The Tombs of Atuan

The Tombs of Atuan Librarian s Note For an alternate cover edition of the same ISBN click here When young Tenar is chosen as high priestess to the ancient and nameless Powers of the Earth everything is taken away home

Librarian s Note For an alternate cover edition of the same ISBN, click here.When young Tenar is chosen as high priestess to the ancient and nameless Powers of the Earth, everything is taken away home, family, possessions, even her name For she is now Arha, the Eaten One, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan While she is learning her way through the dark labyrinth,Librarian s Note For an alternate cover edition of the same ISBN, click here.When young Tenar is chosen as high priestess to the ancient and nameless Powers of the Earth, everything is taken away home, family, possessions, even her name For she is now Arha, the Eaten One, guardian of the ominous Tombs of Atuan While she is learning her way through the dark labyrinth, a young wizard, Ged, comes to steal the Tombs greatest hidden treasure, the Ring of Erreth Akbe But Ged also brings with him the light of magic, and together, he and Tenar escape from the darkness that has become her domain.

  • ✓ The Tombs of Atuan Ö Ursula K. Le Guin Margot Paronis
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The Tombs of Atuan

  1. Ursula K Le Guin published twenty two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN Malamud, etc Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls She lived in Portland, Oregon.She was known for her treatment of gender The Left Hand of Darkness, The Matter of Seggri , political systems The Telling, The Dispossessed and difference otherness in any other form Her interest in non Western philosophies was reflected in works such as Solitude and The Telling but even interesting are her imagined societies, often mixing traits extracted from her profound knowledge of anthropology acquired from growing up with her father, the famous anthropologist, Alfred Kroeber The Hainish Cycle reflects the anthropologist s experience of immersing themselves in new strange cultures since most of their main characters and narrators Le Guin favoured the first person narration are envoys from a humanitarian organization, the Ekumen, sent to investigate or ally themselves with the people of a different world and learn their ways.

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  1. June 2012I want to give this five stars, but I m afraid one of the next ones will be even better, and my attempts to rate it higher will cause to implode Or something.On second thought, no Five stars Let s do this thing.You ve probably read or heard somewhere that you can put a frog it s a frog, right in a pot of water and set it on a stove, and the frog will never notice what s happening until it s too late So they say Well, Ursula K Le Guin writes like that you open the book thinking you re go [...]

  2. The first few chapters of this were a real chore They were confusing and dull However, out of the darkness of those chapters, and out of the depths of the labyrinth, came a story of redemption, human suffering and a will, a will to overcome great evil when succumbing to the darkness would have been a much easier path to walk You must make a choice Either you must leave me, lock the door, go up to your alters and give me to your masters then go to the Princess Kossil and make your peace with her [...]

  3. Half way through reading The Tombs of Atuan, I was sitting downstairs playing my xBox late at night when I heard voices drifting down from upstairs I sat and listened to the door muffled murmurs of Milo Bront , but I couldn t make out what they were saying Usually I d just call up to them and tell them it was time to shoosh and go to sleep, but I was curious to figure out what they were talking about Even obscured I could tell it wasn t the usual joke fest or scary story, there was something dif [...]

  4. When I first tried reading this in my teens I could not manage to go beyond 50 pages because I wanted Ged AKA Sparrowhawk , the hero of the previous volume A Wizard of Earthsea, to show up and follow him on new adventures What I found instead was a story of an entirely new protagonist, a young girl called Tenar who lives an oppressive life on the island of Atuan Young fool that I was, I did not read on to the middle of the book where Ged does show up for adventures though this time as the secon [...]

  5. This is a very fine fantasy I say fine because it evokes many great labyrinthian images, old, old traditions of sacrifice to the Dark Old Ones, and eventually, freedom from the same.There s a lot of beauty here, and while I didn t love it on quite the same scale as Ged s original journey in the first book, it s mainly because I liked the core theme better.Other readers will absolutely take out of this book different layers I can say that confidently because there are some really beautiful and cl [...]

