[AZW] ↠ Free Read ↠ Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places : by Ursula K. Le Guin ↠ #2020


  • Title: Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ISBN: 9780060972899
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback

  • Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places By Ursula K. Le Guin Incisive, eloquent, crackling with ideas, this is a mental biography of the award winning fiction writer, Ursula K Le Guin She draws together essays, travel journals, lectures, informal talks and reviews spanning twelve years, for a fascinating peek into the mind of a remarkable woman.
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    Ursula K Le Guin published twenty two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN Malamud, etc Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls She lived in Portland, Oregon.She was known for her treatment of gender The Left Hand of Darkness, The Matter of Seggri , political systems The Telling, The Dispossessed and difference otherness in any other form Her interest in non Western philosophies was reflected in works such as Solitude and The Telling but even interesting are her imagined societies, often mixing traits extracted from her profound knowledge of anthropology acquired from growing up with her father, the famous anthropologist, Alfred Kroeber The Hainish Cycle reflects the anthropologist s experience of immersing themselves in new strange cultures since most of their main characters and narrators Le Guin favoured the first person narration are envoys from a humanitarian organization, the Ekumen, sent to investigate or ally themselves with the people of a different world and learn their ways.

    Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places By Ursula K. Le Guin

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    Kathleen
    Ursula Le Guin begins this collection by speaking of crones, and then proceeds to show us what the word means, by sharing the wisdom of her then sixty years The subtitle is exactly right, and she weaves these three categories together beautifully.Did you know that she could write biting book and movie reviews That she wrote unique travel pieces that reflect her fascination with discovery And she shared my love of train travel Only unimportant people take trains People to whom time isn t money, b [...]

    Bryan
    Responding to my brother s plea for friends who have read Ursula Le Guin, I picked up this collection at the library Mind expanding There s an essay in here called The Space Crone where she offers a brilliant and amusing explanation of why the elderly woman is humanity s best representative.The collection is presented chronologically so that I could see some of her ideas developing over the years In 1983 she gave A Left Handed Commencement Address in which she wrote said I nstead of talking powe [...]

    Lauredhel
    This is the passage I hit that sent my reading of this book screeching to a halt You see, she Irene Claremont de Castillejo is trying to show how a woman s desire to have children, and to love and care for them, can be twisted all out of shape by ethical coercion, until it becomes a bondage , a hideous sentimental trap Here she offers an example of natural, unperverted feminine morality I have been struck with the spontaneous reaction of many women and girls to the thalidomide tragedies So often [...]

    Nikki
    I think Ursula Le Guin s collections of essays were the first non fictional works that I really learned to appreciate I was very much not a non fiction person at the time, but Le Guin s writing is always so full of clarity, so well considered, that it draws me in when it s non fiction as surely as when it s prose.Obviously some of these essays are somewhat dated now, written and edited in the 70s and 80s, but there s still a lot of interest there Le Guin s thoughts on the gender issues in The Le [...]

    Alice Y
    I love, love, LOVE this whole collection of essays I re read some of these yesterday after chatting to my housemate about Le Guin s The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction Her down to earth comments about being a woman, the environment and the value of science fiction are as relevant today as they were when this was first published.

    Luciana Darce
    Dancing at the Edge of the World, tem um tom mais formal mas s um pouco , indo mais ou menos na mesma linha de Words are my Matter ele mais antigo, ent o eu deveria dizer que foi Dancing at the Edge of the World que inspirou aquele, mas eu o li por ltimo, ent o Publicado originalmente em 1989, o interessante dessa colet nea que os textos s o apresentados de forma cronol gica, indo de 1976 a 1988, e poss vel enxergar a evolu o da forma como Le Guin compreendia sua obra e o of cio de escrever Toco [...]

    Nicole
    Her essays on feminism in particular are striking and moving, reading this as I do in the age of DJT, when women s choices and voices are at risk, and indeed we have a president who views us as his sexual toys no brags about it.

