Gifts (Hardcover)

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Product Overview

A darkly compelling fantasy about a world in which each person has a magical, dangerous "gift."

Specifications

Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780152051235
SKU 36318038
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0152051236
Release Date 8/1/2004
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 1T
Author Info
Ursula K. Le Guin
Born in Berkeley, California to an anthropologist father and a writer mother, Ursula K. Le Guin wrote her first story at the age of 9. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1951 and received an M.A. from Columbia in 1952. The next year, she met her future husband, Charles A. Le Guin, while on the Queen Mary passenger liner en route to Paris on a Fulbright scholarship--they married in December of 1953. While she is known as an author of science fiction, fantasy, and children's books, Le Guin's stories and novels supersede the genres; she uses science fiction conventions to explore vast human issues such as sexuality, human relations, gender politics, and war. Her writing has been widely embraced by readers and critics, winning a number of awards including both the Hugo and Nebula awards for two of her books, THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS (1969) and THE DISPOSSESSED (1974). Le Guin has been greatly influenced by Taoist philosophy, and her vast body of nonfiction has included a retelling of the Lao Tzu's TAO TE CHIONG. In 1998, the Colorado School of Mines' Mobile Robots Project named one of its newly designed robots after her, along with ones named after fellow authors Lois McMaster Bujold and Connie Willis. In 2000, she was the recipient of The Los Angles Times' Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Born in Berkeley, California to an anthropologist father and a writer mother, Ursula K. Le Guin wrote her first story at the age of 9. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1951 and received an M.A. from Columbia in 1952. The next year, she met her future husband, Charles A. Le Guin, while on the Queen Mary passenger liner en route to Paris on a Fulbright scholarship--they married in December of 1953. While she is known as an author of science fiction, fantasy, and children's books, Le Guin's stories and novels supersede the genres; she uses science fiction conventions to explore vast human issues such as sexuality, human relations, gender politics, and war. Her writing has been widely embraced by readers and critics, winning a number of awards including both the Hugo and Nebula awards for two of her books, THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS (1969) and THE DISPOSSESSED (1974). Le Guin has been greatly influenced by Taoist philosophy, and her vast body of nonfiction has included a retelling of the Lao Tzu's TAO TE CHIONG. In 1998, the Colorado School of Mines' Mobile Robots Project named one of its newly designed robots after her, along with ones named after fellow authors Lois McMaster Bujold and Connie Willis. In 2000, she was the recipient of The Los Angles Times' Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Praise
"Le Guin insightfully chronicles the hero's gradual awakening to the other consequences of gifts and the pressure on each generation to manifest them."
"Le Guin spins her tale in her customary way, slowly, and with an ear to the cadences of the sagas....If the end is a little tidy, the getting-there is not--and it's the getting-there that provides this offering's greatest reward."
"Le Guin deals with moral questions and the nature of heroism in her own fashion, masterfully."
"In a sense, the problems facing Orrec are ordinary ones: How to prosper without causing others to suffer? How to make peace with a nature which can only partially be brought under one's control? Ursula K. Le Guin uses her powerful imagination to trace these issues with a strange and mournful clarity."
From the Publisher
Annotation This lyrically written YA fantasy, by the critically acclaimed author of the Earthsea series, concerns the nature of responsibility to one's family, one's abilities, and oneself. The people of the Uplands use their psychic powers, or gifts, as weapons in their endless petty feuds. Sixteen-year-old Orrec's power, the ability to "undo," or destroy, both inanimate and living things at a glance is seemingly uncontrollable, so he has willingly blindfolded himself for the past three years. Meanwhile, Gry, Orrec's friend since childhood and the woman whom he longs to marry, refuses to use her gift of animal communication to call beasts to be slaughtered during the hunt. Together, the two wonder if there is a way to use their gifts positively, and whether there is more of value to each of them than simply their magic.
Editors Note When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of "unmaking"--a violent talent shared by members of his family--he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.
Product Attributes
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 12
Number of Pages 0274
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books
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