#the farthest shore
hazeism · a month ago
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Ursula K. Le Guin’s THE FARTHEST SHORE && angelo musco  / isabel allende / franz kafka /  marina tsvetaeva / anastasia ax / simone de beauvior / linda vachon / alexandra chu
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mgalibro · a year ago
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― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore
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neoretrobibliomartini-x · a month ago
“This is. And thou art. There is no safety. There is no end. The word must be heard in silence. There must be darkness to see the stars. The dance is always danced above the hollow place, above the terrible abyss.”
--Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore
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nuadha-airgeadlamh · 8 months ago
everyday I wake up and I think about when Ged said ‘In life is death. In death is rebirth. What then is life without death? Life unchanging, everlasting, eternal? What is it but death –– death without rebirth?’ and when Estraven said, ‘Fear’s very useful. Like darkness; like shadows. It’s queer that daylight’s not enough. We need the shadows, in order to walk.’ it’s about the the cross-textual themes! so much of Le Guin’s work that I’ve read explores balancing two opposites in some way or another, how one side of a coin cannot exist without the other, and once I connected these quotes in my head I could not disconnect them. they are speaking to each other! across worlds, across books! trying to comfort the ones close to them through their own arduous journeys! 
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jpechacek · a month ago
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the farthest shore
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whistlecat · a year ago
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"There lived a prince.... He was the prince. But in the old stories, that was the beginning; and this seemed to be the end."
--The Farthest Shore by Ursula K Le Guin
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librifeminaequecano · 11 months ago
“There is no safety, and there is no end. The word must be heard in silence; there must be darkness to see the stars. The dance is always danced above the hollow place, above the terrible abyss.”
-THE FARTHEST SHORE, by Ursula K. Le Guin
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pdfgirl · 9 months ago
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Lebannen, The Farthest Shore
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prymetimepublishing · a year ago
No darkness lasts forever. And even there, there are stars.
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore
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earhartsease · 7 months ago
I've only just realised that when I had a correspondence with Ursula Le Guin (from 2007-2011), I was way too embarrassed to tell her that for several years of my life in my 20s, one of my middle names was Arkvaissa - from nam hieth arw Ged arkvaissa "if thou seekest Ged, here find him" a word i just really liked the feel of out of one of her Earthsea books.
I would now be deeply proud to tell her that my firstname comes from one of her other Earthsea books. Our last correspondence was me telling Ursula I was transitioning (back in that six months where I still thought I had genders and that mine was woman) and her replying "welcome to the weird world of womanhood" bless her verdant heart 🌿☀️💚
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rotationalsymmetry · 8 months ago
I like the dragons in The Farthest Shore. They’re dangerous, but their danger does not mean they are evil. They’re more like the sea, a danger that must be respected, and sometimes you can sail across it and sometimes you drown, and it is what it is.
You take what precautions you can, and they are beautiful and terrible and awe-inspiring, and if you can talk to dragons and live people will sing your praises.
There are bigger things than humans in the world. Not good or evil. Just existing.
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hazeism · a month ago
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He went to Ged and said very gently, “We must go on, my lord.”
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billypilgrim14st · 11 months ago
Over the last couple months I read through most of Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea. (I’m currently on Tales from Earthsea).
I loved the prose throughout and keep finding myself drawn back to this particular line.
And though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet I would remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content
It’s such a poignant and contemplative way that Ged looks back at his life and remembers the beauty and majesty of the world even in the face of horrible trials.
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neoretrobibliomartini-x · 3 months ago
You will die. You will not live forever. Nor will any man nor any thing. Nothing is immortal. But only to us is it given to know that we must die. And that is a great gift: the gift of selfhood. For we have only what we know we must lose, what we are willing to lose... That selfhood which is our torment, and our treasure, and our humanity, does not endure. It changes; it is gone, a wave on the sea. Would you have the sea grow still and the tides cease, to save one wave, to save yourself?
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore
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taryo88 · 3 months ago
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Decided that this year I’m gonna motivate myself to meet my reading goal and fill my sketchbook at the same time, so here are my dedicated sketchbook pages for each book I’ve read in January and February! (let’s hope I can keep this up lol)
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bastardcosmonaut · 7 months ago
The funniest worldbuilding detail in existence is that in Earthsea wizards canonically follow catholic priest rules.
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whistlecat · 9 months ago
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The Rowan Tree
Shame, fear, feeling you must do something, that you're supposed to do something, be someone who does something because of all the power you have.
The Farthest Shore is one of the most humane fantasies ever written.
based on The Farthest Shore by Ursula K le Guin
twitt: x
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damgoodfantasy · 7 months ago
The Age of Dragons
Almost universally in fiction -- traditional mythology and modern fantasy -- dragons are defined by two things: age and power. These two are often linked together in a sort of linear relationship, i.e. older dragons are also more powerful, either physically or magically. In Ursula Le Guin's The Farthest Shore we see this same relationship played out on a cultural level among the dragons, or at least we do at first. In how she characterizes dragons, it highlights the strengths and weaknesses of man in quite a beautiful way.
When Ged and Arren make their trip down the Dragon's Run, the size of dragons they encounter becomes larger and larger, until at last they meet Orm Embar, whose sheer size makes Arren realize "how small a thing a man is." I think it is by design that we see all interactions with dragons through Arren's eyes in this book, since he can't comprehend their speech, yet it still fills him with awe and reverence. Here too we see the crucial relationship dragons have with their language. Without it, they are literally winged beasts, cannibals who cannot help but feast upon their dead -- a chilling parallel to humans; without language, what else separates us from beasts?
But this power, this incredible scale, is subverted near the end of the book. In Orm Embar we saw power and age as one, but [SPOILERS] the so-called "greatest" dragon dies like any mortal creature by the hand of one man. After Ged and Arren's quest is complete, however, we see one more dragon, the very oldest of their kind: Kalessin. This iron drake is old, so old its sides are "scored and scarred" and "the long teeth yellowed and blunt." Arren does not cower in awe or fear at Kalessin, and just looks into his eye, where he describes "the mourning of the world was deep in it." So here we see the price of age, the cornerstone of dragon culture. The relationship is not linear; they grow, become powerful, and they too wane like men, reduced to scars and blunted teeth and memories.
Dragons in Earthsea are deeply, fascinatingly human, which makes sense in world, but really helps drive home the themes of The Farthest Shore. We see a culture upheld as something vast, unknowable, and infinitely powerful reduced to cannibalism and ruin. Those believed to be its oldest and wisest sit by, the weight of their memories dragging them down. The writing is subtle and leaves much to the imagination, like much of Le Guin's work, and I won't pretend to make some grand point here. I just really appreciate how she is able to humanize something so wonderful and quintessentially fantasy without losing any of the magnificence of a dragon.
And if you're reading this post when it goes up, Happy Thanksgiving!
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laminatednewspaper · a year ago
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Earthsea cycle by Ursula Le Guin: a summary
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conquerorofbooks · 2 months ago
The Farthest Shore - Ursula Le Guin
The Farthest Shore is the 3rd book in the Books of EarthSea series. In order to properly understand the world, the magic and several characters, the other 2 books need to be read beforehand.
This fantasy book reflects upon the nature of life and death in a way that I did not expect. It's prose is so beautiful it can be easily mistook for poetry. The themes and characters present within The Farthest Shore are showing the contrast of youth and old age, life and death.
Even though the novel is marketed as children literature, it tackles complex themes and gives the adults a chance to deeply think about life.
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