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Tales from Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin

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Author: Ursula K. Le Guin / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 03 November 2003 / Genre: Children's Fantasy & Magical Realism / Publisher: Orion Publishing Co / Title: Tales from Earthsea / ISBN 13: 9781842552148 / ISBN 10: 1842552148 / Alternative EAN: 9780441009329

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      17.03.2009 19:47
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      Magical stories enhance Earthsea even further

      This is an essential addition to the Earthsea collection, a beautiful, mature and intricately well-imagined fantasy world (where magic is a metaphor for a particular level of responsibility and approach to living and being in connection with nature).

      What will I recall about this book? Apparently the Studio Ghibli movie interpretation is not too faithful, perhaps because it's the son who directed it and not the master. Major pity, but I shall see it all the same. I like what she writes in the intro about Earthsea, as a changing place..and the nature of how stories change....I also had to put some of her words to a piece of guitar music, because i liked the 'Darkrose and Diamond' story so much....

      I very much enjoyed the book, although at times not quite as engaging as the novels. The stories extend and increase the resonance of Earthsea, and I sometimes wish for less spiritual significance and more spiritual action. Spiritually, the book scores as high as you'd expect, and at times the detail is beautiful and ideal. It was a great book to take on holiday to Devonshire.

      The last story is an important bridging piece, but to be honest I found this the hardest work to get through. Sometimes involvement in the magical relevance seems to come less naturally until Le Guin finds a suitable cause. It can get a bit 'far out' like with Frank Herbert's Dune books.

      People keep mentioning the gender issue but I feel this is always exaggerated: I'm more than happy with Le Guin's evolved approach to the sexes, and that Roke should be finally more open to both. It suits my own, equal opinion of the sexes, and I like the idea that we might all have once been dragons...

      Search for 'Boat Song from Havnor' for guitar pieces inspired by the stories...

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