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
I liked the premise far more than I liked the writing. - Goodreads
It's easy to read and has a nice pace. - Goodreads
Boring,confusing, no plot, great environment - Goodreads
A cornucopia of ideas and a hidden love story - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Guy - Goodreads

I think I'm just not a science fiction person. Dystopia, apocalypse I'm right there. But speculation about other civilizations that might exist a life span of light years away I just don't have any ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ana-Maria Bujor - Goodreads

It is totally different from other SF books I've read and that is neither bad nor good. I liked the world that was constructed in this book, the notions of humanity and sexuality, the political ... 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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