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Monday, December 19, 2005

Ursula K. Le Guin - The Farthest Shore (2)

The final volume of the Earthsea Trilogy, and, to me, the strongest of the three. It's main theme, the struggle caused by the realization that life and death are intricately linked (a thought which is part of the dualist/taoist thinking that weaves like a thread through the whole trilogy, and indeed much of Le Guin's other writing) and one is impossible without the other, unfolds against a backdrop of exciting encounters, and the overall athmosphere of impending doom caused by the widespread refusal to accept mortality still has a very realistic tone today, more than 30 years after it was originally written.


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