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Years before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan -- she, an isolated young priestess, he, a powerful wizard. Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice.A lifetime ago, they helped each other at a time of darkness and dangerYears before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan -- she, an isolated young priestess, he, a powerful wizard. Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice.A lifetime ago, they helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Now they must join forces again, to help another--the physically and emotionally scarred child whose own destiny remains to be revealed....

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Tehanu Reviews

  • Jacob
    2019-04-12 08:27

    May 2013I don't know anything anymore.A Wizard of Earthsea and The Farthest Shore, you can take your dragons and shove em. Your wizardry's not wanted here. All your quests are just cruises and island-hopping, boys' own adventures. Fuck it all. This is the real story. The tedium and horror of regular life is more epic than your silly jaunts, and all your hoity-toity man's magic won't do nothing to save you here. Goddamn.

  • Ben
    2019-04-24 07:18

    I remember reading Tehanu in grade school; I also remember not liking it very much. However, reading it again, years later, I think of it as a masterpiece. The first three Earthsea novels were good, interesting, entertaining, but Tehanu belongs to another tier entirely. Its character development and world-building are par with Tombs of Atuan, but its pacing is better and it ties in more tightly to existing lore. Further, we get to see the characters we've come to love in a more natural light. It's heartening to learn that, without the crutches of myth and magic and religion, they still stand as individuals, well-developed and interesting to read about. The moments of thrill and fear are well put together and memorable, but also down-to-earth: it's perfectly reasonable to expect that anyone could be put in danger during a moment of home invasion or by an unwelcome encounter on the road. Despite the simple, pastoral setting and the almost complete lack of magic, the story has a certain grandiosity to it that reflects the depth of its content. Tehanu is a book about people, the good and the bad, about life and growing up and the mysteries of someone else's way of seeing.

  • Kate
    2019-04-20 11:13

    This is a difficult Earthsea book to read. After Ged's adventures crossing the sea and dealing with Kings, Princes and Mages, this book stays pretty much firmly on Gont and he hardly appears. Instead the book concentrates on Tenar (from the "Tombs of Atuan") and her life on Gont Island and that of the small damaged girl Tenar finds in the road one day who has been so badly burned and mistreated that she is terribly deformed.The book deals with discrimination on the basis of appearence, the everyday sexism of the society, and the will of a strong woman to defy that sexism and live her life and protect her adopted, damaged child, and also care for her damaged rescuer turned lover (Ged).It's a quiet but incredibly powerful book with a stunning and unexpected ended. I highly recommend it.Another rereading this year (2012), and this book impressed me even more, it's utterly beautiful in so many ways. The power of love and it's ability to redeem is made clear here. It's hard to believe that this is considered a children's book as it has more powerful things to say about love and living than the majority of books written for adults.

  • Bradley
    2019-04-02 07:25

    I think this was an interesting installment for the Earthsea books not because it continued the grand tradition of huge fantasy implications and events, but because it flips our expectations and gives us a very domestic view of Earthsea.That's not to say that evil things don't happen, because they do, but the scope is pulled all the way back in, with Tenar from book 2 and Ged meeting up again after almost a lifetime, with her as a middle-aged woman and Ged much changed after the events of book 3, having lost his magic.Reader expectations can be a huge complication to any tale that wants to be told. If I hadn't gone into this with my eyes wide open, I might have been rather upset. As it is, I judged this book in my mind against a vast collection of fantasy novels rather than the highest expectations of LeGuin's other novels and I didn't find it wanting. In fact, I quite enjoyed the deeper exploration of what it means to be a woman in Earthsea, with the different kinds of magic, the complications, and the down-to-earth feel. If Ged is the wind, then the female side is the earth. No surprise, I'm sure, but it was quite well done.As for the plot, it didn't drag for me. I've read much, much worse. :) The setup at the end was quite interesting, too.Final estimation? It's not on the same level as the other three, but it does explore the world of Earthsea in a rather interesting way that includes two of my favorite characters from the previous books. Sparrowhawk isn't mighty and righteous or just trying to fix his mistakes. He's just a man. That's okay. :)

  • Brian
    2019-04-09 07:23

    This is the fantasy book that I've always hoped would be written but thought impossible in the genre: a beautifully crafted tale of humanity where the magic and dragons take the back seat. It's ok if it isn't the best fantasy you've ever read, but to me it's the most perfect fantasy novel. It makes me want to be a better reader, a better writer, a better person.In 2017 I spent so much time reading ULG that many of the 133 books begin to pale. I haven't added up all the pages but between the entire Earthsea cycle, all of her novellas, two books of short stories and a Hainish cycle book I can say that I'm an Ursula Le Guin acolyte. She's a treasure. The world is a better place because she decided to put pen to paper and teach us.Rest in peace, Ursula. Your gift to humanity will forever remind us that we are made of stars.

