The Beginning Place

The Beginning Place

The Beginning Place

The Beginning Place



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From multi-award-winning, literary legend Ursula K. Le Guin comes a speculative fiction classic, The Beginning Place.

Fleeing from the monotony of his life, Hugh Rogers finds his way to "the beginning place"—a gateway to Tembreabrezi, an idyllic, unchanging world of eternal twilight.

Irena Pannis was thirteen when she first found the beginning place. Now, seven years later, she has grown to know and love the gentle inhabitants of Tembreabrezi, or Mountaintown, and she sees Hugh as a trespasser.

But then a monstrous shadow threatens to destroy Mountaintown, and Hugh and Irena join forces to seek it out. Along the way, they begin to fall in love. Are they on their way to a new beginning...or a fateful end?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250191069
Publisher: Tor Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 214,830
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) was the author of more than three dozen books for children and adults, including her groundbreaking novels The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, both honored with Nebula and Hugo awards for best novel. She was also awarded a Newbury Honor for the second volume of the Earthsea Cycle, The Tombs of Atuan, and among her many other distinctions are the Margaret A. Edwards Award, a National Book Award, and additional Nebula and Hugo awards. Her other books include The Eye of the Heron, The Word for World is Forest, and the Hainish series. In 2014, Le Guin was named the Medalist for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation.


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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The Beginning Place

By Le Guin, Ursula K.

Tor Teen

Copyright © 2005

Le Guin, Ursula K.

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0765346257

Hugh lay with his shoulders against the fallen true, struggling to breathe, to get air into his lungs. The world slipped and whitened around him. When it began to steady, when the pain in his chest lessened, he became aware of the warmth and weight pressed against him, against his left side and arm. "Irena," he said in a voiceless whisper, giving that warmth a name, pulling himself back with the name, the presence. She was crouching doubled up, her face hidden. "It's all right," he said.
"It's gone," she said, "it's gone."
"Is it gone?"
"It went on."
She had sat up but her warmth was still next to him, and he turned his face against her shoulder.
"It's all right, Hugh. It's all right now."
After a long time his breath came evenly again. He raised his head, and sat up. Irena drew away a little and tried to comb the leaves and dirt out of her hair with her fingers, and rubbed her wet cheeks.
"What now?" she said in a little, husky voice.
"I don't know."


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