Welcome to our first summary post for a Wizard of Earthsea! I am so excited, I want to dive right in! We want to hear your thoughts! What do you think about the characters? The world we’ve just been introduced to? Do you like books/series/worlds that include their own map? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Join us for the next five weeks and read a Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. This is a short novel about Sparrowhawk, a young man who becomes a wizard. It’s listed as being for grade levels 7-9. It is a classic and I am so very excited to share this reading experience with all of you! We will post two summary discussion posts a week, starting Wednesday! The posts will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be other posts related to the reading on other days. If you’re not reading with us, and are worried about spoilers, we’ll keep them behind a cut! (Also, if you’re not reading with us, you can look forward to other reviews, as I have a backlog of at least three things to review.)
Beth and I have both finally gotten our copies of March in the mail, and I started reading it at breakfast this morning! This couldn’t be a more pertinent read. As I am sure you have seen, Senator Elizabeth Warren was officially silenced for the rest of the hearing on whether to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. She was silenced for reading out part of a letter written by Coretta Scott King to the chair of the judiciary committee in 1986 on Sessions’ possible appointment to a federal judgeship. Warren was officially silenced for, ‘breaking Rule 19, which forbids members from imputing to a colleague “any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”‘ (quote from NPR.)
In the letter, King writes about the march from Selma to Montgomery in the letter, setting the stage to discuss subsequent actions designed to deny people their right to vote. She writes, “I was privileged to join Martin and many others during the Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights in 1965. Martin was particularly impressed by the determination to get the franchise of blacks in Selma and neighboring Perry County.” You can read the letter in its entirety here.
Volume one begins with Lewis’s early life; we won’t get to Selma until volume 3 (I believe). It is not often that we read historical pieces that are so immediately relevant as we read them.
For this post, I’m not going to ask discussion questions. So, please feel free to comment with your first impressions of the graphic novel. Are you reading along with us? Have you started? How do you feel about pet chickens? We look forward to hearing what you have to say in the comments.