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The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination Paperback – February 17, 2004

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Le Guin is stimulating company. A profoundly creative and prolific fiction writer who has won a half-dozen major awards and enticed readers to science fiction who otherwise might not have ventured into that fantastic terrain, she is also a forthright, incisive, and funny essayist. In her second nonfiction collection, a piquant, morally lucid, and enlivening volume graced with a well-chosen phrase of Virginia Woolf's, Le Guin considers the pleasures and significance of reading, the true meaning of literacy, the power of the imagination, and the writer's responsibility. On a memoiristic note, she remembers her anthropologist father and Native American family friends. On the literary plane, she praises libraries as sacred places that embody freedom, pays homage to Borges and Twain, dissects the assumptions behind the designation "creative nonfiction," and analyzes the "rhythms of prose." And Le Guin is breathtakingly hilarious on the subjects of age, beauty, and womanhood. Candid, earthy, and deeply involved in the human experience, Le Guin is artist, mentor, and friend. Donna Seaman
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"Essential reading for anyone who imagines herself literate and/or socially concerned or who wants to learn what it means to be such."—Library Journal

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  • Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
  • Paperback : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1590300068
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1590300060
  • Publisher : Shambhala; 1st Edition (February 17, 2004)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.95 x 0.8 x 8.98 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92 ratings
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