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THE TELLING

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Le Guin's latest (Unlocking the Air, 1996, etc.) belongs to her Hainish cycle—Hain being the planet that originally seeded Earth, and many other worlds, with the human species; now the Hainish are revisiting lost worlds and drawing them into the benevolent Ekumene. Sutty, the envoy to planet Aka, grew up on an Earth ruled by a repressive religious dictatorship. Aka is run by a capitalist ... Read full review

Review: The Telling

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - 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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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!
 

Review: The Telling (Hainish Cycle #8)

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I am never disappointed with an Ursula K. Le Guin book and this is no exception. It's a world where no departure from the accepted way of thinking is permitted, religion is outlawed. But an off-world ... Read full review

Review: The Telling (Hainish Cycle #8)

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The interconnectedness of culture and language is an irresistible theme for me. Layered systems of meaning, political and philosophical intrigue with a competent female protagonist sealed the deal ... Read full review

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