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The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination Paperback – 26 Mar 2004

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; 1 edition (26 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590300068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590300060
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Essential reading for anyone who imagines herself literate and/or socially concerned or who wants to learn what it means to be such." — "Library Journal"

"Essential reading for anyone who imagines herself literate and/or socially concerned or who wants to learn what it means to be such." "Library Journal"
"What a pleasure it is to roam around in Le Guin's spacious, playful mind. And what a joy to read her taut, elegant prose." Erica Jong"

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Join Ursula K. Le Guin as she explores a broad array of subjects, ranging from Tolstoy, Twain, and Tolkien to women's shoes, beauty, and family life. With her customary wit, intelligence, and literary craftsmanship, she offers a diverse and highly engaging set of readings. "The Wave in the Mind includes some of Le Guin's finest literary criticism, rare autobiographical writings, performance art pieces, and, most centrally, her reflections on the arts of writing and reading.

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Ursula Le Guin is widely known for her fantasy books describing the adventures of Ged the wizard (Earth Sea series) as well as science fiction books such as the Telling and the Left Hand of Darkness. What the casual reader of her fiction work may not know is that Ms Le Guin has published several books of literary criticism and critical thinking. This book is a collection of short pieces either already published or appearing for the first time. The pieces are divided in groups by theme. One of my favourite pieces is called Feet and is about, well Feet. The pieces can be whimsical, funny, insightful and in the case of those that talk about writing really inspiring. She not only knows her craft but is also willing to share this knowledge with us the readers as unpretentiously as possible. Finally I believe this is a must read for all women aspiring authors whether they delve in fantasy - science fiction or not.
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I don’t usually comment on the star rating that I give to books, but with this one I feel it is necessary. Parts of his book are truly outstanding. The ‘Personal Matters’ section that begins this collection of essays and the ‘On Writing’ section that concludes it are brilliant and insightful and every one worthy of five stars.

I’ve had this book for a couple of years and only dipped into it, but this year I decided to do more than to dip… Inspired by Diana Wynne Jones’ Reflections book at the other end of this year, or by the brilliant Magical Tales (which I keep on coming back to and referring to) I was hoping that this book too, would be similar. Sadly, I found much of the middle section of the book much too complicated to grasp which meant that I was wading through them trying to keep my head above water, enjoying the odd snatch of genius as I went but feeling hopelessly out of my depth for much of it.

It is always good to read something that reminds you, or questions what it is is, to be a writer.
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I have tried to read everything that Ursula Le Guin has written since first coming across the Wizard of Earthsea about 40 years ago. Her books always stay in my mind after reading and this one was no exception.
She muses upon what it means to be a writer but also what it means to be a reader as well. As always she encourages the reader to take a new look at ideas that may have been left unchallenged or explored. If you like ideas and reading, this book is fun, stimulates thought and you get to share some of the thought processes of someone who is one of the great modern writers. If you have never read any Le Guin I'm not sure this is the best place to begin. Part of the pleasure of reading it for me was recognising themes she has explored in other books and in her fiction. A book that I'm sure I will continue to dip into and reread.
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This is a collection of miscellaneous short pieces with no real theme and most of them are are not among le Guin's best writing. There are a few gems but they are buried in with a lot of lesser stuff. Shows that even the greatest living writer (IMHO) is capable of slight, trivial and self-indulgent musings.
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Amazing. She is wonderful.
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Fabulous book which arrived promptly and was well packaged.This book was as 'new' which makes it very good value
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