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Book Three of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea CycleDarkness threatens to overtake Earthsea: the world and its wizards are losing their magic. Despite being wearied with age, Ged Sparrowhawk -- Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord -- embarks on a daring, treacherous journey, accompanied by Enlad's young Prince Arren, to discover the reasons behind this devastating pattern of loss.Book Three of Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea CycleDarkness threatens to overtake Earthsea: the world and its wizards are losing their magic. Despite being wearied with age, Ged Sparrowhawk -- Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord -- embarks on a daring, treacherous journey, accompanied by Enlad's young Prince Arren, to discover the reasons behind this devastating pattern of loss. Together they will sail to the farthest reaches of their world -- even beyond the realm of death -- as they seek to restore magic to a land desperately thirsty for it.With millions of copies sold worldwide, Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle has earned a treasured place on the shelves of fantasy lovers everywhere, alongside the works of such beloved authors as J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis....

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The Farthest Shore Reviews

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-04-02 16:04

    Decades before J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, and even longer before Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind, came a school of magic that clearly inspired them all. It does not take centre stage in this series, Sparrowhawk has that honour, but it does play a major role in the workings of this beautiful fantasy world. And I don’t use that word liberally. Not only is the scenery vivid and vast, bordering upon the picturesque in regards to its language, it is also a powerful force. Sparrowhawk perceives this in its entirety and he tries to impart his wisdom to his new student Arren. Understanding the importance of a balance within nature, between life and death, is a precursor to comprehending one’s own fate and the purpose of existence itself. Sparrowhawk is more than a wizard; he is also a spiritual guide and a great teacher. An unlikely studentArren is not gifted with magic. Nor is he a skilled warrior or particularly cunning. He has never killed anybody or performed a heroic deed. He does not comprehend the wisdom he hears; yet, for some reason, the old wizard has seen something in him and asks for his assistance with his new quest. But why choose someone so inexperienced? Sparrowhawk has seen a flicker of courage behind the boy’s eyes; he knows that one day he will have the strength to succeed in the face of great evil, so he encourages him and teaches him how to be an effective leader. Arren is a prince and Sparrowhawk attempts to temper his greatness. The two embark on their quest; the details of which aren’t overly important. What is important is what the wizard is trying to show the future king. Sparrowhawk has no apprentice, no successor, but if he can impart his knowledge to a boy who will one day rule thousands, then his life will not be wasted as his ideas will spread much further. He questions the boy and encourages him to look beyond his own human imperfections: "In our minds, lad. In our minds. The traitor, the self, the self that cries I want to live, let the world rot so long as I can live! The little traitor soul in us, in the dark, like a spider in a box. He talks to all of us. But only some understand him. The wizards, the singers, the makers. And the heroes, the ones who seek to be themselves. To be oneself is a rare thing, and a great one. To be oneself forever, is that not greater still?"Le Guin is one of my favourite fantasy writers. There’s just something about the way in which she writes; she doesn’t waste a single word with her smooth and succinct prose. Her novels are thought provoking and her characters are wise. I’m looking forward to trying some of her science fiction after finishing this series and seeing how it compares. I've heard great things about some of them.Earthsea Cycle1. A Wizard of Earthsea-Four worthy stars 2. The Tombs of Atuan- A redeeming four stars3. The Farthest Shore- A strong four stars

  • Apatt
    2019-04-13 21:08

    “I would not ask a sick man to run a race,” said Sparrowhawk, “nor lay a stone on an overburdened back.” It was not clear whether he spoke of himself or of the world at large. Always his answers were grudging, hard to understand. There, thought Arren, lay the very heart of wizardry: to hint at mighty meanings while saying nothing at all, and to make doing nothing at all seem the very crown of wisdom."There are surely better passages to quote than the above to encapsulate the meaning or theme of this book but I think it's a fine example of Le Guin's beautiful writing and her ever-present wit. Besides, “to make doing nothing at all seem the very crown of wisdom.” is a skill I would like to acquire; where do I sign up for that?The Farthest Shore is the longest of the original Earthsea Trilogy but still a mere pamphlet by today's "doorstop" standard for fantasy books, which can be weaponized by simply hurling at your target. It takes place seventeen years after events of The Tombs of Atuan, and the series hero Ged (AKA Sparrowhawk) is now old and occupies the lofty position of Archmage. The story basically concerns "a hole in the world" that is sucking life, love, magic, names and other essentials out of the world (this strangely reminds me of the runaway black hole David Brin's Earth that I am still in the middle of). It falls to Ged and his young princely companion Arren to investigate and put an end to Earthsea's first global crisis before the entire world is devoured. That is the basic plot but does not begin to cover the point of the novel.Ged & Arren. Art by Rebecca GuayI believe this is the most philosophical volume of the original trilogy (thereby excluding the subsequent volumes - #4 onward - which I have not read). One of the main themes is the balance between life and death and how one give rise to the other in a cyclical manner. The idea of immortality is frowned upon as it upsets this balance and makes life meaningless. Ged's old age is often contrasted with Arren's youth, and they represent how the old must makes sacrifices for the young. This book is the slowest paced of the Trilogy, most of it is focused on the arduous and harrowing journey of the two central characters. While Ged is front and centre of the story the narrative point-of-view is almost entirely from Arren's perspective, thereby underlining his importance in the scheme of things. The character Arren is similar to Tenar in the The Tombs of Atuan and Ged himself in A Wizard of Earthsea in that he starts off as a naive young lad and develops into a man of substance by the story's conclusion. It is interesting that Le Guin achieves dramatic effect without an epic climactic battle in the final stretch of the book, the "fights" such as they are start and end very quickly and almost dismissively. The drama is achieved through tension and consequences of actions and events. Dragon's Run by Astrid NielschDragons play a much more significant role in this book, and the world of Earthsea continues to develop wonderfully. Particularly notable are the raft-folks whose water-based community may have inspired a similar culture in China Miéville's The Scar, another fantastic book.The Farthest Shore is not as breezy as A Wizard of Earthsea, not as dark as The Tombs of Atuan, but more emotional and melancholic than both. The end of the book wraps up the story of Ged beautifully. Here is a character we followed from his youth as a gifted goat herder boy, to a confident young man in the second book and now a strong and wise leader of the mages. As I understand it Le Guin came back to write Tehanu, the fourth book is the series more than twenty years after the publication of this book. I have not read it yet but the consensus opinion seems to be unfavorable, apparently it has a much more adult theme. I will have to read for myself soon. In any case, the first three books are some of the best fantasy I have ever read.Note:Ged and Arren from Tales from Earthsea.Tales from Earthsea is the 2006 animated adaptation of the whole Earthsea series into one movie by Studio Ghibli. I have not seen it but the consensus review is not encouraging! Le Guin is also not happy with it, while there are some visual elements she likes, she said "watching an entirely different story, confusingly enacted by people with the same names as in my story". Not up to the standard of Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro I suppose.

