Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea Hardcover – Mar 28 1990
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Ursula K. LeGuin follows her classic trilogy from Earthsea with a magical tale that won the 1991 Nebula Award for Science Fiction. Unlike the tales in the trilogy, this novel is short and concise, yet it is by no means simplistic. Promoted as a children's book because of the awards garnered in that category by her previous work, Tehanu transcends classification and shows the wizardry of female magic. The story involves a middle-age widow who sets out to visit her dying mentor and eventually cares for his favorite student.
From Publishers Weekly
The publication of Tehanu will give lovers of LeGuin's enchanted realm of Earthsea cause for celebration. In Tehanu , LeGuin spins a bittersweet tale of Tenar and Ged, familiar characters from the classic Earthsea trilogy. Tenar, now a widow facing obscurity and loneliness, rescues a badly burned girl from her abusive parents. The girl, it turns out, will be an important power in the new age dawning on Earthsea. Ged, now broken, is learning how to live with the great loss he suffered at the end of the trilogy. Tenar's struggle to protect and nurture a defenseless child and Ged's slow recovery make painful but thrilling reading. Sharply defined characterizations give rich resonance to Tehanu 's themes of aging, feminism and child abuse as well as its emotional chords of grief and loss. Tehanu is a heartbreaking farewell to a world that is passing, and is full of tantalizing hints of the new world to come. Fans of the Earthsea trilogy will be deeply moved. Ages 12-up.
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Top Customer Reviews
Studying a great poet like Dante Alighieri has made me realise that the seeds of genius are always present in the work of a great artist, but they take time to mature. Dante's masterwork, the Divine Comedy, was the product of years of undeveloped thought -on love, philosophy and politics. It was only by the time he wrote and later revised the Divine Comedy, that these thoughts could finally crystallise, around an epic yet utterly humane vision. In many ways Dante had renounced some of his earlier beliefs, but this did not make all his works jarring, or inconsistent, it just showed that he had come to master himself and his beliefs.
The original Earthsea trilogy was an engaging enterprise that nonetheless set itself largely within a tradition of "fantasy". 'The Wizard of Earthsea' was a typical 'bildungsroman' i.e. the story of a young man on a quest. But within this set of conventions - the pride, the error, the journey, the temptress, the old master - lurked something deeper. Le Guin posited ideas of how one really understands the nature of power, by using the allegory of magic. To be honest, whether this was 'Taoist' or not, as has been alleged, is immaterial to me.
It is immaterial because Le Guin then went on to forge her own philosophy, which was and continues to be compelling. Tenar in 'The Tombs of Atuan' faces her own challenge; a different yet parallel fate to Ged's awaits her.Read more ›
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Pesonally, I liked the earthsea trilogy, but I didn't think it was as good as Le Guin's other books, and I was dissapointed that she did so little with the fascinating character... Read morePublished on April 10 2002
For most of those people who had read the Earthsea Cycle, and expect to read the same kind of story as the former three, this book will certainly disappoint them, unless they could... Read morePublished on March 20 2002
Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea trilogy was one of the most profound influences on my development as a fantasy fiction writer (re: Dragonlance novels - Conundrum, The Thieves' Guild,... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002 by Jeff Crook
Picking up right where The Farthest Shore left off, Tehanu shows us the life Tenar chose to lead after The Tombs of Atuan, and her encounter with Ged when he returns to Gont... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2002 by Michael Rawdon
The Earthsea trilogy is quite good classic fantasy. This travesty of a book should have been left in the garbage heap where someone obviously found it. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2002 by James D
This is the 4th and last book in the Earthsea quartret.
After using up all his power to heal the tear in the fabric of reality, Ged returns to Gont, his first home, to learn... Read more
This is the last book in the Earthsea series, and my least favourite, but if you have read and enjoyed the other three you will still like it.Published on Dec 2 2001 by anybody else or
I'm a great lover of the Earthsea Trilogy, but I will never count this book as a part of it. It was a complete rip-off of Dreamsnake by Vonda N. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001
This series of books is phenomenal. Much like the popular Harry Potter books, they're written at a young-adult level. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2001 by Amazon Customer
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