Monday, 6 May 2013

A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. LeGuin - The Review

Ged saw in it for an instant Skiorh’s white face, and then a pair of clouded, staring eyes, and then suddenly a fearful face he did not know, man or monster, with writhing lips and eyes that were like pits going back into black emptiness.                         6.7

A wizard destined for greatness must first come to terms with his frightful

The Concept
What better to challenge an extremely talented and pride-full young wizard
with, than an opponent he can not find, catch, fight or defeat?

The Writing
It reads like a poem, with long periods of what a non-poetry enthusiast like
me considers as lulls, where we are invited to just relax and enjoy language.

It is a book of flat lines interspersed at regular intervals with sudden spikes.
A spike just when the flat lines are about to become boring and then more
flat lines to cushion your descent from the spike.

A lot like watching the heart rate monitor of a patient whose survival is
not only a matter of professional acclaim, but also of personal redemption.

The Story
The book traces the journey of a young wizard, whose early promise
suggests that he is destined for greatness, but whose pride and arrogance
lead him to unleash a great evil (so evil that nobody even knows its name),
into the world.

We follow him across vast lands and the mighty oceans, as he takes turns,
to pursue or be pursued by this unfathomable evil.

The Resolution
It is not at all unlikely that you'll figure out the general manner of the end
before you get there, but the message behind Ged's unconventional fight
with the shadow he creates, is powerful enough that you wouldn't want it
any other way.

The Verdict
Perfect for an easy read where you are not interested in stressing your mind
beyond the grasp of the geography of an ancient Archipelagos.

No comments:

Post a Comment