  • Bradley
    2019-04-08 21:49

    This wraps up Le Guin's original trilogy of Ged, better known as Sparrowhawk, the greatest wizard of Earthsea, and even though I really enjoyed it, something about it keeps nagging me. It's about death, the deathlands, and the end of magic. That's not the problem. In fact, that's the best part of it. I suppose it's just the feel that this story is the end of Ged after I just started to get to know him. That cocky kid and cocky adult just metamorphosed into an old man. I mean, sure, he's still the same cocky and hard-earned wise man and he really shines when he picks up companions, like this young future king, but it seems like he's always having to correct his old mistakes.Of course, that's kinda the point, too.As a fantasy, I think it's still pretty wonderful. I guess I'm just grousing because I prefer a younger wizard. :)

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-04-08 19:58

    The farthest shore (The Earthsea Cycle, #3), Ursula K. Le GuinDarkness threatens to overtake Earthsea: the world and its wizards are losing their magic. Despite being wearied with age, Ged Sparrowhawk — Archmage, wizard, and dragonlord — embarks on a daring, treacherous journey, accompanied by Enlad's young Prince Arren, to discover the reasons behind this devastating pattern of loss. Together they will sail to the farthest reaches of their world — even beyond the realm of death — as they seek to restore magic to a land desperately thirsty for it.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوازدهم ژانویه سال 2008 میلادیعنوان: دریای زمین - کتاب 3 - دورترین کرانه؛ نویسنده: ارسولا کی. لوژوان (لگوین)؛ مترجم: پیمان اسماعیلیان خامنه؛ ویراستار: نیلوفر خانمحمدی؛ تهران، قدیانی، 1387، در 373 ص، جلد 3 از مجموعه شش کتاب در شش جلد؛ شابک دوره: 9789645365835؛ شابک کتاب 3: 9789645362797؛ موضوع: داستانهای خیال انگیز از نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 مسری دریای زمین قصه ی فانتزی پرماجرایی از زندگی جادوگریست به نام رک، در دنیایی به نام: دریای زمین، که نماد شرارت را به بند می‌کشد؛ اژدهایی باستانی را رام می‌کند؛ در هزارتوی تاریک و بی‌انتهای زیرزمین، به دنبال حلقه ی ‌شكسته‌ ای می‌رود، که طلسم صلح سرزمینش است؛ برای بستن شکافی میان قلمرو مرگ و زندگی، همه قدرت‌های جادویی‌ اش را فدا می‌کند؛ و پس از سال‌ها در کنار راهبه‌ ای قرار می‌گيرد که او نيز زندگیش را وقف قدرت‌های بی‌نام و باستانی کرده است. ولی مبارزه با شرارت دوباره آغاز می‌شود. نقل از متن این کتاب 3 : شاهزاده ی جوان جزیره ی «ان لاد»، «آررن»، اخباری ناخوشآیند به همراه داشت، دیگر هیچ جادوی واقعی در ان لاد وجود نداشت - ساحران وردهایشان را یکسره فراموش کرده بودند. چشمه های جادوگران در حال خشکیدن بود. «گد» ساحر اعظم «رک» همراه با آررن برای مقابله با خطر به راه افتاد، برای مواجهه با گذشته و آزمودن صحت پیشگویی های باستانی...؛ پایان نقل. ا. شربیانی

  • Martyn Stanley
    2019-04-16 18:10

    I'm somewhat conflicted by this book. It took me longer to read than expected. I really, really enjoyed The Tombs of Atuan You can read my review here:- therefore had high hopes for 'The Farthest Shore'. However it disappointed. In a nutshell I didn't enjoy this book. Before I go into why I didn't, the obligatory free plug: My first fantasy novel is currently free on all good ebook retailers. If you like fantasy, please give it a look. The Last Dragon SlayerRight! Now that's out of the way - what was wrong with 'Farthest Shore'?To be honest I find it very hard to pin down EXACTLY what is wrong with it. Perhaps NOTHING and it's just me, I didn't enjoy it. What I cannot fault in this book is the writing. Le Guin uses poetic language and weaves some occasionally beautiful and often deep prose. She writes about wizards, while conducting her own wizardry on the page. This book is full of rich, vivid description, emotional and evocative dialogue, she's a master of the written word. Or is that mistress? No, you can't have a mistressy of the written word so she must be a master. Anyway, the writing is good. It's very good. It's perhaps at times TOO good, in that the striving for poetic, beautiful prose pays a price in clarity. At times I found myself glazing over and losing track of what was actually going on in the story.When I review a book, I can't simply critique the writing. I have to rate it based on the story as a whole. The writing is an intrinsic part of that whole, but it isn't the be and end all. A display of skill doesn't always equal spectator enjoyment. It's a bit like when we watch the 8 year old Chinese pianist on 'Blue Peter' or a similar television program, showing off how they can play a grade 9 piano piece flawlessly, their fingers dancing over the keys faster than the eye can track. The notes being struck with such ferocity and speed they barely register in the mind, leaving us with a tune that is so complex it's impossible to hum or even recall. The display is impressive. We marvel at the skill, however do we actually enjoy the music? Personally, I don't tend to. I feel like this book was the same. The writing was good, but the characters were flat. They lacked a key ingredient. Humanity. Humanity is critical to writing engaging characters. Even when they aren't human. I like the examples of Tenar from The Tombs of Atuan and Vexis Zaelwarsh from Rise of the Archmage. Tenar's early life as a priestess is bizarre. It's almost inhumanly unusual. During the course of the book she escapes a prison, not just a physical prison but a mental prison, where her way of thinking and acting has been controlled for a long time. The slow shift in her thoughts and attitude were portrayed exquisitely in Tombs of Atuan. She had a very human response to the events unfolding around her and at times you felt like you were actually in her head. You could empathize with her. I wrote Rise of the Archmage before I read Tombs of Atuan, but I see a lot of parallels between Vexis and Tenar. In Rise, Vexis is an ex-priestess, a dark elf, who has lost her faith and fled her community, having to learn how to fit into a very different society and not always getting it right. I liked her story, she wasn't human, but she had human flaws, she failed to understand people and was confused as to why events didn't unfold as she'd expected them to. Back to Ged and Arren. What Tenar had and they don't have is humanity. They are hard to empathize with. Arren has this almost sycophantic hero worship of Ged. Yes, Ged is a legend in Le Guin's world, but the one-sided relationship makes them both seem like more two-dimensional characters. Arren is hard to empathize with for different reasons. With Ged, we followed him as a youngster when he unleashed the dark entity in book 1. We watched him grow and make mistakes and learn as he pursued it. With Tenar, we watched her emerge from a mental prison with the help of a still young and impetuous Ged, but a Ged who is sensitive and thoughtful and who manages to help Tenar as she helps him. Now Ged is older. He's made Archmage, he's settled into a job which means he's very revered, but he probably doesn't actually have to do much. Him setting out on a boat with this young prince because magic is dying seems odd. It doesn't sit right. Their conversations and actions are kind of flat? You don't actually feel like you're there, sharing the journey with them as you did Tenar in Tombs. There WAS a moment when I thought things might pick up. I won't go into how, but Arren became enslaved. For a moment was expecting to see a different, more human aspect of both his and Ged's character, but it didn't happen. Le Guin wrapped up the rescue in a couple of unremarkable paragraphs. The final scenes, from the deranged dragons, unable to speak, to the villages of the dead were better. But it was the scenery and the intrigue that carried the story - NOT the characters. I think the ambiguity and vagueness of the villain throughout the book made it hard to engage. When they did meet Cob and engage in conflict with him it was better, it interesting, but not interesting enough to make up for the broadly speaking rather boring journey. There are some deep themes in this book. It might be a book which takes several reads to fully appreciate, but for me that's a flaw with a book. The tone and the premise about accepting the inevitability of death doesn't sit well with me either. I don't like the message.I will read on. I admire the prose in this book, it's very well written, but the story is lacking something. I've already started Tehanu as I bought the Earthsea Quartet as one book, and I'm already enjoying Tehanu FAR more. Tenar and Ogion are much more likable characters for some reason. Will I buy the fifth book? I don't know. It depends how Tehanu goes. I want to read Tenar's story and I also want to learn more about the children abandoned on the reef who are visited in book 1 and mentioned in book 2. They were absent in this volume, but I never really got closure over their tragic, almost heart-breaking lives. I think that's the key the a good fantasy novel. Characters YOU CARE ABOUT! Despite the harrowing journey, the interesting scenes and the deep, philosophical theme of this book I never actually cared about the characters. If Ged and Arren had ended up drowning in the sea or being defeated by Cob, I'm not sure I'd have actually been bothered. I'd probably have been pleased that the next book would have to follow more interesting and engaging characters.So to sum up, great writing, impressive book. However simply not that enjoyable to read. I could take or leave it at any time and had to force myself to finish it. The reason? The characters, Ged and Arren though portrayed in detail were just not characters I could bring myself to care about and that killed the book for me.Paperback:- Edition:- StanleyAuthor of:-The Last Dragon Slayer (Free to download)

