Orsinian Tales (Orsinia)
Orsinia ... a land of medieval forests, stonewalled cities, and railways reaching into the mountains where the old gods dwell. A country where life is harsh, dreams are gentle, and people feel torn by powerful forces and fight to remain whole. In this enchanting collection, Ursula K. Le Guin brings to mainstream fiction the same compelling mastery of word and deed, of stor...more
Although she is better known for her science-fiction, LeGuin has turned her hand to many different genres and forms over the years. In her stories f ...more
Encantador, por supuesto. Aunque debo admitir que no me ha enganchado tanto como los libros que he leído antes de Le Guin, y algunos de los relatos no me convencieron del todo. Eso sí, como siempre, es interesante como la mayoría de los relatos parecieran contener alguna velada crítica social.
Mi momento favorito:
Zida miró fijamente al enemigo que acababa de irrumpir dentro de las murallas y empezó a gritar. Fiel hasta último momento a la causa perdida del verano, fue metida de cabez...more
This collection, set mostly in the troubled Eastern-European fictional country of Orsinia during the early-mid 1900s, is rife with the political philosophy that make Le Guin's work so thematically poignant, but told with such attention to characters, with such a sparse brush. It's like wandering an art gallery.
Almost entirely absent are elements of science fiction or fantasy, making this the perfect collection to introduce someone otherwise wary of those genres to Le ...more
Another unexpected factor is the fact that many of the writings revolve around romantic love stories, something rather unusual in what I've read of Le Guin's works. There's a lot of friendships and sibling stories aswell, but the romantic stor ...more
But this is a very atypical work for Le Guin, as it's essentially realism. It has the feel of a late 19th century writer, especially people like Turgenev. The only fantastic element to the collection is that these stories take place in an imaginary country.
It actually makes me understand why she en ...more
Of the stories I read, the first was the strongest ...more
For the most part, I found myself very drawn in and read through these stories wit ...more
Orsinian Tales covers the history of Orsinia, a small Eastern European country from a feudal holding of early medieval times to a part of the Eastern Bloc in the 196 ...more
There are 12 stories about the people of Orsinia, from different time periods and places, but they're all facing the same hardships, making decisions, take their ...more
This collection of short stories is somewhat atypical of Le Guin, as it is not really fantasy or science fiction, though it takes place in the fictional country of Orsinia. However, Le Guin spins some truly intrig ...more
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