Floresta é o Nome do Mundo
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Floresta é o Nome do Mundo (Hainish Cycle #6)

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The Word for World Is Forest is a sf novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, published in '76, based on a '72 Hainish Cycle novella.

Centuries in the future, Terrans have established a logging colony & military base named "New Tahiti" on a tree-covered planet whose small, green-furred, big-eyed inhabitants have a culture centered on lucid dreaming. Terran greed spirals around nativ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 132 pages
Published 1984 by Publicações Europa-América (first published March 1972)
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"Maybe after I die people will be as they were before I was born, and before you came. But I do not think they will."
In every book by Le Guin there is that special something for me, something that grabs a firm hold of my mind and heart and stubbornly hangs on, refusing to let go, burrowing deeply, growing roots, sprouting shoots that will go on to quietly, unobtrusively, almost imperceptibly change my mental landscape forever - by making me really think, by challenging established ideas, precon...more
In all honesty, the basic premise of this novella is the one I've read/seen many times before both in fiction (the latest version is James Cameron's "Avatar") and reality.

A group of evil and greedy Terrans is in a process of colonizing a new planet - Athshe. What it means, as you can guess, is that Terrans destroy Athshe's ecosystem by cutting down the planet's forests and sending wood to their mother planet Earth (which by this time is nothing but a barren desert) and enslave and abuse the nat...more
Good short books are profitable reads, therefore great ones are greatly profitable. I am thinking of the time invested in reading the entire book and the pleasure, inspiration or education gained from them. This book clocks in at 189 pages but Le Guin made every word count.

Like most of Ms. Le Guin's works this is a thought provoking story. What happen when we introduce evil into a hitherto innocent and passive culture? The Athsheans are very vivid creations, the story of their enslavement and e...more
Hainish Wars: Episode VI
Return of the Anthropologist


A strange little green furry face with huge black eyes comes slowly into view. The creature is an ATHSHEAN, by the name of SELVER. He seems somewhat puzzled, and prods LJUBOV with the butt end of a spear. The anthropologist groans; this frightens the stubby ball of green fuzz and SELVER prods him again. LJUBOV sits up and stares at the three-foot-high Athshean. He tries to figure...more
Great book by a great writer. If you've not yet read any Ursula K. Le Guin, then start with this book. If you've only read a couple by Le Guin and are wondering what next to sample, follow up with this book next.

I've only read two other titles by Le Guin, but I wish I had started here first. Le Guin's work is dense and requires some work on the part of the reader, but this book (actually just a novella) is far more accessible and serves as a great introduction to themes and concepts used in her...more
Since I sat, polite, but wanting desperately to excuse myself from the spilt paint, methodical cacophony of clumsy dialogue, garish colors, interludes of mind numbing dead air, segueing into blindingly confusing scenes of (horrible) video game action, and a story that was told to death 70 years ago by people who had had so much passion for the worlds they were creating. A film which quite literally created a world with $300,000,000 worth of CGI, horrifically failing to trump the real juice… ......more
Tor recently re-released the Hugo winner The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin in a lovely paperback edition, so I thought it finally was time to check out this famous short novel, originally published in the seventies.

The novel is part of Le Guin’s famous HAINISH CYCLE (see also, among others, The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed) but can be read completely separately, although being familiar with the larger story will give you a better understanding of the broader context...more
Los humanos hace uno años que llegaron al planeta Athshe o Nueva Haití. Se trata de un destacamento de militares y hacheros cuya misión es conseguir madera, ya que en la Tierra no queda absolutamente nada y se ha convertido en un objeto más valioso que el oro. Este planeta está compuesto por 40 continentes completamente cubiertos de bosques, y también está habitado por nativos, los crichis, seres de un metro de altura cubiertos de un pelaje verdoso. Los crichis son seres pacíficos que son utiliz...more
Ben Flasher
Much as I'm in agreement with this book's message of environmentalism and nonviolence, I found its delivery of that message to be preachy, joyless, and heavy-handed. Its tale of colonist humans and their conflict with the native Athsheans transplants the worst atrocities of colonialism's past into the future, but loses any subtlety and nuance in the process.