  • Jerzy
    2019-03-28 22:55

    As usual with Le Guin's books, the flow of the plot is not the strong point. It's more about the sum of experiences and discussions that the characters have, if that makes any sense. So although this one has a more hackneyed plot than any other book of hers I've read, there are (as usual) quite a few really nice moments and deep insights. She spins out some more thoughts about balance and equilibrium, continuing the conversation from A Wizard of Earthsea. Here, Earthsea is being overrun by greyness and utter lack of joy or courage or conviction. Sparrowhawk goes out to find the problem, but he's getting old, so naturally the philosophical bits tend to deal with balancing life and death, finding a successor to carry on the fight, knowing the value of your own life, etc.In particular, I liked some things she said about life and death and rebirth, seeming to imply that the reason we value and enjoy life is that we know our time will run out and we will die. If we were immortal, would we really say, "Ah, now I can finally have time to do all those things I should do and the things I've wanted to do"? I worry that I would instead say, "Ah, now I don't have to feel guilty about sitting on the couch reading trashy fantasy novels all day because I know that I'll have all the time in the world to do everything I want to do... later." And then perhaps I'd sink into greyness and never do anything interesting again. Knowledge of our mortality (and, for that matter, deadlines in general) is what keeps us moving, acting, living.Of course, that's not the whole story. I know that my parents left Communist-era Poland because greyness can also arise from a system with no outlets for individual passion and ambition (beyond pandering to the rulers). If you'll get rewarded the same no matter how hard you work, there's no reason to work hard. This'll kill any desire to take pride in your work, without which nothing good can really be done. Le Guin points this out as well: "For discipline is the channel in which our acts run strong and deep; where there is no direction, the deeds of men run shallow and wander and are wasted."Sure, I'm reading into it things that perhaps she didn't explicitly mean. But in that case, the fact that it got me thinking makes it a pretty good book, doesn't it?Next up: Tehanu

  • Brad
    2019-03-21 16:58

    I started reading this to Miloš & Brontë at the beginning of March, and somewhere around May they lost interest. I don't think I can blame Ursula K. LeGuin, at least not entirely. I was a big part of the problem. I struggled with this installment of The Earthsea Cycle, and that must have translated into the way I read this aloud, making it and me tough to listen to (never have the kids fallen asleep so often while I was reading. I usually have to tear myself away).My problem is tough to pinch. I wasn't a fan of Arren/Lebannen. He wasn't the usually insufferable "apprentice" that drives me up the wall. He was a Prince giving his loyalty to Ged because of his love for the Archmage (a love with definite homosexual overtones, which would usually be a big bonus for me). He was capable. He was steadfast. He was flawed. All things I appreciated. But I just couldn't and didn't like him. I found myself wanting him to go away. I've been struggling to answer why, but I think writing all this out has given me the answer. I didn't like him because he was a partner for Ged. I wanted Ged to be alone. I wanted solitary Ged. I wanted Ged searching Earthsea as Sparrowhawk on Lookfar without any interference or companionship. Sharing his journey with another from the outset took something away from Ged, and it muddied my relationship with The Farthest Shore.I recognize that Arren's presence added many things, things that LeGuin wanted to add and needed to add, some wonderful things and some not so wonderful, but I wasn't expecting those things, and I failed LeGuin by being unable to embrace them. Yet I was unable to embrace them. Even once Miloš & Brontë asked if we could stop reading, even after I stopped reading aloud and went on by myself (in Ged-like fashion), even after finding myself captivated by the final search for Cob, the death of Orm Embar and Ged's sacrifice, even after recognizing the importance of Arren/Lebannen, I couldn't cross the emotional distance to embrace this book.I must read it again when I am in the proper place. Perhaps then I will be able to appreciate it fully. Sorry for failing you and your words, Ursula K. LeGuin. Your work deserves better.

  • Jeanette
    2019-04-01 23:05

    The Farthest Shore was written for tweens and teens, so if you just want a good fantasy full of adventure and daring and DRAGONS (the best part!), ignore all of the following and just enjoy. This is a story the meaning of which will derive from the beliefs of the individual reader. Had I read it when I still held spiritual beliefs, I would doubtless have fit the story into a framework of religious allegory and symbolism. As I am now comfortable in my unbelief, I focused on the more concrete themes of right use of power and man's fear of death. The plot headed off in directions I was not expecting, so I'll preserve the suspense for future readers and not reveal many specifics. Briefly, Sparrowhawk (Ged) is now the Archmage on the Isle of Roke. He sets off on a journey with Prince Arren to visit places in Earthsea where the magic is dying. They don't know exactly what they're seeking as they travel. They only hope to discover why the spells are not working, and to restore the Balance before it's too late. Sparrowhawk is a wise leader who does not squander his power. Prince Arren wonders why the Archmage doesn't use magic more often to make life easier for himself. Arren learns that power is not something to be used just because you have it. It must be carefully guarded and nurtured so it will be at full strength when it's most needed. With power comes responsibility. Sparrowhawk saves his power so it will be available when he calls it forth to serve all of Earthsea, rather than using it for his own benefit. The second thread I found running throughout the story was that of the universal fear of death. Humans cannot get their minds around the idea of future non-existence. They will strike any bargain, embrace any belief system, if it will allow them to maintain the illusion of some sort of immortality. I think it's a consequence of evolution to higher thought capabilities. We're able to project our minds forward to our own death, but not beyond. I'm already treading on the border of spoiler territory, so I'll go no further. It's instructive, though, to follow that theme through to the end.I enjoyed this one more than The Tombs of Atuan because it has a lot more action and excitement. Tombs made me a little claustrophobic with so much of it taking place underground. I get the symbolism, but I prefer the aboveground journeys of Books 1 and 3.

