Free Read [Suspense Book] ☆ Malafrena - by Ursula K. Le Guin ↠

By Ursula K. Le Guin | Comments: ( 785 ) | Date: ( Dec 08, 2019 )

Fantasy Malafrena is not a real place Itale never dreamed of love, nor Piera of him Estenskar did not live, only his poems Only the dreams of themselves are real, only their youth, only the wind called Freedom that swept through their lives like a storm unforgettable A novel set in the imaginary nation of Orsinia in the early nineteenth century.


  • Title: Malafrena
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ISBN: 9780586051597
  • Page: 466
  • Format: None

About Author:

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K Le Guin published twenty two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN Malamud, etc Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls She lived in Portland, Oregon.She was known for her treatment of gender The Left Hand of Darkness, The Matter of Seggri , political systems The Telling, The Dispossessed and difference otherness in any other form Her interest in non Western philosophies was reflected in works such as Solitude and The Telling but even interesting are her imagined societies, often mixing traits extracted from her profound knowledge of anthropology acquired from growing up with her father, the famous anthropologist, Alfred Kroeber The Hainish Cycle reflects the anthropologist s experience of immersing themselves in new strange cultures since most of their main characters and narrators Le Guin favoured the first person narration are envoys from a humanitarian organization, the Ekumen, sent to investigate or ally themselves with the people of a different world and learn their ways.



Comments Malafrena

  • Laila

    Öykünün bütünlüğü, nefis doğa betimlemeleri, sevgi ve dostluk vurgusu her zamanki Le Guin ama sonu tahmin edilebilir gibiydi, belirsizliği sevemediğim için belki bu 2 yıldız. Son vardı ama final yoktu diye


  • Teresa

    This has long been one of my all-time favorite books. The first time I read it it was a very slow read -- Le Guin's writing is so layered, full of subtlety, and this is a book that doesn't spoonfeed the ideas, but depends upon the reader to work out the themes. After the first time, I went back and read it again and again and again, each time with more enjoyment, yet each time finding something new. The language is lovely -- you just want to read passages out loud to hear the way she puts words [...]


  • Hazal Çamur

    "Söylenmeden kalmış yasaklı her kelime içinde sessizliğin gücünü barındırır."Şimdi dağılabiliriz.Şaka bir yana, Le Guin'in kurgusal ama bizimkinin bir yansıması olan, tamamen gerçekçi bir dünyada, 19. yüzyıl Avrupa'sından esinlenerek kaleme aldığı bu kalın eser, ilginç de bir sona sahip. İçinde gazetecilik, yasaklı sözler, itaat ve aşkı barındırıyor bu kitap. Hiçbir doğaüstü etmene de sahip değil. İlginç olansa, bu tür romanlarda bir yan etmen olan o [...]


  • Tatiana

    I don't know what I think about this book. I've had it for years but never tried to read it until recently, which is odd since UKL is one of my very favorite writers. I think perhaps I don't yet "get" this one. It was hard for me to get into. The characters weren't compelling for me. Rather than quit reading, I decided to skip over chunks of it to see if it pulled me in later on, then I could go back and fill in the blank spots once it had my interest. Only it never really captured my interest. [...]


  • Kimberly

    A well written book in which lots of events occur but still remains unexciting. I'll stick to LeGuin's sci-fi from now on.


  • Mark

    I just reread the title story after a twenty year hiatus and am stunned. This book is a youthful masterpiece from a masterful writer. The language is sublime. The story, while measured and slow, unfolds purposefully. I see many reviewers have struggled with the book. It's not for someone who reads lightly, but rather for those who seek substantial literature. Le Guin puts us into the heads and hearts of her characters as fully realized human beings dealing with human situations. She creates a wo [...]


  • Liam

    Brilliant and beautiful. Orsinian Tales is perhaps my favorite book, and this is more in that vein, but much more, and much heavier. It resonated with me because it asks all the same questions I've asked. I was disappointed that it didn't offer any answers--but perhaps there aren't any to be had.It's deliberately paced, but absolutely full of powerful ideas and compelling characters. Sad, because it tells the truth about the world rather than distracting us from it.I've always felt that there wa [...]