    Shara
    I ve actually recommended this book many times to people of all reading backgrounds If you re a woman, especially with any kind of feminist bent, you should read this book If you re a writer, you should read this book If you re both, what the hell are you waiting for Le Guin is a must, especially for those of us struggling to define ourselves in male dominated genres And as mentioned behind the cut, Le Guin is passionate about diversity, so if you re a writer who s passionate about that, don t d [...]

    Amy
    I always find it difficult to review anthologies and books I really enjoyed Unfortunately, Dancing at the Edge of the World falls into both categories, making it nearly impossible for me to sum up I greatly enjoyed reading the majority of this anthology and seeing how LeGuin s views changed over the decade plus time span covered in Dancing at the Edge of the World Some of her speeches were clunky in written form and her travelogues would probably have been enjoyable if I had ever visited the p [...]

    Faith Justice
    Ursula K Le Guin is one of my all time favorite authors I ve read nearly everything she s written science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, non fiction She is a brilliant writer and this collection of essays does not disappoint I did an extensive interview with Ms Le Guin a few years ago The entire transcript is available at my website and an excerpt is at my blog.From the back From modern literature to menopause, from utopian thought to rodeos in this classic collection of essays, Ursula K [...]

    Kelly
    In her collection of essays, speeches, reviews, and journal entries, Le Guin presents a chronicle guide to her reflections of writing and literature, her own work, women s issues, and travel Most of these works were written in the 80s, but they don t lose their relavance 20 years later Although she is both an eloquent writer and speaker, all these topics together can feel very random when strung together The works will appeal mostly to fans of Le Guin, fans of fantasy, writers, or those interest [...]

    Josh
    As the subtitle suggests, there are multiple subjects at play in these essays, and while I found Leguin s thinking and writing about feminism to be extraordinary, her discussions of narrative intelligent and thought provoking especially her questioning of conflict as the central motivating force in narrative , I was mostly unimpressed with the writings focusing on place Therefore, four stars for a book full of five star essays.

    Leah Horlick
    Ursula K does some of her best writing on reading aloud, and some of the most powerful pieces in this collection are the speeches she wrote for graduations and conferences Highly recommend Is Gender Necessary Redux to anyone who has read, enjoyed, and struggled with The Left Hand of Darkness.

    Lia
    I hope that I never stop reading this book.

    Jess Miller
    I think I read this already, but I m not sure

    Mary Braden
    I love LeGuin s voice, its confidence and wit that carries a barb In these pieces, she teases out not only what it means to be a woman, and a woman reader and a woman writer, but why it matters to see the world through womanly eyes, and how badly the world needs that vision I didn t read the last chapter, which I regret But it was enormously satisfying nonetheless.

    Melissa
    Ursula Le Guin s Dancing At The Edge Of The World is a collection of her essays and reviews over the years Interesting and incisive, as the cover says and also humorous, warmhearted, deeply self aware and impossibly clever What a woman I can t recommend Is Gender Necessary Redux and her Bryn Mawr Commencement Address enough.

    Reg Wilson
    Kurt and Ursula are the pillars of a science fiction that is intelligent, morally engaging, and rewarding These essays really show the humanist spark that is clear in her fiction Love her even , wish she spoke at my graduation

    Jui-Ting Hsu
    Five stars for her Talks and Essays three for her Reviews It s not that her reviews are terrible per s , but they are by nature fragmented and removed of their original context LeGuin is engaging, I believe, when she is given free reign and time to espouse her ideas and comments Reviews impose limitations through word count, and subsequently justification it doesn t quite help that in this collection some reviews too are paragraphs of different works assembled together, without division to bet [...]

    René
    Two and a half stars Maybe three I ve never read any of Le Guin s fiction, though I ve certainly heard of her I m not sure if I m interested in reading her fiction after reading most of these essays and speeches I don t think she s the most graceful writer though maybe her fiction is better crafted than her essays , but her ideas and thinking are intelligent and quite radical Among the themes and threads running through this collection, two stood out to me One is her views on feminism and the pl [...]

