there's no mistaking it: they were written by men, would not have been written by a woman, could not have been written by a woman.

Why? Because in them, female characters are written only as decorations and toys for the
May 19, 2017 plavizec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4* samo zato što se naglo završila, a ja sam baš želela da traje i traje...posebno zbog Teru koja je nezaboravan lik. Madam Le Guin je mudra žena koja vrlo spretno vodi priču, bez suvišnih zavlačenja i opisa, a usput se dotakne nekih dubokih filozofskih pitanja. I ovde se autorka bavi rodnim ulogama i podelom (ne)moći među polovima, pa je mnogi zbog iznetih stavova svrstavaju u feminističku literaturu, ali ja bih pre rekla da se ona obraća čitaocu govoreći u prilog ženama.

''Kada si bila sa mušk
Apr 04, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the original trilogy and considered it complete. Who knew there was more to say about Earthsea? But how glad I am there was!
Tehanu catches up with Tenar years after Ged left her on Gont. She's a widow with grown children who has quite left her past as Ahra-the-Eaten-One behind. When she takes in a severely abused child as a foster daughter her life changes again.
Ursula LeGuin is gifted, she can tell an interesting (gripping even!) story that taken at face value is just a story. On anothe
May 04, 2016 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This still wasn’t a favourite book for me in the Earthsea sequence, because it deals so much with the consequences of what happened to Ged in The Farthest Shore. Considering I’m not a great fan of that plot (though I have come to appreciate it more as an artistic choice and for the way it changes Earthsea), I guess it’s not surprising that I’m not such a fan — even though, like The Tombs of Atuan, this brings the female point of view to the fore and deals with some of the issues of sexism in the ...more
Nov 07, 2012 Macade rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first 3 Earthsea books...but this book was just too weird. I could never tell, nor did I care, that the first three books were written by a woman. Also, I didn't notice any political or social agendas in the first 3(real world agendas). Tehanu is very strange and hard to read because it is so different from the first 3 books. It REALLY feels like a woman wrote it, it has a very strong undertone of woman's suffrage. It also has very dark themes about a young girl being raped and how t ...more
Jan 20, 2017 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She must search around the house, the springhouse, the milking shed, more carefully. This was her fault. She had caused it to happen by thinking of making Therru into a weaver, shutting her away in the dark to work, to be respectable. When Ogion had said "Teach her, teach her all, Tenar!" When she knew that a wrong that cannot be repaired must be transcended. When she knew that the child had been given her and she had failed in her charge, failed her trust, lost her, lost the one great gift.

Mar 13, 2011 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, fantasy
I'm glad I read this book again — as an adult I understood it much better than when I was a teenager. "Tehanu" is the follow-up to "The Tombs of Atuan," and it was a bit of a shock when I first read it. "Tombs" ended with the promise of a typical fantasy ending. The heroine and the wizard enter triumphant into the city with the fabled artifact, honors doled out, followed by heroine coming into her own, learning magic and traveling the world having adventures. And stuff.

"Tehanu" picks up about tw
Jun 09, 2011 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So very different from most fantasy fiction, so very beautiful. It's kind of like an extended riff on that last part of The Lord of the Rings that I've always loved so much, where the heroes have returned home after the great adventure and discover that they've got the rest of life to live meaningfully. So sad, but so true.

The main protagonist here is Tenar, from The Tombs of Atuan. After her part in the adventure, she married a farmer and made a country life for herself. As the book opens, farm
Karen Floyd
Mar 24, 2010 Karen Floyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, women, fantasy
It was good to meet up with Tenar again after all these years. And Ged. I tried to read it when it first came out, and was put off by what had been done to the little girl. Sad to say, it was easier to read now because it was horribly familiar. We hear about it all the time. I hope I never stop feeling sickened and outraged by such things, become resigned to "that's the way the world is."
I do think that reading it now, when I am about Tenar's age, married with grown children, that I understand
Tom Ippen
May 12, 2011 Tom Ippen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
100 Stars.
If more children--boys--read the Earthsea saga, finishing off with "Tehanu," the world wouldn't have this fucking "meninist" problem.
Loss, shame, the weight of love: it's all explored here, with patience and honesty.

