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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Prose and plot were nice. - Goodreads
The ending really disappointed me. - Goodreads
Great writer highly recommended - Goodreads
Very interesting premise and very well explored. - Goodreads
Pacing was off but overall decent story. - Goodreads
Boring,confusing, no plot, great environment - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Andrew Chase - Goodreads

Wonderful book. Le Guin's exploration of a society where gender is a fluid and changing concept was fascinating. The writing style and the way she develops the characters is beautiful. As you read ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Tanya Procknow - Goodreads

I liked this one. Very original and hasn't been duplicated after all this time. I like the characters and the stories that add to your understanding of winter. Not a place that I'd want to visit but ... 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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