The Compass Rose Author:Ursula K Le Guin In the imaginative fiction of Ursula Le Guin, the reader must be prepared to inhabit a myriad of worlds. Novels like The Beginning Place, City of Illusions, Planet of Exile, and The Left Hand of Darkness take us from fantasy to science fiction, forcing us to travel both out of the world we know and deep within it. — In addition to more than a doz... more »en novels, several children's books, two collections of poems, and three volumes of criticism, Ursula Le Guin has already published Orsinian Tales and The Wind's Twelve Quarters, the first a collection of realistic stories and the second, of speculative fiction. The Compass Rose includes most of the stores she has written over the last decade. Some are fantasy or science fiction, some are realistic, and still others partake of magical realism which may slide imperceptibly from mundane situations into a world of fantasy. Only Ursula Le Guin's ability to make the fantastic believable and real enables her readers to inhabit both realms at the same time.
The stories her range widely in tone and subject, and through time and space. Broad comedy gives way to sudden intimations of impossible beauty, freedom, and love; symbolic tales of dying and death alternate with adventure stories in faraway places. In the author's own words, theres =stories "tend to go off each in its own direction. They take place all over the map, including the margins. It is not evern clear to me what the map is a map of. A mind, no doubt; presumably the author's. But I expect there is more to it than that. One's mind is never simply one's own, even at birth, and ever less so as one lives, learns, loses"
If The Compass Rose ventures into new territories, pushing back the frontiers of fiction, it also reflects the remarkable imagination, inventiveness, and gift of language that Ursula Le Guin's readers have come to expect from her work. In short, this is a brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most distinguished authors of our time.« less