It doesn't help that the Athsheans embody just about every romanticized stereotype of the native primitive. Like the most Disneyfied take on...more
I first came across this title via Wayne Barlowe's Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials ; and when I was at the library this last time around, I said to myself: How can you have gotten this far without reading any Ursula K. Le Guin? those short stories just aren't going to cut it, you know! But when they didn't have A Wizard of Earthsea , I decided to go for this one. Mostly because it was short. (And I figured: Why not sneak in another book to put me two ahead of pace for this year's goal? [1])...more
This is a story with a familiar theme. I see a lot of people comparing this to Avatar, looking at the reviews. This is Ursula Le Guin, so it's better than Avatar, though not as flashy. The writing is not Le Guin's best, in my opinion, but it's still clear and expressive, and lyrical. The story is not new, and I get the impression from the reviews that it was very political and topical at the time it was written -- not a context I share in, so I can't comment on that. Le Guin isn't so shallow a w...more
Part evocative and subtle, part heavy-handed but still compelling.

This is a novella about the devastation a human colony wreaks on a forested world and its inhabitants, and how the inhabitants must fight back despite their habitual peacefulness -- written by a U.S. author during the U.S.'s participation in the Vietnam War.

... You see why it might be heavy-handed.

The story is told from three alternating perspectives. We open with Captain Davidson, a macho human-chauvinist, the author of many outr...more
I'm still not sure what I think of this book, and am giving it only three stars in an attempt at impartiality.

It has the now-classic plot of Big Bad Colonialist American-Types cutting down trees and persecuting the peace-loving natives *cough*Avatar*cough*Fern Gully*cough*. For all that it's an actually nuanced and compelling story.

Unfortunately to get to the compelling nuances, you have to get through the first thirty pages, which are narrated by the over-the-top imperialist misogynist patriot...more
“If it’s all the rest of us who are killed by the suicide, it’s himself who the murderer kills”

So muses author Ursula K. LeGuin in her 1972 novel The Word for World is Forest. The winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novella, LeGuin’s mastery of the language and the genre are in full display as well as her remarkable imaginative powers. Revisiting her “Hainish” cycle of works (not a series of books but rather a group of stand alone works with a thematic central core – somewhat simi...more
Perhaps seeking to build on the success of the movie Avatar, Tor has re-released Ursula LeGuin’s Hugo-winning classic, “The Word for World Is Forest” (Tor, $11.99, 189 pages). The reason? There’s an invasion of a distant planet by humans, a planet that already holds a less-advanced civilization, at least technologically speaking.

LeGuin has said that “The Word for World Is Forest” was greatly influenced by the Vietnam War (the novella upon which it is based came out in 1972; the book in 1976), bu...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in June 2011.

One of Le Guin's shortest novels is also one of her most effective. The Word for World is Forest is a telling description of the ecological and moral atrocities committed by a group of human colonists on a peaceful world covered in forest, and how their barbaric treatment of the apparently passive Athshean natives provokes a bloody uprising, leaving the natives changed forever, fallen, as it were, from their state of innocence.

The Word for World...more
A wonderfully quick and intense read.

But honestly, I do wonder sometimes whether Ursula LeGuin gets tired of other people making truckloads of money from ideas that sound eerily like her own. HP was one, though albeit a very different book from the other boy-wizard from Earthsea. Consider the jacketflap information from this book:

The Athsheans. Theirs is a fragile culture, deceptively simple. Beneath their pastoral life in the abudnant forests is a complex and almost mystical understanding of t...more
So, this book was alright. In general, I've really enjoyed Le Guin's science fiction, and find it wonderfully refreshing. This book's fault wasn't the content so much as the length. If it had been longer it might've been able to go way more in depth into the story. It's the well known tale of pioneers going out and colonizing other planets, destroying native cultures along the way. It's interesting that the Hain and Cetians are also included in this story. The native culture on the planet (which...more
La sexta entrega de la saga "Ekumen" es una parábola sobre el colonialismo y la explotación de los recursos humanos y naturales del pueblo colonizado por parte de una potencia o metrópoli.

Ambientado en un remoto futuro (un millón de años) en el que los habitantes originales de la Tierra han desaparecido, y los términos "Humano" y "Hombre" son mucho más amplios que en la actualidad, pues engloban a muchas especies humanoides y no sólo al homo sapiens, narra lo ocurrido en un planeta llamado Nuev...more
Bryn Hammond
I never read much Ursula Le Guin, back then, but mean to read now those of hers I have. I've seen said of this one 'not her most subtle' and I'd agree it isn't. It put in mind of James Tiptree Jr, whom I did read -- also 70s and found in Dangerous Visions. When I felt this perhaps too angry I remembered the latter's angry fiction, except she (intellectual giant of sf) would have ended this more negatively.
I've heard much about this book, of course. It was a quick and easy read but I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps I expected too much. Humans are logging a world that is almost all forest, and are mistreating the local inhabitants, which are monkey-like but highly intelligent. Not a bad setting, and not all that cliche when it was first published in 1972. However, while I was expecting well-rounded characters, I found many of them one dimensional. Only one human shows any real depth. And the main h...more
Kat  Hooper
I know this is a classic and I agree with its message, but gee, I feel like Le Guin was wielding a bludgeon here. Ouch!
Apr 04, 2012 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Liberals, Sci fi fans, futurists
Recommended to Michael by: Wayne Douglas Barlowe
Shelves: science-fiction
Really, I'd call this a three-and-a-half star book. It's not quite as good as I recall The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia or The Left Hand of Darkness being, but it has been more than a decade since I read either of those, so I'm not certain if it's just me that has changed. It is better than most sci fi, but it is a bit light-weight for Le Guin, I think.

