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Short Description for Gifts A darkly compelling fantasy about a world in which each person has a magical, dangerous "gift."
- Published: 01 September 2004
- Format: Hardback 274 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780152051235 ISBN 10: 0152051236
- Sales rank: 640,586
Full description for Gifts
Scattered among poor, desolate farms, the clans of the Uplands possess gifts. Wondrous gifts: the ability--with a glance, a gesture, a word--to summon animals, bring forth fire, move the land. Fearsome gifts: They can twist a limb, chain a mind, inflict a wasting illness. 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. One, a girl, refuses to bring animals to their death in the hunt. The other, a boy, wears a blindfold lest his eyes and his anger kill. In this beautifully crafted story, Ursula K. Le Guin writes of the proud cruelty of power, of how hard it is to grow up, and of how much harder still it is to find, in the world's darkness, gifts of light.