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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LeGuin is one of the most compassionate sci-fi writers alive and this is one of her best (along with _The Dispossessed_). Again showing the influence of having had a father who was a anthropologist ... Read full review

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Joy's review: This is a book that I've wanted to read for probably 30 years. I'm sorry to say I was very disappointed. The premise and basic story is interesting enough, and there are many flashes of ... Read full review

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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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