  • Annie
    2019-04-17 11:06

    Yes, it's obvious this book is written by a woman. Your point, everybody?Like, God, do you even understand how many books are "so obviously written by a man?" Historically, nearly all books have been written by men. Certainly most of Western canon has been. And for most of those, there's no mistaking it: they were written by men, would not have been written by a woman, could not have been written by a woman. Why? Because in them, female characters are written only as decorations and toys for the male characters, are drawn so vaguely and so stylized that they're barely recognizable as human beings with internal lives and self-driven motivations and needs. (Let me just... let me just... have you ever read Hemingway? Seriously? Do you think a woman would ever, ever, ever have written a character as ridiculous and pathetic and unreal as Maria in For Whom the Bell Tolls? WHAT A JOKE.)In any case, I hardly think that's what le Guin's done here. Yes, she has richly drawn female characters around whom the story centers (can you even deal with it?) but her male characters don't suffer for it. Ged isn't exactly neglected or mistreated by le Guin. In fact, he seems more complete and deeper and more real in this novel than in the Wizard of Earthsea. Yes, there are a lot of shitty male characters, too. Of course, there are a lot of shitty men IRL. Them's the breaks. That's the rant. Anyway, what le Guin has done with Tehanu is nothing short of remarkable. It's sensitive, well-plotted and paced, sincere and warm and earnest. She treats the reader gently, tenderly, but firmly, and never succumbs to trite cliches. She never chooses the answer that is simply easier, or more exciting, if it reduces the bones of the story to something less honest.Perfect afterword, too. "Maybe the change coming into Earthsea has something to do with no longer identifying freedom with power, with separating being free from being in control." And what le Guin says of the conversation between Moss and Tenar on the difference between men and women: "Moss is pretty contemptuous of men in general, having been treated by them with contempt all her life. That's all right, and I find her discussion of men's power and women's power harsh, incomplete, but interesting. Then she goes off into an incantatory praise of mysterious female knowledge: 'Who knows where a woman begins or ends? I have roots, I go back into the dark!' And she ends with a rhetorical question- 'Who'll as the dark its name?''I will,' Tenar says. 'I lived long enough in the dark.'I've often seen Moss's rhapsody quoted with approval. Tenar's fierce answer almost always goes unquoted, unnoticed. Yet it refuses Moss's self-admiring mysticism. And all Tenar's life is in it."UGH. Le Guin is just so... so together, so conscious, so self-aware.

  • Tolgonay Dinçer
    2019-04-18 06:28

    Yerdeniz serisi okuduğum ilk fantastik seriydi, zamanında çok beğenmiştim ama yarım kalmıştı. Kaldığım yerden devam etmek istememe rağmen bu kitaptan sonra yine ara vereceğim. Kitabı sevemedim, bana hitap edemedi. Ursula'nın başka kitaplarını okuyup onlarda sevebilmeyi umuyorum.

  • Jenny
    2019-03-28 07:23

    Ήθελα πολύ να παραθέσω κάποιο απόσπασμα του βιβλίο στην κριτική μου ώστε να πάρετε μια ιδέα,αλλά δεν μπορούσα. Για να εκτιμήσει κανείς με τον καλύτερο τρόπο τα νοήματα του βιβλίου πρέπει να το διαβάσει ολόκληρο.. και,πιστέψτε με, αξίζει τόσο πολύ αυτή την ανάγνωση!! Το "Τεχανού" είναι το τελευταίο μέρος της τετραλογίας της Γαιοθάλασσας. Εγώ δεν το γνώριζα, είδα στη βιβλιοθήκη το όνομα της Λε Γκεν, το άρπαξα, το διάβασα. Υπάρχουν αναφορές σε γεγονότα των προηγούμενων βιβλίων, αλλά διαβάζεται άνετα μόνο του.Η υπόθεση: μια χήρα, η Γκοχά, παίρνει υπό την προστασία της ένα κορίτσι που επέζησε από μια επίθεση με φωτιά που την άφησε παραμορφωμένη. Μαζί, ξεκινάνε να βρούνε τον ετοιμοθάνατο μέντορα της Γκοχά, τον μάγιστρο Ογκήον, και η καθεμιά ανακαλύπτει αλήθειες για τον εαυτό της και τον κόσμο γύρω τους. Η ιστορία είναι από την οπτική γωνία της Γκοχά και διαδραματίζεται σε έναν φανταστικό τόπο, το νησί Γκοντ. Μάγιστροι, μάγισσες, δράκοι και παραμύθια μπλέκονται με τραγωδίες της ζωής καθημερινές: το θάνατο, την παιδική πορνεία, το μισογυνισμό, την απέραντη κι ατέλειωτη ανθρώπινη κακία. Το προτείνω σε όλες κι όλους σας.[Readathon17: 9/52 "Ένα βιβλίο με 1 λέξη μόνο στον τίτλο"]

  • Ana Tijanić
    2019-04-15 09:06

    Jednostavno rečeno, ovo je serijal koji ne treba propustiti.

