Cheek by Jowl

Cheek by Jowl

Book - 2009
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Book Description: Aqueduct Press is pleased to announce the release of Cheek by Jowl, a collection of talks and essays on how and why fantasy matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin. In these essays, Le Guin argues passionately that the homogenization of our world makes the work of fantasy essential for helping us break through what she calls ''the reality trap.'' Le Guin writes not only of the pleasures of her own childhood reading, but also about what fantasy means for all of us living in the global twenty-first century.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Aqueduct Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781933500270
Branch Call Number: 809.3876 LEGUIN
Characteristics: 149 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Dec 11, 2017

The title essay in this set is by far the best and the longest (at a little less than half the book). Its mostly an apologia for fantasy in what one reads; she correctly points out that the realist novel is rather new and as a form is showing some decrepitude.

Feb 03, 2016

Read as individual sections or as a single work, LeGuin makes you think. I enjoyed the fondly critical look at favorite English stories; after reading this book, I re-read a few of the ones she talks about and enjoyed them in new ways. Maybe you will, too.


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