Ursula K. Le Guin has won multiple prizes and accolades from the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to the Newbery Honor, the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and PEN/Malamud Awards. Read more...
Ursula K. Le Guin has won multiple prizes and accolades from the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to the Newbery Honor, the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, and PEN/Malamud Awards. She has had her work collected over the years, but never as a complete retrospective of her longer works as represented in the wonderful The Found and the Lost.
This collection is a literary treasure chest that belongs in every home library.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-17
- Reviewer: Staff
The 13 splendid tales in this huge collection (which, despite its title, does omit a few of Le Guins novella-length works) show why Le Guin is one of the most honored living writers of fantastic literature. Some of the science fiction stories explore the divergent development of worlds that the Hain seeded long ago with human ancestors; some fantasies examine how people on the different islands of the Earthsea Archipelago deal with their potential to use different kinds of magic. Two of the best stories work outside these favorite settings: the rambunctious but touching Buffalo Gals Wont You Come Out Tonight (1987), a Hugo- and IFA-winner based on Southwest Native American lore; and Paradises Lost (2002), a gentle examination of how the crew of a starship fights the lure of religious fanaticism during a generations-long mission. Le Guin is never soggily sentimental, but throughout her long career she has preferred to deal with heartbreakingly real characters who discover that they can extend themselves into acts of generous compassion. These stories are wonderful, and full of wonder. (Oct.)