  • Jerzy
    2019-04-13 12:08

    It's possible that people who have never experienced much actual trauma or severe discrimination might not understand how on-target this book can be. If that's you, you'd probably find it really interesting to check out Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman for a solid overview of how/why trauma survivors can be crippled by fear in seemingly irrational ways. And The Macho Paradox by Jackson Katz is a surprisingly good book on male violence (and not just against women).Reading the first 3 Earthsea books, I couldn't understand why some people called Le Guin a "feminist writer." In Tehanu this finally comes across clearly - and it works very well. I love that each of the Earthsea books is very different, and this one certainly takes fantasy novels in a new direction. Dealing with your own weaknesses and other people's ignorance and fear in daily life can take far more courage and perseverance than any heroic quest. Honestly, the feminism of this book is no different from themes that are found in all her other books: no matter what status or power you have, it's important to have respect for people, maintain balance in your actions, and not rely excessively on force.I'm not sure what to make of the ending, which doesn't tie up some loose ends... but then that's sort of her point, right? Things are never neat and tidy. Life is complex; life goes on.Previously: The Farthest Shore

  • Barbara
    2019-04-25 11:13

    I must have been about 10 when I read the original Earthsea trilogy for the first time and was just blown away by it. I loved it and have re-read it many times since. I daydreamed about going to Roke and proving to all those narrow-minded wizards that a woman could be as good at magic as a man. I even tried to make my own model of the tombs of Atuan. I was thrilled when Le Guin decided to write another story in that world - until I read it. I was deeply disappointed by this heavy-handed update in the series. If at 10 I was able to see that the Earthsea society was patriarchal and misogynistic, as an adult I certainly don't need it Spelt Out To Me In Words Of One Syllable So I Get The Point. I'm also capable of understanding that an author can craft a world and put words in mouths of characters without necessarily approving of it all.Perhaps my biggest objection is the violence she had to do to the characters of Tenar and Ged to fit into her brave new world. Le Guin is a talented writer. She could have made her point without being anywhere near this clumsy. I remember getting into a discussion about this book when it first came out, back in the dim, dark ages of Usenet. One of the posters said there are actually two Ursula Le Guins. Good Ursula is a gifted storyteller who writes beautifully crafted and thought provoking novels. Bad Ursula never lets the story get in the way of The Message. Tehanu was written by Bad Ursula.

  • Michael Tildsley
    2019-04-19 12:13

    This book never really feels like book #4 in the Earthsea Cycle to me. The first hundred pages or so did not feel needed. The darkness, sexuality, and gender role issues in this book, though valid on their own merits, felt really out of place to me in this fantasy world. It would be like if Wicked were the fourth sequel in the Oz series. The political and social agendas do not jive with the previous books. My other gripe is that this book would have been infinitely more entertaining if it had been written from Tehanu's perspective. The other three books are written in this way, from Ged to Tenar to the young prince. The logical, pattern-driven expectation is that Tehanu should be next in a line of perspectives. Getting to know the classic characters and seeing the stressful situations through her eyes would have been so much better. Instead we get Tenar again. She is old and bitter at the world.**SPOILERS**Also, to those who would say that Tehanu's perspective would give away too much to soon concerning her true nature as a dragon person, I have two things to say. One, Le Guin spills the beans early on with the folktale of the fisher woman and Tehanu's continued interest in said dragon people. Two, imagine how much more entertaining and unique it would have been to get inside the mind of this new creature for more than just the last eight pages of the book. What is her opinion on Ged, the broken hero of the series? What does she think of Tenar, the former priestess of darkness, as a foster mother? One of Kurt Vonnegut's rules on writing is not to leave the reader in the dark, but to tell your audience as much as you can as fast as you can. I can see the merit of that rule clearly through the follies of this novel.

