This book starts with a story cleverly crafted as an article and editorial in a scientific journal for those who study and translate animal speech. It ends with a matter of fact re-telling of a group of wealthy South American women's decision to mount a secret expedition to the South Pole completely on their own. If there is an overarching theme it is most likely communication and compassion, but that is really a theme in all Le Guin's work. These are beautiful stories that have entertained me, comforted me, and made me think for over 20 years.
A book of short stories by a master storyteller. Pick your tale, there's something in there for everyone!
North to Orsinia and the boundaries between reality and madness ... South to discover Antarctica with nine South American women ... West to find an enchanted harp and the borderland between life and death ... and onward to all points on and off the compass. Twenty astonishing stories from acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin carry us to worlds of wonder and horror, desire and destiny, enchantment and doom.
About the Author
Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of more than one hundred short stories, two collections of essays, four volumes of poetry, and nineteen novels. Her best-known fantasy works, the Earthsea books, have sold millions of copies in America and England, and have been translated into sixteen languages. Her first major work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness, is considered epochmaking in the field because of its radical investigation of gender roles and its moral and literary complexity.
Three of Le Guin's books have been finalists for the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and among the many honors her writing has received are the National Book Award, five Hugo Awards, five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon.