A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1)
Posted May 15, 2015on:
The series was published in 1968 – has a very similar feel to the Harry Potter series, but much more insightful about what the fight between good and evil is really about. It is about the good and the evil in everyone’s own heart. It is not a strong powerful and dark wizard against the entire community of wizards which over generations finally produces some matching wizard. In a sense, it is more an adult book about magic. Harry Potter, in comparison, is more like magic books for kids.
For your entertainment, here is Ursula Le Guin’s answer on her opinions on Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling. Le Guin got fire and I like it a lot 🙂 I am still a fan of Harry Potter but I resolve someday I am going to finish the Earthsea Cycle (all six of them).
Q: Nicholas Lezard has written ‘Rowling can type, but Le Guin can write.’ What do you make of this comment in the light of the phenomenal success of the Potter books? I’d like to hear your opinion of JK Rowling’s writing style
UKL: I have no great opinion of it. When so many adult critics were carrying on about the “incredible originality” of the first Harry Potter book, I read it to find out what the fuss was about, and remained somewhat puzzled; it seemed a lively kid’s fantasy crossed with a “school novel”, good fare for its age group, but stylistically ordinary, imaginatively derivative, and ethically rather mean-spirited.