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Memer is a sheephaired oppressed minority girl who is oppressed by a manly warrior society who thinks reading is evil How does she fight the book burning Nazis? With the power of understanding Oh, and there's some kind of crazy magic that no one understands that happens about once Horrible, disgusting tripe Paper dolls havereal personality than these characters.Example dialog (completely made up, but in character):Memer: I am very oppressed It is because I am a minority who loves to learn and read Why do you oppress me so?Oppressing oppressor: It is because I hate reading! Books are wicked tools of the great Satan! My religion blinds me to the goodness in others! (evil snarl!)Memer: I will strive to understand your culture that I might best you with the power of my knowledge, love, and understanding, though I greatly fear your power to oppress me eventhan you already do.The only reason I finished this book was because I was on a road trip I'm a little bit disappointed in myself for doing so, even so. A book about a city under occupation, agents of change, and a way forward to a better future when each side is able to make concessions to the other Time spent reading a book by Ursula Le Guin is always time well spent. Le Guin is rightly famed for her novels of the late 1960s and the 1970s such as the Earthsea books, The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness, but she has never let up and has been a force in science fiction, fantasy and indeed literature for almost 60 years now This, the middle volume of the Annals of the Western Shore, shows just why; she writes prose as lucid and powerful as almost any writer I can think of, characters that walk the line between taletellers archetype and fully three dimensional human beings, and infuses the whole with a humanity and relevance that is breathtaking She writes great stories that are made epic by the inclusion of a meaning that is apparent but never heavy handed, that never overwhelms the tale but lifts it.Voices finds a great, ancient city of learning that has been subjugated for seventeen years by a foreign power whose singular god considers any other deities to be demons and any books or writing blasphemy, and a girl child of a violation during the invasion who has grown up tending the remains of a secret library and is witness to, and instrumental in, a great change As wonderful as the first volume, Gifts, leaving me a little sad that there is only one book remaining. In Voices, Le Guin somehow writes one of the best and most beautiful books of her entire career Hidden away, as one of the last books of her career and stowed away in the Young Adult section, never before have her messages been so clear, so powerful, and so developed An astounding work for all ages. Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.comA companion novel to Le Guin's GIFTS, VOICES looks in on the life of a teen growing up in a city controlled by an enemy people Memer has never known a life when hostile soldiers didn't patrol the streets and the possession of a book was not a crime punishable by death The invading army believes that written words are evil, and that the city of Ansul is full of demons But Memer knows that the Waylord, the man who raised her after her mother's death, has a hidden library in his house There, he teaches her to read, and then, to use her understanding to help the city face its greatest crisis For a novel that has a lot to do with storytelling and reading, VOICES hasaction and excitement than readers might expect The arrival of Orrec, a great storyteller (and the narrator of GIFTS), rekindles the courage of Ansul's people, and they attempt to rebel against their oppressors Memer finds herself caught in the middle, torn between her loyalty to the Waylord, who wishes to find a peaceful solution, and her hatred for the soldiers who destroyed so many things that she treasured With many twists and turns along the way, VOICES delivers a conclusion that is both satisfying and unpredictable Perhaps the strongest element of the novel, however, is the way it moves from black and white to shades of gray Orrec believes that all people have some good in them, and as Memer is forced to get to know the invaders she despises, she realizes that they are not all terrible and cruel Some of them are simply different, and unable to understand her way of life The message seems to be that it is far better to reach an understanding with others, even if you dislike them, than to take revenge In a time when cultural and religious clashes make news almost every day, this should hit home with many readers VOICES is not a perfect book It slows down a littlethan I'd have liked before reaching its conclusion, and Memer was not as active in those events as I expect from a main character But those flaws are minor compared to everything else about the novel: the distinctive setting and culture, the vivid language and personalities, and a voice that suggests, softly, without preaching, that there isthan one way to win a war. In the second volume of The Annals of the Western Shore, LeGuin takes us a long way south from the Uplands of the first volume, to the conquered coastal city of Ansul She also provides a map of the Western Shore not printed in the first or third volumes One of the regions on the map, Sessery, sounds very much like it should be an island of Earthsea.Memer narrates the story of her young life, growing up in a city conquered by an invading army from the desert to the east indeed she is a product of that invasion, her mother being forced by a soldier from the invading army.The hated Alds the invaders bring their religious beliefs with them and Atth, their one God, hates the written word Ansul was