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The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
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May 29, 09

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, 2009
Recommended for: Christopher Hitchens, Anthropology Majors
Read in May, 2009

This book was short and sweet. It reveled a new culture in the world of the earthsea. I thought it was really interesting and I really liked the new main character. (What is with fantasy sequels focusing on a new character who eventually interacts with the old characters?). I can see Ursula's anthropology experience in this book, with its attention to religious ceremonies.

Spoiler Alert:
I think this book might have a bit of an anti-religious message... I mean her gods turn out not to be gods be manifestations of evil and darkness? The other god is actually just a deified tyrant, and the other ones aren't mentioned hardly at all but I'm sure they are false as well. I was kinda disappointed because I wanted the god's she served to be bad as and kick the godking's ass, but they just turned out to be evil, poor Tenar. The book also ends pretty abruptly, but maybe she returns to Tenar in latter books? I'm not counting on it.

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