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I grew up with her books.

Post by PuerAzaelis » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:52 am

Ursula K. LeGuin

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Post by narhwal90 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:13 am

Me too... will miss her.

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Post by Simon E. » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:13 am

I didn't.
I discovered them in a radio adaption of the first part of the Earthsea trilogy on BBC4 on a long winters day drive home. I was entranced, and subsequently bought and read the whole thing.
A superb writer and teller of tales. Her influence on JK Rowling was immediately obvious, but Earthsea is a far more nuanced and subtle and adult world than is Hogwarts.

May she know great peace.
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Post by Kim O'Hara » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:22 pm

She has been one of my favourite writers ever since I discovered her work as a teenager, and over the years I have read nearly all of her books.
Wikipedia's select list https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursula_K. ... cted_works includes most of the best of them.
I return to some of them every few years and find something new in them whenever I do.
The Left Hand of Darkness is one of them. Its meaning has changed as the world has changed around it. Younger readers can probably not conceive of just how ingeniously radical its feminism was when it was written, back in 1969.
Anyone who only knows the first three Earthsea books should really, really read the others. The narrative grows in depth as is evolves in surprising directions.
For some reason, Always Coming Home never came my way until it was republished just a couple of years ago (SF Masterworks series, I think) but it's genuinely timeless, as good now as when it was new.

She was still writing as recently as a couple of years ago, and still as wise and incisive as ever.
I have thought about sharing this here before - the reasons will be fairly obvious. It's from her 2016 blog, http://ursulakleguin.com/Blog2016.html.
Americans have voted for a politics of fear, anger, and hatred, and those of us who oppose this politics are now trying to figure out how we can oppose it usefully. I want to defend my country, my republic. In the atmosphere of fear, anger, and hatred, opposition too easily becomes division, fixed enmity. I’m looking for a place to stand, or a way to go, where the behavior of those I oppose will not control my behavior.
Americans are given to naming enemies and declaring righteous war against them. Indians are the enemy, socialism is the enemy, cancer is the enemy, Jews are the enemy, Muslims are the enemy, sugar is the enemy. We don’t support education, we declare a war on illiteracy. We make war on drugs, war on Viet Nam, war on Iraq, war on obesity, war on terror, war on poverty. We see death, the terms on which we have life, as an enemy that must be defeated at all costs.
Defeat for the enemy, victory for us, aggression as the means to that end: this obsessive metaphor is used even by those who know that aggressive war offers no solution, and has no end but desolation.
The election of 2016 was one of the battles of the American Civil War. The Trump voters knew it, if we didn’t, and they won it. Their victory helps me see where my own thinking has been at fault.
I will try never to use the metaphor of war where it doesn’t belong, because I think it has come to shape our thinking and dominate our minds so that we tend to see the destructive force of aggression as the only way to meet any challenge. I want to find a better way.
My song for many years was We Shall Overcome. I will always love that song, what it says and the people who have sung it, with whom I marched singing. But I can’t march now, and I can’t sing it any longer.
My song is Ain’t Gonna Study War No More.
Though we’ve had some great scholars of peace, such as Martin Luther King, studying it is something Americans have done very little of.
The way of the warrior admits no positive alternatives to fighting, only negatives — inertia, passivity, surrender. Talk of “waging peace” is mere glibness, you can’t be aggressively peaceful. Reducing positive action to fighting against or fighting for, we have not looked at the possibility of other forms of action.
Like the people who marched to Selma, the people who are standing their ground at Standing Rock study, learn, and teach us the hard lessons of peace. They are not making war. They are resolutely non-violent. They are seeking a way out of the traps of anger, hatred, enmity. They are actively trying to get free, to be free, and by their freedom, free others as well.

That's roughly the first third of it. I can't find a link that will take you straight to it, but you can use the link above and scroll to No. 119 on the blog to find it. And (I hope) be distracted along the way by cats and dragons and ...


P.S. Just found her 2017 blog http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Blog2017.html
#123 "Constructing the Golem" is a gem.

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Re: I grew up with her books.

Post by DGA » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:21 am

She lived most of her life in my hometown. I never met her myself but every account I've heard of her has been consistent: a kind, thoughtful, and gracious soul.

This is a loss.

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