The Wind's Twelve Quarters

The Wind s Twelve Quarters The recipient of numerous literary prizes including the National Book Award the Kafka Award and the Pushcart Prize Ursula K Le Guin is renowned for her lyrical writing rich characters and divers

  • Title: The Wind's Twelve Quarters
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ISBN: 9780060125622
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the National Book Award, the Kafka Award, and the Pushcart Prize, Ursula K Le Guin is renowned for her lyrical writing, rich characters, and diverse worlds The Wind s Twelve Quarters collects seventeen powerful stories, each with an introduction by the author, ranging from fantasy to intriguing scientific concepts, froThe recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the National Book Award, the Kafka Award, and the Pushcart Prize, Ursula K Le Guin is renowned for her lyrical writing, rich characters, and diverse worlds The Wind s Twelve Quarters collects seventeen powerful stories, each with an introduction by the author, ranging from fantasy to intriguing scientific concepts, from medieval settings to the future.Including an insightful foreword by Le Guin, describing her experience, her inspirations, and her approach to writing, this stunning collection explores human values, relationships, and survival, and showcases the myriad talents of one of the most provocative writers of our time.ContentSemley s NecklaceApril in ParisThe MastersDarkness BoxThe Word of UnbindingThe Rule of NamesWinter s KingThe Good TripNine LivesThingsA Trip to the HeadVaster Than Empires and More SlowThe Stars BelowThe Field of VisionDirection of the RoadThe Ones Who Walk Away from OmelasThe Day before the Revolution

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    • Ursula K. Le Guin

      Ursula K Le Guin published twenty two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN Malamud, etc Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls She lived in Portland, Oregon.She was known for her treatment of gender The Left Hand of Darkness, The Matter of Seggri , political systems The Telling, The Dispossessed and difference otherness in any other form Her interest in non Western philosophies was reflected in works such as Solitude and The Telling but even interesting are her imagined societies, often mixing traits extracted from her profound knowledge of anthropology acquired from growing up with her father, the famous anthropologist, Alfred Kroeber The Hainish Cycle reflects the anthropologist s experience of immersing themselves in new strange cultures since most of their main characters and narrators Le Guin favoured the first person narration are envoys from a humanitarian organization, the Ekumen, sent to investigate or ally themselves with the people of a different world and learn their ways.

    407 thoughts on “The Wind's Twelve Quarters

    • This collection of stories is a chronological assortment of published work during the first ten years of Le Guin in publication; it is hard to believe she wasn't published until 32, but her enormous talent makes one feel like all those years leading up to the first story were spent in a literary chrysalis. Le Guin is a master author, and whether or not sci-fi is a reader's preferred genre, her works are important enough to be read by lovers of the written word.Many of the stories in this collect [...]


    • Short stories 'The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas' and 'The Day Before the Revolution' elevate this collection of what is already an impeccable achievement of intelligent imagination, to a work of immense wisdom.


    • Kitap için yorum yapmayacağım. Çünkü elimde daha iyisi var. Size tek bir soru soracağım ve sorunun cevabını yine ben vereceğim.Neden bu kitabı okumalısınız?1. Rocannon'un Dünyası'nı okuduysanız, onun öncesinde geçen ve bu kitapta yer alan Semley'in Kolyesi hikayesini görmek isteyebilirsiniz.2. Karanlığın Sol Eli'ne aşık olduysanız, bu muazzam eserin temelleri olan Kış Kralı'nı bu kitapta okuyabilirsiniz. Sonrasında bu hikayenin nasıl Karanlığın Sol Eli'n [...]


    • Unlike Four Ways to Forgiveness, this is an uneven collection, a mixed bag of Le Guin's early short stories. My favorite are definitely the sci-fi stories: from Hainish cycle - Winter's King (a prequel to The Left Hand of Darkness), The Day Before the Revolution (a prequel to The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia), Vaster than Empires and More Slow (humans try to communicate with a different type of intelligence, reminiscent of Solaris); and independent - Nine Lives (about cloning) and The Field [...]


    • I've only read one other Ursula Le Guin book (The Left Hand of Darkness, which I loved for making me think so hard), so it was a treat to get a range of her short stories. Collections like these aren't necessarily an author's greatest hits. But after reading The Wind's Twelve Quarters, I feel like I know Le Guin much better and consequently, got a good insight in her creative process. I now conclude that Le Guin is an awesome, awesome lady. I would love to have a drink with her. She's just so sm [...]


