The Farthest Shore (Earthsea Cycle #3)
DARKNESS THREATENS to overtake Earthsea. As the world and its wizards are losing their magic, Ged -- powerful Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord -- embarks on a sailing journey with highborn young prince, Arren. They travel far beyond the realm of death to discover the cause of these evil disturbances and to restore magic to a land desperately thirsty for it.
With millions of...more
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...more
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...more
"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...more
The antagonist in this novel is the unwillingness of people to accept death. This also causes them to lose their passions in life: "To refuse death is to refuse life... You will die. You will not live forever. Nor will any man nor anything. Nothing is immortal. But only to us is it given to know that we must die. And that is a great gift: the...more
Chapter Y: Characters go to a place X that has some quality. Characters learn about themselves and their mission. Characters leave.
Chapter Y+1: Characters are traveling to a new place, Z, pondering on what they learned at X.
Chapter Y+2: Characters arrive at place Z, which has different qualities than X. Characters lea...more
The third, and for many years, final, volume of le Guin's Earthsea series is again a bleak novel. It is more explicitly about death than the earlier two - that is what the title refers to - though it is treated in a less personal way here and so The Farthest Shore may be a novel suitable for younger children than The Tombs of Atuan.
Sparrowhawk is now an old man by Earthsea standards (about fifty), and is Archmage of the wizard's isle of Roke. The...more
But it's not. It's the fatigue you feel at the end of a work day when you recline in your favorite chair and open the...more
Mungkin beberapa orang lebih suka buku pertama daripada buku ini. Tetapi saya pribadi lebih menyukai buku ketiga. Indah, luas, segar dan detil. seperti menerima hidangan di restoran berbintang.
Dimulai ketika beberapa penyihir di dae...more
::: Ged and Arren Hit the Ro...more
Set even further into Ged's life, the book again takes another as its main character, shifting the perspective to a young prince who joins Ged on his quest to find the source of a great evil. The novel has more to discover than either of the other two, and it features more of the dragons that inhabit Earthsea. I appreciate these dragons; like many, they are old, wise, and strong in magic...more
See, in this book, old Ged is now mentor to a kid, which is kind of what he does in the second book; and he faces a sorcerer who tears open a hole between the lands of the livin...more
Perhaps one of the most enjoyable elements of this book, for me, was the "romantic" relationship between Ged, the archmage, and his boy Arren, who "f...more
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...more
“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 of...more
I just never really believed any of the characters and I never feared for the ending. By about the first quarter of the book I KNEW that whats-his-name was going to win. No quest...more
If we were allowed half-stars I'd give it half a star less than I gave the two previous books, and mostly for that reason. But I can't honestly say I enjoyed it much less than the others -- perhaps beca...more
Bacalah buku ini ketika dewasa, maka kita akan menemukan percakapan-percakapan penuh dengan alegori kehidupan.
Dualisme yang disajikan dalam buku ketiga ini adalah dualisme purba dalam pemikiran manusia. Kehidupan dan kematian.
“... Kematian dan Kehidupan merupakan hal yang sama – seperti dua sisi tangan, telapak dan punggungny...more
The narrative this time focuses on a new character, a prince called Arren with no talent for magic who like Tenar be...more
I really liked Arren's reconciliation with life, and though his hero worship of Ged was at times super crazy intense, as in, woah boy, get a hold of you...more