  • Deniz Balcı
    2019-04-18 00:09

    Serinin en beğendiğim halkası oldu. Zannedersem bunda en önemli etken, kitabın temasının 'ölüm' olması oldu. Zira benim de hayatım boyunca üzerinde kafa yorduğum, hala Arren gibi kabullenmekte zorlandığım bir olgu olması beni hikayeye mıhladı. Ged'i tüm toyluğundan sıyrılmış, fikirleriyle ergin olarak görmek; satır aralarına yerleştirilmiş Bergmanvari bilgece sözlerle aklımı meşgul etmek ve kemik seriye yakışır güzel bir sonla hikayenin ilk durağında dinlenmek beni ziyadesiyle memnun etti. Devamını okumak için de güzel bir motivasyon oldu.Kadim dilde, ejderhalara duyduğum tüm sempatiyle selamlıyorum sizi:)8/10

  • Sumant
    2019-04-12 22:15

    It's really hard for me to write a review for this book, because this book changed my perception regarding it dramatically from start to the end. Initially when I started it I really liked how the story was flowing in it, but then Le Guin starts introducing a lot of philosophy in the middle, at that time I thought what the hell is going on ?. What am I reading ? whether this is fantasy or a philosophical book ? but she manages to tie things up masterfully at the end that I devoured this book in just three days. I really got many things from the story she was trying to tell, like how death is important to understand the price of life, or the kind of relationship a master has with his disciple, also how when you are young to take things head on without even considering the consequences it will finally lead to, but as you become older and wiser you start realizing the folly of it all and wants only peace at the end of it.The story of this book is really simple and can be explained in a few lines, but the I think Le Guin is trying to tell us a lot in the subtext that is the important part of this book, that is what appealed to me a lot in this book and changed my perception.The things which appealed to me in this book are1.Ged2.Relationship between Ged & ArrenLet me elaborate on the above points now1.GedThe Ged we met in the first book, and the one present to us in this book is a completely changed character, what we saw initially was a wizard who wanted to take the world head on, and thought the approach of his master Ogion to led back for a wizard. Try to choose carefully, Arren, when the great choices must be made. When I was young, I had to choose between the life of being and the life of doing. And I leapt at the latter like a trout to a fly. But each deed you do, each act, binds you to itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again and yet again. Then very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be.Or wonder who, after all, you are.But now when we met him in this story he is forty and realizes that his actions not only affect him but also the people around him, he is therefore reluctant to use magic for everything and cares about the equilibrium of magic in this world. Although he has become a top mage of his guild, he yearns for the peace which Ogion offered at the start of the first book, and often contemplates what could his life have been, if he had followed in the foot steps of his master, gone is Ged which we first met nad I really loved how Le Guin has portrayed him in this book. 2.Relationship between Ged & Arren The story starts when prince Arren of Enlad is sent by his father to the island of Roke to inform the guild of magicians regarding some disturbing news happening in his land. He has told his son Arren to do whatever is necessary to the find the solution for the crisis they are facing. He has given him only a sword of their inheritance, the sword is magical due to the fact that it can't be use for killing.When Arren comes across Ged he sees a powerful wizard who can help him, and swears his oath to him, and so follows a journey which will really test the oath which Areen has sworn ed to Ged.Do you see, Arren, how an act is not, as young men think, like a rock that one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that’s the end of it. When that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that bears it heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the stars respond, and where it strikes or falls the universe is changed.The relationship between Ged and Arren was the best part of the book for me.I give this book 4/5 stars, and I think this book by far surpasses the first two books in the series.

  • Kaora
    2019-04-05 15:52

    This one is between 3 and 4 stars for me, but I'm feeling generous so I'm giving it a 4.All over Earthsea wizards are losing their magic, so Ged Sparrowhawk and Prince Arren embark on a quest to discover the source of the disappearing magic.While this one again starts off rather slow as Le Guin builds the scene, and the action doesn't occur until the end, I'm stating to enjoy the world she has created more and more as it is slowly revealed.I also enjoyed the characters a great deal more in this one. Prince Arren is one that I hope to see more of.

  • Eric
    2019-03-30 18:02

    He was a peerless sailor, though. Arren had learned more in three days' sailing with him, than in ten years of boating and racing on Berila Bay. And mage and sailor are not so far apart; both work with the powers of sky and sea, and bend great winds to the use of their hands, bringing near what was remote. Archmage or Hawk the sea-trader, it came to much the same thing.He was a rather silent man, though perfectly good-humored. No clumsiness of Arren's fretted him; he was companionable; there could be no better shipmate, Arren thought. But he would go into his own thoughts and be silent for hours on end, and then when he must speak there was a harshness in his voice, and he would look right through Arren. This did not weaken the love the boy felt for him, but maybe it lessened liking somewhat; it was a little awesome. Perhaps Sparrowhawk felt this, for in that foggy night off the shores of Wathort he began to talk to Arren, rather haltingly, about himself. "I do not want to go among men, tomorrow," he said. "I've been pretending that I am free... That nothing's wrong in the world. That I'm not Archmage, not even sorcerer. That I'm Hawk of Temere, without responsibilities or privileges, owing nothing to anyone..." He stopped and after a while went on, "Try to choose carefully, Arren, when the great choices must be made. When I was young I had to choose between the life of being and the life of doing. And I leapt at the latter like a trout to a fly. But each deed you do, each act, binds you to itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again and yet again. Then very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be. Or wonder who, after all, you are."How could such a man, thought Arren, be in doubt as to who and what he was? He had believed such doubts were reserved for the young, who had not done anything yet.They rocked in the great, cool darkness."That's why I like the sea," said Sparrowhawk's voice in that darkness.Arren understood him; but his own thoughts ran ahead, as they had been doing all these three days and nights, to their quest, the aim of their sailing. And since his companion was in a mood to talk, at last, he asked, "Do you think we will find what we seek in Hort Town?"Sparrowhawk shook his head, perhaps meaning no, perhaps meaning that he did not know."Can it be a kind of pestilence, a plague, that drifts from land to land, blighting the crops and the flocks and men's spirits?""A pestilence is a motion of the great balance, of the Equilibrium itself; this is different. There is the stink of evil in it. We may suffer for it when the balance of things rights itself, but we do not lose hope, and forego art, and forget the words of the Making. Nature is not unnatural. This is not a righting of the balance, but an upsetting of it. There is only one creature who can do that.""A man?" Arren said, tentative."We men.""How?""By an unmeasured desire for life.""For life? But it isn't wrong to want to live?""No. But when we crave power over life - endless wealth, unassailable safety, immortality - then desire becomes greed. And if knowledge allies itself to that greed, then comes evil. Then the balance of the world is swayed, and ruin weighs heavy in the scale."Arren brooded over this a while, and said at last, "Then you think it is a man we seek?""A man, and a mage. Aye, I think so.""But I had thought, from what my father and teachers taught, that the great arts of wizardry were dependent on the Balance, the Equilibrium of things, and so could not be used for evil.""That," said Sparrowhawk somewhat wryly, "is a debatable point. Infinite are the arguments of mages... Every land of Earthsea knows of witches who cast unclean spells, sorcerers who use their art to win riches. But there is more. The Firelord, who sought to undo the darkness and stop the sun at noon, was a great mage; even Erreth-Akbe could scarcely defeat him. The Enemy of Morred was another such. When he came, whole cities knelt to him; armies fought for him. The spell he wove against Morred was so mighty that even when he was slain it could not be halted, and the island of Solea was overwhelmed by the sea, and all on it perished. Those were men in whom great strength and knowledge served the will to evil, and fed upon it. Whether the wizardry that serves a better end may always prove the stronger, we do not know. We hope."There is a certain bleakness in finding hope where one expected certainty. Arren found himself unwilling to stay on these cold summits. He said after a little while, "I see why you say that only men do evil, I think. Even sharks are innocent, they kill because they must.""That is why nothing can resist us. Only one thing in the world can resist an evil-hearted man. And that is another man. In our shame is our glory. Only our spirit, which is capable of evil, is capable of overcoming it."4 1/2 stars

