Last Book Read

A Wizard of EarthseaThe last book I completely read through was A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. It’s part of a fantasy trilogy and originally published in 1968. Kyle owns a paperback copy that looks like the one pictured, it’s one of his most favorite books.
He said his most favorite thing about this book is that it delves into how misunderstanding power comes with consequences.

It starts out with a young boy, Ged, who picks up the art of magic and is sent to a wizarding school to further his skills. The kid is kind of a cocky show-off and each time he tries to demonstrate his abilities something negative and unexpected happens. He ends up uncovering a sinister dark thing in one of his big show off moments and it leads to a chase across the world of Earthsea. By the end he is no longer a child and fully understands the consequences of being a powerful wizard. A spell is not cast without something else in the world being affected.

If you read “wizarding school” and immediately thought of Harry Potter, here’s a good quote from Le Guin:

“Her credit to JK Rowling for giving the “whole fantasy field a boost” is tinged with regret. ‘I didn’t feel she ripped me off, as some people did,’ she says quietly, ‘though she could have been more gracious about her predecessors. My incredulity was at the critics who found the first book wonderfully original. She has many virtues, but originality isn’t one of them. That hurt.'” Source.

I attempted to read Treasure Island after that but it didn’t hold my interest. Currently I’m reading The Kennedy Men: 1901-1963.

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