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The Left Hand of Darkness

Le Guin, Ursula K. (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-
Title: The left hand of darkness
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2010
Edition: Ace premium ed
Characteristics: xix, 330 p. ;,19 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ursula K. Le Guin
Contents: A parade in Erhenrang
The place inside the blizzard
The mad king
The nineteenth day
The domestication of Hunch
One way into Orgoreyn
The question of sex
Another way into Orgoreyn
Estraven the traitor
Conversations in Mishnory
Soliloquies in Mishnory
On time and darkness
Down on the farm
The escape
To the ice
Between Drumner and Dremegole
An Orgota creation myth
On the ice
Homecoming
A fool's errand
The Gethenian calendar and clock
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780441478125
0441478123
Branch Call Number: SF LEGUIN 2013
Genre/Form: Science fiction
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A human envoy to the world of Winter (a planet whose hermaphroditic people, when motivated, switch sex) is caught up in a Cold War-esque political drama between two powerful nations.

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.

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 centu... Read More »

A lone human makes a one way journey to the bleak world of Winter, whose people are hermaphroditic, to ask then to join galactic civilization. First published in 1969.

A classic science fiction novel that won both the Nebula and the Hugo awards. LeGuin writes of the bleak world of Winter, whose people are hermaphroditic.


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Jun 06, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Like all my favorite science fiction, this book is written with a thought provoking idea.
The planet Winter has been sent a lone emissary from the intergalactic civilization to bring them into this organization. Winter is an unusual world of androgynous people and the emissary has a difficult time understanding this or their complex political and cultural rules.
I liked the ideas of a persons sex not making any difference to how they live their lives. I never could think of any of them other than men who could have babies though. The descriptions of snow and ice were wonderfully done and the writing was beautiful. This is definitely a author to read more of.

Jan 19, 2012
  • carofrechette rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my top three favorite books, all categories mixed. A great reflexion on life, society, environment, gender, love, friendship and relationships in general. A must-read!

Nov 30, 2010
  • neonchameleon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent book that, as other have said, explores concepts of gender and family. Howevre, more subtly it also explores different types of political systems.

Feb 09, 2010
  • neko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Le Guin's exploration of gender and the social rules that glue a society together.

Nov 21, 2009
  • neko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An exploration of gender, relationships, and family roles that is a delight to read.

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