The Telling (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 11, 2000 - Fiction - 272 pages
17 Reviews
The Left Hand of DarknessSutty, an Observer from Earth for the interstellar Ekumen, has been assigned to a new world-a world in the grips of a stern monolithic state, the Corporation. Embracing the sophisticated technology brought by other worlds and desiring to advance even faster into the future, the Akans recently outlawed the past, the old calligraphy, certain words, all ancient beliefs and ways; every citizen must now be a producer-consumer. Their state, not unlike the China of the Cultural Revolution, is one of secular terrorism. Traveling from city to small town, from loudspeakers to bleating cattle, Sutty discovers the remnants of a banned religion, a hidden culture. As she moves deeper into the countryside and the desolate mountains, she learns more about the Telling-the old faith of the Akans-and more about herself. With her intricate creation of an alien world, Ursula K. Le Guin compels us to reflect on our own recent history.
  

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I really like Le Guin's way of writing. - Goodreads
Very cross with the ending. - Goodreads
What i did not like about the book was the ending. - 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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About the author (2000)

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. www.ursulakleguin.com

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