The Farthest Shore Book Report

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The Farthest Shore Ursula K. Le Guin Introduction The novel The Farthest Shore, written by the author Ursula K. Le Guin, is a fiction book about a prince named Arren venturing on a long journey to save the Earthsea from losing its magic. It is filled with mages, dragons, and plenty of magic and action. The author, Ursula K. Le Guin, was born in Berkeley, California in 1929. She attended Columbia University and wrote A Wizard of Earthsea in 1969, which led to the three sequels The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu. Ursula currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her two daughters and her husband, Charles Le Guin.

Setting The Farthest Shore mostly takes place in the huge island of Selidor, which is located in the far west of the Earthsea. Selidor curves slightly to the east and is surrounded by a vast blue sea.

It is filled with green grass, hills, and lots of dunes. Also, marshes and lakes appear often between the capes of the island. But Selidor does not have any type of animals or humans living on the island. Even a single bird cannot be seen above.

This story probably took place during the Medieval Time because of the way the people talk and, their names are fancy such as Sopli the Dyer.

Characterization The main character in this novel was Prince Arren Lebannen of Enlad. He is a young boy and the son of King Lebannen. Arren has long, flimsy hair up to his neck and carries around a sword and a sword belt. He is active and very protective since he is a sidekick of a mage and it's his duty to protect the mage at times when the mage is busy. Arren also shows lots of...