The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin

The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuinThis may be the most beautifully written book I’ve ever read. That statement is probably true of each of LeGuin’s books. Her skill is truly unmatched by any other writer. The unfortunate part is that beautiful prose is much like great poetry. It can be difficult to get through, rewarding, but difficult. This ends the Earthsea trilogy before she decided to write more books year later. It feels like an ending. Ged is now an old man and sets out across the ocean to discover what is stealing the magic from the world, leaching away the lives of those who have used it for so long. His journey will take him through many strange and beautiful places and his wisdom will always be implacable and unmoving. I have little else to say about this book. It is about change and the folly of vanity and greed. It is also about growing older and less sure, but also wiser and more capable. It is about growing up, maturing, and learning to trust. It is also about love, the ocean and preserving the world for the generations who will follow behind. Mostly it’s about Ged, saving the world once again.

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