  • Aristea
    2019-04-05 18:52

    What I loved about this book was the more philosophical analysis of the nature of mankind (are they evil?) and questions regarding other topics that fascinate mankind, such as immortality. I also realize this is the second book about Ged but with a different point of view. And I like it, it provides a fresh and different perspective, people of different background and knowledge talking about their lives and their interaction with Ged. It is just a marvelous story that is worth reading if you are a fantasy reader. It is a classic among classics. It is also a great series to introduce the genre for those who do not know anything about fantasy!

  • Claudia Badiu
    2019-04-14 21:12

    Povestea înaintează parcă mai încet decât celelalte două. La fel de minunat însă, stilul Ursulei Le Guin, simplu și clar construiește o poveste despre viață și moarte, pe firul unui bildungsroman, traseul formării unui tânăr prinț. Învățăturile pe care acesta le câștigă și experiențele prin care trece sunt neprețuite și îl construiesc ca om, ca rege. Mi-au plăcut teribil dragonii și felul în care povestea îi prinde în țesătura ei.

  • Donna
    2019-04-06 21:49

    This is the third book in the Earthsea Cycle, closing out the trilogy, though the stories of Earthsea continue with subsequent books. The story picks up years after book two ends, when Ged is middle-aged and has become the Archmage of Roke, which is the center of wizardry in that world, housing a school for those in training. Roke is isolated, though well protected from hostile invasion. This gives little comfort to Ged when he learns that wizards in other parts of Earthsea have lost their magic and the words in which to invoke it. This news has reached him through a messenger, a young prince, seventeen years of age, named Arren, who has come far to deliver it. Ged sees something in the young man, just as the young man sees something completely different in Ged. Together, they set out to discover the truth of what ails the wizards of Earthsea and what might be the cause of what seems like a plague, despite the other wizards of Roke cautioning against the journey, fearing for Ged's safety. But as Ged explains to Arren once they are traveling, he has chosen a life of doing over a life of being. Along the way to discovering the truth about the disappearance of magic in Earthsea, Arren and Ged encounter dragons, men in the clutches of a viscous mind eating drug, hostile primitives, and people living in a town floating upon the sea. Their journey will take them far, far as the living may go and perhaps beyond that farthest shore. Along the way, Arren comes of age and Ged comes full circle during a quest that will test their strength, both physically and mentally. I really liked the interplay between Arren and Ged, between youth and age which, later on, the author twists into something different, avoiding cliches. Arren is passionate and impetuous to Ged's near stoicism and steadiness. At one point in their journey to discover the root of the evil attacking Earthsea, Arren becomes frustrated over Ged's wait and see philosophy instead of him using his magical powers. Answering Arren's challenge to act, Ged says, "Do you see, Arren, how an act is not, as young men think, like a rock that one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that's the end of it. When that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that bears it heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the stars respond, and where it strikes or falls the universe is changed. On every act the balance of the whole is changed..." To this, Arren responds, "But then, is the balance to be kept by doing nothing? Surely a man must act, even not knowing all the consequences of his act, if anything is to be done at all." "Never fear," Ged responds. "It is much easier for men to act than to refrain from acting. We will continue to do good and to do evil."I always forget these books in the Earthsea Cycle are aimed at people of middle school age since they read just as well as books for adults. They are books with themes to ponder amid quiet displays of magic, so they're not for someone looking for action. The wizards of Earthsea learn their art to be in service to their communities. They help the crops and herds flourish. They treat those who are ailing when possible. They summon creatures or change form for purposes that are for the greater good and not for glory. The wonder of these books is not in their destination, but in the journey which is paved with poetic, rhythmic language that soothes and surprises. It's sprinkled throughout the book, but never intrusive to where it's calling attention to itself over the characters and plot. Here are two passages I especially enjoyed:"Golden and supple, the boy played and basked in the water and the light until the sun touched the sea. And dark and spare, with the economy of gesture and the terse strength of age, the man swam, and kept the boat on course, and rigged up an awning of sailcloth, and watched the swimming boy and the flying fish with an impartial tenderness.""Darkness came, and light again, and dark, and light, like drumbeats on the tight-stretched canvas of the sky."As I mentioned, this book isn't for everyone. Like the previous books in the series, it takes patience and an open heart and mind. I was sad to see this book end, even though the story continues in other books. If you'd like to read the first three books and stop there, I can tell you they stand on their own, the trilogy ending on a beautiful, bittersweet note.

  • Ana-Maria Petre
    2019-04-18 00:03

    It requires a special talent to write a boring fantasy book.(I couldn't finish this. It's the weakest volume of the series by far. The storyline is jagged and thin. Nothing happens. Overall, it was a tedious read with rare moments of interest, and I think I'm going to ditch it.)

