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Planète d'exile: La Ligue de Tous les Mondes (Hainish Cycle #2)

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The Earth colony of Landin has been stranded on Werel for ten years--& ten of Werel's years are over 600 terrestrial years. The lonely & dwindling human settlement is beginning to feel the strain. Every winter--a season that lasts for 15 years--the Earthmen have neighbors: the humanoid hilfs, a nomadic people who only settle down for the cruel cold spell. The hilfs ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Livre de Poche (first published 1966)
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This turned out to be a fairly average read. The world building and the general ideas behind the plot are excellent. Sadly Le Guin fails when it comes to storytelling. Her writing feels distant and as a result I felt a bit disconnected from the characters and the happenings. Which was a shame as I felt like this had the potential to be something special.

The story takes place on the planet of Werel, a fascinating place where one year is equivalent to 60 Earth years. The seasons on Werel match th
J.G. Keely
In my review of Left Hand of Darkness, the first of LeGuin's works that I read, I wondered whether she had the authorial depth to create another unusual vision, or whether her books were all of a similar tone. I admit I did not expect them to be quite this similar.

The first four Hainish stories, despite taking place on different worlds with different characters, all share tone, plot, theme, and character types. We have a male protagonist who has an important position in his society, but who is l
Erich Franz Guzmann
I was really hoping to enjoy this book a lot more than I did; though it wasn't bad in the least bit, in fact some sections and some lines are very memorable, in that wow kind of way. She truly is a spectacular writer, even her books that I like the least, I still like. One of the reason's I thought I would enjoy this book a lot more than I did is because I really enjoyed reading Rocannon's world and I heard and read somewhere that that book was her first written or first published, not sure exac ...more
Dev Null
May 26, 2009 Dev Null rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: illiterate book-haters
Shelves: science-fiction
In Planet of Exile, a group of settlers from the League of Worlds has been abandoned on their colony for hundreds of years, since the ships all ran off to fight in some great and nameless war. The world is one with a long and eccentric orbit, so its years are 60 earth-years long, and its winters particularly harsh and brutal. The colonists are slowly dying out due to low birth rates and incompatabilities with the native ecology, and hampered by their devotion to a code that will not allow them t ...more
Another beautiful creation from Le Guin. This time looking at difference, racism, and integration through the tale of a dwindling 'human' colony stuck on a planet populated with other human-like creatures. They are forced to band together against invaders and the coming winter and through this they, and we, see exile turn to home.

Featuring Le Guin's ever elegant and sparse prose this tiny novella manages to evoke as much emotion and paint as vivid a picture as many novels six times as long. Mag

Esta novela corta forma parte del ciclo Hainish, que tengo la intención de leer por completo.

La idea inicial es que dos pueblos diferentes han vivido sin juntarse por diez años planetarios, veinte generaciones, 600 años terrestres. Ahora se ven enfrentados a un invasión que puede exterminarlos por completo.

Una vieja colonia humana, perdida, exiliada, más bien olvidada desde hace 600 años en un planeta con un nivel cultural muy inferior, Eltaron, donde cada vez son menos.

Precisamente ese conce
Δεύτερο βιβλίο του Κύκλου του Χάιν, τρίτο της Ούρσουλα Λε Γκεν που διαβάζω. Γι'ακόμη μια φορά η κυρία κατάφερε να με ταξιδέψει σε άλλους κόσμους και να με κάνει να ξεφύγω λίγο από την πραγματικότητα. Πρόκειται για ένα μικρό βιβλιαράκι που όμως περιέχει πολλά πράγματα, που άλλοι συγγραφείς θα χρειάζονταν τις διπλάσιες σελίδες για να τα χωρέσουν.

Βρισκόμαστε σ'έναν πολύ μακρινό πλανήτη, βαθιά μέσα στο διάστημα, όπου οι απόγονοι των ανθρώπων που αποίκησαν τον πλανήτη πολλά χρόνια πριν, ζουν σε μια
Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at FanLit.

Planet of Exile is a novel in Ursula Le Guin’s HAINISH CYCLE and one of the author’s first published books. In this story, a colony of humans has been stranded for many years on the planet Werel, which has such a long orbit around its sun that one year is like 60 Earth years. These humans, gently led by Jakob Agat, live in a city surrounded by a stone wall. Because of the conditions on Werel, especially the effect of its sun’s
Ivan Lutz
Hmmm... Jedna od lošijih LeGuinica. No, radnja ide ovako: Dolazi zima koja jako dugo traje, čuva se zid(barikada) od zimskih ljudi koji dolaze i ubijaju sve pred sobom. Kraljevstva se ujedinjuju kako bi se borili protiv najezde "zimskih ljudi".

