Gifts

Gifts

Scattered among poor, desolate farms, the clans of the Uplands possess gifts.

Wondrous gifts: the abilitywith a glance, a gesture, a wordto summon animals, bring forth fire, move the land.

The Uplanders live in constant fear that one family might unleash its gift against another.

Two young people, friends since childhood, decide not to use their gifts.

Reviews of the Gifts

This is an excellent story and a very Good Read.

Dear Ursula Le Guin, You've given me many gifts over the years, and I cherish them all, so it is fitting that your most recent gift is a book of the same name. And there was no character like Sparrowhawk or book like A Wizard of Earthsea that I could find when I accepted your gift. Those gifts you bestowed are more than I could ever hope to gain from any author, and here you've given me another. I have heard that Voices is even better, but I find that hard to believe because I have not read a better book than Gifts in a good, long time.

These gifts range from fairly innocuous (calling animals) to horrifying (abilities to twist limbs or to put a slow-killing curse on an enemy). The protagonist's, Orrec's, family seems to have the most powerful gift of all - the gift of undoing (killing). You would think that such a gift is a guarantee that this family would be feared and revered, but, of course, Le Guin is too smart to write something so obvious.

Meanwhile his friend, Gry, whose clan Gift is that of calling animals, finds that she is Gifted indeed - but she cannot bring herself to call animals to the hunt. Gry suggests that there might be a link between the two - that there might be more constructive ways to use the Gifts that would in turn make life more peaceful and fulfilling. LeGuin would prefer we chose the constructive use of our talents.

What is prized is 'gifts' which run in families, passed down from father to son, mother to daughter. Given that each family is driven by a pack leader, the Father, the 'gifts' are used for war and destruction, and are valued for this. They do not quite believe in what he has explained, but Orrec knows that it tends to corroborate his Lowland mother's stories. However, Orrec is given a lifeline to other options because of the man's stories when the delusions of his life are exposed.

The whole feel of the book is really epitomised by Gry, for me; her quiet loyalty and determination, her love of Orrec which is undemanding and completely rock-solid.

Yazardan okuduum en akc kitapt, neden bilmiyorum ama öyle geldi.

Gifts is not a book about Christmas or the Christmas season, but the parallels are unmistakable. but this book definately has something to say about the Christmas season, whether it was intended or not.

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.