Powers

Powers Young Gavir sometimes sees into the future He can neither explain nor control this power and his beloved older sister wisely advises him to keep it secret It doesn t really get in the way of his comf

  • Title: Powers
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ISBN: 9781842555316
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Young Gavir sometimes sees into the future He can neither explain nor control this power, and his beloved older sister wisely advises him to keep it secret It doesn t really get in the way of his comfortable life as a house slave for a great family.Then tragedy strikes, in a most unexpected way, destroying Gavir s trust in all he has ever known Fleeing in blind grief, hYoung Gavir sometimes sees into the future He can neither explain nor control this power, and his beloved older sister wisely advises him to keep it secret It doesn t really get in the way of his comfortable life as a house slave for a great family.Then tragedy strikes, in a most unexpected way, destroying Gavir s trust in all he has ever known Fleeing in blind grief, he finds himself on a dangerous journey towards a goal he does not understand is he seeking freedom, or his own people Or is he searching for the true use of his strange powers Powers, the third book in the Annals of the Western Shore, is an epic story of survival and self discovery that brings its hero home at last, to a place he has never been before.

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    1. This one was the longest and best of the three. I really loved it and didn't want it to be over. It follows the story of a slave boy in an important house in a large city. He was stolen from the Marsh People as a baby, and has little or no memory of his home. UKL understands slavery, what it does to your mind and how it changes who you are. She's well-acquainted with grief. Sometimes her stories are like pain dipped in honey, they're so sad and beautiful. Through the various people he lives with [...]

    2. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Powers is the third and, in my opinion, the best of the Annals of the Western Shore novels. In this book, we meet Gavir, a slave in the City State of Etra. Gavir was born in the marshes but was stolen, along with his sister, by slavers and brought to Etra. He has the power to clearly remember things he has seen before and even some events that have not yet happened to him. This power is not uncommon in the marshes, but the people of Etra fear powers, so hi [...]

    3. In my previous reviews for the preceding two books in this trilogy, I commented that they could read as standalone novels. This last installment to the trilogy is no exception, and in fact this story strays the most. Yet at the book’s end, the overall story arc does come full circle and in a way that is completely satisfying.Unlike in Gifts and Voices, where our original narrator Orrec Caspro is still very much a major player, Powers is solely Gavir’s story…a personal reflection written fo [...]

    4. A third book in the Annals of the Western Shore and a third first person narrator in a third location.Gavir was taken as a slave as a baby, too young to remember his native Marshes. He is brought up and educated in a city - one of the City States that are forever warring with each other. Initially content with his life, even happy, Gavir is loyal to the House that keeps him, until his trust is tragically betrayed by an event that drives him both mad and away. Thus begins a tour of different soci [...]

    5. Phenomenal read. I think this is the most powerful and devastating of all the Le Guin I’ve read. She had a lot to say here - at 502 pages Powers is one of the longest novels she’s written*. It won the Nebula Award in 2008.One of Le Guin’s biggest strengths is the convincing, seamless portrayal of societies and cultures outside the norm, and that’s on full display here. It all starts with a slave called Gavir who can sometimes remember events from the future. He’s an educated, happy sla [...]

    6. Dün Batı Sahili Yıllıkları dizisini yeniden okumayı bitirdim. Üç kitaptan oluşan seri birbiri ile teğet geçen hikayelerle örülmüş. Sanırım benim en sevdiğim 2. kitap (SESLER) oldu. Yeteneklerin keşfi, kölelik ve hürriyet tanımları, hayatın amacını, kendi yerini bulmak ile ilgili harika kitaplar Le Guin sevenlere tavsiye ediyorum.

    7. The third book in The Annals of the Western Shore is amazingly good. Le Guin is on top of her game, exploring slavery and its reverberations. It's excellent in every way. And it includes this transcendent piece, which caused me to catch my breath and blink away tears:"To look back on that summer and the summers after it is like looking across the sea to an island, remote and golden over the water, hardly believing that one lived there once. Yet it's still here within me, sweet and intense: the s [...]

    8. Birbirleriyle savaşıp sırayla birbirlerini işgal etmiş iki şehir devletinin, savaşlarda çok köle kaybettiklerini fark edince güçlerini birleştirmeleri, ve kölelikten kaçıp bir birlik haline gelen insanlara saldırmaları insanların açgözlülüğüne dair çok güzel bir örnek sunuyor bize Bati Sahilleri Yıllıkları serisinin kesinlikle en etkileyici kitabıydı.

