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LeGuin, Maybeck and Frank Lloyd Wright
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jay



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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LeGuin's descriptions of fictional material culture, cities, streets, parks, houses,
clothes, music, food, agriculture, rocketships, are all secondary but well drawn and appealing.
Nature is well described too.
Her center of attention however is personal, social, political - in a broad sense.


Her essay celebrates how the Maybeck house allowed the "inhabitants" to fulfill the total aesthetic experience. Therefore, the spatial house becomes the stage, the residents become the actors.

Or to my examples earlier, "Wonderland" is the stage––the mental space the reader "lives in"––while Alice and her adventures are the center of attention, the actors, the inhabitants.

Michael Pollan has a good line about the process of writing.... 'The subject is the landscape, the story is the path that leads through the landscape.'

I believe Le Guin is discussing the relationship between spaces and their occupants, how she sees it idealized in physical architecture, and how she's reflected that relationship in her mental spaces of literature.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like an appealing and believable description of her work. Now to find out, by actually reading some of it ?

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Tom



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

May I recommend: "The Left Hand of Darkness"
This is one of her early works before her famous "Earthsea" trilogy.
I read the "Earthsea" books first. Absolutely love them.
"The Left Hand of Darkness" however is unique and a real sleeper.
It's about a planet whose inhabitants are and can be both male and female.
It's respectfully done and the emotions are never overblown.
Very cool book.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes a writer's first attempt is superior to later efforts. "Renascence" is greater than, or at least as great as, anything Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote subsequently. Thornton Wilder's first novel, "The Cabala," was much better than his last, "Theophilus North," which was basically a revision of the first. Harold Robbins' second novel, "The Dream Merchants," was brilliant (even though the movie sucked). In reviews of his many subsequent novels, one critic called him a famous typist.
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