a University city and had a great and famed library The aftermath of conquest saw it destroyed, along with its contents, any other books discovered by the army and all discovered harbouring the written word.Memer grows up hating the occupying Alds, though she looks like them, and learning history and poetry from the cache of books held in a room with no doors Little changes until the arrival of Orrec Caspro and Gry Barr in the city, summoned by the Alds' chief political figure Then change comesswiftly than she could have believed possible and she finds herself at the centre of it.LeGuin givesto think about in this book than any dozen documentaries on the religious conflicts of this worldand that is what she is writing about, though any one analogy with a real modern conflict doesn't quite fit, much to her credit, in my view LeGuin intends her readers not to make easy comparisons but to have to think seriously about the motivations, merits and demerits of all parties involved in her imagined occupied city and hence be forced to do so with regard to the world we see around us She uses Memer's awakening to a complicated political situation and enforced close up view of her enemies to suggest that seeing our enemies as human is much of the way to finding a way to live with them Without ever unrealistically simplifying matters she promotes talking (politics) as a solution, perhaps the only solution, though not necessarily an ideal one.LeGuin tells a gripping, intricate, carefully crafted story of immediate and yet depressingly timeless relevance in an intelligent and perceptive way LeGuin is rarely less than profound but does not always give sufficient attention to providing her readers with a compelling narrative That fault cannot be observed in this novel, making this the best fantasy work she has written since The Farthest Shore and putting it on a parr with her very best work in any genre. This book was excellent, even better than the first book of this series, Gifts The two main characters from the first book are seen again here playing important parts in the story, but the viewpoint character is someone new Again, UKL's deft storytelling catches you up right away and pulls you into the action, thoughts, and feelings In no way does this feel like Young Adult literature Both of these books are awesome stories There's nothing that's simplified here, or minor in any way.The story is set in a city which has been overrun and enslaved by foreign invaders for seventeen years past The viewpoint character is a halfbreed, born of the rape of a local woman by a foreign soldier Her heart is not divided, though She's a girl of her people, the beaten enslaved people of the city.The action starts when she meets Gry and Orrec from the first book They're 20 years older now than when we met them They travel around from town to village on the Western Shore Orrec is a storyteller He tells history and myth, fiction and nonfiction Most of these are poetry, one imagines they're like Homer or Virgil, which he recites powerfully They have a pet lion which Gry has trained Their coming to the city sets in motion many things that result in great changes.The action is captivating, but as in all UKL tales, the action is less important than the people, the characters and what they feel and think, what they do and who they become I highly recommend these books to anyone I'm going to read the third one, Powers, next. THIS This is what I have been waiting to read for so long After a rough 2016 in terms of reading, it was so heartening to discover a novel that absolutely bewitched me. My favourite of the three often the subject was unrelievedly painful to me (BURNING BOOKS OMG NO), but I really loved Memer's voice, utterly direct, plain, and believable, despite the sometimes heavyhanded Symbolism everywhere (her role in the book reminded me very much of Irena in Beginning Place) I heard someone call these books 'Earthsea lite' but that's really unfair the language is simpler, less mannered and archaic, but the peoplecomplex, the plotspolitical (Melle is certainly an echo of Tehanu and Memer of Tenar/Arha.) This book islike what The Telling should have been, gripping, dramatic, felt from the interior instead of observed from outside, and much much shorter I kind of hated La Guin for making me like the barbarian king asshole in this book and the slave king asshole in the third book, but she's gotten a lot better at complex villains over the whole of her career (witness the father in the first book) which I have to admire I loved Orrec and Beaky too, even if at times I wanted to roll my eyes at their magnificent emo manpain I think Beaky's book was aesthetically the best, but my heart belongs to Memer and her mixing of epic heroism and marketing There's also an emphasis on reading and telling, what books mean (not 'just' literacy) through the whole trilogy which I really liked.It's pretty amazing Le Guin can still write like this I think the only other unread recent major work I have by her is Lavinia, which I'll be sad to finish. ^E-PUB ↛ Voices ↜ Ansul was once a peaceful town filled with libraries, schools and temples But that was long ago, before the Alds came The Alds believe demons hide in words, and so they ban reading and writing, acts now punishable by death What few books have survived are hidden in the Waylord's House for safekeeping, in the care of the Waylord, crippled by years of torture, and the daughter of his heart, MemerAnd now times are changing The Uplands poet Orrec Caspro and his wife Gry have arrived, and in his voice is a clarion call, awakening a conquered peopleThe second book of the Annals of the Western Shore, Voices is a haunting and gripping comingofage story set against a backdrop of violence, intolerance and magic