The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition (Earthsea Cycle) ハードカバー – イラスト付き, 2018/10/30
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WINNER OF THE HUGO AND LOCUS AWARDS FOR BEST ART BOOK
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the timeless and beloved A Wizard of Earthsea that “reads like the retelling of a tale first told centuries ago” (David Mitchell)—this complete omnibus edition of the entire Earthsea chronicles, including over fifty illustrations illuminating Le Guin’s vision of her classic saga by Hugo and Locus Award-winning artist, Charles Vess.
Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea novels are some of the most acclaimed and awarded works in literature—they have received prestigious accolades such as the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, the Nebula Award, and many more honors, commemorating their enduring place in the hearts and minds of readers and the literary world alike.
Now for the first time ever, they’re all together in one volume—including the early short stories, Le Guin’s “Earthsea Revisioned” Oxford lecture, and a new Earthsea story, never before printed.
With a new introduction by Le Guin herself, this essential edition will also include fifty illustrations by renowned artist Charles Vess, specially commissioned and selected by Le Guin, to bring her refined vision of Earthsea and its people to life in a totally new way.
[Stories include: “A Wizard of Earthsea”, “The Tombs of Atuan”, “The Farthest Shore”, “Tehanu”, “Tales From Earthsea”, “The Other Wind”, “The Rule of Names”, “The Word of Unbinding”, “The Daughter of Odren”, and “Earthsea Revisioned: A Lecture at Oxford University”.]
With stories as perennial and universally beloved as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of The Rings—but also unlike anything but themselves—this edition is perfect for those new to the world of Earthsea, as well as those who are well-acquainted with its enchanting magic: to know Earthsea is to love it.
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) has published twenty-one 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 the Hugo, Nebula, Endeavor, Locus, Tiptree, Sturgeon, PEN-Malamud, and National Book Award and the Pushcart and Janet Heidinger Kafka prizes, among others. In recent years she has received lifetime achievement awards from World Fantasy Awards, Los Angeles Times, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and Willamette Writers, as well as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award and the Library of Congress Living Legends award. Le Guin was the recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award and the Margaret Edwards Award. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, Words Are My Matter, an essay collection, and Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. Her website is UrsulaKLeGuin.com.
First, the book is HUGE. ENORMOUS. And, it is a very poor design to actually read from. The book is heavy and cumbersome, and uncomfortable to hold for very long. Plus, the type is very small so they could squeeze all the books in - which is tough on the eyes - and the paper is very thin. The spine on this already dips a bit simply from sitting on a shelf due to the weight. It will certainly not hold up to re-reading. This is a major drawback. Also, fifty illustrations sounds like a lot - until you see how many pages the book has. On my first flip through, I didn't see any. I had to go looking. They are lovely, but get completely lost in this giant.
This was a missed opportunity. I wish the publisher had split this into two, or even three, manageable volumes in a slipcase. I would not have hesitated to pay a more (especially since $50 is already an investment). This could have been a true work of art that also provided years of enjoyment for reading. As it is, this will go on my shelf and I'll pick up other copies for reading. Not recommended.
i guess i'll keep waiting for a legitimate set of the earthsea books. my favorite are the original 3 in paperback from back in the day. just re-release those and add the newer books in kind, and sell in a cardstock box with similar artwork!