  • Martine
    2019-04-24 08:29

    Tehanu is the fourth entry in the Earthsea Cycle. It was written years after the original trilogy, and it shows: It is markedly different from the other books, both in style and in substance. Sadly, it is also inferior to the earlier books. Le Guin had picked up a strident feminism in between The Farthest Shore and Tehanu, and it shows in Tehanu in the worst way possible. Literally every female character in the book is worthy (even dirty, crazy Aunty Moss), whereas all the men in the book are weak and ineffective at best and downright obnoxious at worst. There are so many scathing remarks about men in the book that it made me groan at times. (And I'm not even male. I can only imagine how a male reader must feel about this book.) It's a pity Le Guin had to ruin her book like this, for the story itself, about the former High Priestess of Atuan who adopts a special girl and finds she is very special indeed, is interesting. It successfully weaves together loose threads from the previous books and sets up a new series, which, alas, I haven't read yet. I look forward to reading more about Tehanu in The Other Wind, which I hear is much better than Tehanu. But still. What a sub-par book. Three stars because I like the characters and the story, two stars for the writing.

  • Laila
    2019-03-27 06:22

    Tenar... Serinin her kitabında biraz daha seviyorum ejderhaları diye başlayayım. Bu defa okuduğum diğer iki kitaptan daha farklı "daha derin" tabir edebilecegim şeyler de vardı. Kadına ve kadının düşünce tarzına yapılan ince göndermeleri okumak çok keyifliydi. Sanırım bu yüzden diğer kitaplarda favori karakterim Gedken bu defa Tenar diye yaptım grizgahı. Dikkatimi çeken satırlar vardı örnek olması açısından paylaşayım: #1 Sonra kurtuldum, seninle ve Ogion ile kurtuldum, bir an için. Ama bu benim özgürlüğüm değildi. Sadece, bana seçme şansı verilmişti; seçtim... Kendimi bir çamur gibi, bir çiftlik, bir çiftçi ve çocuklarımızın hizmeti için şekillendirmeyi seçtim.Kendimi bir kap yaptım. Kabın biçimini biliyordum, çamurunkini değil... Hayat bana dans ettirdi, dansları biliyordum. Ama bu dansları yapanın kim olduğunu bilmiyordum. #2 "Ne zaman bir kadın, kadın olduğu için güçlü olur?" " Çocuklarına karşı herhalde.Bir süre için..." "Ama kapılar kilitli?" "Çünkü kıymetlimsiniz." "a, evet. Biz değerliyiz. Güçsüz olduğumuz sürece..."Ölmeden bu seriyi mutlaka okumalısınız!

  • Tijana
    2019-04-10 12:25

    Ovo je baš jedna od onih klasičnih knjiga koje su to bolje što ih više puta čitam i koje sa svakom pauzom dobiju neko novo osvetljenje. Mnogo pozdrava četrnaestogodišnjoj meni koja se žalila da je Tehanu previše feministička.

  • Jareed
    2019-03-28 08:21

    Also posted on imbookedindefinitelyIt is surprising that it has taken Le Guin up to the fourth book to bring to the forefront one of the most conspicuous and prevalent inequities not only in the fantasy genre but more importantly in the living world, that is the inequity between the sexes. Le Guin's writing aside from boasting of incomparable depth, truth and weight is exceptionally fluid. Tehanu is surprising in respect with the presentation of the themes in the book in that some almost felt like that they are forced rather than something that has come naturally. Perhaps this is by reason that Le Guin was severely criticized for not touching sexism up until this point or that the Earthsea cycle was originally slated only for three books. Some transitional points are also rather quirky.On page 242 Ged and Tenar's conversation“Well,” she said, “which bed shall I sleep in, Ged? The child’s, or yours?”He drew breath. He spoke low. “Mine, if you will.”“I will.”Suddenly the inhibitions are all forgotten. What happened to about a hundred pages of inhibitions, subtle refusals and of repressions? I guess pent-up sexual tension can only be held so much, even in books. Ged has been built up as the proverbial Archmage, full of wisdom, the seemingly cradle of power. So when he gave up his arts, and ended up perpetually depressed and moping at what has been, it was somehow inconsistent with the man that has been painted (this is more of a personal dislike rather than an objective point). Though i guess this is one of the more elegiac themes albeit of real life importance that Le Guin presents (considering further what characterizes her writing). And one she presents as veracious as possible I might say. At the risk of being redundant, the Earthsea cycle is not for those of fantasy readers that seek excitement and action. The books contain a diminutive portion of these servings, they are enjoyable, and I could only wish that Le Guin expanded this portions however meager. Alas, this was not the end she sought.

