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  • The Left Hand of Darkness (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • 22 January 2017
  • 9781473225947

5 thoughts on “The Left Hand of Darkness (S.F. MASTERWORKS)

  1. Book Lover Book Lover says:

    The Left Hand of Darkness is a short book, but it s packed full of tangles It s something you read once and then need to read again, both for the plot and the intertwining of the two stories and points of view, and for the language and references once you know about the world It s strange and politically detailed, with a myriad of different cultures and views that are alien to us as well as to Ai, who s there to observe It s also intricately laced with details about society, kemmer, the rituals and traditions, the food and the world itself, Winter, is as alien as the people and viewpoints are The details are wonderful the winter doors are ten feet up because of the snowdrifts, and Ai is constantly cold in a society that exists between two glaciers.The story is strange, told from both Ai and Estraven s points of view, giving us a strange duality on events I ended up seeing Ai as an alien, as the society does Winter was strange, yes, but Ai s observing position and knowledge of his own strangeness gave it a reserve The plot is interesting, and intricate I loved the ice field and their strange, eerie journey.Some period gender references that have not aged well describing something as womanish doesn t sit well with me, considering I have no such construct in my head and it s something my father says, which doesn t endear it But it s a minor point just something that stuck out to me I also found it interesting to consider how the same book would have been written in the modern era and it would have been very, very different It s a book that s made me think about my own writing, and my own method of storytelling not that I am likely to change immediately, but it s something that will help me grow, I think.So Odd, eerie, intricate, detailed, political and alien Definitely a book worth reading once in a lifetime.


  2. Martin Jones Martin Jones says:

    An envoy arrives on a rather backward planet called Winter His mission is to try to persuade Winter s leaders to join a wider confederation of planets Blinkered nationalism, however, refuses to see the benefits of cooperation The envoy remarks sadly on his conversation with a stubborn king All I ve told him means to him simply that his power is threatened, his kingdom is a dust mote in space, his kingship is a joke to men who rule a hundred worlds Ursula Le Guin s The Left Hand of Darkness is best known for its feminist theme, the inhabitants of Winter containing both female and male potential within one body But Le Guin s fascinating meditations are not confined to the relationships of men and women Gender politics are part of a wider duality informing religion and politics generally So wide ranging is the story s scope that within a few paragraphs, this book published in 1969 was making me think of news I had read that day about Brexit and American elections In an age of resurgent nationalism, The Left Hand of Darkness has much to tell us.The minister Estraven could be giving advice to nationalists everywhere when he says No, I don t mean love, when I say patriotism I mean fear The fear of the other.


  3. John M John M says:

    This is a classic work of SF which won both the Hugo and Nebula SF awards.As is usual for Ursula LeGuin the book brings and intellectual and philosophical approach to the genre.The plot involves the main protagonist Genly Ai, an ambassador for the Ekumen, a federation of planetary worlds, arriving on Gethin with an invitation for them to join the federation Sounds a bit like an intra galactic EU Gethin is a cold world whose inhabitants are hermaphrodite, able to adopt either a female or male role when in a particular stage of their cycle, known as kemmer , but at other times basically asexual The book explores gender perspectives, and politics in general across the planet, where Genly Ai is met with suspicion, scepticism and fear in some quarters The inhabitants also have a strong concept of face which makes communication highly nuanced Genly Ai meets a number of different alien characters and forges a close relationship with Estraven who assists and passes on knowledge to assist in his mission.The writing raises thought provoking issues, and one can see why it is highly acclaimed However, it is not an easy read in places There are a lot of local Gethin terminology and nouns used throughout and the motivations and politics of the Gethinians require careful reading to follow and understand A challenging but demanding read for the SF genre


  4. Nicholas Smith Nicholas Smith says:

    I am continuing to make my way through the various Hugo award winners and came to 1970 and the Left hand of darkness It is a typical winner of the Hugo in that the pace is gentle and the development is both in character and, especially this novel, ideas Don t pick this book if you want bags of action but do so if you want to explore new concepts and challenge preconceptions Highly recommended.


  5. Dragon Dragon says:

    One of my all time favourite books Intense, immense scope, tightly written, wonderful About love and gender, ecology and technology If you haven t read already, read it


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