The left hand of darkness

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Walker, 1969 - Fiction - 286 pages
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Le Guin's Hainish series begins with the assumption that centuries ago humanoids from the planet Hain ventured through the solar system establishing colonies on various planets including Earth. For mysterious reasons these colonies lose all contact and knowledge of each other until the 21st century when an attempt is made to establish a galactic league. Individual stories in this loosely organized series explore the inherent communication difficulties in the mingling and clash of cultures that, over the centuries of separation, have developed widely disparate social and political structures as well as a range of biological differences.

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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
A cornucopia of ideas and a hidden love story - Goodreads
Boring,confusing, no plot, great environment - Goodreads
Worth reading for Le Guin's stellar Introduction alone. - Goodreads

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

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What can be said that hasn't been said already before? It's a brilliant novel, but I would be simply echoing praises said for almost five decades (and on this page too) so I'll try to keep it short ... Read full review

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

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* really. A horribly boring and dry story about an Earth diplomat on the planet Gethen, with by modern standards some pretty tame problematisation of gender stereotypes. 'The Left Hand of Darkness' is ... Read full review

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Contents

A Parade in Erhenrang
1
The Place Inside the Blizzard
16
The Mad King
20
Copyright

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About the author (1969)

Arguably one of the canonical writers of American science fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, Calif., in 1929, the daughter of Alfred L. and Theodora Kroeber. After earning an A.B. degree from Radcliffe College and an A.M. from Columbia University, Le Guin was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 1953. The genre formerly classified as 'science fiction' has become divided into sub-genres, such as fantasy, realistic fiction, alternative history, and other categories. Le Guin resists classifying her own work in any one area, saying that some of it may be called 'science fiction', while other writings may be considered 'realist' and still others 'magical realism' (her term). Le Guin is one of the few writers whose works (which include poetry and short fiction) can be found in public libraries' collections for children, young adults, and adults. Le Guin's published works include a novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, that won an American Library Association Notable Book citation, a Horn Book Honor List citation, and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1979. She has been nominated several times for the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award--the highest honors in science fiction/fantasy writing--and has won both awards. Her Earthsea Trilogy is a mainstay of libraries' fantasy fiction collections. Le Guin married Charles Alfred Le Guin on December 22, 1953. They live in Portland, Ore.

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