Thursday, May 6, 2010

LeGuin - a Beginnger's Quest

"We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become."
— Ursula K. Le Guin

Have any of you ever read much of Ursula Le Guin? (she got her MA at Columbia and then studied in France - where she met her husband - hence, Le Guin. Also - she's lived in Portland OR since 1958. Combined, those three facts alone should make she and I best friends.)

I read Lavinia last year - a retelling of the Aeneid (and portions of The Odyssey). It was fascinatingly real. But I hear she's mostly a science-fiction and fastasy writer - both genres in which I have had very little experience (and even less guidance). So I wonder - if one were to begin reading Ms. Ursula K. Le Guin, where would one start?


  1. I read Wizard of Earthsea and thought it was ok. It is a young adult fantasy story. Kind of forgettable. In fact, I am having a hard time remembering what it was about...

  2. My younger brother quotes her endlessly and is by proxy, infatuated with her. If you're ready to open his pandora's box, (he can outramble even you), I'll ask him to throw you a few suggestions.
    In her defense, the quotes he pilfers from her are usually quite poignant.