  • Shawn Thrasher

    I must be in the minority, but I only made about half way through before I threw this one down. Very, very elegant languid language, but I couldn't figure out what was going on. I'm sure this is because it's subtle and layered, but I still want some sort of story. Too many strange surnames and placenames as well. The book is filled with names, like spilled jewels, only they are all crackerjack rings, not worth much. In the end, not one of my favorites.


  • Kathy

    Took me a little while (50 pages or so) to get into this book, but in the end I didn't want it to end. I loved how the characters changed through the book, were ambivalent and complex. I loved the setting, which felt like another character and initially kept me with the story. Le Guin is such a good writer.


  • Sinem A.

    Diger kitapları kadar olmasa da guzeldi. Anlatımı biraz dağınıktı. Merkezde İtale nin macerasını anlatırken Ursula K L Guin yine aslında anlatmayı en cok sevdigi konuyu anlatmış; ev- yuva. Sonunda hikaye pek bitmiş gibi gelmiyor kitap bitse de yuva teması devam ediyor


  • Deniz Altuntas

    I was surprised how close to "real" this book was. It was so familiar that I didn't have the awe for the little creative details, which I normally love in Ursula Le Guin's books. Still, I read it non-stop. After all, it is Ursula Le Guin :)


  • Joe

    An excellent read - much like a classic, but without the stuffiness of many 19th century novels. Set in continental Europe in the 1820's.


  • Myra Beatrice

    This book will stay with me for a long time, and I honestly think that I will re-read it at some point (which I don’t normally do). If you are like me, then I would not want you to go another day without reading this book. If you are not like me, then perhaps you would find it dull or slow, or not to your taste for some other reason. I will try to put down my thoughts on this incredible work, with a view of helping those like me to go and begin reading without delay, and helping those unlike m [...]


  • Alejandra

    Very unique book from Ursula K. Le Guin. Beautiful writing to be savored. The story here is set in an imaginary European country under Austrian control in the first half or the 19th century. While the country is imaginary, the novel is written as if it was real, with many references to contemporary events in other parts of Europe. Orsinia starts as a place filled with hope after the revolution in France, with eerie shadows of totalitarian regimes to come. Itale Sorde, the main character, is an i [...]


  • Tony

    MALAFRENA. (1979), Ursula K. Le Guin. ***.This has been sitting on my TBR shelf for quite a while. The edition I read was published by The Library of America. I had heard that Le Guin was an excellent writer of science fiction, so not knowing any better, I picked up this novel to see what it was all about. Turned out that this novel was not science fiction, but one of her few works that wasn’t. I’d have to put it in the class of historical fiction, with a strong leanings towards fantasy. The [...]


  • Daniel

    Tämäkin kirja todistaa, että Le Guin on aivan käsittämättömän taitava kuvaamaan ja luomaan todellisen tuntoisia tapahtumapaikkoja. Tarina sijoittuu 1820-luvulle fiktiiviseen eurooppalaiseen Orsinian maahan, joka on sekoitus Unkaria, Tsekkiä ja Puolaa. Pieni maa Itävallan Habsburgien alaisuudessa tuntuu kuitenkin totaalisen todelliselta, kun Le Guin kuvaa miljöötä. Itse tarina on kerrottu hitaasti ja harkiten. Välillä tekstissä useat kuukaudet tai vuodet vierivät muutamassa virkk [...]


  • Kevin Ramirez

    As a fan of several of Ursula K. Le Guin's novels, this was a difficult read. There's no denying her way with words. The writing brings this story to life, and yet, the actual story, a young man leaving his home with his revolutionary friends, wasn't all that captivating. The most touching moments came when the main character, Itale, expressed his passion for freedom to the friends and women he loved. I would recommend this novel still, despite the absence of elements Ursula is beloved for: magi [...]


  • Rhode

    This took me forever, for me anyway. I kept on picking it up, reading a bit, being stunned with the beauty of the prose, and then putting it down for a bit. Partly I think that's due to our own current events, so distracting; part's due to some of the gendered themes that made me feel so frustrated and incoherently angry, and recall oceans of that same feelings when reading practically any books as a young adult. All those women being so tied down, without any hope of a role beyond waiting, fait [...]


