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The Dispossessed

A Novel

Le Guin, Ursula K.

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Dispossessed
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Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the anarchist moon Anarres, risks his life by traveling to the mother planet of Urras in the hope of offering wisdom to its inhabitants and to reunite the two long-alienated worlds.
Publisher: New York : Perennial Classics, 2003
Edition: 1st Perennial Classics ed
ISBN: 006051275X
9780060512750
Branch Call Number: SF LEGUIN
Characteristics: 387 p. :,maps, port. ;,21 cm

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Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the anarchist moon Anarres, risks his life by traveling to the mother planet of Urras in the hope of offering wisdom to its inhabitants and to reunite the two long-alienated worlds.

A thoughtful, thought-provoking story about two planets with contrasting societies, and the physicist who is determined to open relations between them.


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Apr 08, 2013
  • drok77 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Le Guin knows how to get you thinking. She has a pretty complex world built on Anarres, but then the book gets kind of heavy in the philosophizing. I think a lot of it didn't even need to be said because she did such a good job of showing the differences between the twin worlds. Even though this is chronologically the first of the Hainish Cycle, nothing is learned about Hain, which is a little disappointing after hearing about it so much in The Left Hand of Darkness and City of Illusions.

Aug 25, 2010
  • hippomancy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Written at the high point of American "socially aware science fiction", when the field was fragmenting into hard science versus soft science versus fantasy writing, LeGuin manages to write a fable that the hard science fans could appreciate, perhaps moreso than her other two major works of this time; Left Hand of Darkness and Lathe of Heaven. A view on the attempt to maintain a politically neutral stance in scientific progress, as the real world intrudes with conflicting ambitions. Not a perfect book by any means, but far more worthy of a re-read than many other sci-fi or speculative fiction books of the same year.

Mar 05, 2010
  • duende rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An interesting look at modern society through the eyes of a member of a subanarchist society long removed from thier home world. Very cool story.

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Aug 25, 2014
  • dreamquest rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Change is freedom, change is life."

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