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The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin

(Collected Works of Ursula K. Le Guin)

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Every novella by Ursula K. Le Guin, an icon in American literature, collected for the first time in one breathtaking volume.

Ursula K. Le Guin has won multiple prizes and accolades from the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to the Newbery Honor, the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and PEN/Malamud Awards. She has had her work collected over the years, but
Hardcover, 816 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Gallery / Saga Press
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Peter Just thought I'd add this track index for the audio book version read by Alyssa Bresnahan and Jefferson Mays. The unlisted track number are sometimes …moreJust thought I'd add this track index for the audio book version read by Alyssa Bresnahan and Jefferson Mays. The unlisted track number are sometimes chapters and sometimes just breaks.
1. Vaster than Empires and More Slow
3. Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight
8. Hernes
12. The Matter of Seggri
15. Another Story or a Fisherman of the Inland Sea
17. Forgiveness Day
21. A Man of the People
24. A Woman’s Liberation
29. Old Music and the Slave Women
32. The Finder
39. On the High Marsh
41. Dragonfly
46. Paradises Lost(less)
John McR I think Le Guin's fantasy is far more sophisticated than most, although I've read only a couple of "most," as I found them clichéd and too improbable …moreI think Le Guin's fantasy is far more sophisticated than most, although I've read only a couple of "most," as I found them clichéd and too improbable for me to suspend my disbelief sufficiently. I'd recommend reading her original Earthsea stories first, although they all hold up well individually.(less)

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Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ursula K. Le Guin can do no wrong.
And I'm honored to have the privilege to read her work.

This collection of her novellas is perfect.

The strange and the familiar, the paths chosen and the roads not taken, the homes found and paradises lost.

This is magic. Wonderful magic.
"She raised her arms up and outward, like wings, and looked down at her feet on the dirt. She pushed off her sandals, pushed them aside, and was barefoot. She stepped to the left, to the right, forward, back. She danced up to h
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’m deeply ashamed to admit this, but I had not actually read anything by Ursula K. Le Guin before picking up this anthology. From the moment I saw The Found and the Lost though, I knew it would be the perfect chance for me to rectify the situation. For the first time ever, every novella published by this renowned fantasy and science fiction icon can be found in one place, together at last in this gorgeous hardcover collec
The Found and the Lost: Masterful stories by one of the genre’s greats
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature

The Found and the Lost is the companion volume to The Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, a hefty 816-page book or 34-hour audiobook collection of Ursula K. Le Guin’s novellas. It contains most of the stories that make up Four Ways to Forgiveness (1995) a set of linked stories in her HAINISH CYCLE, about the two worlds of Werel and Yeowe, and explores the
A collection of Le Guin's (previously published) novellas. Quite thick, with lots of good reading. Selecting stories based on word count may seem problematic. Contains four of the five Hainish stories from Five Ways to Forgiveness and three Earthsea stories from Tales from Earthsea, plus a smattering of other sources.

"Vaster Than Empires And More Slow"
(Originally published 1971. The Wind's Twelve Quarters)
A stand-alone scifi in Le Guin's Hainish universe. An exploration team sent to a very remo
Kara Babcock
At least one book’s length, if not a whole library of, encomia of Ursula K. Le Guin has already been written by people far more learned than me. It’s so tempting to take this collection of her novellas and use it as an excuse to praise Le Guin as an author in general. Yet there isn’t much I can hope to add to that conversation. Yet The Found and the Lost, as a collection of some of Le Guin’s novellas, is itself commentary on Le Guin as an author: her ideas, her choices, her voice.

Collections are
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology
4.5 stars.

Le Guin is the master of the novella. Each of these stories contains a universe; even the stories meant to expand the worlds she’s created in her Hainish and Earthsea cycles, they feel complete unto themselves.

And the shape of each story— it’s her carrier bag theory of fiction in practice. A different way of thinking about narrative. And far beyond that— a different way of thinking about the world we live in, what we do within it, how we frame our lives.

I’m in awe.



I’m on pag

Although my enjoyment of each story varied, there is no denying that each is masterfully crafted. Usually when a book takes me more than a month to read it is because there is some aspect of it that prevents me from readily picking it up and/or encourages me to easily put it down. Here, however, the richness and complexity of each tale demands reflection and introspection upon completion. This collection is a must read.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding collection of novellas, ranging from fantasy of the Earthsea series, to the almost anthropological science fiction of the Hainish cycle, to the somewhat more traditional science fiction of ‘Paradises Lost’ and the non-traditional family saga ‘Hernes’. A fine cross-section of a great author’s work.
Larry Bassett
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a bunch of stories here and I find it difficult to name the word that describes them all. Some are good and some are very good. It may be true that all describe people in different circumstances than we are used to in our lives but somehow in many cases they describe situations that are reminiscent of our experiences. There are stories about people discovering people who are different from them and world that are different from theirs. I am still getting used to Ursula Le Guin but it i ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ursula K. Le Guin is a wizard, an anthropologist, an inventor of mysteries, and sage of gender, and a plumber of the puzzles of existence. This set of novellas was a reminder of how much I will miss not having a new Le Guin book to look forward to, and how much I will still enjoy re-reading her classics. She is peerless.
Sadie Slater
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Found and the Lost collects together thirteen of Ursula Le Guin's novellas. (I'm not entirely clear whether this is absolutely every novella-length story she ever published, or just a selection.) I've had my copy for several years but was put off reading it because it is very large - a hardback with 800 pages, printed on heavy paper - so I thought I'd seize the opportunity to read it while I was off work and didn't have to attempt to carry it around with me.