  • Siv30

    הוצ´ זמורה ביתן מודן, 1982, 313 עמ´.הקדמה: כחובבת מד"ב ופנטסיה, קראתי במספר הזדמנויות על נפלאות הכתיבה של אחת אורסולה ק. לה גווין. היא נחשבת בין הנשים היוצרות החשובות בזאנר האמור. אולם, לא נפגשתי בספריה עד לא מזמן. ומדוע אני כותבת עד לא מזמן? כי לאחרונה נקרתה לי ההזדמנות כאשר חברתי ר [...]


  • Cindy

    I finally finished it!! This book took me around 2 years to get through. It was a like/dislike relationship. Something about the way Le Guin writes is difficult for me to follow she's both so detail-focused on certain points and then vague about other details, I found the action and storyline confusing to follow.But, I admit, there was something about the story line and the characters that kept me reading. I could sense that this is an epic story about how people make their way through the cultu [...]


  • Lynda

    A good book working to convey a subtle message and the only historical novel I know of by Ursula K. Le Guin, but perhaps an acquired taste. I read it slowly. The character of Itale Sorde is lovingly drawn and the details of time and place well wrought. Malafrena is the farm estate where Itale grows up in the imaginary but plausible European nation of Orsinia during the era of revolutionary excitement that culminates in the French revolution. Itale leaves home to be a missionary-journalist of fre [...]


  • William Crosby

    If you are looking for science fiction or standard fantasy (with magic and bizarre creatures) this is not that.Although this was set in an imaginary nation in the middle of early 19th century Europe, it read more like an historical fiction. It was nicely detailed, but just not my type of book.It had political and societal stuff, dances, etiquette, romance, and insurrection and disappointment. Also, various philosophical and feminist issues were raised. But, at times, it read like a Jane Austen s [...]


  • Rebekah

    This is a hard book. It is not sci-fi or fantasy, but historical fiction and it is like trudging through mud.Having completed the journey I know it was good to read, but like War and Peace. I finished it, but really don't read for all this sort. I read for fun and this was not much fun and when I read because it is good for me I need to be aware of it in advance I don't like books like that to jump up on me. Oh well. I can return it and find more fluff.War and Peace


  • Lona

    Having always loved Ursula LeGuin, I grabbed Malafrena when I knew I'd need some hospital reading. It was not as captivating as I expected. I really didn't understand the young men's need to get involved in freedom politics, and I did not enjoy the political parts. However, there were character moments in the last two parts of the book that I did enjoy and think about. Overall, however, I know my family is surprised I finished Malafrena.


  • Erin

    i almost dnf'd this twicebut i kept thinking, ursula le guin is a genius and there must be something i'm not seeing herebut it is just so long and tortured and even though there are glimpses of the clear-eyed prose i know and love her for, so much of it is goethe or somethingjustwhere is my le guini only gave it three stars because i literally cannot stand to give her two starswhy did this book happen


  • Ana

    I think I'm reading this book at the wrong time. I picked it up after reading The Left Hand of Darkness, seeing that we had another Ursula K. Le Guin book, but I'm also in the middle of my dissertation. It's a bit too cerebral right now and I think I need something lighter!


  • Sonja

    It was interesting to read this right after finishing Les Misérables and to kind of see how the events in France at the turn of the century would have affected other places - even though Orsinia is a fictional country, I found the plot very believable so that the events might as well have been real.


  • Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides

    In a way this seemed like an expansion on the themes in the short story "The Lady of Moge" from Orsinian Tales. Though it's set at least a hundred years later, it involves the same wondering about women's positions and whether or not men and women can be friends — as well as many other things.


  • Kathleen

    Malafrena is a historical epic set in Le Guin's imaginary central European Orsinia (also the setting of her short story collection Orsinian Tales) detailing a young revolutionary's odyssey toward his ideal of freedom. Not the first of Le Guin's body of work I'd recommend to anyone, though her prose in this novel remains vivid, gripping, and compelling, as always.


  • Scott

    An engaging story of a group of young people living in a fictional central European country under the control of the Austrian Empire in the mid 19th century as they long for and work for freedom and independence.


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