The Left Hand Of Darkness

The Left Hand Of Darkness

4.09 (156,895 ratings by Goodreads)
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Winter is an Earth-like planet with two major differences: conditions are semi artic even at the warmest time of the year, and the inhabitants are all of the same sex. Tucked away in a remote corner of the universe, they have no knowledge of space travel or of life beyond their own world. And when a strange envoy from space brings news of a vast coalition of planets which they are invited to join, he is met with fear, mistrust and disbelief. . .

'The Left Hand of Darkness' is a groundbreaking work of feminist science fiction, an imaginative masterpiece which poses challenging questions about sexuality, sexism and the organisation of society.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 108 x 178 x 16mm | 135g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 9781857230741
  • 16,074

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A beguiling read... Le Guin's sometimes mischievous narrative tone is crisp and fresh
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A beguiling read... Le Guin's sometimes mischievous narrative tone is crisp and fresh * * A jewel of a story. * Frank Herbert * As profuse and original in invention as The Lord of the Rings. * Michael Moorcock * Delicate yet daring, narrated with immense gravitas...Ursula Le Guin's masterpiece * - Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels *
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About Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula LeGuin was born in Berkeley, California in 1929. She attended college at Radcliffe and Columbia, and married C.A. LeGuin in Paris in 1951. The LeGuins and their three children live in Portland, Oregon.
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156,895 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 40% (62,286)
4 37% (58,091)
3 17% (27,284)
2 4% (7,034)
1 1% (2,200)

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"I think the worst book ever title given by one reviewer just may reflect the limit of their experience because there is truly a vast amount of trash out there. It is not an easy or a comfortable read and I would think it is more cut out for people who like something more than just an action story. I read it first out of all the Hainish novels and I must say I enjoyed it more the second time round after I had read the other novels of this Universe. Le Guin manages to give us something new and food for thought in every novel and this one is a piece of concise writing rich with imagination. Another thing I like about her is the way she really thinks through to the finer points and detailed implications of the world she herself has created. I think some people I have talked to about this have been led astray by Le Guin's being described as a Sci-Fi writer: which she is, but this is no Asimov or Clarke etc (I enjoy them as well but its another world). In my opinion, the weakest was the newest one "The Telling" but even that would be far from being the "worst book ever"."show more
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