    • Her first collection (1975). Currently rereading ( 9/18/17). Opens with "Semley's Necklace", one of her 2 best shorts.Very nice cover art, uncredited, probably by Pauline Ellison:isfdb/wiki/images/0/08


    • 3.5/5Después de lo mucho que me gustó Mundos de exilio e ilusión, el volumen de tres novelas cortas que la colección Literatura Fantástica de RBA publicó al inicio de su andadura, tenía bastante expectativas depositadas en la lectura de este libro. Las doce moradas del viento es un compendio de diecisiete relatos reunidos en orden cronológico y prologados por Rosa Montero que ofrecen una amplia perspectiva de los fascinantes universos creados por la autora a lo largo de su extensa carrer [...]


    • compilación de 15 historias creo, unas me gustaron bastante otras no tanto, pero como alguien que siempre quizo leer algo de la autora pero estaba demasiado intimidada para hacerlo agradezco que exista esta libro.


    • This first half of this collection includes some Le Guin's earliest stories and is a nice compilation, but lacks much of the sophistication of her later works, and longer works. Two of the stories included are kind of proto-Earthsea tales that do not necessarily jive with the Earthsea material, but they still offer fascinating glimpses at the process of world-building and storytelling. Two are also prequels to a couple of the Hainish Cycle novels, and are interesting on the own as vignettes of t [...]




    • The Wind's Twelve Quarters is a wonderful example of Le Guin's early work in short fiction. This is the first Le Guin I've read besides Catwings so it was exciting to try her "serious" science fiction and fantasy and I was not disappointed by the collection. Her style is engaging and effective and her plots are well-crafted and tied closely to her themes. Since the collection is a near-chronological summary of the first ten years of her career in science fiction and fantasy, it is really excitin [...]


    • The ultimate Ursula K Le Guin pick-and-mix; full of stories that don't really hold my interest (the medieval, Earthsea-ish stories), and the harder, weirder sci-fi stories I love (particular the Ekumen/Hainish stories). They are all beautifully written, but it definitely draws a solid line between my personal preferences.


    • I spent a long time looking for this short story collection without even realizing it. The journey began one day when I was trying to remember the title of a story. All I could remember was that the story was about a Utopian society which kept a young child in a dark room because that was the only way to keep the utopia; one had to suffer unbearable loneliness and silence in order for the rest to live in said utopia. If the child was ever freed, the ideal world would crumble and become ruined. I [...]


    • The Wind's Twelve Quarters is a collection of Ursula K. Le Guin's short stories - an early collection, so they're some of her first stories. There were some clunkers ("A Trip to the Head," for one, and "The Stars Below," for another), but they were nicely counteracted by some really great works like "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," "Nine Lives," and "Darkness Box." Plus, it includes the two stories that were the first venture into Earthsea (and she notes in the prologue several inconsistenc [...]


    • Excellent collection of stories spread out over a substantial range of Le Guin's career. Le Guin's stories are very much focused on the psychological and emotional consequences of distance, travel, and alien-ness. She shares this interest with Samuel R. Delany, another science fiction writer with whom i am more familiar, but i would say her characters are more humble, more likeable, maybe even more human.The early stories showed their age, being simple of plot and touched with sci-fi cliches. Le [...]


    • Nakon dosta godina sto ova knjiga nije bila dostupna na nasim prostorima, eto netko normalan se nasao da ju objavi i to prosireno izdanje. Ova zbirka prica me vratila u doba kada sam zavolio Ursulu citajuci Zemljomorje, Lijeva ruka tame, Ljudi bez icegai sad shvacam da ju volim jos, i to puno. Neke kasnije zbirke prica kao Ribar unutrasnjeg mora, Ruza kompasa nisu fascinirale i cesto sam se pitao, kako to??? Pa godinama nisam Ursulu ni citao. Ali ova knjiga je predivna, niti jedna prica nije los [...]


    • I'm very picky about short stories, usually preferring novels, but this collection is absolutely magical, in every sense of the word. Le Guin's variety of voices and styles is nothing short of amazing, and each of these is a completely realized gem.


