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The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Apr 04, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, speculative-fantastic-magical
Read from April 04 to 22, 2011

Finished all 3 books, haven't managed to write out full reviews for each, but soon, I assure you.

A Wizard of Earthsea

Was almost immediately swept into Le Guin's lyrical yet eminently readable prose. Essentially a bildungsroman in structure, beginning with Ged's childhood and ending when he is a young man. There is a bit of action, some battles here and there, but per usual Le Guin's narrative is often picaresque/episodic, built more on the small personal interactions between characters and the internal journey of the protagonist. The antagonist is ultimately not some big unfathomable monster but something deeper and more internal.

Ged is not an immediately likable or always sympathetic character, as other reviewers have pointed out. Nevertheless, I found him an interesting, complex character and though Le Guin made his struggles and motivations palpable and believable.

As I was reading, I wished that I had known about this book at 12/13, the age at which I began reading Tolkein, Poe, and Bradbury. I am certain that I would have treasured this book (and no doubt the others in the series.

The Tombs of Atuan...
The Farthest Shore...

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