  • Rıdvan
    2019-04-11 19:56

    Evet. Üçleme bitti. Seri devam ediyor ama bu üçlemenin son kitabı oldu. Spoiler veriyrum vaziyet alın;(view spoiler)[Çevik Atmaca öldü. (hide spoiler)]Seri bence çok güzeldi. Hiç heyecanlanmadan tatlı tatlı okunup bitti. Tam bir maceraydı diyemeyeceğim. Hatta çokta boşluklar var.Çevik Atmaca zorlu bir eğitimin ardından büyücü oluyor ve biz bu sırada onu izleyemiyoruz. İlk kitapta Usta Ogion'un Gont'ta bir çoban çocukken keşfettiği genç Ged, ikinci kitapta karşımıza büyük bir büyücü olarak çıkıyor. Arada neler yaşadı çok merak ediyorum. Kendini tanıyıp keşfettiği bu sürede ona eşilik etmek isterdim. Üçüncü kitapta ise Roke adasında ki büyücüler okulunda baş büyücü olarak buluyoruz sevgili Çevik Atmaca'yı. Artık yaşlanmış ve usta bir büyücü olmuş. Peki arada neler yaşadı? Bu yok.Bu kitapta da küçük bir çocuk eşilik ediyor Ged'e. llk kitapta kendisi çocuktu. İkinci kitapta canım Tenar ve üçüncü kitapta ise genç prens Lebannen, Ged'e eşlik ediyor. Özetliyorum;(view spoiler)[Genç bir prens gelir Büyücüler Okuluna. Babası göndermiştir onu. Dünyada büyü denen bir şey kalmamıştır. Kötücül bir ruh bütün büyüyü Yerdeniz'den silmiştir. Roke Yerdenizde büyünün olduğu son adadır. Ve prens gelinceye kadar kimse dünya üzerinden büyünün yavaş yavaş silindiğini farketmez. Prens Çevik Atmaca'ya durumu anlatır. Ged büyünün neredeyse yok olmak üzere olduğu bu ana kadar hiç birşeyin farkında değildir ama prens durumu anlatınca hemen çakar köfteyi ve prenside yanına alarak yola çıkar. Oldukça zorlu bir yolculuktan sonra "kötü ruhu" bulurlar. En uzak sahilde.Ölümsüz olabilmek için ruhunu karanlığa satmış ve bundan pişman olduğu halde artık geri dönemeyen biridir bu. Ölmüştür ve ölümsüzlüğe kavuşmuştur. Ama maalesef yaptığı tercih nedeniyle ölümsüzlüğünü karanlıkların içinde yaşamak zorundadır. Ne kadar kaçmaya çalışsa da onu sonsuz bir azap beklemektedir. Baş büyücü bu arkadaşı bir güzel yener. Ve hikayenin sonunda Gont'a, yani köyüne döner bir ejderhanın pençesinde. . (hide spoiler)]Yazar da bize bu kitapta ölümlü olmanın ne kadarda güzel olduğunu anlatır.Ehh eğlenceliydi.Seri bitmedi ama bu yinede bir son kitap. Bu çok belli.

  • J. Trott
    2019-03-21 16:02

    People like to talk about "The Golden Compass" as the athiestic answer to C. S. Lewis' Narnia series. However Ursula Le Guin's series has a far better claim to this title. In these books, the most trenchant critiques of religion, and the best arguments for humanism are presented. In the first book, the greatest enemy is within the protagonist, who must name his darkest self in order to overcome. Old powers are present throughout, and fear is their power. In the second book we see this replayed, with religion being the worship of darkness and fear. Throughout this, the wizards power comes from knowing names. This corresponds to science. But it is the final book that most tellingly seeks to express problems that Le Guin identifies with religion. In the book, people lose their pleasure in life as their longing grows to gain eternal life. The protagonist has to argue back his friends from the abyss of leaving life, and sanity, in their pursuit of eternal life, and fight with the one who makes these promises. It is a gripping book, in which simple sentences are chunked into pictures. In one particularly memorable passage, the wizard of Earthsea visits a city where addictions are rampant, greed has overcome, and chaos rules everything. For the student of the modern city, the description rings true. Visit Atlantic City. Or don't and read the book. Anyways, I had to think through the thematic implications of this book. It is true for a long time that faith in an afterlife has made many Christians into people who do not believe in the goodness of this one. Examples are rampant, but I find the Shakers, with the banning of sex, particularly apt. Recent readings of Paul point out that this is not the intention of the early church, that the redemption, not the chucking, of this creation is what it's all about. Jesus isn't raised as a spirit, he's a body. To quote Bryan Appleyard interviewing Marilynne "Robinson, sitting in a “porch swing”, a hanging sofa, swings continuously for two hours. The sounds, the swinging and the damp, dim light make me feel we have been sitting here for ever. In a way, in Robinson’s faith, we have, for here is heaven. “In Revelations, what is promised is a new heaven and a new earth.. .” she says, “which sort of suggests what we have here.. . I would not ask for more. It’s a vastly more moving idea to me than the idea of pearly gates. I mean, this” - she sweeps her hand in a gesture that takes in the house and the deep green, soaking garden - “would be heaven enough for me.”"Therefore, I can read this as an honest critique of what faith often is, but not of what it should be. I wish that this trilogy was not over. I would put this in the top five fantasy series I have read.

  • Dan
    2019-04-07 17:04

    Good story, bad prose.When I was in high school, I read an Ursula K. Le Guin story in my Science Fiction Literature class. I found it to be difficult to read. I chalked that up to being young and a relatively inexperienced reader. I saw this book at a library book sale and picked it up to give it a try.I discovered that being young an inexperienced had nothing to do with her stories being hard to read. She uses peculiar word order that confuses the meaning, missing or extra commas, excessive adverbial phrases, and run-on sentences. Here are some examples from this book."As evening came on serried lines of clouds rose from the west, borne on great winds from the sea, and burnt fiery before the sun, reddening it as it sank."Wow! Put something like that in an English paper and see what your teacher has to say. "The stillness of the earth was strange to them when they had beached Lookfar and walked after so long on solid ground."What she is saying here is that it felt strange to walk on solid ground after so long at sea. I've felt that myself. Her wording to me sounds like they had walked a long time on solid ground, which is not the case. Maybe it is just me. It could easily be fixed with some commas ("walked, after so long, on solid ground") or a change in word order ("walked on solid ground after so long")."Though he spoke in the language of the Making, yet Arren understood, at last, as all who ear that invocation must understand, for it has power over all......."Besides being a run-on sentence, "Though" and "yet" are redundant. Having both made me pause and think "What is she trying to say?"I liked the story. It would be very captivating if not for the prose. I'm not sure if I will read the rest of the series, or any other Ursula K. Le Guin stories. Trying to figure out what she is saying slows me down and keeps me from really getting into the story. But then I am a fan of descriptive but efficient prose.If you have an opinion on this, please comment on this review. I would love to hear your view.

  • Neli Krasimirova
    2019-04-21 23:58

    Seri başından beri bu tatta olsaydı lanse edildiği kadar efsane olduğuna inanabilecektim sanırım. 3 kitabın sonunda söyleyebildiğim sadece: "Çok dağınık ama kendini bir şekilde okutan cinsten" olduğudur.Ben bu seriyi sabahları trafik gürültüsü altında, işe gitmek için servis beklerken tüketmeyi planlıyorum zira fazlası bir zaman ayırmaya pek gönüllü değilim.Özelinde, 3.kitap olarak yorumlarsam, Yerdeniz'in en iyisiydi şu ana kadar ki zaten sonradan uzatılmış bir seri olduğu düşünülürse, öyle de kalacak gibi.

