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The Farthest Shore (1972)

por Ursula K. Le Guin

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Séries: The Earthsea Cycle (3)

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A young prince joins forces with a master wizard on a journey to discover a cause and remedy for the loss of magic in Earthsea.
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The story really dragged on for the first...3/4 or so. The ending is very grand and satisfying, which saved the book from a 2-star rating, but I still felt that overall it was only okay. ( )
  AdioRadley | Jan 21, 2024 |
Just as good as the first book, maybe actually better than that one. I love the writing style, and the audiobook was done very well (narrated by Rob Inglis). I listened to it at least an hour every day because I couldn't bring myself to pause it. ( )
  Dances_with_Words | Jan 6, 2024 |
The Farthest Shore is the third book in Ursula Le Guin’s EARTHSEA series, and the concluding one for several decades. This wraps up Le Guin's original trilogy of Ged, better known as Sparrowhawk, the greatest wizard of Earthsea. It's a story about death, the deathlands, and the end of magic. It's dour subject matter. In a way, some of the themes of this book reminded me of The Last Jedi. Ged is essentially hermit Luke. The subject matter of this story is great but it is sad to see a character we just felt like we getting to know fade and his powers disappear. Its hard to bear. That is why in a similar fashion, The Last Jedi was a challenging film: it is hard to say goodbye to beloved characters, it is even harder to see them go through temptations and trails. Its hard to see our heroes lose, become old, and face the realms of death.

What is The Farthest Shore about? Well, Darkness threatens to overtake Earthsea: the world and its wizards are losing their magic. Despite being wearied with age, Ged Sparrowhawk — Archmage (head of the magic school on Roke), wizard, and dragonlord — embarks on a daring, treacherous journey, accompanied by Enlad's young Prince Arren, to discover the reasons behind this devastating pattern of loss. Together they will sail to the farthest reaches of their world — even beyond the realm of death — as they seek to restore magic to a land desperately thirsty for it.

This of course is a wonderfully written work but as many readers have noted, it is hard to read about magic going out of the world and Earthsea becoming horrible. It is in many ways also hard to identify with Ged and Arren. Le Guin said this is about death, but as Jo Walton noted: it’s about the way the fear of death sucks all the joy out of life. That's a tough pill to swallow in a so-called children's book but it is true and real and brutally honest.

In some ways this is much more like a conventional fantasy novel than the first two, which are small scale. Here we have a familiar fantasy troupe: a dark lord seeking and promising eternal life (cough cough way to rip off Le Guin J.K. Rowling!)

It was hard to read through this book because well, it is often bleak, but the ending does offer a ray of hope, don't worry.

This is still a vivid, philosophical work of the imagination, one that I think in time will grow on me, but I found it to be a more challenging read in comparison with the first two Earthsea novels.



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  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
This third Earthsea book exhausts my reread of that series from my childhood, so that I can now continue to the later volumes. Each of these books has been more surprising (i.e. poorly remembered) than the last.

Ged is now the aged Archmage of Roke, and a new character Arren takes on the burden of the young adult viewpoint. Although he becomes Ged's companion, he is not an apprentice wizard. He is instead a princeling who could fulfill the promise of a renewed kingship offered by Ged and Tenar's restoration of the Ring of Erreth-Akbe. (Tenar, "the White Lady of Gont," is mentioned only briefly: 10, 200.)

For all that The Tombs of Atuan was dark and often oppressive, The Farthest Shore is gritty and nasty in ways unprecedented for this series, quickly bringing in slavery, drug abuse, and criminal violence. Magic is perishing, and magicians are being maddened and persecuted.

The full ordeal offered to Arren resembles in several ways that of Ged in A Wizard of Earthsea, but it is more extraverted. He is devoted to the Archmage, and struggles with the sense of duty kindled in him by their relationship. The foe that they ultimately confront is not of Arren's making, but indirectly (and once more) of Ged's.

Le Guin's 2012 afterword in this edition treats her exploratory approach to authoring fiction and how she learned about dragons in the writing of this book. It also discusses her unbelief in pie-in-the-sky-when-you-die and laments the social and spiritual deficits of capitalism. I was a little surprised to find her reflections here setting The Farthest Shore into a shared cultural space with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Postscript: If the Evangelical Satanism-scaremongers and biblioclastic Moms for Liberty really knew about this sort of literature, this book would reasonably take pride of place on their delenda agendas. The story is a terrific indictment of their sort of "faith" and the "savior" they espouse.
1 vote paradoxosalpha | Nov 26, 2023 |
A continuing draw of the Earthsea cycle for me has been the excellent world-building. The setting of the first two books and now of The Farthest Shore, has all been in the same world, with more focus on certain islands and lands in each book. And there is always the connection of the sea— of land, sea, air, and fire, as all elements come together in balance to create nature. In fact, this installment to the cycle seems to place the most focus on the importance of balance, though it has certainly been a strong theme through the first two books as well. Finding the balance is something Ged had to learn the hard way, at a young age. Now, Sparrow-hawk seeks to pass this knowledge on to a young man, Arren, his sole companion on a journey to save the world.

Arren first comes to Ged with news of people in Enlad loosing the words of the old language, which is what enables the use of wizardry. However it is soon discovered that this art is not the only thing being drained away, but hope and motivation as well. On their journey to find the cause of this darkness, the two men travel through many lands. Arren has never left Enlad, and as he sees new places, meets new people, and most of all as he learns from Ged, he grows tremendously as a person in a very short period of time. There were definitely growing pains involved, it certainly wasn’t all smooth sailing, but the difficult way is the way that has something to teach you and the ability to change you.

I was particularly fond of the descriptions of each new community and land the travelers came upon. I also enjoyed seeing how much, once again, the storyline centers around the consequences of actions that Ged has made over his lifetime. And of course just as there are actions and consequences, there is good and bad, and dark and light, and so there are the good and the bad consequences and the need to accept both in order to have either, and to live the whole.

I once again took forever reading an Ursula K Le Guin book, because to truly take it all in, it must be done slowly. And even then, I am positive there are some themes and connections and symbolism I have missed. The Farthest Shore greatly parallels Wizard of Earthsea, with the exception that Ged has already taken his life-changing journey and on this one he is taking along Arren to experience a similar journey as to the one that transformed him so long ago. I was very glad to return to a style more like the first book, because though I loved the second one, I found it to have a much slower pace.

I would certainly, and do quite often, recommend both this book and the two before it of the Earthsea Cycle. Le Guin once agains takes us deeper into this beautiful world, and into the minds of such poignant characters. I cannot wait to continue on with the next book of the cycle, Tehanu. ( )
  rianainthestacks | Nov 5, 2023 |
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As adventure narrative this lacks the concrete tensions of its predecessors, but once more the themes -- centering here on the "unmeasured desire for life" and its misapplications -- are deeply embedded in the action (though far from peculiar to the imagined kingdom of Earthsea)
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