Orsinian Tales

Orsinian Tales By Ursula K. Le Guin, Orsinia a land of medieval forests, stonewalled cities, and railways reaching into the mountains where the old gods dwell A country where life is harsh, dreams are gentle, and people feel torn by powerful forces and fight to remain whole In this enchanting collection, Ursula K Le Guin brings to mainstream fiction the same compelling mastery of word and deed, of storOrsinia a land of medieval forests, stonewalled cities, and railways reaching into the mountains where the old gods dwell A country where life is harsh, dreams are gentle, and people feel torn by powerful forces and fight to remain whole In this enchanting collection, Ursula K Le Guin brings to mainstream fiction the same compelling mastery of word and deed, of story and character, of violence and love, that has won her the Pushcart Prize, and the Kafka and National Book Awards.. Orsinian Tales Orsinia a land of medieval forests stonewalled cities and railways reaching into the mountains where the old gods dwell A country where life is harsh dreams are gentle and people feel torn by powe

  • Title: Orsinian Tales
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ISBN: 9780553107050
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • Orsinian Tales Orsinian Tales Stories Ursula K Le Guin Apr , The Orsinian Tales take place in a fictional country of Orsinia, which could be any of the former Soviet satellite countries in Eastern Europe, with time periods of the stories ranging from the th century to s and the centuries in between. Orsinian Tales by Ursula K Le Guin Orsinian Tales is a series of historical stories, all set in the non existent country of Orsinia, somewhere in the Austro Hungarian Empire The tales involve ordinary people doing ordinary things, living their lives against the history that they are in. Orsinian Tales by Ursula K Le Guin NOOK Book eBook These tales are snippets of life in which we learn just enough about each character to get us through The story itself, the plot, and the overarching ideas behind everything become key Le Guin shows us people in bleak, often hopeless circumstances. Orsinian Tales book by Ursula K Le Guin Thriftbooks Jan , The Orsinian Tales take place in a fictional country of Orsinia, which could be any of the former Soviet satellite countries in Eastern Europe, with time periods of the stories ranging from the th century to s and the centuries in between. Ursula K Le Guin Orsinian Tales LOA eBook Classic Here is a dimension of Le Guin s extraordinary literary imagination that will surprise and delight readers Complete with a newly researched chronology of the author s life and career Orsinian Tales is also in the Library of America collection Ursula K Le Guin The Complete Orsinia.

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    1. I am going to be devastated on the day that I see Ursula K Le Guin s obituary in the papers, and this book is one of many reasons why This is some of the best prose that I ve read recently She writes like Batman fights no jazzy wire fu whirl and leap, no showy moulinette pirouette lunar gravity twirl just the right phrase in the right place at exactly the right time.

    2. It takes a certain skill to write short stories It takes a different skill to write novels Some novelists are dreadful short story writers and some short story writers can t write novels for toffee Ursula K LeGuin falls into that slim category of writer who commands the skills of both the novelist and the short story writer and much else besidesAlthough she is better known for her science fiction, LeGuin has turned her hand to many different genres and forms over the years In her stories from th [...]

    3. I never thought I d find a Le Guin story I didn t care for and while some of the short stories in this collection are okay, the majority just didn t feel like her writing and left me disappointed I m unsure if this is strictly because the writing actually was different or because I enjoy her SFF writing so much and this real life world left the characters seeming dull by comparison to others she s created I ll always be a Le Guin fan, and name her as a favorite author of all time, but even if y [...]

    4. A Week in the CountryAn die Musik Brothers and Sisters Conversations at NightIle Forest Imaginary Countries The Barrow The Fountains The House The Lady of MogeThe Road East

    5. This doesn t seem to be one of Le Guin s widely read works, which I think is a bit of a shame As I see it, this has to do with the fact that it s not speculative fiction, which in the eyes of many readers means it s not Le Guin, or at the very least not interesting Le Guin Now, I think that outlook is pretty damn questionable yes, this is mostly a stab at realism, although The Lady of Moge feels like a folktale, but a realist Le Guin a Le Guin book that s less worth your time.In the intro to m [...]

