The Left Hand of Darkness

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Orbit, 2009 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Genly Ai is a diplomat of sorts, sent to observe the inhabitants of the snowbound planet of Winter. But the isolated, androgynous people are suspicious of this strange, single-gendered visitor. Tucked away in a remote corner of the universe, they have no knowledge of space travel or of life beyond their own world. So, bringing news of a vast coalition of planets they are invited to join, he is met with fear, mistrust and disbelief.

But also something more. For Genly Ai, who sees himself as a bringer of the truth, it is a bittersweet irony that he will discover truths about himself and, in the snow-shrouded strangeness of Winter, find both love and tragedy . . .

First published in the year Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, The Left Hand of Darkness is a classic of science fiction and a masterpiece of modern literature.

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Review: The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #4)

User Review  - Lit Bug - Goodreads

What is the first thing we ask when a child is born? - GENDER The six-letter word, not the three-letter word "sex" of the child - because gender involves our perception of what the child will be, our ... Read full review

Review: The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #4)

User Review  - Nikki - Goodreads

Reread this for my SF/F class on Coursera. I loved it more, this time: read it slowly, appreciated the details, just as the professor suggested. Partially because, of course, I knew it would be ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Ursula LeGuin was born in Berkeley, California in 1929. She attended college at Radcliffe and Columbia, and married C. A. LeGuin in Paris in 1951. The LeGuins and their three children live in Portland, Oregon.

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