Zvuči poznato?

Napisano je puno prije R.R. Martinove sage
In this very slim novel science fiction novel, a planet's natives ("hilfs") and the "farborn" (human colonists who were left behind a really long time ago, and probably aren't going to be retrieved) are readying for a winter that's going to last the equivalent of fifteen Earth years. Every "Year" a group of barbarians migrate south, raiding hilf settlements on their way. Unfortunately this year they might have figured out how to organize and are probably not going to be easy to repel. The only c ...more
Vitor Frazão
Nota-se uma clara evolução a nível de worldbuilding em relação a “O Mundo de Rocannon”, nomeadamente no modo como o movimento planetário (que resulta em cada estação prolongar-se por quinze anos) altera o modo de agir de uma cultura alienígena em relação à população nativa, assim como a sua adaptação biológica ao ambiente em questão. Acima de tudo explora a tolerância, ou falta dela, fase a outra cultura que se considera inferior, quando numa situação de extrema necessidade.
One of the reasons it's worthwhile to read these books in order of internal chronology is that, unlike other authors, LeGuin usually didn't reexplain things. So, for example, in one of the books (I think Rocannon's World), LeGuin explains the term 'hilf'. This is not any kind of name, but a designation. An acronym, in fact, for 'highly intelligent life form'.

LeGuin was evidently somewhat dubious about the idea of directional mutation in colonists. Rightly so, arguably. The changes in the 'Farbor
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This was Ursula Le Guin's second novel, one of the books in her Hainish series that includes the famous Left Hand of Darkness. It's not anywhere near as impressive as that book or the first three Earthsea books, classics in science fiction and fantasy. But more so than her first novel, Rocannon's World, you can see her authorial voice and theme beginning to develop. Her first book seemed like Tolkien's Middle Earth overlayed with space opera. In clever ways, but hardly original. This one is stil ...more
this was the first book that i read in proper sequence in my big chronological le guin project. the plot is interesting, and i liked the mixture of fantasy and sci-fi elements (rolery's culture vs. jakob's). the characters' internal development is nicely fleshed out and convincing, as well as their relationships with society. but their individual, person-to-person relationships seem strangely shallow. i think this a pretty common weakness in le guin's early stuff. the writing is also pretty roug ...more
Neil Collins
A pretty easy read. This wasn't one of my favorites by Le Guin and I read it mostly because I am trying to read the whole Hainish Cycle series. This being #2 in the series, I enjoyed the first book, Rocannon's World, and (#5) The Dispossessed much more but that isn't to say that there is anything wrong with this book. It just didn't hold my interest as much as the others. One thing that did come to mind while reading it though is how I respect the overall theme in all that I have read of Le Guin ...more
There may be many tales like it... drawing on familiar tropes like stranger in a strange land, forbidden love etc... but what makes this book such a great read I feel is the strength of the writing. The 2 aspects I appreciated the most were:

1) How Mrs. Le Guin gave attention to all the perspectives within the tale. The story unfolds through the eyes of three characters, each chapter switching from one to another. We get to see how the events play out from the perspective of the exiles, the chief
Nate D
As others note, there's nothing wrong with this besides that Le Guin had more to say and accomplish in other entries in her series of anthropological science fictions than she seem to here. An Intriguing world (a planet so far from its sun that a year takes a lifetime to unfold), plot incitement (interstellar anthropologists trapped for generations on a planet not their own), and even a couple well-drawn characters -- all are submerged as the plot itself turns towards ordinary space-fantasy sieg ...more
This is, realistically, how a Prime Directive might play out if it were seriously adhered to, over centuries and not 42 minute stretches. It was published the same year that TOS premiered and presumably partakes of a similar zeitgeist.

It's interesting as a period piece and as very early Le Guin. Her introduction teases out the kind of sexism that happens when you say you don't care if your characters are male or female and you just happen to reinforce a pile of sexual stereotypes, but I was surp
The most ''adventurus'' book of the Hainish Cycle, surely not the best among them,but another example of it's writter's quality.

