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Book Title: Aardzee|
Date of issue: 1980
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The author of the book: Ursula K. Le Guin
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.97 MB
Edition: Het Spectrum
Read full description of the books Aardzee:Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea Trilogy remains one of the more memorable books I read as a schoolboy. The claustrophobic atmosphere of The Tombs of Atuan, the dry, draining, feeling that pervades The Farthest Shore, the psychological sophistication of A Wizard of Earthsea.
The series as a whole strikes me as being a lot more philosophical than most children's books while at the same time they remain traditional Bildungsroman with their theme of growing into adult estate.
In contrast to much of the fantasy that I don't remember as well, there is not much here about swords, or bravery in combat, or the power of magic to destroy medium sized cities, rather the emphasis is on avoiding the need to do those things and on the principal characters coming to terms with themselves. It seems to me that there is some influence of Taoism and Jungian psychology in these stories, which would have been in line with the spirit of the times when they were written (view spoiler)[ and indeed of Le Guin who has produced a translation of the Tao Te Ching (hide spoiler)].
The setting is also unconventional, it is not a magical version of medieval or Arthurian Europe but rather is pervaded by the fresh salty sea breezes of its archipelago landscape and its theme of life and death as yin and yang still feels very right and proper even across all the years since I read it in childhood.
One of the remarkable things about it is the skin colour of the characters, here Le Guin as in other issues was working hard to create a future society that was rather cleverer and more sensible that it was at the time of writing, the road however is long and many of us walk far slower than she.
Read information about the authorAs of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has 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. Forthcoming in 2012, Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
She is known for her treatment of gender (The Left Hand of Darkness, The Matter of Seggri), political systems (The Telling, The Dispossessed) and difference/otherness in any other form. Her interest in non-Western philosophies is reflected in works such as 'Solitude' and 'The Telling' but even more interesting are her imagined societies, often mixing traits extracted from her profound knowledge of anthropology acquired from growing up with her father, the famous anthropologist, Alfred Krober. The Hainish Cycle reflects the anthropologist's experience of immersing themselves in new strange cultures since most of their main characters and narrators (Le Guin favours the first person narration) are envoys from a humanitarian organization, the Ekumen, sent to investigate or ally themselves with the people of a different world and learn their ways.
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