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The Day Before the Revolution

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This Nebula and Locus Award winner focuses on the bittersweet ruminations of an old woman who began a social movement in her youth, and the culmination of her life as a public figure on the day before the Revolution begins. Nebula Award Winner, Locus Poll Award Winner, Hugo Award Nominee
ebook, 20 pages
Published 2007 by Zabalaza Books (first published August 1974)
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This story relies pretty heavily on The Dispossessed, which I haven't read.

It's enjoyable without reading the other, but since I was busy trying to figure out the background story, I feel like I didn't get the chance to fully appreciate it.

One of the ideas that I liked most from it is that Odo has become detached from the the workings of the revolution, just like she's become detached from the workings of her body.

It's interested me enough that I'm going to try to read The Dispossessed then come
Jan 07, 2008 Brimate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers of The Dispossessed, dreamers, anarchists
This is a good short story based on a character who lived generations before The Dispossessed takes place. It's really cool because although it's a short story, it has this connection to many layers of the story in The Dispossessed, so there's sort of an automatic connection to the character in "The Day Before the Revolution." It's good.

An interesting experiment would be for someone to read the short story before the book, rather than vice-versa.
James Welfare
Short, always enjoy Ursula K LeGuin and this was enjoyable. I look forward to the dispossessed, which this piece is apparently a prelude to.
A very interesting look at "the life after the revolution." Children who grew up in the new world, and had no concrete idea of the struggle that created the society they now lived in.

Well written, and also containing meditations on age, loss, and love.

I like that the Hain canon begins with a story about a woman, and one who set the events in motion without herself or the other characters knowing it.
Chance Gardener

Excellent! Too short, however it strikes immediately to the point. I instantly fell in love with Odo. No need to read the dispossessed, this short story stands alone, however Ursula's worlds and especially moon deserve to be explored and should be mandatory reading
Margaret Killjoy
This story is what provided me my working definition of what an anarchist is: "An anarchist is one who, given the choice, chooses responsibility"
Though i sometimes get the exact wording that Ursula uses wrong.
I need to read the disposessed first.
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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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