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The Tombs of Atuan explained The Tombs of Atuan, review The Tombs of Atuan, trailer The Tombs of Atuan, box office The Tombs of Atuan, analysis The Tombs of Atuan, The Tombs of Atuan f762 Librarian S Note For An Alternate Cover Edition Of The Same ISBN, Click HereWhen 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

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 180 pages
  • The Tombs of Atuan
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • English
  • 15 April 2019
  • 9780689845369

About the Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

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, Orego



10 thoughts on “The Tombs of Atuan

  1. says:

    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 Goodreads 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 going for a swim, and you never notice the water getting hotter until it burns She ll boil you alive, Le Guin will and she ll do it with words.Well, put another pot on, woman I m ready to be cooked.

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    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 and that is the end of the story or, you must unlock the door, and go out of it, with me Leave the tombs, leave Atuan, and come with me oversea And that is the beginning of the story It was a shame about the beginning, but the rest of the novel than made up for it That quote gave me tingles when I read it Artha is a young priestess of the undying power that is shadow She reluctantly carries out her duties of ritualistic dance, prayer and the murder of anyone who enters the darkness of the Labyrinth She doesn t directly kill the unfortunate wonderers, but she leaves them die of exposure nonetheless when she could easily save them There s no life in the darkness and certainly nothing to sustain it So you re as good as dead if you enter, and even deader if a priestess imprisons you in a part of the catacombs It s all doom and gloom until a familiar face turns Artha s life around It s odd to talk about such strong character development in a novel this short, but Artha completely changes She gradually sees the evil of her situation, and that none of it is of her doing She sees that she is as much a victim as any of the wonderers The familiar face she encounters is a powerful namer, he is a wizard of both name and reputation, and he knows how to break the binding darkness he knows how to save the young girl he knows to remind her of her own name, her true name, and exactly who she is in the process Fast and eloquent writing The Earth is beautiful, and bright, and kindly, but that is not all The Earth is also terrible, and dark, and cruel The rabbit shrieks dying in the green meadows The mountains clench their great hands full of hidden fire There are sharks in the sea, and there is cruelty in men s eyes Le Guin doesn t piss about She has a story and she tells it Her narration is minimalistic and basic, but it carries with it such depth and feeling She can achieve a lot in just a few words the whole mood of the story shifts in just a few chapters yet, it s appropriately done I m normally an advocate of drawn out plot and lengthy characterisation points lovingly at my Robin Hobb bookshelf but Le Guin does what she does just as well It s odd Le Guin can do what other novelists do in six times the word count Her writing is fast, engaging and excellent This is the perfect series for those that want a fantasy hit, but don t want to be dragged down with pages, and pages, of lengthy storytelling I also liked the shift of narrators it added a little flavour the Earthsea world I think it would have been predictable, and perhaps easy, had Ged been the narrator at the start By shifting the story around I got to see the world from the perspective of a much darker character I liked the way this was done even if it was a little bewildering at the start Earthsea Cycle1 A Wizard of Earthsea Four worthy stars 2 The Tombs of Atuan A redeeming four stars 3 The Farthest Shore A strong four stars

  3. says:

    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 different about this talk What was different, it turned out, was that Milo was Ged and Bront was Tenar, and they were in the dark room of the Great Treasure, playing the Tombs of Atuan They re still seven, only just, and there they were, late in the night, in their bunkbeds, improvising a discussion between the Eaten One and Sparrowhawk I decided to let them play, so I left them undisturbed and went back to my game A few days later, I was working in my office and I heard Milo outside my door talking to Vetch from A Wizard of Earthsea He was playing Ged again.Weird as this may sound, it makes me incredibly proud of them There is no big Hollywood movie with toys and a marketing campaign to nudge my kids in this direction There is no cultural weight to lead them into playing at Ged and Tenar There is only the words of one of our greatest authors, Ursula K Le Guin and the voice I added to the books That s it, but it was enough Great literature has that power Please read this to your kids whomever you may be It will be with them always.

  4. says:

    The Tombs of Atuan The Earthsea Cycle, 2 , Ursula K Le GuinThe Tombs of Atuan is a fantasy novel by the American author Ursula K Le Guin, first published in the Winter 1970 issue of Worlds of Fantasy, and published as a book by Atheneum Books in 1971 It is the second book in the Earthsea series after A Wizard of Earthsea 1969 The Tombs of Atuan was a Newbery Honor Book in 1972 2008 2 1386 263 2 9789645365835 2 9789645362780 20 1970 1971 .

