The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination Paperback – 26 Mar 2004
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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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Original thoughts beautifully expressed. Wonderfully witty. Every single page raises a laugh.Published 6 months ago by Josephine Neilson