  • Neda
    2019-04-24 10:25

    Wow... In less than 10 pages Le Guin is able turn all the tables, lead the reader to climax and finish the novel altogether.. She is the master of storytellers in my regard. Highly recommended

  • Zanna
    2019-04-18 13:15

    I finally completed my reading of the Earthsea cycle. The first book is all about the wizard, Ged, coming into his power and adulthood, and the second is all about Tenar, a child selected to preside over an ancient temple under the belief that she is the reincarnation of the previous priestess. In the third book, Ged sets out with an aristocratic youth to save the world, and in this final installment, Tenar cares for an abused girl, whom she names Therru ("fire" in her own language). Possibly, this book was my favourite. Possibly, that's because in my opinion it's the most feminist, in terms of challenging patriarchal assumptions and control.As a foreigner in a conservative rural society, Tenar has gained acceptance through a degree of conformity, meeting the prevailing expectations of women. So often novels are about navigating and resisting societal pressure/oppression, but it's a little unusual to have a story about a middle-aged woman caring for a child and various other folks take centre-stage in a YA-ish fantasy. What's awesome is that Le Guin, I think, succeeds in putting that story on the same level of importance as the previous installments (Tenar's care for Therru seems no less vital than any of Ged's acts in the earlier books), while at the same time showing how gender structures her struggle. Misogyny is not the preserve of bigots, it is built into language and ways of knowing.As in the other books in the cycle, particularly the second, where trust is so touching, what I enjoyed most here was connecting with the characters and feeling for them in their relationships, but I think in those terms this is the richest book. In Tenar's world, interconnection is in the texture of everyday life, not a mystery to be uncovered.

  • Özgür
    2019-04-14 09:05

    Serinin en yoğun diyaloglu kitabı sanırım bu..Yani 200 sayfada " ne oluyor, bir durun, o neden bunu yaptı " demekten dikkatinizi toplamakta güçlük çekiyorsunuz.Biraz da sıkıldım sanırım. Eğer serinin bitmesine 2 kitap kalmasaydı bırakırdım.Neyse bitireceğiz artık :/

  • Berfin Kanat
    2019-04-12 13:30

    Tehanu kadının toplumdaki yerini sorgulayan bir kitap. Yerdeniz'in dördüncü kitabının temel konusu kadın. Ursula Le Guin okuyucuyu Yerdeniz'in büyüsünden biraz uzaklaştırıp o diyarların toplumsal yönünü gösteriyor. Kadın - erkek eşitsizliğinin baskın oldugu metinler ile büyü birleşince ortaya harika bir kitap çıkmış. Şimdiyse seriye biraz ara verip Le Guin'in kalemini sindirmenin zamanı.Devamı için:

  • Başak Çolular
    2019-03-25 09:03

    Bu kitaba kadar Yerdeniz Serisi'nin en sevdiğim kitabı Atuan Mezarları olmuştu. Okuduktan sonra aynı hisleri Tehanu için de hissettim. Her iki kitapta da kadın hikayelerinin anlatılması, diğer kitaplara göre bu iki kitabın ayrı bir gizemi olması beni çekti diye düşünüyorum. Bu seri bitince epey bir boşlukta kalacağım sanırım.

  • Macade
    2019-04-03 09:25

    I loved the first 3 Earthsea books...but this book was just too weird. I could never tell, nor did I care, that the first three books were written by a woman. Also, I didn't notice any political or social agendas in the first 3(real world agendas). Tehanu is very strange and hard to read because it is so different from the first 3 books. It REALLY feels like a woman wrote it, it has a very strong undertone of woman's suffrage. It also has very dark themes about a young girl being raped and how the main character is also afraid of being raped. Since when has rape and sexual fear been a theme in any of these books? It just seems very strange and out of place, which made it almost unreadable to me. I read it to the end though because I kept hoping that it would eventually become an earthsea worthy book...sorely disappointed in this author for ruining a perfectly good fantasy series. It would be like Tolkien writing a 4th Lord of the Rings book about Gandalf's life after his wizarding power has been taken away and he's afraid of a local orc who teases him, but he can't do anything about it (you get the idea). Please save your good image of Earthsea and DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-05 13:27

    I loved the original trilogy and considered it complete. Who knew there was more to say about Earthsea? But how glad I am there was!Tehanu catches up with Tenar years after Ged left her on Gont. She's a widow with grown children who has quite left her past as Ahra-the-Eaten-One behind. When she takes in a severely abused child as a foster daughter her life changes again.Ursula LeGuin is gifted, she can tell an interesting (gripping even!) story that taken at face value is just a story. On another level she is noting and commenting on sociological and cultural norms. Why do men hurt women and children? Why are they allowed to? If a good person does bad things, does that make them bad? Who is a parent, someone that bears you or someone that loves you? If your life is based on wielding power and you can no longer do so, what are you and what can you do now?I love all the Earthsea books. If I had to choose a handfull of books to take on a desert island, this series would make the cut. Every time I read them I catch something new and learn something about myself.