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    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 secondary character If I had waited I would have realized this second volume of the Earthsea trilogy is even better than the first Ged and Tenar Art by Leo and Diane Dillon The pacing of The Tombs of Atuan is much staid than A Wizard of Earthsea, much of the first half of book is spent on fairly elaborate world building, developing the insular, claustrophobic setting of Atuan LeGuin s skill with character development and the eloquence of her prose maintains my interest during the slower paced early part of the book Tenar is a fine character, intelligent, resilient and resourceful I love how her character develops as she gradually realizes the truth about the things she has dedicated her life to serve and worship However, for me, Ged is like the battery that powers the plot of the story Le Guin really switches to second gear as soon as he suddenly pops up, the story gallops on from that point.This book is much darker and mature than A Wizard of Earthsea, the scenes in the pitch dark of the Labyrinth is highly evocative and a little creepy I was reading this on a sunny afternoon and I could still feel the creeping darkness, thank God for Ged s enfeebled mage light Even though the big bad Nameless Ones never really come out of the shadow to show us some dripping fangs, cyclopean eyes, tentacles and such, Le Guin still manages to make their evil quite palpable.OK, I don t want to write a long review for such a short book, so short that I am still hankering for some Earthsea time, so now I am busy reading the third volume The Farthest Shore Update After finishing The Farthest Shore I believe this is my favorite book of the original trilogy I just love the dark, claustrophobic atmosphere in this one Looking at a few other reviews it seems to be a fan favorite also.Interesting French cover.

  6. says:

    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 clear layers interwoven here.The past and the evil in the past can be broken and escaped That which was broken can be renewed.And what s , so much of it has to do with our own perceptions Of course, isn t it always Our MC is the high priestess of an ancient cult and Ged does show up halfway It s really quite amusing to see just how easily she toys with the poor greatest wizard , but I admit to liking this book a lot after that point It s really something else to see how clear and easy this is to read compared to a lot of modern fantasy and it s even interesting because it stands up to the test of time Le Guin definitely has great skill.

  7. says:

    The Tombs of Atuan by the American author Ursula K Le Guin, was originally published in 1971 It is the second book in her Earthsea series of fantasy books, which began with A Wizard of Earthsea in 1969 Yet The Tombs of Atuan has never achieved the same popularity as its predecessor, and is often thought a lesser novel I read each of The Earthsea Trilogy in turn, shortly after their first publication, but could remember little about The Tombs of Atuan now How glad I am that I have come to read it again, after so many decades It is an extraordinary work a subtle and finely nuanced masterpiece, packed with atmosphere and symbolism In the great Treasury of the Tombs of Atuan, time did not pass No light no life no least stir of spider in the dust or worm in the cold earth Rock, and dark, and time not passing The Tombs of Atuan feels like a completion of the first book, although there were to be four in total three after the initial trilogy The first two feel like two halves of the same tale, complementing, contrasting fitting snugly together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle In the first book we viewed Ged objectively from the outside, but in The Tombs of Atuan we are very aware of the protagonist Tenar s inner feelings and thoughts thus outside and inside viewpoints form a complete picture.The equilibrium of Earthsea itself The world is in balance To light a candle is to cast a shadow is exemplified by these two novels they are perfectly balanced Yin and yang Both parts are necessary A Wizard of Earthsea is essentially a bildungsroman, about a young boy, Ged, who has magic powers We follow his voyages all over the archipelago of Earthsea, and the distant lands, learning all about the many islands, cultures, languages and races And we see Ged s struggles both with himself, and with the forces of magic, both for good and for evil The Tombs of Atuan is also a coming of age story, but in contrast, is set almost wholly in a very small area of one city, in one of the outlying islands in the Kargish empire In addition, the protagonist is not a young boy with red brown skin, open to ideas and keen to learn all he can, but a young girl with white skin, severely restricted in her thinking, and determined to follow a hard and cruel tradition in a closed religious sect Both are proud and arrogant in their youth, though feeling insecure in their roles, but their experiences their worlds are far apart.The Tombs of Atuan follows the story of Tenar, who was born on the Kargish island of Atuan Because she had been born on the day that the high priestess of the Tombs of Atuan had died, the other priestesses believe Tenar to be her latest incarnation They watch Tenar until she reaches the age of five, when she is taken from her family, to be trained as the high priestess to the Nameless Ones , unseen formless dark powers, at the tombs on the island the throne was empty Nothing sat in it but shadows The name Tenar is taken from her in a ceremony involving a symbolic sacrifice, and she is now called simply Arha , meaning the one who has been devoured , or the Eaten One Arha is now consecrated to the service of the Nameless Ones and receives instruction in how to dedicate her life to them, through intricate ceremonies and duties, which she increasingly believes she is remembering from her previous many incarnations All human beings were forever reborn, but only she, Arha, was reborn forever as herself Because she is so young, Arha needs caring for, and a eunuch called Manan has been chosen to nurture her The two develop an affectionate bond nevertheless, Arha s childhood is very lonely, as she lives apart from all the others Her only friend is Penthe, a priestess of her own age Arha receives instruction at the hands of Thar and Kossil, the priestesses of the two other major deities, who outwardly treat her with great respect, because of her position Arha questions nothing, although the regime is strict, and the environment sterile and static, allowing for no growth She tries to learn and remember her unique role as the highest ranking priestess.Thar tells Arha of the underground passages and rooms the labyrinth beneath the Tombs, teaching her how to find her way around them Arha spends much of her life underground in the maze of catacombs, groping to find the way, which in the most part is a secret known only to herself memorising the routes and passages where all light is forbidden, even to her Touch was one s whole guidance one could not see the way but held it in one s hands Here there was no wind, no season it was close, it was still, it was safe Thar tells Arha of view spoiler treasure which is hidden within the labyrinth, and which wizards from the archipelago have tried to steal hide spoiler

