Monday, January 29

reading: a wizard of earthsea

I started this once some years back, but I didn’t get very far. Then my sister gave me the first three Earthsea books for Christmas, and on the 22nd of this month Ursula K. Le Guin died. When I heard, I sat at my kitchen table and cried, and then got out my copy of The Dispossessed and thumbed through it for an hour. Eventually I decided to pick up Wizard, and finished it in a handful of sittings.

It’s the kind of thing I wish I’d read at 10 and yet was grateful to find that I still had ahead of me at 36. Its closest parallel in anything I’ve read is probably Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, which I mean as high praise.

I’ve loved Le Guin’s work for a long time, but I think I’ve probably read at most a quarter of her published material. I don’t think it all works for me, but there’s a lot more of it I intend to pick up.