Cheek by Jowl
by Ursula K. Le Guin
winner of a 2009 Locus Award
In these essays, Le Guin argues passionately that the homogenization of our world makes the work of fantasy essential for helping us break through what she calls "the reality trap." Le Guin writes not only of the pleasures of her own childhood reading, but also about what fantasy means for all of us living in the global twenty-first century.
"I had many a-ha moments as I was reading the various essays-places where
Le Guin articulated something I understood, or believed, but hadn't put
into words... [Le Guin] is smart and erudite and never talks down to the
reader, but never makes her arguments too hard to follow, either. She's
good with facts, but she allows emotional content, something you don't
always get in the same package. I highly recommend this book."
"Ursula K. Le Guin may be on the short list of great writers to emerge from
our little corner of the map, but she's also something of a skirmisher...
and she continues to ask the questions here, mostly in the context of
children's and YA literature, with the unflagging passion and clarity we've
come to expect from her critical writing."
"This compact collection will stoke readers' affection and appreciation for
fantasy by highlighting important but overlooked qualities in many familiar
tales (such as the duplicity at work in Lewis Carroll) that prove its
lasting value as literature."
"All in all this is an excellent book to have on your reference shelf if
you're a reader, writer, a reviewer, a critic, or a teacher of children's
literature. It's thoughtful and thought provoking and in many ways it will
change the way you think about children and young adult fantasy."
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ISBN: 978-1-933500-27-0 (13 digit)