Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences

Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences

by Ursula K. Le Guin

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The bestselling author of the Earthsea trilogy, The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed presents a collection of short stories and poems that takes the reader into a magical, whimsical world where the line between human and animal is quite different from our world. Winner of the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.

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ISBN-13: 9780451450494
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/1990
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (1929-2018) was born in Berkeley, California. Her first story was rejected by a science fiction magazine--back when she was 11 years old. Since then, she has become recognized as one of science fiction's most critically acclaimed authors, known for her popular Earthsea fantasy series as well as the books Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, The Lathe of Heaven any many other children's books and short stories.


Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

October 21, 1929

Place of Birth:

Berkeley, California


B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952

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lyzadanger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was 10 or 12 years old, my mother read the short story 'Buffalo Gals' out loud to my sister and me. It seeped into my subconscious. I remembered little of the plot as my life stretched on, but recalled nuance, shapeshifting, dreamlike visions and a near worship of the Oregon high desert landscape I would, as a teenager, come to see as my spiritual mirror. But, at 10 or 12, I wasn't ready yet for Le Guin's more grown up themes--they rendered me at the time wary; certain concepts seemed creepy or nightmarish.So I put Le Guin out of my life for 20 years. Until I saw mention of the story somewhere and it sparked a memory that led to wild Googling and pursuing. I found a used copy of this collection at Powell's Books in Portland, Ore. Even deeply used it was $20, presumably because it is out of print.About 75% of the book's content is astounding. Le Guin's facility with scaffolding out entirely new frames of reference within a page or two is masterly, and the stories drip with emotive invention.Not everything works sparkles for me. 'Horse Camp' distorts adolescent girl obsessions that I never had. 'The Wife's Story' sets one up for a twist that feels obvious in hindsight. 'Vaster than Empires and More Slow' suffered from my reading it too near to my reading of Asimov's 'Green Patches' and is now just a jumble in my head.But! 'The Direction of the Road' is wonderful, though I can't tell anything about it without giving the entire secret away. The short collection of 'Therolinguistics' (translating Adele Penguin and Ant) is riotous and endearing.Splendid stuff here, to say nothing of the eponymous short story that leads the book. Which, by the way, won the Hugo. Deservedly.Highly recommended.