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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 7 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 July 2006
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SPXJFI
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This is a simple tale - at least it appears simple and it is not a very long book. In fact, the author is addressing all sorts of issues around coming of age and family expectations as well as what it is like to swim against the flow whilst wanting to belong. These are issues dealt with in many Young Adult fantasy novels but Ms Le Guin gives these themes real depth and lots of thought in that straightforward narrative. Nothing incredibly dramatic happens here except the relationship between people and the awareness of young people that what they thought they knew is false. It's really powerful when you realise with Orrec the depth of self-deception.
It's a fantasy novel in a world with strange gifts but in the end it's a story about young people where the author reveals so much about humanity. It would be suitable as a Young Adult novel but I certainly wouldn't restrict it to younger reader.
one of the most terrible: the undoing. His father can kill a man with a word and a gesture, and it is expected that Orrec will come into the same power. However, when Orrec's power arrives, it is wild and uncontrollable, and he must stay blind-folded to avoid harming those he loves.
The best thing about this outstanding novel is its premise. Everyone has wished at one time or another for a secret power. GIFTS forces the question: what if your having such a gift caused harm to the people around you? It gives no easy answers, exploring the issue with depth and feeling. The society and culture of the Uplanders is detailed and realistic, making the conflicts that much more powerful. Readers will quickly feel as though they've lived in this wonderful and terrifying world themselves.
As narrator, Orrec is thoughtful and questioning, with a rhythmic voice that recalls traditional story-tellers. He handles the tragedies and disappointments in his life with honesty and good humor. Despite being from a somewhat alien world, his view is very human and teens will find it easy to see through his eyes. When he is finally able to face the most disappointing truth of all, readers will cheer even as they share his pain.
GIFTS is an excellent read for teens of all interests.Read more ›
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