    9. Hmm. The three books of this trilogy aren't that directly related -- I think they can be read alone. I think Voices is probably the best, in that it has a plot as well as the other things that make Le Guin's writing so lovely. I might like this better on a reread, as I did with Gifts, but I think perhaps I found this the weakest -- and I'm not sure why I think so, really. It seems quite slow, and ponderous, and there doesn't seem to be much of a conclusion or climax. The themes of stories and le [...]

    10. The one where Gav escapes from what seemed on the surface to be a very gentle sort of slavery, and travels the world searching for a home.I enjoyed this a great deal. As a meditation on various kinds of slavery, it was beautifully done. Sometimes I wanted to thwap Gav for how dense he was about what the women were experiencing, but I'm pretty sure that was intentional; it was easy to see how their greater enslavement was all but invisible to the men. The book also showcases another thing LeGuin [...]

    11. This one was good, but even though it was 502 pages, the longest book in the series, I felt there should have been more. And this is the last book in the series, too. There was so much more I wanted to see happen in this story. I wanted a revenge for Gavir's loss of his sister that didn't happen, at least not against the family that owned them as slaves. I loved this series, though, and definitely think it's worth a read.

    12. ‘Only mercy and the sword’I read the first two novels in the Western Shore trilogy with my younger daughter more than ten years ago, but for some reason did not read this final volume until now. How I regret the delay! Gifts and Voices are both terrific ‘young adult’ novels, but Powers is quite outstanding.As a writer of science fantasy, Le Guin had, I think, no equal. Her world is so imaginatively realised, the young hero’s quest as much a journey of self-discovery as a physical one, [...]

    13. Oh, this book hurt my heart so many times today. I'm slightly shocked that I read all 502 pages in one day, but it was that compelling. As with the other books in this series, Powers was very much a personal journey of a young person seeking his home and his history. It was beautiful and heartbreaking. Unlike Voices, it did not seem to have a strong overt message about our own times, except perhaps the slow recognition of injustice. (view spoiler)[ I was frustrated that Gavir never challenged th [...]

    14. I loved this novel. But, I haven't read the other Annals books yet. I read this first. I found this book to be fascinating - and surprisingly so. I just didn't go into it thinking it was going to be so engaging, moving, and, really, beautiful. Le Guin is such a clear writer, her prose is never heavy or overstuffed. I don't have a lot of faith in most science fiction writers: they tend to write too much and thus write poorly. Anyway, I'm a Le Guin fan but I was sad to complete her Hainish work an [...]

    15. I think of this book when I think of those who romanticize the antebellum South, the fantasy of plantations where perhaps the institution of human bondage was not so very terrible. This novel is set in just such a household, and yet it reveals how much worse the betrayal in such situations could be. No house, no matter how beautiful, built on the foundation of injustice will stand. Everyone who's a fan of "Those Who Walk Away from Omegas" should read this book.

    16. This is the last book of the Annals of the Western Shore trilogy. And I’ll say a few things about the trilogy as a whole before getting into Powers in particular. I’m amazed by Le Guin’s ability to create a whole world. She created a lot of different worlds and cultures, and they all well developed and interesting. I’d love to visit the Western Shore. It’s a shame that other YA series get so much love, despite being everything but original, and this series doesn’t get much love. It s [...]

    17. 2.5 en realidadMe pareció el más aburrido de los tres. La saga había remontado con el libro anterior, pero en este simplemente la sinopsis miente!!Hay un par de cuestiones que no me convencieron:-El protagonista es un esclavo, en una sociedad claramente esclavista, pero estos esclavos viven en las casas de sus amos y son educados, les enseñan a leer, escribir, e historia, geografía y otras ciencias, así como les proveen de camas, abrigos y alimento. Realmente no sé de QUÉ sociedad esclav [...]

    18. Gifts, Voices and Powers, as well as being linked by sharing geography and key characters, are together an exploration of what exactly constitutes magic and magical abilities. Gifts showed two individuals, Orrec and Gry, developing talents that could equally be regarded as non-magical in our own world, namely storytelling, poetry and empathy with animals. Voices focused on Memer, whose apparent gift of prophecy actually called into doubt that oracles, with their ambiguous messages, could actuall [...]

