- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (26 July 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140304770
- ISBN-13: 978-0140304770
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Wizard of Earthsea (Puffin Books) Paperback – 26 Jul 1973
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Often compared to Tolkien's Middle-Earth or Lewis's Narnia, Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea is a stunning fantasy world that grabs quickly at our hearts, pulling us deeply into its imaginary realms. Four books (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore and Tehanu) tell the whole Earthsea cycle--a tale about a reckless, awkward boy named Sparrowhawk who becomes a wizard's apprentice after the wizard reveals Sparrowhawk's true name. The boy comes to realize that his fate may be far more important than he ever dreamed possible. Le Guin challenges her readers to think about the power of language, how in the act of naming the world around us we actually create that world. Teens, especially, will be inspired by the way Le Guin allows her characters to evolve and grow into their own powers.
In this first book, A Wizard of Earthsea readers will witness Sparrowhawk's moving rite of passage--when he discovers his true name and becomes a young man. Great challenges await Sparrowhawk, including an almost deadly battle with a sinister creature, a monster that may be his own shadow. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
…The ultimate masterpiece is Craftsman Audio's recording of Ursula le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea...These are like nothing else on the market, partly because of their superior casing and track listing (so you don't lose your place), but also as stunningly good drama. A Wizard of Earthsea is a thrilling literary masterpiece which adults enjoy as much as children of 10 and over. Karen Archer's immaculate reading captures the purity of the prose, really an epic poem, telling how Ged, a young goatherd, discovers his power as a wizard. The specially-composed lute music is exactly right, and this is electrifying. (The Independent on Sunday) --The Independent, 3 December 2006
Craftsman Audio's marvellous, unabridged fantasy novel, A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA by Ursula le Guin ...gets a wonderful reading from Karen Archer. Listen to something that's truly exciting! (The Daily Express) --The Daily Express, 12 January 2007 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Set in a world far more detailed and fully realised than Philip Pullman's or JK Rowling's, this is a powerful tale of a child - Ged - growing up to be a wizard and having to meet the consequences of a single catastrophic failure in adolescence.
The scope is enormous. It wakes feelings of majesty, power, compassion, fear, terror, joy, frustration and freedom. Dragons' lair, the sea, countless islands, twisting streets, tiny villages, the weather and the world of the dead are some of the settings.
The story, the imagination and the author's voice never falter. This is in many respects a perfect work - the same thing that Tolkien achieved in the Hobbit but failed to achieve in the Lord of the Rings, and Lewis achieved with the first six Narnia books but failed in the Last Battle.
A must read - even if you don't like fantasy.
Into this world the young rustic boy Ged is born with exceptional powers which after their initial wonder and excitement prove more of a burden to him and serve instead to separate him from his family and people. LeGuin writes an intriguing tale of the loneliness of power and the terrible consequences of our actions, even if it is unintentional or well-meaning.
LeGuin demonstrates clearly that she is one of the few writers who appreciates that power even of the magical kind has its own rules and limitations which may set us on a path which taxes us to our limits and may deprive of us of life's simpler pleasures and the gift of peace of mind. And so Ged discovers that simple pranks when dabbling in magic have fateful consequences which pursue him to the ends of his world and that a wizard is not the master of his world but very much its servant with his hands not only full but tied.
Why and how is explained carefully and ingeniously through the course of the three novels, teaching us why magicians deserve our respect and our pity.
But LeGuin can be merciful and Ged's lonely life finds unexpected peace and comfort in the concluding novel Tehanu.
The book works on many levels, as a good story, as escapism, as a gateway to an incredible fantasy land, and as something far deeper. The story is thought-provoking and compelling, rich and meaningful. The book examines how we consider ourselves and the world around us. What is our real self ? What are we capable of ? How do our actions influence the world around us ? How do the names that we apply to objects affect how we view and understand them ?
A brilliant book that i would recommend to anyone of any age. I think its ridiculous that great literature such as this, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland, C.S. Lewis, and so on get classified as "childrens books". They are books for everyone with imagination, who enjoys good story-telling, and interesting and unusual characters. They are tales which leave strong images for years after reading, which make you want to go back to read again and again, which offer something new each time they are read, which make you want to tell other people about them, which enthrall and inspire you, which leave you with plenty to think and talk about, and which push back the boundaries of your thoughts and imagination.
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Im very glad that so many people love this story. Well I don't. From the first paragraph it just makes no sense to me, theres no joy in the writing, theres no emotion, its just... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived just as promised - excellent. Not as gripped by the story as I'd expected but that says more about me than the book.Published 1 month ago by dqm
I couldn't get into this book; in honesty, I've only read the first few chapters so can't comment as to whether it gets better. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JMP
Very misleading. This is only the first book in the trilogy. It doesn't include the tombs of atun or the other novel.Published 5 months ago by Nicole Rowley
I had never heard of this book until recently. It's a really good, imaginative story and it's definitely worth a looking into if you like fantasy stories.Published 6 months ago by a customer
My son is gripped, fantastic story. Ursula Le Guin does it again what a great writer 😊Published 6 months ago by chatterbox
Last November I stumbled across a press article about Ursula Le Guin receiving the Medal for Distinguished a-wizard-of-earthsea-coverContribution to American Letters at the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Janis Pegrum Smith