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    2019-03-27 05:13

    I could not like this book very much as a child because I think it takes an adult mind to feel the depth of its questions and to understand the pain and the characters' reactions. It is dark, there is death, there is horrible evil of the most mundane sort, wreaked by men only and not by magic. What is power and what does it mean to have it, and then to have it taken away? What is a man's power? What is a woman's power?Now I think this is probably the strongest book of the Earthsea series (or at least of the quartet), but it wouldn't have been nearly as great a book without the previous tales and the writing of those books. You can clearly see Le Guin's own evolution, as a writer and a thinker and a woman, through the first four books of Earthsea, and it culminates in Tehanu.Where are the women in A Wizard of Earthsea? Here.

  • Tom Ippen
    2019-03-27 05:21

    100 Stars. If more children--boys--read the Earthsea saga, finishing off with "Tehanu," the world wouldn't have this fucking "meninist" problem.Loss, shame, the weight of love: it's all explored here, with patience and honesty.“She thought about how it was to have been a woman in the prime of life, with children and a man, and then to lose all that, becoming old and a widow, powerless. But even so she did not feel she understood his shame, his agony of humiliation. Perhaps only a man could feel so. A woman got used to shame.” Re-reading this series was a beautiful, emotional experience, and I'm sad it's over, yet very grateful.Only in silence the word,Only in dark the light,Only in dying life:Bright the hawk's flightOn the empty sky.—The Creation of Éa

  • Zeren
    2019-04-02 07:03

    Tehanu... Yani "öteki". Toplum içinde hep aykırı kalan, farklı olan, genel geçer ne varsa üzerinde durmayan herkes biraz Tehanu. Sevginin iyileştiren yegâne güç olduğunu, bir de bakmanın değil görmenin kıymetini çok güzel anlattığı için bu romanı çok seviyorum.

  • Robert
    2019-04-03 08:25

    OK, so I've quit procrastinating and started typing...The first three Earthsea books were written in a relatively short space of time (published 1969-73, IIRC). They were all there when I first picked up A Wizard of Earthsea, maybe just over a decade after its initial publication - the series was complete. Let's face it, there is no requirement for a fourth book. Ged is getting old, his magic is gone, but Earthsea has a King and the Rune of Peace again. The story is over. Then, after a gap of time almost as long as I was old, Tehanu was released. "??????!!!!!!," I said, loudly, and bought a copy. Maybe Ged gets his magic back, I thought. Maybe he sails the North Reach - or even has to go to Hogenland, I thought. Actually, he goes home, herds some goats and gets married. Imagine my shock! The entire book is set on Gont, there is no quest and Ged just mopes about being miserable. What a heap of rubbish.Except, of course, this is Ursula LeGuin, so it isn't rubbish (though there are a lot of bad smells) - instead there was quiet excellence and I was being stupid, caught in the pitfall trap made by the gap between expectation and reality.Tehanu is not epic fantasy. Tough luck. Get over it. That might take a long time, though. Every time I re-read the Earthsea books after 1990, I was tempted to just not bother with Tehanu but each time I liked it more than the previous time, until, by the time The Other Wind was released it did not occur to me skip its predecessor.How do I feel this time round? I feel that there are the Earthsea books and there are the New Earthsea books and that Tehanu is the first of these, even though it was never planned either at the time of A Wizard of Earthsea or that two more books would come after it. The latter three books seem to be a reaction to the first three and to epic fantasy in general. Put another way, the Great Feminist Revision of Earthsea started here, though in a small, quiet way, with one woman taking in an abused child and a lost man mourning for his lost power.The discussion of the roles of women in Archipeligan society is clearly a transposed discussion of women's roles back here in the "real" world as well as in epic fantasy generally. Tenar's position of mother, farm manager and labourer goes undervalued, hardly noticed. It may as well be called, "housewife." It's very sexist, as is the distinction between wizards (men) and witches (women). Wizards are powerful, educated, noble, wise. Witches are dirty, poor, weak and evil. Unfortunately, the wizards aren't always wise or noble; sometimes they are stupid, self-serving and nasty and if the witches are often selfish, at least they haven't been seeking immortality or breaking the natural order with their magic. When Ged and Tenar discuss this, hearing Ged spout a heap of sexist nonsense is painful. I expect better from him. He's just a victim of his education, though and it is hard to question everything you've been taught and am I any different, really? I've been brought up to believe that woman deserve respect and equal opportunity, equal reward, that child-rearing and managing a home are important and hard jobs. I didn't come to that conclusion in the face of enormous pressure to conform to the contrary.I can now relate to Ged's situation better, too. It must be difficult to step from being the most powerful man in the world to being weaker than most, unprepared and in but a moment. It is unsurprising and natural that he should grieve for what he has lost. It is lucky for him that he finds Tenar, who gives him something different in its place: love. Their romance seems entirely natural, indeed somehow incipient in The Tombs of Atuan.So, as usual LeGuin gives deep insight and characterisation and makes a powerful, important point, but this book only gets three stars, because of LeGuin's one weakness - the plotting. Here, the plot rambles, disappears, comes back, goes again then sort of piles up at the edge of a cliff and gets squashed under Kalessin's belly. This lack of narrative drive is the sole flaw in the book, which, thankfully, despite its themes, never deteriorates into mere male-bashing. It was an anti-climactic end to the series, though - I'm so glad that The Last Book of Earthsea turned out to be a terrible misnomer.