    19. When I first read this book several years ago, I liked it all the way up until the ending, at which point I wished I had gotten it from the library instead of buying it outright. Most Le Guin endings make me feel like I've been plucked out of a boat in the middle of its journey down a river. This one felt like it ran aground. (Just to start with a pretentious metaphor.)I'd actually forgotten almost everything about the plot when I reread it recently; all I really remembered was that Gav was a sl [...]

    20. I think I would read this a different way the second time. I trusted the narrator so much that I made many discoveries with him, even about the treatment of women and slaves. If I had read more critically, I would have been able to see the flaws in his views. As it was, there were only a couple of times that something that seemed fine to him seemed off to me - the general idea of slavery, and the women in the runaway camp. I think that's a positive reflection on this book, though, because a cent [...]

    21. Reviewed by Natalie Tsang for TeensReadTooI kept glancing back at the cover when I started reading Ursula K. Le Guin's POWERS. It sounded so different from the EARTHSEA series that it didn't even seem like the same author. It was much longer and more personal than anything I had ever read from her before. But, as I read on, a lot of what I loved from older books, like the descriptions and the colorful characters, gradually surfaced here. Set in a world much like Ancient Rome or Greece, this five [...]

    22. I loved all three of the Annals of the Western Shore. Ursula Le Guin's writing is, as always, elegant and beautiful. I've read other reviews here on , and the main complaint I've seen is that these books are too slow. It's true, they're very meditative - but for me, that's a feature, not a bug. You gradually enter in the shallow end and before you realize it, you're swimming in the depths. There are so many strong themes in these books - freedom and power, inheritance but what I love most about [...]

    23. The final story (and my favorite) within the Annals of the Western Shore. Gavir is a bright young slave boy, in training by his masters to serve as a a teacher of poetry and history for a noble house. Despite a constant bully, Gavir is treated well by his house, is well educated, content, happy, and even loyal to his masters. But, when a slave close to Gavir is raped and murdered, Gavir is taught that even in the finest of houses, a slaves' death requires no justice. Mad with grief, Gavir walks [...]

    24. Con 'Poderes', Ursula K. Le Guin ha demostrado que se puede escribir una excelente novela del género fantástico sin necesidad de incluir esos elementos tolkinianos tan de moda últimamente en la fantasía: orcos, elfos, dragones, bolas de fuego, magia También es la demostración de que una buena historia, compleja y rica en sus planteamientos, no tiene por qué destrozarte la mano con sus más de 800 páginas, que con menos de la mitad es suficiente.'Poderes' cuenta la historia de Gavir, un j [...]

    25. How can I start talking about this series? "Powers" was the last and possible the best book in the thrilogy(I can't decide between the first and this one). I don't often finish a series/thrilogy I have started, because I loose interest or I simply forget about the books. But this was another thing.I have a confession to make: until this august, I have never read an Ursula K. Le Guin book. I'm not that much into Scy-Fy literature and her most known fantasy books weren't translated in our language [...]

    26. This Young Adult SF novel won the 2008 Nebula award. It is Le Guin's third in the Annals of the Western Shore - the earlier books being Gifts, and Voices. The three novels take place in geographically separated areas on an unspecified planet with technological development roughly like medieval Europe. The plots are sequential in time, but concern different characters, and the books can be read as stand-alones.I have not read Gifts or Voices - if I had I probably would have recognized the names o [...]

    27. I was thinking about it, and I decided that what makes me like an author is when they are interested in the same things I'm interested in, and they spend a lot of time on those parts of the story.So I really liked all the anthropologisty parts of this book. (Did you know Ursula LeGuin's parents were famous anthropologists?)I think maybe I liked Voices slightly better, but I still really enjoyed this. It made me want to go back and read the first two again, since a bunch of people from those two [...]

    28. I thought this book was a stand alone book. But Surprise! It's not! And you know what else? It didn't matter. I didn't feel like I had missed anything jumping into book #3. I loved this book. I didn't want it to end. The storytelling was great. I found I didn't really even care where the plot was going, it was just such an enjoyable read. My next objective is to find the first books in the series and enjoy those too!

    29. This was a lovely book that confused me in many ways and entranced me in others. First, the cover art is inaccurate. I think this is worth pointing out, though I rarely expect the cover art of a book to be accurate. Gav is black. Not merely a light brown. His skin is very, very dark and he looks nothing like the people in his city. Everyone knows that he was stolen by slave raiders as a child if for no other reason than the color of his skin. While that doesn't make Gav an outsider per se, this [...]

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