My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wish I had known Ursula Le Guin was a blogger while she was alive and blogging! Second best is reading this collection from her blog entries.
They are arranged relatively thematically, definitely not chronologically. Pard, the cat, entries are grouped in small groups and spread throughout. I think that works to maintain interest in them, having them pop up now and again. And as humorous relief. The small groupings each have a theme: finding and adopting Pard, Pard claiming the mobius scarf and time machine, Pard and the mice. My favorite line from these is “He just doesn’t accept the lap hypothesis” (30). People who love cats will especially like these entries.
Given my interest in resisting ageism, it is not surprising that I liked the first section, “Going Over Eighty.” Mostly it is an honest assessment of aging and the changes it brings; it also involves poking fun at euphemism. Another favorite statement:
“‘You’re only as old as you think you are!’
Now, you don’t honestly think having lived 83 years is a matter of opinion” (13)
Essays cover many topics: war, the economy, literature, language–many involve looking closely at something often overlooked. Her love of language shows in her analyses and in her descriptions.
A book to read more than once.