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eBook Tehanu (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 4) epub
  • ISBN: 0553288733
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Genre: Teens
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Spectra; English Language edition (February 1, 1991)
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • ePUB size: 1124 kb
  • FB2 size 1870 kb
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Today I'll be discussing Ursula Le Guin's Tehanu, published in 1990 and that year's winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best . This book never really feels like book in the Earthsea Cycle to me. The first hundred pages or so did not feel needed.

Today I'll be discussing Ursula Le Guin's Tehanu, published in 1990 and that year's winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Spoilers follow, as well as some discussion of child abuse. 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.

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Earthsea, also known as The Earthsea Cycle, is a series of fantasy books written by the American writer Ursula K. Le Guin and the name of their setting, a dense archipelago surrounded by an uncharted ocean. There are six Earthsea books written between 1968 and 2001, beginning with A Wizard of Earthsea and continuing with The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales from Earthsea, and The Other Wind.

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry, and four of translation, and has received the Hugo, Nebula, Endeavor, Locus, Tiptree, Sturgeon, PEN-Malamud, and National Book Award and the Pushcart and Janet Heidinger Kafka prizes, among others.

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Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin - The Nebula and Locus Award–winning fourth novel in the renowned Earthsea series from Ursula K. LeGuin gets a. .A Reading Group Guide for. The Earthsea Cycle By Ursula K. About the Earthsea Cycle. LeGuin gets a beautiful ne. Earthsea is a fictional realm originally created by Ursula K. Le Guin for her short story "The Word of Unbinding," published in 1964. Earthsea became the setting for six books, beginning with A Wizard of Earthsea, and continuing with The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu, Tales from Earthsea, and The Other Wind. All are set in the world of Earthsea.

Classics of high fantasy, Ursula K. Le Guin's  three previous Earthsea novels--A W izard Of  Earthsea, The Tombs Of  Atuan, and The Farthest Shore--have been compared  with J.R.R. Tolkien's  The Lord of the Rings and C.S Lewis'  Narnia stories as being among the  genre's greatest creations. Now the fourth and  final volume, Tehanu, brings to a  conclusion the remarkable Earthsea cycle with a  revelation of wisdom, wonder, and literary wizardry.  Once she'd been a priestess, quest-companion to a  powerful mage, a student of high magic. Then she  gave it all up to be a farmer's wife on Gont,  content to lead a simple life. But Tenar was not born  to live her days in peace, away from great events.  A dying wizard and an abused child were the first  to call her back to the path she had abandoned.  For the end of the adventure beckoned and Tenar  would be there along with the dragons, mages, and the  young king himself to share in the unforgettable  fate of the kingdom known as  Earthsea.
Comments: (7)
I am considering this one a 3.5 star rating. I enjoyed Tehanu more so than The Farthest Shore, but not quite as much as A Wizard of Earthsea or The Tombs of Atuan.

Speaking of The Tombs of Atuan, I was very pleased to be reacquainted with Tenar, some 25 years after we left her in that book. I was pleased to see that she found a simple life on Gont, away from the terror and blind fanaticism that was her experience on Atuan. In this, Tehanu is a different story. It is slower paced than the books preceding it, but I found that it didn't suffer for this. Quite the opposite. Tenar (as well as Therru, Ogion, Ged, and a few other side characters on the island) is interesting to read about whether she is escaping pitch black labyrinthine depths, or whether she is planting peach trees and sewing a new red dress.

Now, that isn't to say that Tehanu is without conflict; on the contrary the plot is engaging and wrapped up nicely at the end, satisfyingly, and with room for more stories (I'm especially looking forward to the Other Wind). And in true Le Guin fashion she raises many worthwhile topics of conversation in these pages.; especially the focus on a woman's 'place' in Earthsea. Things are changing in the islands of Earthsea, and as far as I can see, for the better. Her prose is as efficient as ever, and every once in a while she hits you with one of those short little passages that is so intricately beautiful that you can't help but stop and read it again. There are a couple of those throughout.
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The fourth volume in Ursula LeGuin's famous Earth Sea series, following the life and magical destiny of a dark and tormented character who comes into her own at the end. It deals with themes already presented in earlier volumes: cruelty, disability, vengeance, use and misuse of power, and the healing force of love. A profound return to the world she created with Wizard of Earth Sea, Tombs of Atuan, and the Farthest Shore. It also leaves open the world of Earth Sea for future exploration.
Probably 3.5 stars. I always appreciate LeGuin for her characters, plots, and insights into humanity. In this book, she explores the idea of what happens after you are no longer the center of attention. Is a person only what they accomplish? What about all of the common people? This book is a followup to the Farthest Shore, but it is slightly unclear how long afterwards. The center of the book is Tenar (from The Tombs of Atuan) and Ged from the earlier trilogy. Both are now older and in some ways worn out--especially Ged. I won't go into any spoilers, but it was a little slow for me. I enjoyed the conversations and the characters, especially Tenar and Therru--her adopted daughter. My complaint is that it has a nice slow pace, until 84% into the book it appears that the author decided to quickly wrap it up. Lots happens in the last few pages that aren't well explained nor do they seem consistent with the characters. For example (mild spoiler) up until this point Therru has not been able to speak much. All of a sudden she is a primary narrator. There are various prophecies and hints about things which don't get explained and they are left unresolved at the end. I felt that it should have been about twice as long or there should have been an immediate sequel. The "official" next book (Tales of Earthsea) does not resolve any of these either. In the end, I felt let down that there was so much more that could have been explored and explained.
"Tehanu" steps back from the series' focus on epic journeys and instead focuses on Tenar and her place in the world.

I like the exploration of identity and autonomy. Ged has lost his magic, so he has to shape a new identity for himself, and Tenar's life is changing. There is the idea of a person being shaped by the events around them and playing a role rather than being their own person. Tenar says, "I chose to mold myself like clay... I made myself a vessel. I know the shape. But not the clay. Life danced me. I know the dances. But I don't know who the dancer is." She is saying that even when she was given choices, she was only choosing a role for herself and that she didn't know who she was as a person.

I like that discussion because it eloquently lays out a question that many people have: who am I? Where does the individual begin and the social conditioning end? I disagree with the overall answer, though, because I don't think that there is a transcendent self separate from the person immanent in the world. As Chuck Palahniuk said, "Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known." In Tenar's analogy, the clay gains its meaning only as a vessel; the dancer is defined by the dances. The question shouldn't be trying to figure out who the dancer "really is" (as if there were some meaningful answer to that question) but rather to figure out the right dances to do. We shouldn't ponder on the nature of clay; we should make things with it.

The book has a focus on social structures. I remember reading some second-wave feminist writings by Catherine MacKinnon where she describes women as superior for reasons relating to their connection to the earth and bearing children and having periods and breastfeeding (if I recall correctly). Le Guin reflects, in her afterword, about a conversation. One character, Moss, says, "Who knows where a woman begins or ends?... I have roots... I go back into the dark!... Who'll ask the dark its name?" and the protagonist, Tenar, responds, "I will... I lived long enough in the dark." Moss' statement seems very much like MacKinnon's writing, and Tenar's response, very much in the theme of her explorations in the book, is an expression of dissatisfaction with the simple mysticism of second wave feminism. She feels as though other peoples' explorations of identity aren't helping her own search, and a reflection of the power structures and systemic injustices that she has experienced are more relevant to her than discussions of intrinsic identity.
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