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These Blogs are largely about the process of coercing words out of my head (at times I convince myself that I am a novelist). Thoughts about current reading and/or fantasy literature and writing in general may disgorge at random.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Nothing quite so profound to say,

but I just finished Ursula Le Guin's The Tombs of Atuan, and can I say that one day I hope to be able to tell a story this 'effortlessly.'

Addendum: okay, so here are a few words of (un)wisdom. If A Wizard of Earthsea is about personal responsibility, and the pain and sacrifice that it takes to be really true to oneself, then The Tombs of Atuan is about personal freedom. I mean not in the sense of rugged individualism or libertine excess, but rather the freedom that comes from the choice of conscience. I mean the freedom not to be inhuman. Le Guin makes a point here, albeit in a story so effortlessly enjoyable as pure story that one is forgiven for not seeing the meta-text, that true freedom is the freedom to serve humanity, not to serve oneself.


Anonymous Paul Jessup said...

Tombs of Atuan is my second favorite Earthsea book. My favorite one is Tehanu...which is like Atuan but better (if you can imagine that).

I like both tombs and tehanu because they are simpler stories- not epic. Wizard of Earthsea and the Farthest Shore are epic tales with the struggles of the world in balance, and told in a high didactic Dunsany esque style.

I think Tombs and Tehanu work well because they are such personable stories- about the relationships of two characters.

Until Tombs Ged wasn't really a character to me. Just a wizard doing cool stuff. In tombs he became real and interesting and gritty.

Still haven't read the Other Wind yet, but I plan on doing it soon.

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