I realised when I looked at the ta
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A long read, but truly wonderful.

"A Fisherman of the Inland Sea" and "Paradises Lost" are standouts.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the novella seems like the perfect length for Le Guin, especially for the stories in her expansive developed universes. and indeed the early history of the earthsea school at Roke is one of the standout stories. my second favorite was neither science fiction nor fantasy, though, but the history of a family (of women, mostly) in the pacific northwest.
Nom Chompsky
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a lot. I don’t think there’s any way to really review something this big and diverse, but I guess I’ll say it’s sort of amazing how UKLG handles the annoying over-exposition that sci fi and fantasy seem required to include without boring or annoying me, and I was a bit baffled at moving from stories about being outside of time to huge interconnected stories about planets going thru revolution (thru so many generations too, never afraid to leap thru time, and no romance/guarantee that th ...more
"O, o, Ye-o-we, nobody never comes back."

I adored this collection of novellas; ADORED IT. It was my second experience with Le Guin, and while I liked the first one a lot (LHOD) it was in this collection that I really saw what people mean when they talk about the beauty of Le Guin's writing. I listened to this on audiobook but I know if I'd read it, half of it would be highlighted, so awed was I by the loveliness of her prose. As it is, I have a bunch of clips saved. In The Left Hand of Darkness
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Average rating of all novellas: 2.7

I'd normally round off that average rating, but in this case, I didn't feel that a 2.7 justified reading 800 pages worth of novellas. The writing was generally quite good in all the books, but the stories were consistently underwhelming. The author clearly has a handful of themes she like to explore in her stories and while they were usually interesting and well done, I did get tired of the same ones being discussed over and over.

The better stories, like A Woma
Mindy McAdams
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: by-women
There are 13 novellas or long stories in this collection, and all of them share Le Guin's remarkable sense of character and humanity. I think I would like to reread her novels soon; I read several when I was in my teens and early twenties. Lots of wonderful stuff about gender, relationship roles, alternative family structures — these are often highly inventive and fascinating.

Le Guin has developed a few different storyworlds, which appear and reappear in various books, and here as well. The Hain
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I read science fiction, what is it that I really want to read about? Novel ideas and technologies, and their societal, psychosocial, perhaps even philosophical ramifications on humans or aliens alike. Strange, wondrous settings and worlds, and like in all good stories, all familiar stories, uniquely sticky situations that our heroes find themselves in, and how they struggle psychologically and physically, apply their strengths, deal with their weaknesses, fail, succeed sometimes, fail but s ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I love almost everything LeGuin every wrote, and this book is full of things I fully love. Especially "Paradises Lost," which I had never read before. Four thousand people on a ship, making a six generation journey to a possibly habitable planet. One group, the "Angels," get all religiousy and doesn't belief in the mission or the world outside the ship. All of existence is just being on the ship, doing what they are doing, seeking "bliss." The rest of the folk are more sane than that. But what s ...more
Rift Vegan
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Wow! I was expecting a standard short story collection: some good some bad. But this book was almost entirely Great!

I read this during my December travels to visit family. And there was more than one night that I stayed up late to finish a story. :)

Many of the stories are loosely intertwined Hainish tales. I loved this set of stories! The main character of one story would play a bit character in the next, and the individual stories were excellent. There were also a couple EarthSea stories at t
Bill Kte'pi
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Le Guin is basically unmatched when it comes to creating cultures.
Ben Letton
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can't believe it's taken me until my forties to read any Ursula Le Guin; a terrific writer. ...more
Elizabeth Conlon
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A short story collection to keep and reread for many years to come.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a huge fan of the Earthsea universe (classical fantasy just doesn't do it for me) but even though because of that preference I didn't love the three Earthsea-related stories in here, objectively I couldn't give this less than a 5. Le Guin is masterful. ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lot of things Le Guin writes are thoughtful, moving and provocative. This book is no exception, and it's filled with so much emotion and longing. Some of the stories connect in amazing little ways - take place on the same or nearby worlds, or the characters intersect briefly - to give a greater depth and meaning. The stories are combined in a way to let you catch this and really immerse yourself. I can't recommend it more highly ...more
Bob Miller
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: stopped-reading
Some good stories. I stopped reading about half way due to the length, the fact that I only borrowed the book (with a deadline), and other things I wanted to do. Most, if not all, of these stories share Le Guin's imaginary universe, which is quite compelling. She does spend a lot of time analyzing gender and sexual norms, mostly in good taste, and in a different way than is common in the 21st century. ...more
Le Guin is absolutely without compare and possibly without equal, and somehow her skill and dedication and insight really shines with her novellas collected in this book. You see the range of her ability, the breadth of her thought and deliberate tenderness, the numerous ways she can successfully and meaningfully craft a story. To be quite honest I don't know if I've read anything else like these stories ever before in my life. I'm in utter awe and respect and gratitude. ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
I'd sum this book up by saying that I got to the end and don't really remember any of these novellas as being particularly memorable. As I was reading/listening to them, I could hear some of Le Guin's common themes. However, I didn't find anything particular that I thought was great. ...more
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le guin is a marvel

The novellas are fascinating and represent all the facets of her amazing world building - recommended to anyone who reads!
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Ursula K. Le Guin published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. She lived in Portland, Orego ...more

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