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A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Apr 18, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011
Read from April 11 to 16, 2011

Despite the insistence of the guy at B&N, this is definitely YA literature (I mean, jeeze, it won a Newbery Honor). However, in this case, I don't know that it's so much a book FOR kids as one ABOUT them. Specifically, it feels like a parable about growing up, about accepting the dark parts of your personality, and then taking responsibility for that. Structurally it feels drawn from oral tradition- not only is her use of language amazingly economical, but the plot skips from event to event, pausing briefly to update you on how much time has passed in between. Also: this is a fantasy book, which is not a genre I usually (ever) dive in to, but it's handled really well in this book! Like, the magic elements have rules which don't seem pedantic but DO seem solid and logical and therefore you, as the reader, get the pleasure of working out the puzzle of the book while it happens. It's very satisfying.

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