“She thought about how it was to have been a woman in the prime of life, with children and a man, and then to lose all that, becoming old and a widow, powerless. But even so she did not feel she understood his shame, his agony of humiliation. Perhaps only a man could feel
Dylan Horrocks
Apr 28, 2013 Dylan Horrocks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I don't know why it's taken me so many years to finally try this book; I've loved the original Earthsea trilogy since I was a child. Maybe I was scared I wouldn't like this one? And maybe if I'd read it when it first came out, I wouldn't have liked it so much...?

Well, now I have finally read it, and I like it more than I can say. Beautiful, quiet, tender, harrowing. The Tombs of Atuan has long been my favourite Earthsea book, but Tehanu, I think, has matched it. This book feels like it's been b
Jul 01, 2009 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminist, fantasy
I grew up reading and re-reading the original Earthsea trilogy, and Tehanu (originally subtitled "The Last Book of Earthsea") was so different from those in form, style and content that it was hard for me to accept. Openly feminist, dark, and with painful themes such as female subjugation, rape, powerlessness and loss of autonomy, this is not a heroic fantasy. What it is is a trenchant feminist analysis of the preceding three (male-centric) books, and a beautiful novel about a woman's sometimes ...more
Sep 10, 2007 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"He thought he had learned pain, but he would learn it again and again, all his life, and forget none of it."

Oh. Oh, my goodness. Reading this from the crone's seat? This was a book transformed. When first I read it, I was following Ged, yearning for wizardly doings, and I was a little... bemused at the change in focus. And this time. Well, I've never read a more sensible, grounded, interesting book. A book about learning how to be through time. A book concerned with the small healings, the tend
Sep 17, 2016 YouKneeK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tehanu is the fourth book of the Earthsea Cycle, written 18 years after the third book. It tells a different type of story and has a different tone from the earlier books. It’s a direct sequel in that it continues where the third book left off. It actually starts slightly before the ending of the third book and then continues with the story of two of our main characters, Ged and Tenar. The larger focus is on Tenar, the girl first introduced in The Tombs of Atuan.

This book seems to be a polarizin
Oct 02, 2010 Gavin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Before I review this book I feel it's important that I give it some context:

A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)

The Tombs of Atuan (1971)

The Farthest Shore (1972)

Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea (1990)

The dates in particular.

The real heartbreak of this book is that it does not need to be a continuation of Ged's story. In fact, it should not.
Books 1-3 of the Earthsea cycle are some of the best and most profoundly moving fantasy novels that have ever been written, all three of them together have perhaps h
Ben Babcock
May 22, 2017 Ben Babcock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oh let me count the ways I love Ursula K. Le Guin. I have many favourite authors, but her writing has a special place in my heart, and her storytelling also. The Earthsea cycle is such a rich canon of literature, and just thinking about the ways in which Le Guin explores humanity in these books makes my head spin. Tehanu perfectly demonstrates Le Guin’s ability to achieve this exploration through understatement. This is a book with dragons and mages but precious little actual magic. Once again, ...more
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Earthsea Cycle (6 books)
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“Why are men afraid of women?"
If your strength is only the other's weakness, you live in fear," Ged said.
"Yes; but women seem to fear their own strength, to be afraid of themselves."
"Are they ever taught to trust themselves?" Ged asked, and as he spoke Therru came in on her work again. His eyes and Tenar's met.
"No," she said. "Trust is not what we're taught." She watched the child stack the wood in the box. "If power were trust," she said. "I like that word. If it weren't all these arrangements - one above the other - kings and masters and mages and owners - It all seems so unnecessary. Real power, real freedom, would lie in trust, not force."
"As children trust their parents," he said.”
“What is a woman's power then?" she asked.
"I don't think we know."
"When has a woman power because she's a woman? With her children, I suppose. For a while..."
"In her house, maybe."
She looked around the kitchen. "But the doors are shut," she said, "the doors are locked."
"Because you're valuable."
"Oh yes. We're precious. So long as we're powerless.”
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