  8. says:

    Alone, no one wins freedom The Tombs of Atuan I adore Le Guin s voice and her soul I hate fantasy Or, rather, I have told that to SO many people I believe it is true But, I make exceptions Le Guin could have writen self help and business books and I d gladly read them She was a feminist, but unafraid to write a book both with a female lead, and a female lead who is helped by a man wizard She is interested in power, in evil, in humanity, in big questions and nuanced answers Her prose is very good, but her characters are amazing She recognized, I believe, that the secret to writing about strength is to write about weakness Just like the secret to writing about light is to write about darkness This isn t one of her GREAT novels, but I might even change my mind about that, if the ideas in this book are still pounding around in the labrynths of my brain in a couple weeks I might need to give this book 5 stars just to escape it Monuments by Kappifern

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    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Scope Review Earthsea Trilogy Only in silence the word,Only in dark the light,Only in dying life Bright the hawk s flightOn the empty sky Yin Yang I honestly don t remember a time when I wasn t obsessed with reading and collecting books I d define childhood as a never ending vacation A weekend without a week following and reading time everlasting I still remember the never ending days of my childhood My first date My first kiss My first endless book infatuations One of my favourite childhood memory was when I was twelve years old with my Grandmother Gl ria at home and me reading to her O Feiticeiro de Terramar A Wizard of Earthsea The rest of this review can be found elsewhere.

  10. says:

    If you read my review of the previous novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, you will know I was not enad with it You will note that I did not say it was bad, far from it I respected the hell out of that book for many of the things it did, but I did not personally care much for it I went ahead and read the second book because I felt like, to a certain extent, I must be missing something I think it is no exaggeration to say that Earthsea is one of the most loved Fantasy series, having clearly inspired many works and having endured strong since the late 60s What was it that captured imaginations but did no than gently tap mine Was it the younger reader aspect Was this a series that one needed to read at a young age and then let nostalgia keep fresh It is at times like this that I actually hate that our star rating is listed before the review, as anyone with a casual glance can say, Yes Tim, enough with the dramatics, we can see the four stars Tell us why you liked this one better Sigh Star ratings just have no flare for the dramatic Yes, I liked this one better A lot better Where I respected the first book, I couldn t say that I found it enjoyable This one I can say both This one is something of a minor masterpiece in my eyes This one corrects literally every issue I had with the last Here we get to know our characters personally we are let into their lives rather than kept at a distance There is far development than I was an arrogant kid and then grew up yes, I know that s a slight exaggeration but not much of one Here I actually really cared about what was going on.The book is short, at only 212 pages in my edition This works both in its favor and against it On one hand, the story, if we really get down to it, could be summed up in a few sentences Really, not much goes on from a plot assessment In fact, if we only focus on plot, the book could have ended something like 20 pages earlier from a traditional narrative perspective I will even confess that as I read the last two chapters, I had a metaphoric raised eyebrow wondering why the hell we were getting essentially an extended epilogue Was this really needed Oh, my yes, yes it was The first book was a hero s journey A lesson learned, darkness vanquished, let s go home triumphant This one is almost entirely an enteral struggle with a fantasy story happening around it This is the story of someone who has literally lost everything, including her name, and seeing if she s willing to lose what little security she has for, not the guarantee, but the mere possibility of something better This is an emotional story, and one presented in a young adult friendly fashion, while letting those of us who are older see the darker side, the story told from the shadows and between the lines The ending section, in my opinion, is what redeems the entire story aspect and raises it to that minor masterpiece status.Now, ignoring this, I would still say I liked this book better, even if it didn t have the emotional impact though I assure you, I m so very glad it did Why World building The world of the previous novel was interesting, but with the second book Le Guin cemented herself as one of the best in terms of world building She expands upon concepts mentioned in the previous book and plays with them in interesting ways This one takes place on a different island, in a different country and as such we see a completely different perspective We see the world through other eyes with a vastly altered view from the previous book The world is built up in so many interesting, but small ways, such as the rituals in the temple performed, but never fully explained, as much of the reasons for them have been lost to time I complained in my last review that the book seemed almost like a textbook, too distanced, now I almost feel like I would happily read a full history of the world presented here.And that my friends, is the highest compliment I can give a fantasy novel in terms of world building.A solid 4.5 5 stars and a high recommendation.

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