  • Joseph
    2019-03-29 23:50

    I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning.

  • Nikki
    2019-04-07 17:09

    This has always been my least favourite of the Earthsea books, and I think that’s sort of inevitable given the central conflict, the issue that the whole book centres around. It’s about magic dying out, about death and fighting death and being afraid of death, where few people are whole and entire and able to see the world as it is rather than wishing it was something else. Ged is one of those people, of course: he’s the Archmage for a reason, and more importantly, he’s faced the dark part of himself and accepted it.But it’s not primarily about Ged: it’s primarily about Arren and his journey to kingship. We saw Ged from an outside POV in The Tombs of Atuan, and it’s not as though Tenar completely trusted or respected him instantly… but Arren’s distrust and indifference at times grate, especially set against his hero worship at first.I can see the beauty of the story, of what Ged does, but I don’t enjoy it. It’s a shadow of a story, a feeling of foreboding – the shadow at the door. It’s, in part, an ending to an adventure that I wanted more of. It makes sense that Earthsea has to change, but that doesn’t reconcile me to the fact.Needless to say, Ursula Le Guin’s writing is great and that’s not the problem.Originally posted here.

  • Ivan Lutz
    2019-03-28 23:51

    po neni dosta slabija od dvije prethodne knjige. Ged je razvijen do kraja kao lik - junak..ali nesto fali. Dosta zapinje kad sam citao i ne budi onakvu zelju za citanjem kao ranije. A sad odmor od Zemljomorja moja domaca zadaca je zavrsena.

  • Jefi Sevilay
    2019-04-07 22:17

    En Uzak Sahil, diğer iki kitaba nazaran en fazla hoşuma giden hikaye oldu. Bu seriye bir türlü kitap diyemiyorum çünkü sanki küçük küçük hikayeler birbirini kovalıyor. İçerik açısından da öyle. Ursula Le Guin'in hikayeyi daha heyecanlı anlatayım gibi bir gayesi yok. Cümleler çok uzun. Öyle ki sanırım her bir cümlede ortalama 4-5, kimisinde 8-9 virgül var. Çevirmene sabırlar diliyorum.Belki kendimi tekrar edeceğim ama bu okuduğum kitap 45 yıllık! Dolayısıyla 1972'deki atmosferi düşünecek olursak (ben düşünemiyorum zira doğmama daha 12 yıl var) yazarın böyle bir dünya oluşturmaya cesaret etmesi, yazması, basılması bile büyük bir cesaret olsa gerek.Ursula Le Guin'in tarzına mı gitgide daha çok alışıyorum, hikaye mi ilginçleşiyor bilemiyorum ama Tehanu'yu dört gözle bekliyorum.Herkese keyifli okumalar!

  • Robert
    2019-04-06 19:55

    This is my third attempt to review this book; the first attempt reached only one sentence before I deleted it; the second reached...not even one character before I gave up, but now I've thought of a way to approach it, so here goes, wish me luck trying to do it justice.Each of the first three Earthsea books is a coming of age story. In the first Ged has to face and accept his own mortality in order to truely begin his adult life. In the second Arha must choose between conforming to the narrow and worthless role that has been forced on her or abandoning everything she has known in order to find her own way in life.In The Farthest Shore, Arren goes on a spirit journey. It can be viewed as similar to what men went through in shamanistic societies; taking drugs or fasting in order to experience hallucinations, in a formal coming of age rite of passage. For Arren, the journey is real, though he is helped by a wizard (and helps Ged in turn). In doing so he fulfills a prophecy, inherits a kingdom and helps save Earthsea from destruction. These consequences of his journey are perhaps typical of epic fantasy, part of what makes it epic in the first place, but the cause of the threat is not. LeGuin returns to the subject of mortality raised in the first book and examines the desire for its opposite that lurks within humanity.The story turns the plot of A Wizard of Earthsea inside out; there Ged is manipulated by evil conspirators but only succumbs to their machinations because of his own pride. Here, Ged's pride leads him to rebuke a fellow wizard, who turns to evil in response and finds a way to become immortal, with grim consequences for all the people of Earthsea.The theme is profound and the telling of the tale is superb. For me, the most memorable scenes of any of the Earthsea books are to be found here; lost and dying on the open water, the Raft People, the horror of Dragons who have lost their speech, Orm Embar and Kalessin. (The Dragons in this book all have better names than Yevaud from the first book.)When the final confrontation with Cob, the creator of the hole torn in the realm of the dead that allows one to go back into life (but is draining all vitality from Earthsea), eventually comes his reactions are interesting. Pride and defiance come first, but an admission of pitiful remorse and of failing to undo the damage he has caused follow. It comes down to Ged to heal the rift and Arren to get their spirits back to their bodies. Ged's sacrifice pains me every time I read of it and Arren, a boy when he first meets Ged, has become a man in perhaps the hardest way imaginable.I have never been able to seperate the first and third Earthsea books by much but this time round I feel that The Farthest Shore is the best of them all. Its message, fear of death is healthy but don't waste your life seeking immortality, is unmistakable. It occurs to me that the promise of immortality is a fundamental aspect of many religions - is LeGuin making a veiled assault on them? The answer to this question is to be found in The Other Wind, I think and I will discuss it when I review that book.

