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Very Long Way From Anywhere Else de Ursula…

Very Long Way From Anywhere Else (original: 1976; edição: 1984)

de Ursula Le Guin

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Seventeen-year-old Owen Griffiths learns to find his own way to a future in science through a friendship with a girl whose life is dedicated to music.
Título:Very Long Way From Anywhere Else
Autores:Ursula Le Guin
Informação:PENGUIN PUTNAM * TRADE (1984), Paperback
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Very Far Away from Anywhere Else de Ursula K. Le Guin (1976)


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Excellent and honest portrayal of being a teenager. This rang very true to me and my memories of that time in my life. I remember feeling so serious about everything, yet able to be completely goofy; worried about the future but so excited and ready for it I couldn't contain myself; in love with the idea of being in love but not ready for it yet; feeling so close to people yet so alone. it wasn't a prefect book (the end felt slightly off for me, just with how distant the narrator becomes) but it was so honest and realistic that I could overlook that. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
Another short one I picked up on a whim at a book store for $1.

This is an incredible story. It will leaving you feeling both empty and full. I can't explain it better than that. Just read it. ( )
  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
This is a delightful, short novella, and very clever. The language is aimed at a young adult readership, and some of the phrasing (“neat”) may not have aged as well as it could, which is inevitable, but it would still appeal to the same readers, i think, as well as to adults. Like much of Le Guin, parts are deceptively simple. The book follows just after The Dispossessed, and many of the same themes run across here, just in a less overt form (the same could be said of the Earthsea series as well). For instance, our young narrator is thinking about musical form for his friend while also saying his interests are in psychology and the nature of consciousness, but of course the book itself is quasi-stream of consciousness, so she’s really pointing the reader to the text itself here. Likewise, the protagonist’s imaginary world is so much like Le Guin’s own Orsinia, and she gives a very firm backhand to toxic forms of masculinity and against Robert Graves’ The White Goddess that influenced so much of the fantasy genre that her own novels try to change. I suppose that I mean to say, this is perfectly charming novel about growing up and becoming more and more oneself even as that self is forever changing, which is to say it’s about the same things Le Guin is always about: power, identity, selfhood, freedom, and subjectivity. Yet, beautifully, the reader never needs to think of the book those terms either. ( )
  james.d.gifford | Apr 4, 2020 |
In many cases, the term "Young Adult" can serve as a warning label--"ATTENTION: This Book is Simplistic and Didactic. May cause irritation."

Very Far Away From Anywhere Else seemed, at first glance, very much in that mold. But as I read further, I realized two things. First, the simplicity is somewhat deceptive. While it is almost entirely written in simple declarative sentences and filled with very basic observations, the structure becomes more complicated as it progresses. Seemingly banal plot points start to tie together, and by the end the work as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that's a good structure for a Young Adult novel to have. Young young adults get a simple story, older Young adults get something more.

So then I thought maybe the problem was that I'm not a Young Adult. One could easily retitle this book "Teenage Angst: Theory and Practice". Frequently, my response was something along the lines of 'tell me something I don't know'. I read Catcher in the Rye (et al) a long time ago. I remember, very distinctly, what being a teenager was like.

But of course, I had forgotten one thing: teenagers don't know what being a teenager is like. When you're that age, the experiences you later realize are ubiquitous and cliche are all new and fresh cut. The callouses, the scar tissue, haven't formed yet. They've happened to thousands of people before you and will happen to thousands more, but, very importantly, you don't realize that yet. The particular pain of that time of life is, in effect, the realization, the first awareness, of the pain itself. I had forgotten, and this book reminded me. So that's the second thing.

I wish I had read this book when I was younger. I would probably have remembered it fondly. But for now, I would only recommend it Young Adults, to those who remember what it was like to be a Young Adult, or those who feel the need to be reminded. ( )
  ralphpalm | Nov 11, 2019 |
An absolutely wonderful story told with such insight and by someone who so obviously knew the meaning and power of love. It's a short read with no extra filler that kept me glued to it. I highly recommend it to anyone. ( )
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
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