Basically, the book is a metaphor for the treatment of the natural world and indigenous cultures by the colonizing powers of Europe and thei...more
Before there was "Avatar" there was Ursula K. Le Guin's THE WORD FOR WORLD IS FOREST. Written in 1972, and the winner of the 1973 Hugo Award for best novella, Tor decided that the current furor over sustainable ecology would make this novel a timely re-release. At the very least it's an entertaining comparison to Cameron's blue-peopled visual extravaganza.

The similarities will be obvious from the start: humans can now travel to the stars and will take other planets' natural resources for their o...more
Jan 03, 2011 Richard rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: SciFi & Fantasy Group 2010-12 SciFi Selection
Shelves: scifi, classic, bookclub
I remember liking Le Guin a lot more twenty or thirty years ago.

I blame being young and simple-minded.

First, her prose can be beautiful and quite evocative. The descriptions of the forest in this book reminded me of why I like hiking under the canopy of my beloved redwoods, and for that I'm thankful.

But most of the rest of the book was... pathetic. Well, maybe that's a bit too harsh, but still there were many flaws, and deep ones.

A quick inventory (and, yes, these are likely to be spoilers if yo...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 12, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Greenpeace
This book actually won a Hugo Award for Best Novella and is one of Le Guin's most celebrated works. It's supposed to have one of those aliens that truly seem alien, and like every Le Guin book I've read, it's well written--although unlike others by her I've read incredibly preachy with anvils noisily clanging from the beginning. I couldn't stand more than 50 pages of it.

If you think Greenpeace is too moderate, if you could spike trees and rub your hands with glee at the thought of a lumberjack b...more
An Earth-like planet 27 light-years from Earth is mostly ocean, but it has a forested archipelago inhabited by 3 million (who counted them?) humanoids. The technological level of the humanoids corresponds to Earth Mesolithic, yet they have writing (why invent writing, if you are not inventorying a Bronze Age palace?). A force of 2,000 Earthlings who, just as incongruously, have Vietnam-era military hardware and near-light-speed starships, lands on the planet, and starts colonizing it. Humans are...more
Dimitris Hall
"The Dispossessed" left with me a voracious appetite for all things Le Guin and renewed my interest in science fiction in general. This book satisfied this hunger at the same time whetting the appetite just a bit more. Paradoxical? I'll let the great Jean-Jacques Rousseau answer for me from his honoured and ancient grave: "I'd rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices!" Thank you Goodreads for helping us learn useful(?) quotes.

A lot of people say this book is like Avatar or Pocahonta...more
Briar Rose
I think The Word for World is Forest reads more like one of Le Guin's psychodrama short-stories than like her other Hainish books. The characters are more like archetypes, distilled down to the very essence of what they represent, than fully-drawn personalities; at times they are taken to the point of stereotype. Captain Davidson is probably the best example of this - a virile, masculine 19th century oppressor who righteously believes in his own cause and the inhumanity of the people he is oppre...more
Jose Santos
Primeiro que tudo há que mencionar o fabuloso título deste livro, está de facto, muito bem imaginado. De seguida, a actualidade do tema para um livro que foi editado a primeira vez em 1972. Podemos ler este livro de duas formas, como uma obra de ficção científica com um tema que não é novo mas que tem as suas originalidades neste mundo-floresta onde, certamente, a equipa do filme AVATAR foi buscar a essência, ou como uma alegoria ao nosso planeta e às ameaças ecológicas que este sofre pelos sere...more
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As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. Forthcoming...more
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“A forest ecology is a delicate one. If the forest perishes, its fauna may go with it. The Athshean word for world is also the word for forest.” 7 likes
“For if it's all the rest of us who are killed by the suicide, it's himself whom the murderer kills; only he has to do is over, and over, and over.” 6 likes
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