The Compass Rose: Short Stories

The Compass Rose: Short Stories

Ursula K. Le Guin / Jun 01, 2020

The Compass Rose Short Stories Twenty astonishing stories from acclaimed author Ursula K Le Guin carry us to worlds of wonder and horror desire and destiny enchantment and doom

  • Title: The Compass Rose: Short Stories
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ISBN: 9780060149888
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Twenty astonishing stories from acclaimed author Ursula K Le Guin carry us to worlds of wonder and horror, desire and destiny, enchantment and doom.

    • ã The Compass Rose: Short Stories || ☆ PDF Read by ß Ursula K. Le Guin
      116 Ursula K. Le Guin
    • thumbnail Title: ã The Compass Rose: Short Stories || ☆ PDF Read by ß Ursula K. Le Guin
      Posted by:Ursula K. Le Guin
      Published :2020-03-22T09:23:30+00:00

    About "Ursula K. Le Guin"

      • 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.


    1. I just discovered that the following short story is available on the Web. How often do you see something that wittily satirises both linguistics research and nihilist poetry and still manages to be thought-provoking and moving?MS. Found in an AnthillThe messages were found written in touch-gland exudation on degerminated acacia seeds laid in rows at the end of a narrow, erratic tunnel leading off from one of the deeper levels of the colony. It was the orderly arrangement of the seeds that first [...]

    2. I've come to the conclusion that with Le Guin's work, by far the smartest thing to do in a review is to do the linguistic equivalent of smiling, vaguely, mysteriously, and nodding slightly. You look smarter that way.Probably the best way to read The Compass Rose does not involve a distracting girlfriend or a reading list as long as your leg with a time limit of about a month. As always, though, Ursula Le Guin's writing is beautiful, and her ideas are amazing and clever. "Some Approaches to the P [...]

    3. Short stories are a tough area for me. I want to like them, but often they fall flat for me; this collection is no different. The nice thing is that if one story doesn't touch me, the next one is coming soon.So, honestly, it's a 3.5 read for me. These are not generally upbeat stories. There is a lot of dark, near-future stuff, stuff that is, like good dystopian-style stuff, frightening because I can see how it could happen. I wish more people read this kind of writing, to be warned, to be aware [...]

    4. 5% of these stories were lame. But, 95% of these stories had all the magic, wonder, anxiety, and WTFery of Ursula K. Le Guin at her finest. And let's be real: "lame" Ursula still kicks the pants off your local sparkling vampire. Buy this title from Powell's Books.

    5. Rereading this after many years, I admire the art of Le Guin's writing and the playfulness of her imagination. I found "The Diary of the Rose" especially moving. A young woman psychologist treats a political prisoner and gradually loses her innocence. Read it to decide for yourself what she gains.Other stories are romps, spoofs, parodies, like "Intracom" and "Some Approaches to the Problem of the Shortage of Time." Yet others are fables, myths, with a touch of the horror story about them: read " [...]

    6. This collection of short stories was assembled a few years after the author's "The Wind's Twelve Quarters", which I remember as being uniformly wonderful, although it's been many years since I've read it. Here there was some unevenness, I won't say of quality, but at least in how much I enjoyed each piece.Nearly every story has a definite Science Fiction or Fantasy bent, which isn't really surprising. What did surprise me was that two of my three favorites ("Gwilan's Harp", and "Two Delays on th [...]

    7. distopya ve le guin hayranligimin dahi kurtaramadigi bir iki öyküyü saymazsam (ve cok iyi ceviriye rağmen gözüme batan bir iki düzelti hatasını) son dönemde severek okuduğum kitaplardan olduğunu soyleyebilirim ama sadece distopya severlere öneriyorum, yeni tanışacaklar için zor bir okuma olabilir. favori oykulerim: anka, intrakom ve (tabii ki) gülün günlüğü.

    8. Again, most reviews don't contain a table of contents, so I'll add mine as I (re)read. One disappointment: I had expected to see an illustration of an actual compass rose, which is not in this edition. The early compass-makers were making works of utility and beauty. We haven't completely lost this combination: but it's apparently not as much of a priority anymore.Contents:Preface: Really an explanation of the name and theme of the bookFirst Section: NADIR(1) The Author of The Acacia Seeds: And [...]

    9. Fav stories: author of the acacia seeds, the eye altered, the one about maze dancing, the one about werewolves

    10. An interesting collection of short stories, loosely themed by a 'points of the compass' motif.With twenty stories included in quite a slim volume, many are really short. There's no real theme to the book overall, though some issues are tackled more than once and from different angles - totalitarianism and definitions of insanity, for example, are dealt with humorously in 'SQ' and more seriously in 'The Diary Of The Rose' - but overall, it's very much a mixed bag, mixing humour with more serious [...]

    11. I liked the Compass Rose, but found it best to read slowly. I read one or two stories in a day, if I had the energy and picked the book up at all. Some stories were more difficult to comprehend or get through than others. "Schrödinger’s Cat" reminded me why I didn’t go into science, but the anthology shows off Le Guin’s academic range. One of my favorites is "the Author of the Acacia Seeds" with its look at languages. Most of the stories ranked a 3 or 4 out of 5e Compass Rose is a mixed b [...]

    12. Ursula LeGuin writes beautifully, but I don’t always like what she writes. This book is a perfect example of that: out of 20 stories, I only strongly liked eight, and strongly disliked seven others. I found this to be a strangely uneven collection. LeGuin, unlike many or most writers of science fiction and fantasy, is not chained to her genre, as this collection attests. She simply uses whatever genre works for the thing she wants to say. She can entertain, she can make the reader think, she c [...]

