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The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination

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ISBN13: 9781590300060
ISBN10: 1590300068
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Join Ursula K. Le Guin as she explores a broad array of subjects, ranging from Tolstoy, Twain, and Tolkien to women's shoes, beauty, and family life. With her customary wit, intelligence, and literary craftsmanship, she offers a diverse and highly engaging set of readings. The Wave in the Mind includes some of Le Guin's finest literary criticism, rare autobiographical writings, performance art pieces, and, most centrally, her reflections on the arts of writing and reading.

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Ursula K. Le Guin is the winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Gandalf, Kafka, and National Book Awards. She is the author of many short stories and more than fifteen novels, including The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed. She is also an honored author of children's books, poetry, and criticism.

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BritMandelo, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by BritMandelo)
This was a collection of essays on reading and writing, mostly reprints. Throughout it are repeated many of the same themes and ideas, down the years that the collected pieces were originally written: lots of re-occurrence of the Virginia Woolf quote from which the title is taken, for example. Other bits I recognized from Steering the Craft. That doesn't diminish the gentle pleasure of most of these pieces, though; like the meandering explorations of rhythm, and craft, and what it means to be a writer, waiting. The high point of the book is undoubtedly the final piece, a poem titled "The Writer on, and at, Her Work," that seems to encompass and describe uniquely the bodily reality of being a writer, and of the gendered strictures on doing/being that attempt to limit women's writing. It's a brilliant long-form poem that nets in its precision and its clarity an ounce of the big Truth. Good stuff; great stuff. Worth the whole book and then some--and I liked the rest of the book, too.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590300060
Author:
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications
Author:
Guin, Ursula K. Le
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Science fiction -- Authorship.
Subject:
Science fiction -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FIVE LINE DRAWINGS
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.98x6.24x.84 in. .97 lbs.

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