  • plavizec
    2019-04-19 07:07

    4* samo zato što se naglo završila, a ja sam baš želela da traje i traje...posebno zbog Teru koja je nezaboravan lik. Madam Le Guin je mudra žena koja vrlo spretno vodi priču, bez suvišnih zavlačenja i opisa, a usput se dotakne nekih dubokih filozofskih pitanja. I ovde se autorka bavi rodnim ulogama i podelom (ne)moći među polovima, pa je mnogi zbog iznetih stavova svrstavaju u feminističku literaturu, ali ja bih pre rekla da se ona obraća čitaocu govoreći u prilog ženama. ''Kada si bila sa muškarcem, Mahovino, da li si morala da se odrekneš svoje moći?''''Ni trunke'', odvrati vračara, samozadovoljno.''Ali kazala si da prvo moraš nešto dati da bi nešto dobila. Znači da to nije isto za muškarce i žene?''''A šta jeste, draga?''''Ne znam'' reče Tenar. ''Sve mi se čini da sami stvaramo većinu razlika, pa se posle žalimo zbog njih. Ne shvatam zašto bi Umetnost Magije, zašto bi moć, trebalo da bude različita za vračeve i vračare. Osim ako sama moć nije različita. Ili umetnost.''''Muškarac ispušta iz sebe, draga. Žena prima u sebe.''Tenar je sedela ćutke, nezadovoljna.''U poređenju sa njihovom, naša je moć ništavna'', reče Mahovina. ''Ali seže duboko. Sva je u korenima. Liči na stari žbun kupine. A moć čarobnjaka podseća, moglo bi se reći, na jelu, veliku, visoku i veličajnu, ali nju oluja može lako oboriti. Ali nema toga što može uništiti kupinjak.'' Zakikotala se onim svojim poznatim kokodakanjem zadovoljna zbog poređenja koje je napravila.

  • Annie
    2019-04-05 07:04

    I'm glad I read this book again — as an adult I understood it much better than when I was a teenager. "Tehanu" is the follow-up to "The Tombs of Atuan," and it was a bit of a shock when I first read it. "Tombs" ended with the promise of a typical fantasy ending. The heroine and the wizard enter triumphant into the city with the fabled artifact, honors doled out, followed by heroine coming into her own, learning magic and traveling the world having adventures. And stuff."Tehanu" picks up about twenty-five years later. The heroine, Tenar, is a middle-aged widow living quietly on a farm. The artifact she brought to the land set into motion a series of events that eventually led to the crowning of the prophesized king who shows every sign of promise in bringing peace and stability to the land. Tenar herself was not a part of those events, though. She started studying magic but did not feel that she fit in the man's world of wizardy, and so chose to marry a prosperous farmer and raise a family like a normal woman.As a teenager, this was a disappointment. Who would want to be normal when you could be out talking to dragons and having adventures? I still liked the book (Le Guin is a fabulous writer) but it wasn't until now that I really understood the tension of the novel.Tenar is trapped by definitions of gender imposed by her society. She can't be a wizard because it requires thinking like the way men think they think. And she can't go back to what she was raised as, a symbol of darkness created by men. And in "Tehanu" she is realizing that she can't be a normal housewife, either, because she does dream of dragons and asks too many questions. This passage helps explain Tenar's struggle:*******(This opens with Ged explaining the thinking of wizards) The Mages of Roke are men — their power is the power of men, their knowledge is the knowledge of men. Both manhood and magery are built on one rock: power belongs to men. If women had power, what would men be but women who can't bear children? And what would women be but men who can?""Hah!" went Tenar; and presently, with some cunning, she said, "Haven't there been queens? Weren't they women of power?""A queen's only a she-king," said Ged.She snorted."I mean, men give her power. They let her use their power. But it isn't hers, is it? It isn't because she's a woman that she's powerful, but despite it."She nodded. she stretched, sitting back from the spinning wheel. "What is a woman's power, then?" she asked."I don't think we know.""When has a woman power because she's a woman? With her children, I suppose. For a while...""In her house maybe."She looked around the kitchen. "But the doors are shut," she said, "the doors are locked.""Because you're valuable.""Oh, yes. We're precious. So long as we're powerless...I remember when I first learned that! Kossil threatened me — me, the One Priestess of the Tombs. And I realized that I was helpless. I had the honor; but she had the power, from the God-king, the man. Oh, it made me angry! And frightened me...Lark and I talked about this once. She said, "Why are men afraid of women?""If your strength is only the other's weakness, you live in fear," Ged said."Yes; but women seem to fear their own strength, to be afraid of themselves.""Are they ever taught to trust themselves?" Ged asked, and as he spoke Therru came in on her work again. His eyes and Tenar's met."No," she said. "Trust is not what we're taught."*******The plot revolves around these conflicts of power. As a teenager, I believed in the story of young-girl-finds-magic-beats-all-odds. "Tehanu" shows another side to this, where the young girl can never overcome the odds because they are a part of the social fabric, influencing her in ways she is not aware of until older. Tenar the woman has to learn to trust herself and it is more complicated than "believing in yourself.""Tehanu" is a complicated book about gender and power and creation and (of course) dragons.

