Tales From Earthsea: Short Stories Paperback – 3 Nov 2003
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"takes the reader back into the history of Earthsea, LeGuin's remarkable archipelago where dragons and humans are equally believable." -- The Times
The highly acclaimed first collection of Earthsea short storiesSee all Product description
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"The clouds darkened. Rain passed through the little valley, falling on the dirt and the grass. Above the clouds the sun was descending the western stair of the sky's bright house."
whilst the big themes, dealt with throughout the canon, all merit continued consideration here. In addition, aspects of another subject - namely, the relationship between the sexes and the nature of equality - make themselves felt in parts of this collection, as LeGuin discusses the difference between women's magic (practised by witches) and the magic of wizards who are exclusively male and - it is revealed here - celibate. The effect that this division has on their lives (which isn't a long way from its effect in the real world) is explored not only in stories such as "The Finder", "Darkrose and Diamond" and "Dragonfly" but also in a fictional reference chapter, "A Description of Earthsea" that - somewhat like Tolkien's appendices to The Lord of the Rings - lays out the structure of LeGuin's imaginary world in enough detail to satisfy those of us who have long admired it.
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