Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin continues her musings on the nature of freedom in the second book of the Annals of the Western Shore, Voices. In this book, Memer is confronted with the xenophobia of the illiterate Alds, and her own complacency to their occupation. However, this book (like its predecessor) is as much about the value of writing as it is freedom, and how the former informs the latter.
Le Guin is still one of my all-time favourite authors, and for good reason. I know I say this about all her books, but it's true: she makes the narrative sing. Her ability to use narrative to create tension and move scenes is practically unparalleled. And her books (this one included) always contain a intricate subtext that is a joy to unravel.
Pick up this book if you like Le Guin, if you like fantasy, and if you like books about revolution. Le Guin's portrayal of revolution may surprise you.
View my suggested books by Ursula K. Le Guin
Genre: young adult fantasy
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