The story of the young boy with extraordinary talents who strives to become a wizard is rather well known nowadays. From Harry Potter to Patrick RothfThe story of the young boy with extraordinary talents who strives to become a wizard is rather well known nowadays. From Harry Potter to Patrick Rothfuss's Kvothe in his Kingkiller Chronicle (and certainly more I don't know) - the 'magical' variation of the coming-of-age trope celebrates an unbowed popularity.
Ursula K. Le Guin's "A Wizard of Earthsea" is probably aimed at a younger readership, judging from the rather simple language compared to "The Left Hand of Darkness" or "The Lathe of Heaven". My experiences with YA literature are mostly unpleasant, but with Le Guin I was in for a surprise.
With a few literary brush strokes she establishes the archipelago of Earthsea in which powerful mages fight evil, protect and support the natives, where dragons roam and darkness threatens to destroy the hero's bright future. Ged, a stubborn, poor, ambitious loner with a natural sense for magic, encounters friendship, competition, wisdom and frightful dangers. Hunted by an unspeakable evil, he has to face his own limits, self-doubt, pain and learn to discover who he truly is.
For a book so short, it has an astonishing amount of depth, and despite some flaws (passages which drag a bit), it deserves its place among the classics of fantasy literature....more
I tried, but it's no use. After roughly 250 pages I gave up, annoyed and bored. There's nothing in this book that appeals to me, neither the writing,I tried, but it's no use. After roughly 250 pages I gave up, annoyed and bored. There's nothing in this book that appeals to me, neither the writing, nor the characters, the atmosphere or... well, everything. It left me cold as ice and just taught me again that I should stay away from YA novels, a few exceptions not included.
There are other, well written reviews pointing out the shortcomings of "The Hunger Games", and I agree with most of them. I just don't want to waste my time writing about a book I couldn't even finish....more