  • Eric
    2019-03-25 11:29

    She must search around the house, the springhouse, the milking shed, more carefully. This was her fault. She had caused it to happen by thinking of making Therru into a weaver, shutting her away in the dark to work, to be respectable. When Ogion had said "Teach her, teach her all, Tenar!" When she knew that a wrong that cannot be repaired must be transcended. When she knew that the child had been given her and she had failed in her charge, failed her trust, lost her, lost the one great gift.She went into the house, having searched every corner of the other buildings, and looked again in the alcove and round the other bed. She poured herself water, for her mouth was dry as sand.Behind the door the three sticks of wood, Ogion's staff and the walking sticks, moved in the shadows, and one of them said, "Here."The child was crouched in that dark corner, drawn into her own body so that she seemed no bigger than a little dog, head bent down to the shoulder, arms and legs pulled tight in, the one eye shut."Little bird, little sparrow, little flame, what is wrong? What happened? What have they done to you now?"Tenar held the small body, closed and stiff as stone, rocking it in her arms. "How could you frighten me so? How could you hide from me? Oh, I was so angry!"She wept, and her tears fell on that child's face."Oh Therru, Therru, Therru, don't hide away from me!"A shudder went through the knotted limbs, and slowly they loosened. Therru moved, and all at once clung to Tenar, pushing her face into the hollow between Tenar's breast and shoulder, clinging tighter, till she was clutching desperately. She did not weep. She never wept; her tears had been burned out of her, maybe; she had none. But she made a long, moaning, sobbing sound.Tenar held her, rocking her, rocking her. Very, very slowly the desperate grip relaxed. The head lay pillowed on Tenar's breast."Tell me," the woman murmured, and the child answered in her faint, hoarse whisper, "He came here."Tenar's first thought was Ged, and her mind, still moving with the quickness of fear, caught that, saw who "he" was to her, and gave it a wry grin in passing, but passed on, hunting. "Who came here?"No answer but a kind of internal shuddering."A man," Tenar said quietly, "a man in a leather cap."Therru nodded once."We saw him on the road, coming here."No response."The four men - the ones I was angry at, do you remember? He was one of them."But she recalled how Therru had held her head down, hiding the burned side, not looking up, as she had always done among strangers."Do you know him, Therru?""Yes.""From-from when you lived in the camp by the river?"One nod.Tenar's arms tightened around her."He came here?" she said, and all the fear she had felt turned as she spoke into anger, a rage that burned in her the length of her body like a rod of fire. She gave a kind of laugh - "Hah!" - and she remembered in that moment Kalessin, how Kalessin laughed.But it was not so simple for a human and a woman. The fire must be contained. And the child must be comforted."Did he see you?""I hid."Presently Tenar said, stroking Therru's hair, "He will never touch you, Therru. Understand me and believe me: he will never touch you again. He'll never see you again unless I'm with you, and then he must deal with me. Do you understand, my dear, my precious, my beautiful? You need not fear him. You must not fear him. He wants you to fear him. He feeds on fear. We will starve him, Therru. We'll starve him till he eats himself. Till he chokes gnawing on the bones of his own hands... Ah, ah, ah, don't listen to me now, I'm only angry, only angry... Am I red? Am I red like a Gontish-woman, now? Like a dragon, am I red?" She tried to joke; and Therru, lifting her head, looked up into her face from her own crumpled, tremulous, fire-eaten face and said, "Yes. You are a red dragon."4 1/2 stars