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Planete D'Exil: 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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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...more
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
Kat  Hooper
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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...more
Emily
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
Elizabeth
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...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.
Valerie
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...more
eva
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
Meghan
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...more
Panagiotis
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....more
Jim
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...more
Joey
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
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
Ken-ichi
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
Elliott
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...more
Silvia
In their exploration of space, humans planted colonies on many different worlds. Then came the war with the Shing, shattering the League of All Worlds, and the farthest settlements were left alone and forgotten, unknowing of the fate of their home planets.
On Werel, settlers never fully mingled with the native population, although they remain on friendly terms with those who live near to their cities. But when an army threatens their lands from the North, settlers and natives alike can only choos...more
Mutlu Cankay
Birlik'in dağılıp dağılmadığı bilinmemektedir. yıldızının çevresindeki dönüşünü 60 dünya yılında tamamlayan gezegenin sakinleri göçebe Hilf ler ve ataları dünyadan gelmiş olan Uzakdoğumlular, beraber ama ayrı yaşamaktadırlar. uzakdoğumlular Kültür Ambargosu kanununa uyarak gezegenin yerlilerin seviyesine inmiş 60 yıllık dönem boyunca atalarının birikimlerini unutmuşlardır. Telepatik yetenekleri olan Uzadoğumlular, Hilf leri ürkütmekte, farklılıkları deri renklerinden belli olan bu yabancılar kab...more
Valerie
You can tell the older editions, because they came with cigarette ads bound in with the book. My edition of Rocannon's World is the same.

Now that I have a copy, I'll have to reread this before I can give a detailed critique. I hadn't even remembered that the monstrae ad machina were called 'snowghouls'. We'll see what else I'd forgotten.

It's odd that the only kind of leaders that seem to emerge among 'barbarians' in these early books is the dux bellorum type. I don't see any basis for the coales...more
Oscar
'Planeta de exilio' es una de las primeras novelas escritas por Ursula K. Le Guin, y en ella ya se distinguen algunos de los planteamientos más característicos de la autora, como pueden ser las relaciones entre distintas culturas, con sus propias costumbres y tabúes. Le Guin es muy hábil inventando mundos y culturas, que le sirven como reflejo de nuestro propio mundo.

En 'Planeta de exilio', los protagonistas viven en el planeta Eltanin. A este planeta llegó una colonia de terráqueos hace ya 600...more
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
Sarah
I really love this series! Ursula K. Le Guin in this book looks at the assimilation of people. Terran settlements have been on this planet for six hundred years--evidently forgotten by the League of Peoples during an intergalactic war. The planet has a very long rotation around its sun, thus making it the first book that I know of to really mean the phrase "Winter is coming". It also means that the colonists have been on the planet for ten years local time.

And the colonists have not assimilated....more
Maureen E
Opening: "In the last days of the moonphase of Autumn a wind blew from the northern ranges through the dying forests of Askatevar, a cold wind that smelled of smoke and snow."

I had previously read the first book in this trilogy (Rocannon's World), and enjoyed it. I've been meaning to finish out the trilogy for awhile and finally picked this one up.

I wasn't sure if this would take place on the same world as Rocannon, and it's been long enough since I read the first book that I couldn't immediat...more
Steven
These so-called Hainish Cycle books of Le Guin's that I've been reading lately have really grabbed my interest. Can you tell? I've just been devouring copies from the local public library. Planet of Exile is the latest. This story is the background for City of Illusions, the last Hainish book I read, but it really doesn't matter what order you read them in. I love how the chronology of the stories has no relation to which order they were written in -- and how sometimes the "Hain-ish-ness" is str...more
T.L. Evans
Planet of Exile by Ursula K. LeGuin is the fourth book in her wonderful Hainish Cycle, but this should in no way dissuade the reader from starting with this novel. Like a true cycle, all the books in this series stand completely alone and there is no real concern about reading them in any order. There are no, or at least very few spoilers, and the characters do not continue in each different book. Like most if not all of her work, the flow of language in this novel is wonderful and adds to the s...more
Kristin
What a weird book! I really enjoyed it, but wasn't sure why the whole time I was reading. I found it hard to pay attention to for some reason; but strangely, when something did grab my attention, I realized that I had somehow absorbed the rest without knowing it. I looked back to make sure, and indeed, I remembered what had happened, but hadn't realized it at the time. Like daydreaming on autopilot. There was one thing I really did miss at the time that it transpired, though, which was how the r...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Based on Rocannon's World and this second novel from Ursula Le Guin, both the sense and realities of exile will be one of her ongoing themes.

The Terran populations sent to establish colonies on inhabited planets have already accepted exile from home. Since there is no FTL travel in Le Guin's universe, the journeys they take may remove them by centuries from the home they left. The group of Terran's on Askatevar have been further abandoned when many of the original colonists left for military ac...more
Robin
While this second Hainish novel makes brief reference to the events of Rocannon's World, the setting shifts to another world—Gamma Draconis III, for you stargazers—and another time, some six hundred Earth years farther into the future. In local time, however, that's only ten Years. For on this planet, a month is longer than a whole year on Earth, and a year is almost a lifetime. Because the planet has such a large moon, the tides on the seashore are insane. Because of the shape of its orbit and...more
Haralambi Markov
“Planet of Exile” is the second novel from the Hainish cycle and like the first book “Rocannon’s World” it is similar in length, contents and the fine blend between science fiction and fantasy.

The setting of “Planet of Exile” happens to be the planet Werel, third from the Gamma Draconis system, which is an extremely peculiar world. One year on Werel is equal to 60 human years, which is pretty much the average life length of the Tevarans, who are the planet’s original inhabitants. Like in “Rocann...more
Beth
This novel is about a colony of people that have been stranded on a foreign planet for many years. They came to this planet to study its in habitants. However, they have become stranded and have been so for 10 years of this foreign planets cycle—equalling 600 regular years. This group is regarded by the natives as a group of witches they refer to as farborns. The natives themselves are a nomadic people, only settling down for the winter to withstand the cold and the savages know as the gaal. Thi...more
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