    13. The first story hooked me; but sadly my excitement about discovering another Le Guin book to read completely lost momentum. The second story in the book, while fascinating on some levels, killed my interest in reading the rest of them. It may be that this just isn't the right time for a book of short stories. Or it may be that I have found some of Le Guin's work that I do not like. I decided to move on to a novel rather than a collection. I think that may be more what I am looking for right now. [...]

    14. Too much of a mixed bag. Some stories are virtually incomprehensibly boring. Others, when I just get into them, they end. This kind of collection doesn't work for me.

    15. (Le) Guin and Bear ItOver the years I have always thought of Ursula Le Guin as a very brave and non-conforming sort of person. I kept her photograph on my wall for a couple decades. The reason for my admiration was that I felt (and feel) that she is a writer of major talent who decided to enter the field of science fiction and get labelled as a "sci-fi writer" when she could have won many honors and perhaps a more lasting place in history in mainstream literature. Her works do not cater to the b [...]

    16. I'm not certain that I'd ever previously read a collection of Ursula K Le Guin short stories that didn't include either an Ekumen/Hainish or an Earthsea story, with the exception of The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories, Volume One: Where on Earth. I bring it up because it means that the tone of this collection is somewhat different, less familiar, than the others that I have read. This unfamiliarity should not be read as a negative. While, as with any collection, there were ups and downs in [...]

    17. The front of my copy says, in Dutch: "Stories bordering on realism, magic, fantasy and science fiction" At least in the case of science fiction this book never crosses the border. Sure, I remember one story set on an alien planet, but the aliens were indistinguishable from primitive humans. I skipped a lot of pages, because most of these stories were high on atmosphere (i.e. wordy) and low on substance. I'm sure there are people who love absurd stories or beautifully described settings with not [...]

    18. This collection is vastly inferior to LeGuin's previous one, "The Wind's Twelve Quarters." In fact, this one is mostly window dressing around the one undisputed masterpiece, "Sur." If pressed, I might recommend "SQ," a clever piece of satire, and its obverse, "The Diary of the Rose," both of which imagine a tyranny of psychiatric evaluation. "The Eye Altering" is serviceable as well, and "The Pathways of Desire" prefigures the much, much better space anthropology of "Solitude." As for the rest, [...]

    19. Not my favourite set of Le Guin short stories. A few are shared with the Buffalo Gals collection which I had read previously (The Author of the Acacia Seeds, Mazes, The White Donkey and The Wife's Story - all rather good). My problem lay with the more playful and satirical numbers (Intracom, Schroedinger's Cat, SQ) which felt merely facetious. The Eye Altering is, I think the best story on view. The remainder could be out-takes from Orsinian Tales or Searoad - not bad but not her best.

    20. Baştaki öyküler oldukça yaratıcı fikirler taşıyordu, bu fikirler yazarın romanlarında olduğundan daha samimi bir üslupla yazıldığı için gayet başarılıydı. Ancak yaklaşık yarısından sonraki öyküler bana aynı tadı vermedi, bu nedenle kitabı çok hoşnut bir şekilde bitiremedim.

    21. Perhaps one of the finest collections ever written in the English language, even more so than its predecessor. Its only flaw, perhaps, is a certain lack of cohesion, but this is fixed by dividing the book into thematically-linked sections. Every individual story is a jewel.

    22. The way these stories are told turns your eye deep down inside and makes you reflect upon your own stories. Beautiful, enchanting, philosophical

    23. Weird, amazing, clever, this is a book of short stories which I took my time dipping into. Made me hungry for more by this author

    24. The Author of the Acacia Seeds' and Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of TherolinguistsRating: 3 starsReview: Quite entertaining and quite bizarre.The New AtlantisRating: 3 starsReview: Interesting, but I felt I missed something after I finished reading.Schrödinger's CatRating: 3 starsReview: I wasn’t familiar with Schrödinger's cat before reading this, but it entertained me.Two Delays on the Northern LineRating: 3Review: Interesting, to some extent.SQRating: 4Review: A litt [...]

    25. From ISawLightningFallTHREE-AND-A-HALF STARS"The problem with possessing prodigious talent," Dr. Jacobs said, "is that it means you can do just about anything." It was sleepy spring afternoon in Modern British lit class, one made all the more drowsy because we were discussing the notoriously difficult poetry of W.H. Auden. But despite my lethargy, I wondered at the incongruity of the statement. How could an excess of skill prove anything but a blessing? I didn’t have to wait long for an answer [...]

    26. This is my first Ursula K. Le Guin book and I really enjoyed it! The only real reason I'm giving this four stars instead of five is because I found some of the stories a pain to get through. Only one or two, but the temptation to skip them was strong. I also found that, introduction aside, I would have liked some sort of link between the stories. Not within the plots or characters, but thematically the whole "directions" thing was really vague, and it would have been nice to see a more fluid con [...]

    27. This collection is a mixed bag (unlike The Birthday of the World and Other Stories, which I think is just about a perfect short story collection and some of Le Guin's finest work), but it being a mixed bag is part of its appeal because it's like a fabulous grab bag that offers surprises and delights even if they are mixed in with a few duds or predictable fare. Even if you don't like all the stories equally (as I did not), you get to sample a lot of different types of pleasures and flavors in th [...]

    28. The Diary of the Rose review.Powerful speculative fiction. I listened to an audio adaptation read by Laurel Lefkow and abridged by Jenna Jenkins.In the near future psychiatrists can explore a subject's innermost thoughts and feelings by using a psychoscope.Junior psychiatrist Rosa Sobel keeps a diary of her experiences using the psychoscope to diagnose and to understand patients.A new patient, a diffident man with bruised ribs, imagines a rose in perfect detail. But when Rosa tries to probe his [...]

    Leave a Reply