Review: The Telling

Editorial Review - - Christopher Saunders

Ursula K. Le Guin's latest novel, THE TELLING, is a creaking but lovingly wrought meditation on tolerance set against a backdrop that bears a striking resemblance to China's invasion and occupation of Tibet. To create credible otherworldly allegory without appearing transparent or heavyhanded is the burden of the science fiction writer, and Le Guin, considered a pioneer in the genre, has made a ... Read full review

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User Review  - juniperSun - LibraryThing

I still am thankful for the dedication LeGuin has to portraying societies living in balance with their world, which serve as an inspiration for those of us hoping to restore (or develop) the same ... Read full review

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I re-read this book every few years, and it changes my life in new ways each time. It is about finding and preserving our humanity in oppressive societies. The depth and nuance of the main character allow her to explore these big issues in a way that is real, personal, and not too 'preachy'.
I particularly love this book for having a gay main character who does more than just be gay. Don't get me wrong, I love a good coming out story, but we can do other things too- like working as anthropologists studying banned religions, and challenging authoritarian governments on two planets!

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User Review  - raschneid - LibraryThing

Spare, thoughtful, and beautiful like all of her Hainish novels. Not heavy on plot, but a fascinating, organic world to explore. Read full review

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