  6. Hep ayn eyleri s ylemek istemiyorum ama baz kitaplar ger ekten ilk gen likte okunmal Yerdeniz Serisi nin bu ikinci kitab o kadar g l bir girizgahla umutland rd ve merakla okumaya devam etmemi sa lad ki sonu b y k hayal k r kl oldu Okuma zevki a s ndan bir sorun oldu unu s ylemiyorum, zira elime ald m ve tek oturu ta okudum Kendini okutturan bir anlat m var ve bana g re bir ok insan n bu seriyi, fazla sevmesinin temelinde de bu var Ancak bana g re bir eseri kolayca okuyabilmek, o eseri bize sevdi [...]

  7. This always used to be my favourite of the series, both for sheer atmosphere and because it featured a female centred world, in complete contrast to the first book It s almost the opposite, in that way Ged isn t the POV character any, and instead we follow Arha Tenar, seeing her experience in a different land, seeing Ged as an outsider That latter is especially fun, because though he talks about not learning Ogion s lessons, it seems that he really has And there was always an attraction for the [...]

  8. When I reviewed The Wizard of Earthsea I gave it four out out of five review showHaving read Tombs of Atuan I feel like I was overgenerous Maybe WoE was a 3.5 rounded up The bottom line is, I REALLY enjoyed Tombs of Atuan When I got to the point where Ged entered the story, I could hardly put it down It s a gripping book, set in a grim and fascinating setting It reeks of the mystery of ancient places The whole book takes place in the sort of setting most books brush past, hinting that the ruins [...]

  9. I ve read the first three Earthsea books a heap of times, starting when I was at my academic peak i.e in primary school Through out my childhood readings I preferred the two that sandwiched this one Looking back it is easy for me to see why it wasn t about Ged and it didn t have enough sailing about to far flung places i.e exploration in it In contrast, I have observed that a number of female Goodreaders who are also LeGuin fans, rate this higher than the other two I can take a guess as to why t [...]

  10. Much as I love A Wizard of Earthsea, there isn t much feminine about it It s a male society, it seems in that book, shaped by men and only inhabited by women I don t know how much thought Le Guin put into that, originally, but the women in the story don t really have much of a place There s the witch and Serret and the Kargish woman and Yarrow but they don t have great parts in Ged s life He s taken away from the tutelage of the witch because only a man can teach him wizardry, and there s the sa [...]

  11. And at the year s end she is taken to the Hall of the Throne and he name is given back to those who are her Masters, the Nameless Ones for she is the nameless one, the Priestess Ever Reborn.Tenar is selected as a young child as the Priestess Reborn and taken from her family at the young age of 5 to become the guardian of the Tombs of Atuan However, one day while walking the labyrinth of her domain, she comes across a young wizard, Sparrowhawk, searching for the treasure hidden there, the Ring of [...]

  12. Reread, for the first time in a long while When I was thirteen I appreciated this book but I didn t like it as much as Wizard and Farthest Shore there s less magic, less incident, and a lot slow creeping dread On this reread the dread itself became magical And much as I love Ged, Tenar feels like she exists from the marrow out I have a theory about this, but it s of an essay length theory than a capsule review theory In short, brilliant and deep.

  13. Ekip okumalarina dahil kitaplardan biriydi Ursula Le Guin i her okuyusumda buraz daha seviyor, kalemine hayran oluyorum Ne gec kalmisim okumayaBu kitapta Tenar in hikayesini okudum, Atuanda mezarlar ve karanlikla yuzlestim Okurken kendi yasamimdaki donemecleri ve kararlarimi sorguladigim zamanlarim olduVe Ged Cevik Atmacam Onun durusunu, karakterini oyle seviyorum ki Defalarca okunasi bir kitap

  14. This is the second book in the Earthsea Cycle Plot wise it s not as good as A Wizard of Earthsea, but the writing is better It has such wonderful fluidity that I read the entire book in just a few hours For that I can give it four stars, though the story lacks the magic and adventure of the first book Tenar is taken from her family at the age of five and given to the Dark Ones aka the Nameless Ones at the age of six The belief is that they eat her soul, and thereafter she belongs to them and is [...]