  • vivliovision
    2019-04-16 20:06

    Ο νεαρός γιός του Πρίγκιπα των Ενλάδων, ο Άρεν, καταφθάνει στην νήσο Ροκ κομίζοντας στους εννέα θεματοφύλακες των μαγικών τεχνών που διδάσκουν εκεί την πανάρχαια τέχνη, δυσάρεστα νέα. Ο Γέροντας Αρχιμάγιστρος Γκεν, ο Κοσμήτορας της Σχολής, θα διακρίνει στο πρόσωπο του παιδιού κάτι βαθύ και ελπιδοφόρο· την πιθανότητα της εκπλήρωσης μιας παλιάς, αλλά όχι ξεχασμένης, υπόσχεσης. Οι δυο τους θα βγουν μαζί στο Αρχιπέλαγος της Γαιοθάλασσας αναζητώντας τη βαθιά πληγή στο μεδούλι ενός κόσμου, που δεν είναι πια γηραιός αλλά γηραλέος. Καθοδόν θα συναντήσουν όλα όσα απεύχονταν. Ανθρώπινα ράκη καθεύδουν μακάρια βουλιάζοντας στα μελανά απόνερα της αβελονίνης. Τα θολωμένα μάτια των πολλών αδυνατούν να ξεχωρίσουν πια το καθάριο γαλανό από το λασπερό γαλάζιο. Στις συντροφιές τους οι χωρικοί δυσπιστούν για ό,τι είχαν για να μην έρθουν αντιμέτωποι με ό,τι έχασαν. Οι γιορτές τους ρημάζουν νωρίς, γιατί οι τροβαδούροι χάνουν τα λόγια των τραγουδιών. Ορισμένοι επιχαίρουν, γιατί είναι δειλοί και δεν θέλουν ν’ ακούνε για ήρωες. Οι γνώριμες λέξεις, που έσφυζαν άλλοτε από δύναμη και ζωή, γυρνούν αξιοθρήνητες μέσα στα στόματα των ανθρώπων, ακατανόητες, άγνωστες, απογυμνωμένες νοήματος. Ακόμη και οι δράκοι, οι γιοι και οι κόρες του Σεγκόυ, που ποτέ τους δεν καταδέχθηκαν άλλη από την αρχαία λαλιά της δημιουργίας, μοιάζουν να έχουν καταδικασθεί στον βουβό τρόμο των ζώων. Η ισορροπία ενός ολόκληρου κόσμου έχει διασαλευθεί κι έχει μετατραπεί σε διακύβευμα.Μια γυναίκα θρηνεί: «Έχασα όλα τα πράγματα που ήξερα, όλες τις λέξεις και τα ονόματα. Βγήκαν στη σειρά σαν ιστοί αράχνης από τα μάτια και το στόμα μου. Υπάρχει μία τρύπα στον κόσμο και το φως διαρρέει απ’ αυτήν.» Ο νεαρός Άρεν αδυνατεί να καταλάβει την πλήρη σημασία των λόγων της, αλλά ο γέροντας Μάγιστρος θα του πει την αλήθεια με τρόπο: «Η πρόβλεψη της μοίρας και τα ερωτικά φίλτρα δεν είναι τα παίρνει κανείς στα σοβαρά, αλλά τις γριές γυναίκες αξίζει να τις ακούει κανείς με προσοχή.»Η αλήθεια είναι πικρή σαν κινίνο, αλλά η Ursula K. Le Guin, με την σοφία που είχαν οι γιαγιάδες, πριν αποτρελαθούν από το Botox και τις ασκήσεις σουηδικής γυμναστικής, έχει επιλέξει σοφά να την λιώσει μέσα στo ζαχαρόνερο της φαντασιακής αφήγησης: άπαξ και το αντίκρισμα των λέξεων χαθεί, τίποτα δεν μπορεί να ‘χει πια σημασία.

  • Laila
    2019-04-15 20:52

    Ged... Her zamanki gibi kendine has durusuyla bir sonraki sayfada neler olacak diyerek kendini merakla okutan, sonunda "ne yani, bu kadar mi?" dedirten, serinin bir sonraki kitabina gecmek icin acele ettirten kahraman...Bu defa da "buyuleyiciydi" bu defa da surukleyiciydi. Ölmeden once bu seriyi mutlaka okumalisiniz!..

  • Kristal Kitap
    2019-03-21 17:06

    Ve bir efsane daha biter. *-* Keşke serinin diğer kitaplarını da alsaymışım. *-*

  • Erik
    2019-04-13 18:11

    Attempting to describe a great book is a bit like attempting to describe the beauty of a sunrise: It was red and stuff was glowing orange and yellow. It just doesn't translate. Which is an interesting thing to my mind because OF COURSE a sunset doesn't translate. It's photons and light beams and refraction and fire and energy, no mere words. But shouldn't a book? It IS mere words.But it's not. It's the fatigue you feel at the end of a work day when you recline in your favorite chair and open the book to the furthest dog-ear. Or the noise of skateboarder grinding on a nearby rail in your favorite park and your annoyance at the distraction. It's the slow imperceptible slanting of light through window blinds as you read the day away. It is the memories that the book invokes. It is the new ideas that the book inspires.This is not true of all books. Some books are mere words. There are characters and conflicts and the occasional witty metaphor and it all resolves and the person who finishes reading this book is the same person who started it.The Farthest Shore is not such a book. It tells the superificial story about Sparrowhawk - now Archmage of Roke - and a young prince, Arren, as they travel about earthsea in an attempt to figure out why magic is going extinct. This story has everything you could hope for in a fantasy. There's dragons. Huts made of dragon bone. There's an exotic peoples, the People of the Open Sea, who live on giant rafts. There's a land of death into which our heroes must travel. There's thieves and scoundrels and slavers and a corrupt powerful mage.But none of those are why I give this book five stars. They had to be there to earn the five stars, yes, but they are like the wrapping paper on a present. The presentation matters, it does, but the core fulfills. And the core of The Farthest Shore is strong. Told from Arren's point of view, this is a bildungsroman (that's a fancy word for coming-of-age). It talks about a life of being vs. a life of doing whether suggesting that either is the better. It confronts evil vs good and speaks of it in fresh language, not as yin and yang, nor as black and white. Arren says: "I see why you say that only men do evil, I think. Even sharks are innocent; they kill because they must.” Ged responds: “That is why nothing else can resist us. Only one thing in the world can resist an evil-hearted man. And that is another man. In our shame is our glory. Only our spirit, which is capable of evil, is capable of overcoming it."It confronts, too, the strangeness of immortality, the inherent despair of believing or needing an afterlife. Such a belief is not forced upon you: this is not a pedantic tale. But it is there, if you care to see it. The great evil of this book is the result of people thirsting after eternal life. But as Ged says: "How can one appreciate life without death?" Indeed, implicit in the idea of a heavenly afterlife, is the notion that this life, our life here on earth, needs something more to be complete. But I do not think that is so. I believe when I live, I am living, and when I die that I shall be dead, and that is good enough for me.It is this complexity - combined the grandness of adventure - that leads me to suggest that this one of my very favorite books. Read it?

  • YouKneeK
    2019-04-16 22:02

    On average, I would say I enjoyed this book about as much as I had enjoyed the previous two books, but maybe less in some ways, and more in other ways.In the very beginning of book one, we were told Ged would eventually be an Archmage. At the beginning of this book, we find that this has come to pass and Ged is now the Archmage at the school on Roke. Prince Arren, a teenager introduced in this book, has traveled to Roke to tell the wizards that people seem to be losing their ability to work magic. Ged and Arren then travel together to try to discover the source of the problem.Ged and Arren had nearly equal “page time”, and I was happy to see more of Ged than I had in the second book. I also liked the character of Arren, and Arren’s hero worship of Ged and Ged’s affection toward Arren was very nice to read about. The story started off quite interesting, although I think the second book had the strongest story of the three. In this book, particularly in the second half, some of the plot points and character decisions became a bit too nebulous. Our characters sometimes did things because they felt right, not because there was any solid, logical reason for doing them. I do think most of that was explained or at least explainable by the end, though.This book was published 18 years before the next book in the series, and it has a very definite “this is the end of the story” feel to it. It would be easy to stop here and be satisfied, and some people have in fact suggested doing just that, but there may have been a cat somewhere in my distant ancestry because I’m too curious to stop here. The mixed opinions about the later books have me curious to see what I’ll think, and I’m also curious to see what the author’s later writing style is like, and I’m curious to see how she chose to continue the series. So I plan to move on to book four, and then decide from there whether or not to continue.