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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.
Authors: Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-
Title: The lathe of heaven
a novel
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2008
Edition: Scribner trade pbk. ed
Characteristics: 184 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ursula K. Le Guin
Summary: "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.
ISBN: 1416556966
9781416556961
Branch Call Number: SF LEGUIN 2008
Subject Headings: Dreams Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: Authors, American
Dreams
LCCN: 2007047222
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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.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Lesley_braga rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read this for a class about dreams. It was the last book of the semester (a fun read!). I normally wouldn't read this science fiction type of book but I found that I really enjoyed it!

This very short read but it is packed with many details and events. The end will leave you wondering "so, what it actually all a dream?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating take on an oft trodden topic in sci-fi: what happens if what you dream comes true? And what would you do with that power? The theme hinges on basic Taoist principles and it also illustrates that despite good intentions, wielding too much power still corrupts.

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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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What will the creature made all of seadrift do on the dry sand of daylight; what will the mind do, each morning, waking?

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