  15. One of my favorite books of all time I ve probably read this one over two dozen times It s a deceptively simple story, simple in the way that all truths are simple, allegorical in that it can be applied to all of our lives it s a story of growing up, of claiming freedom and independence, and all the fear and pain and joy that can accompany that But it s also just the story of Tenar, called Arha, priestess of the Nameless Ones and mistress of the Undertomb a girl who believes herself hard, cold a [...]

  16. Hem surukleyici, elinden biraktirmiyor kendini, hem de kisacik Olmaz ki boyle.Bu kitabi da cok sevdim, ve basima bir is gelmeyecekse eger icimdeki gizli romantigi durttu bu kitaptaki guzel bag Ogrenmeye basladigi sey aslinda ozgurlugun yukuydu Ozgurluk agir bir yuktur, ruhun yuklenmesi gereken buyuk ve garip bir sorumluluk Kolay degildir Verilen bir armagan degil, yapilan bir secimdir bu secim de zor bir secim olabilir Yol, yukariya, isiga dogru cikar ama yuklu yolcu oraya hicbir zaman varamayab [...]

  17. Damn you, Ursula K Le Guin, for writing books that are so good, sometimes they hurt.Like A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan follows a single protagonist over a long span of her life Tenar, identified as the reincarnation of the First Priestess of the Nameless Ones, is taken from her parents at a young age Her soul ceremonially consumed by the Nameless Ones, Tenar becomes Arha, the Eaten One, and paradoxically nameless herself She grows up among other priestesses and eunuchs And she s a ver [...]

  18. Mo da sam iskvaren fantastikom na veliki broj strana, ali ovih sto trideset strana, ma koliko divno napisanih a zaista jesu retko se sre e stil kao stil Legvinove , mi ne ini puno Ne stignem ni da upoznam likove kad ono kraj A i nekako mi je sve to sli no prethodnom delu, samo sa druge strane prozora Ali mo da mi vremenom, kao to je bio slu aj sa arobnjakom, Grobnice Atuana postanu dra e, jer slike su svakako dovoljno upe atljive, kao to je, ini mi se a tek u se zaista upoznati bio i Ursulin ivo [...]

  19. The second book in Earth sea cycle centers on coming of age tale of a young woman Tenar, who is dedicated in the service of nameless ones The book for most part was really slow for me, and started to pick up when our wizard Ged from the first book makes an appearance and manages to change the world of Tenar.Some of the strong points of the book are1 Simple story.2 Narration by Ursula K Le Guin.Some of the weak points of book are1 The rivalry between Kossil Tenar seems hollow.2 The book is too sl [...]

  20. The second book of the Earthsea Cycle starts off in a slightly baffling way not with Ged, the central character of the series, but rather with Arha, a young girl who has been chosen to become the next High Priestess of the Tombs of Atuan and spends her life performing rituals in which no one really seems to believe any We follow Arha around her daily tasks, and just when we re wondering where the hell Ged is, he makes an appearance, and a fascinating sparring match between the wizard and the yo [...]

  21. I think The Tombs of Atuan has always been my favourite of the Earthsea cycle I said to someone recently that the quiet moment where Tenar watches Ged sleeping, and there s a thistle by his hand, and the world just seems so strange, was somehow a moment that perfectly defines Le Guin s work for me That quietness, that moment of clarity, of seeing things anewIf nothing else, that s the feeling I get when I read her work.The Tombs of Atuan begins to redress the balance of the world Le Guin created [...]