Still strangers in their own birthplace, the people from erath have to fight against a dangerous enemy but also against the natives' predisposition towards them. Through this procedure, a planet that in the beginning was denying them even the right of their continuality as a species, will start assimilate them, and in the end become for them what they trully wished for.
While not as well crafted as Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Le Guin is still a good read. It is the second volume of her Hainish Trilogy, of which Rocannon's World was the first.

Unlike many other trilogies, however, this is set on a different world with different peoples. We have, first of all, the Tevarans, a race of hilfs (Highly Intelligent Life Forms) that are suspicious of their neighbors, the "farborns," who are humans of Earth or one of its allied worlds. Both are threate
Another rather short novel in the Hainish Cycle, though the books in the cycle are not really linked in any way except a vaguely conjoined setting. This one is about a group of humans who have colonized a weird world where a Year lasts 65 Earth-years and so winter is decades long. Another type of HILF (high intelligence life form) exists on the planet, though they are barbarians and uncivilized compared to the Earthlings. They consider the (stranded) Earthlings to be witches because they can com ...more
Richard Buro
The short version first . . .

Imagine. . .you are the leader of a colony of spacefarers who have been placed on a planet that Is specifically proscribed as far as the use of your superior technology. In fact, you are being exiled here never again to return to your former existence. The level of civilization is early medieval Europe at the best, and barely above cave men at the worst. There are indigenous high-intelligence life forms (HILFs) and indigenous predatory lifeforms as well. You can keep
Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
This is a good book, good enough that I read it without stopping. A colony of the federation lands on a distant planet, and settles. The planet is not a friendly place, and without special medical aid, they can't eat the native food or live their. Slowly their numbers have been decreasing through lack of births, as well as the constant battles with the native intelligence's and animals of the world. Each season is months long, and now a severe winter is approaching, and the hordes of the far nor ...more
Buck Ward
I read Planet of Exile immediately after reading City of Illusions. The protagonist in City of Illusions is a descendent of the protagonist in Planet of Exile. There is virtually no other connection between the two books. My notion that the reading order of the books in Ursula K Le Guin's so-called Hainish Cycle doesn't matter, remains intact.

Planet of Exile is a story of tribal customs and culture, and primitive warfare. Rather than being typical of science fiction novels, it put me in mind of
More than any of the other Hainish books, this one seems like a wheel spinner for Le Guin. I think there's a lot of potential in the idea of a stranded, highly developed civilization trying maintain coherence on a less developed world (like, say, questioning the very idea that civilization is something that develops in a linear fashion), but that potential goes mostly unexplored as this story plods along in a fairly conventional adventure mode. Fun, but fluffy fun. I did like the snow ghouls, wi ...more
Like Rocannon's World, not as good as Left Hand of Darkness, but definitely still a good sword and planet adventure. I really love Ursula LeGuin's descriptions although at times they're poetic enough that they're a little hard to follow. No major social ideas in this book but it did have a foreword about that.

Also, it's striking to me that she often contrasts the scifi-y advanced human civilizations as black-skinned with the more primitive, fantasy-like human civilizations as white-skinned. Tha
Brian Rogers
This was a good read - a basic enough story framework, skillfully told and with a lot going on under the surface regarding gender roles and social constructions. The basic concept of a lost spacefaring colony living alongside the natives has been done a lot of times but LeGuin's skill elevates it from being something boring and predictable.

I also want to comment that I read the late 1970's edition where she has an added intro defending her work against 3rd wave feminists. Very much a product of
Jared Millet
Finally got around to: "Three Hainish Novels" book two

After the high adventure of Rocannon's World , Planet of Exile is a one downer of a read, which is odd considering that it's in Rocannon's World that pretty much everybody dies. Then again, Rocannon was only doomed to be stuck on the planet that bears his name for at most a decade or two. The Alterran settlers in the colony of Landin have been stuck on their own planet, completely out of touch with the rest of the galaxy, for over 600 years
I have this habit of writing down a quote from each book I read that jumps off the page, or encapsulates the plot or feel of the whole book, or really just stands out in some way. Reading Planet of Exile, I was so frustrated because Le Guin's prose is so luminous, so full of meaning in such few words, that I couldn't decide what to write in my little notebook.

Taking place 600 (earth) years after Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile is about another group of earth explorers from the League of World
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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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Hainish Cycle (10 books)
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  • City of Illusions
  • The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)
  • The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #5)
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