    6. Before accepting any critical judgments in this review, the reader should be advised that the reviewer reads very few short stories and only rarely picks up an anthology of such The very fact that Orsinian Tales is such an anthology should signal something special with regard to my previously indicated preference I picked up Orsinian Tales simply because of my respect for the author Her fantasy work is extremely valuable and I was curious as to this anthology of realistic stories, even though s [...]

    7. Ursula K Le Guin writes in such a prosaic way here She s such a good writer, but the disconnected stories, the several narrators within the same story, and the longish prose often makes these stories difficult and poetic than jaunty and concise Her Orsinia is a fictional rural world middle European but very much a part of our world this isn t Le Guin s scifi at all These disconnected stories skip around different time periods and families to tell of Orsinia s people Many of the characters have [...]

    8. 3.5 estrellasEncantador, por supuesto Aunque debo admitir que no me ha enganchado tanto como los libros que he le do antes de Le Guin, y algunos de los relatos no me convencieron del todo Eso s , como siempre, es interesante como la mayor a de los relatos parecieran contener alguna velada cr tica social.Mi momento favorito Zida mir fijamente al enemigo que acababa de irrumpir dentro de las murallas y empez a gritar Fiel hasta ltimo momento a la causa perdida del verano, fue metida de cabeza en e [...]

    9. Ursula has mastered me again.This collection, set mostly in the troubled Eastern European fictional country of Orsinia during the early mid 1900s, is rife with the political philosophy that make Le Guin s work so thematically poignant, but told with such attention to characters, with such a sparse brush It s like wandering an art gallery.Almost entirely absent are elements of science fiction or fantasy, making this the perfect collection to introduce someone otherwise wary of those genres to Le [...]

    10. I read this long ago I just picked up my old copy and started reading the stories contained within The prose is gorgeous and haunting I am glad to be reading this again.

    11. This was a strange read for me Although Le Guin s stories are often short, it s the first time I read stories so short by her Actually, the first time I read short stories by someone who s not Argentinian, and the local authors have a very distinct style.Another unexpected factor is the fact that many of the writings revolve around romantic love stories, something rather unusual in what I ve read of Le Guin s works There s a lot of friendships and sibling stories aswell, but the romantic stories [...]

    12. A decent collection My favourites were An Die Musik and The Lady of Moge Besides that, no standout stories in particular but just the gift of managing to conjure a convincing land this time a real country baked into European history.

    13. In honor of Ursula Le Guin s passing and because I m deep into RITA reading that I can t talk about , I m sharing my favorite of her books This wasn t the first of her books I read I m pretty sure those were the Earthsea books from the library , but it was the first time I read her adult short stories I grabbed this book off a shelf while on vacation somewhere and devoured it while idea fireworks went off in my brain I then tried to press it on everyone I know Beautiful, lyrical, profound storie [...]

    14. The cover of this one is a bit of a cheat Orsinian Tales is a slender paperback I found lurking on one of my sister s crowded bookshelves The front features a tall, snug castle with a medieval town nestled at is base It s pretty clearly a stock image, though a case could be made that it illustrates the penultimate story in the collection The author is Le Guin, and if you didn t know who that is the cover helpfully points out she s the author of the Earths Trilogy and the winner of the Hugo and N [...]

    15. Though Ursula K Le Guin is undoubtedly one of my favorite writers of all time, this is only the second collection of hers I ve read, which actually isn t super unusual, since I rarely read collections.But this is a very atypical work for Le Guin, as it s essentially realism It has the feel of a late 19th century writer, especially people like Turgenev The only fantastic element to the collection is that these stories take place in an imaginary country.It actually makes me understand why she ende [...]

    16. I guess I have to give this one star, since I couldn t finish it, though it s not as bad as all that Ursula LeGuin is one of my authors, because of the sociological and psychological realism of her works What this book teaches me is that I like it best when her realism is balancing fantasy Here, where the stories are kitchen sink realism, it was just too hard for me to care about the dreary characters, or the dreary worlds they inhabited.Of the stories I read, the first was the strongest It tak [...]