  22. Nevjerojatno se brzo ita Nastavak pustolovina iz Earthsea serijala napravio je pravi mali zaokret Ursula odlazi u daleki Atuan, u svijet zla i gotovo cijela knjiga prati ivot prve sve enice Sjena, Smrti i Bezimenih zloduha Sve izgleda savr eno za mladu Arhu dok u Grobnicama kojima ona vlada ne nai e na vrhunskog arobnjaka Geda koji je u potrazi za ne ime to e ujediniti svjetove i donijeti mir Fantasti an je prikaz crnih hodnika grobnica ispod Atuana te rasporet Labirinta i njegovo zna enje Ponov [...]

  23. Prelazak na drugog protagonistu nakon prvog dela deluje malo razo aravaju e, kao i relativno spor po etak, ali Legvinova sve to brzo preokre e u zapanjuju u pri u Tokom itanja, gotovo mo ete da opipate tamu, kao i junakinja romana.Opisivanje specifi nosti dru tva ili zajednice koja je radikalno druga ija od svega to poznajete na takav na in da na kraju imate utisak da znate sve o njima Savr eno, kao i uvek kada je Legvinova u pitanju ponovo uspeva da ceo svet spakuje na 160 i kusur strana.Bez di [...]

  24. Well, this is quite a perfect book, in every regard the writing, the characters, the story, the setting A rework of the Theseus myth proving once again originality is neither possible, nor relevant in literature , lovecraftian dark replacing the minotaur If Le Guin s political views are still to be found in this novel the good and educated colored people vs the salvage, fanatic white blonde guys , this is not the focus of the story, so the reader may very well disregard the political message and [...]

  25. What wonderful and vivid imagery this book contains Imagery with power for those readers who can identify with the central figure, Arha Tenar, especially those who are faced with challenges in their own lives similar to those she confronts I found imagery of the mystery and challenge of self discovery imagery of the conflict and dual nature within humanity and within individuals imagery of loss, dedication, loneliness, and self denial imagery of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood imagery of g [...]

  26. I m pretty sure that when I was first reading this back in my younger days, I didn t quite know what to make of it, especially coming on the heels of A Wizard of Earthsea The first book was, on the surface at least, a fun adventure about a boy who discovers he has magical powers and goes off to learn to be a wizard Although if you go even a tiny bit beneath the surface you find something much deeper and truer, and a story about the dangers of hubris and the importance of taking responsibility an [...]

  27. I read the first Earthsea Cycle book, A Wizard of Earthsea back in February and although I liked it, I wasn t blown away by it I started The Tombs of Atuan kind of randomly and I ended up finishing it that same day because this time I was absolutely blown away Definitely a huge change from how I felt about the first book It was so damn good.Unlike the first book, this one features Tenar, a high priestess as the main character Ged a.k.a Sparrowhawk was in the book also but he was of a secondary [...]

  28. ok tatl bir kitap Serinin 2 kitab ve imdilik ok be endi im ve kalan kitaplar da be enece imi d nd m bir seri zetleyeyim view spoiler Atuan denen yerdeyiz.Sonradan renece imiz zere karanl k g lerin lkesi buras Bir k zca z var Arha Ba rol bu sefer onda.Do ar do maz annesinin elinden al nm z ve tap na a g t r lm Bu k yde halk maalesef karanl k g lere tap yor Karanl k v k t olduklar n bilmiyorlar ve tanr zannettikleri g lere tap yorlar Arha n n len eski rahibenin reenkarnasyonla d nyaya d nen yeni f [...]

  29. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.The Tombs of Atuan is very different from A Wizard of Earthsea It focuses on a young woman who has spent her life cloistered in the tombs of gods who she serves but doesn t know Just as the reader feels completely miserable at the state of this disillusioned young lady, Ged who nobody would describe as particularly cheerful or up beat , arrives and brings with him a much needed ray of sunshine, even though he spends most of the book under the earth After G [...]

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