    Nora
    A few things I especially liked about this book 1 Ursula s perspective on traveling through the United States and the UK The attention to details while driving and riding trains, being completely aware of the surroundings I liked this so much, mosty because I was thinking how beautiful it is that there is this very straightforward record of looking out the window while driving in the 70s and 80s, how it might be different now Places Names, Room 9 Car 1430, Over the Hills and a Great Way Off 2 De [...]

    Dinah
    I read this book piecemeal, an essay every few weeks through the late summer, fall and winter until I came to the last piece in the collection The Fisherwoman s Daughter It knocked me flat on my back in January and I still haven t recovered Le Guin begins by tackling the Books or Babies theory of 19th century women novelists, and moves through her own relationships with Louisa May Alcott, Virginia Woolf, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and finally her mother and herself The questions she asks are earth s [...]

    Nicole
    This is a great collection of mostly essays from one of my favorite authors, providing further evidence that she is on point 99% of the time.These are mostly older pieces from the late seventies through the late eighties, but I have to say it s both refreshing and frustrating how much of it still applies today I say that because a lot of the essays are about feminism and equality in different ways, so I wish they WEREN T still relevant so long after they d been written Having read some other col [...]

    Lora
    LeGuin remains a favorite author of mine This is because I recognized how seriously irritated I was feeling as I tried to read her otherwise well crafted essays within this book and decided to scan most of it I would think that there are parts of this book she may yet want to amend yet again in another decade In the meantime, I lost patience with the entire abortion frees enslaved Woman Abortion does worse than that Some of her other essays were of a personal nature and thus hard to follow Some [...]

    Alexander
    Over the hills and a great way off, and The Fisherwoman s Daughter are particularly fantastic, but every piece invites you to challenge your thoughts, and consider your position on a great many things I feel that one of the most pertinent issues I learned about from this book is feminism I felt as if I was given a real insight on what the writing world, and the world in general has been, and is like to women While these essays are now 30 years old, they are remarkably relevant today, and have re [...]

    Josephine Ensign
    This is a rather eclectic assortment of non fiction pieces by one of my all time favorite authors Most of them started off life as speeches of some sort commencement addresses, Planned Parenthood women s health rallies, etc This was a re read for me, as I first bought read the book when it first was released in 1989 It is interesting to me what stood the test of time and what didn t I re read my original copy, with it s dog ears and underlining of this sentence, We think back through our mothers [...]

    Maria Longley
    This is a wonderful collection of essays, transcripts of talks, poems travelogues, and reviews covering UKLG work in 1976 1988 The first essay, The Space Crone, had me whooping internally and wanting to share it with the train carriage full of of strangers Is Gender Necessary Redux, the next essay, is supremely useful to me right now in that it shows that people are allowed to change their minds about what they think What an amazing gift The Fisherwoman s Daughter is splendid, but then so is muc [...]

    Erica
    3 stars isn t quite fair, but I did skim a lot, in search of the lines or passages that were mind bogglingly brilliant and not infrequent, but sometimes surrounded by passages that either didn t age as well or didn t translate well into text, or didn t hold my interest for other reasons I loved the insights into who LeGuin is as a thinker and a person, and the essays on reproductive rights seemed especially poignant in 2015who saw that coming OK i m changing it to 4 stars Which still doesn t see [...]

    Lizzie
    I m still woefully under read in Le Guin in general, but I get the feeling I d enjoy her perspective on anythingI m getting a lot of great to reads from the book list 500 Great Books By Women, which got set up as a group There are cool demographics in the list, and I ve been tracking them in my reading with a spreadsheet and so can yoouuu.

    Amy
    This is such intelligent, engrossing writing I made my husband listen to me read several of the essays outloud so that I could discuss them with him If you are a woman, or know one, do yourself a favor and read this You might not agree with what she says, but she makes coherent, passionate arguments that are worth your time.

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