    17. Wellll.I chose to do a presentation on this collection of short stories because I was under the impression that Le Guin wrote science fiction fantasy she did write my favorite short story ever, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas Even though there are elements of an alternative reality here, I am not convinced that Le Guin has total control of what she s going for What is she going for Sure, a few of these stories could be termed Fables, and yes I see the parallels of war in this world with war i [...]

    18. This collection is just what the doctor ordered a seamless prose world of forests, shadows and light, great cities, young and imperiled love creating her fictionalized country, LeGuin goes further than presenting fantasy rather, she uses the opportunity to explore states, subjugations of all sorts, insidious hopes, and the delicate power of art in an otherwise unsympathetic environment, among other things.For the most part, I found myself very drawn in and read through these stories with a great [...]

    19. As with all of Le Guin s work, the writing in Orsinian Tales is exquisite Her sentences are economical and packed with meaning that carries a story, paints a picture, and observes on the human condition Orsinian Tales is well worth reading, but maybe not the place to start with Le Guin For all that I love her writing, this collection is mostly very depressing Short stories can be cruel like that in their narrow focus, and that is part of why I tend to prefer longer form fiction I feel like this [...]

    20. I just reread this and had to change my assessment Each of the stories, set in the fantasy country of Orsinia, which is planted firmly in the history of our real world, was exceptional, brilliant, tender, personal, and delightful My main complaint is that I wanted to know about all the people and their stories I wanted whole novels about every single one of the stories Nevertheless, despite their too short nature, each was long enough to give me enough information that I came to care about the [...]

    21. I m not sure how to classify this There are eleven stories taking place in an imaginary Middle European country A kind of Slovakia, or maybe Poland I have no idea why people tag this with fantasy or SF though, speculative fiction, maybe, but if the stories had taken place in towns and cities with real names, there d be no way this would ever qualify In a way I suspect that is one of the points of the collection, what is SFF but different names At least the way Le Guin writes it no ray gun in han [...]

    22. Just finished reading Le Guin s Orsinian Tales I m not sure what I think of it, actually The stories in themselves are well written, interesting the first few, in my opinion, are better than the last few Or maybe that s the warm day and my lack of focus speaking Either way, I really liked Conversations at Night, one of the earlier ones It s an interesting idea a series of stories about an imaginary European country I think she also has a novel based on the country, which might ve been satisfyin [...]

    23. My friend and I have had an ongoing discussion about Cloud Atlas and Years of Rice and Salt, both of which range through vast swaths of time but with very different agendas This book, and series of mostly unconnected stories set in the same fictitious country located in the middle of the real central Europe, makes a fine addition to that conversation from the medieval past to the present the late 1960s, in this case , the events in the lives of a few mostly inconsequential people is set against [...]

    24. I would say that Ursula Le Guin is possibly the greatest living American author Even when she is writing mainstream fiction

    25. My favorite story here is An die Musik , a prose tribute to music The Barrow, Ile Forest , and The Lady of Moge are also interesting for the troubling perspectives they present The remaining stories at times create an enjoyable atmosphere, but can be a bit slow I was not really touched by the idyllic, plotless Imaginary Countries, and the grandiose self analysis making up much of the dialog in The House seems overwrought.

    26. This just gets a 2 for the one story about a medieval king the rest of it I couldn t get in to In fact, I didn t finish it just of the same depressing Russian introspective tales However, I don t generally read short stories don t like them much, so that could be a lot of the problem The writing is good enough that I ll try a novel by her, something like the one story I liked.

    27. I did enjoy this book picked up on a whim Its a little different than the other books by Le Guin that I have read less fantastical It feels very cold war and I believe that the original publication date bears that out The tales were interesting, and captivating, and overall quite beautiful in the same way that the better known Earth sea writing is.

    28. Ursula LeGuin is the best Everything she writes is well thought out, interesting, mysterious, profound, and full of wisdom These short stories are excellent, dealing with an imaginary Eastern European country in different centuries, so some of it s modern, some of it s medieval, etc So cool.

    29. Ursula K Leguin s short stories are good reads, worth your time if you want low key science fiction.

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