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The Left Hand of Darkness

Le Guin, Ursula K. (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Left Hand of Darkness


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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
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Report This 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!

Report This 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.

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  • neko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Report This 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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