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The Lathe of Heaven

A Novel

Le Guin, Ursula K.

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Lathe of Heaven
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"In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George's dreams for his own purposes."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2008
Edition: Scribner trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781416556961
1416556966
Branch Call Number: SF LEGUIN 2008
Characteristics: 184 p. ;,22 cm

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In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields.

Every time George Orr dreams he changes the world, and we see our very own Portland molded into several different futures.


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Nov 21, 2013
  • LaPhenixa rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Leagues away from what I typically pick up, I can’t pretend to grasp all the ideas broached in this dystopian novel. Though the writing style I’ve come to associate with dystopias is unvarying, the beautiful imagery, often lucidly symbolic, make this book more accessible. Written 40 years ago, the themes and setting don’t feel dated, and indeed the ideas addressed are ones society still weighs today. Le Guin’s choice to set the novel in a real location makes the city’s state in the different continua seem more realistic and plausible. Le Guin’s novel is a stirring and engaging read.

Jun 04, 2012
  • jjd1986 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It made me think of Inception, only more wild and less difficult to follow. Le Guin is a masterful writer and I find this book fun and fast. I read it only in a couple days. devoured it.

Jun 27, 2011
  • Gordo81 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful book, great characters and an interesting way to approach sci-fi. I think this would complement anyone studying Taoism or thinking about the world today.

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