The telling

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Ace Books, Oct 1, 2001 - Fiction - 246 pages
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Sutty, an Observer for the interstellar Ekumen, has been assigned to Aka, a world in the grip of a materialistic government. The monolithic Corporation State of Aka has outlawed all old customs and beliefs. Sutty herself, an Earthwoman, has fled from a similar monolithic state - but one controlled by religious fundamentalists.
Unexpectedly she receives permission to leave the modern city where her movements were closely monitored. She travels up the river into the countryside, going from howling loudspeakers to bleating cattle, to seek the remnants of the banned culture of Aka. As she comes to know and love the people she lives with, she begins to learn their unique religion - the Telling. Finally joining them on a trek into the high mountains to one of the last sacred places, she glimpses hope for the reconciliation of the warring ideologies that have filled their lives, and her own, with grief.

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I really like Le Guin's way of writing. - Goodreads
It's excellent despite an extraordinarily simple plot. - Goodreads
Very cross with the ending. - Goodreads
What i did not like about the book was the ending. - Goodreads
There is next-to-no plot in this book. - Goodreads

Review: The Telling (Hainish Cycle #8)

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Nothing really happens. The protagonist arrives on the planet, meets some lovely locals and goes to check out some rare banned books. There's no real conflict, despite the totalitarian regime. Nearly ... Read full review

Review: The Telling (Hainish Cycle #8)

User Review  - Michael Gray - Goodreads

Reading this excellent novel by Ursula LeGuin highlights a question about literary form. Why does the form of science fiction include so many profound explorations of what it means to be human, of ... Read full review

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Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Among her honors are a National Book Award, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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