Ursula K. Le Guin

This week Ursula K. Le Guin passed away – an author of power, simplicity and mystery. My favourite passage from her Earthsea Quartet is this, and maybe illustrates some of her mastery.

“As Lookfar approached the islands, Arren saw the dragons soaring and circling on the morning wind, and his heart leapt up with them with a joy, a joy of fulfillment, that was like pain. All the glory of mortality was in that light. Their beauty was made up of terrible strength, utter wildness, and the grace of reason. For these were thinking creatures, with speech and ancient wisdom: in the patterns of their flight there was a fierce, willed concord.

Arren did not speak, but he thought: I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning.”

– The Farthest Shore

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