    • En general, me ha resultado una lectura bastante insulsa. Algunos cuentos me han parecido un sinsentido tremendo. Ha habido un par que realmente me han gustado y que además, forman parte de los mundos de otras de sus novelas, por lo que me ha picado el gusanillo para leerlos. Espero que en novela me convenza más que en cuentos.



    • Le Guin convinced me with the first two volumes of her Earthsea Cycle that she was worth classifying with Tolkien and Lewis as a writer whose fiction stabbed at the deep, bright heart of things. But while Tolkien and Lewis were not known for their short fiction, Le Guin's first publications were short stories. The Wind's Twelve Quarters is what Le Guin calls a retrospective sampling of the first decade of her short fiction, spanning 1964 to 1974. I don't know Le Guin's complete bibliography, but [...]


    • It was a long time since last time I read from Le Guin. Might be 20 years or so. All I had was a remembrance of wellness and joy after reading some of her work, although hardly remember any of them (time's toll, I guess), not even the ones from Earthsea. From these ones, I do really remember parts of the first pages, though mostly the joyful sensation of expectation on what will the story be.This book is a collection of short stories gathered from all along her career. They surely are a nice exa [...]


    • Rüzgarın Oniki Köşesi,arka kapak tanıtımında yazılmış olduğu gibi Ursula K.Le Guin'in ustalık öncesi öykülerinden oluşuyor. Ancak, ustalık öncesi öykü dendiğine bakmayın,kitap, yine yüreğe dokunan, hassas, hayalgücü yüksek, keyif veren okumalar sunmakta. Özellikle Mülksüzler gibi, tüm zamanların favori kitapları sıralamasında başı çeken (benim için :)) bir kitabın temelini oluşturan iki öyküyü okumak ve (Mülksüzlerdeki) temel kahramanımız, feminist [...]


    • The Wind's Twelve Quarter ends on a high, that is for sure. Some of the stories in this collection are no doubt among the best Le Guin as produced. All things considered, it isn't one of those very rare collections that manage a consistently high quality though. It is a collection that shows Le Guin's style, themes and development as a writer however. With links to her most important works and some award winning stories, perhaps it is not so strange this collection has been in print for more tha [...]


    • Will I sound like a rube if I say Ursula K. Le Guin is the most compelling political and social theorist I have ever encountered?From "The Day Before the Revolution":"she, and the other kids, and her parents, and their parents, and the drunks and whores and all of River Street, were at the bottom of something -- were the foundation, the reality, the source. But will you drag civilization down into the mud? cried the shocked decent people, later on, and she had tried for years to explain to them [...]


    • Ursula K. Le Guin and her writing have had a formative influence on me ever since I first cracked open A Wizard of Earthsea when I was ten or so. She has expanded my mind and expanded my horizons. These are some of her very finest speculative-fiction short stories from 1962 to 1974—I can't believe there were some I had never read before, including a few that are tied to her most famous novels. Among the best in this collection: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, Winter's King, Things, The Fie [...]


    • There were one or two drug references that maybe haven't aged so well, and one story where I even had a feeling she was trying for something in a PKD direction. I could have done without the story from the point of view of an oak tree. Generally though, these are all great stories that had been published previously and have been in other collections as well, including the Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas which is on quite a few syllabi in wizard schools. Because this is such a mix of her various t [...]


    • A varied collection with lots to chew on for readers somewhat familiar with Le Guin's work. There are stories here that directly connect to 'The Left Hand of Darkness,' 'The Dispossessed,' the Earthsea series, etc. The best of the bunch, for my money, were "The Rule of Names" (an excellent, fable-like Earthsea story), "Nine Lives" (clones working in a deep space mining outpost, originally published in a somewhat doctored version by Playboy), and "Field of Vision."


    • I mistakenly left my first copy of this in a hostel in Italy - my mother had sent it to me after I ran out of books to read. My now husband bought me a second copy the first Christmas we dated. That's how I knew he was a good listener - he knew how much I loved this book and lamented its loss. This is and will always be my favorite collection of short stories. And I am a lover of long novels, typically indifferent to shorter works.


    • A collection of early LeGuin stories. I love her, so I'm biased, but I love it. (Some stories are better than others, but I'm enjoying all of them). It's her style - so, you know, if you like her you'll like it. . . but there ARE some really great stories in here, srsly.It's a bedside-table book (and it's short stories), so I'm not done yet.


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