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
A cornucopia of ideas and a hidden love story - Goodreads
Boring,confusing, no plot, great environment - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Tyler - Goodreads

Tough book to review. It's ambitiously scoped, it opened my mind, and presented a lot of interesting ideas. But most of the writing was uninspiring, dare I say boring, the book is poorly paced ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Samantha - Goodreads

I love the introduction where LeGuin says that Sci Fi is not necessarily always about what could be, that it's frequently a commentary about what is. I kept that in mind while reading through every ... 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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