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Ballingsplaneet (Hainish Cycle)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,547 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
In een wereld waar de seizoenen twintig jaar duren, overleeft een groepje 'vergeborenen' van de Aarde. Een verandering in het trekpatroon van een nomadengroep dwingt hen zich te bemoeien met de plaatselijke bevolking, de hoog intelligente hilvo's. Vijandigheid verandert noodgedwongen in saamhorigheid.
Mass Market Paperback, Tweede druk, 158 pages
Published 1981 by Het Spectrum (first published 1966)
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Apr 28, 2015 Gavin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
4.5 stars

This novel had me from the first sentence, introducing a wilful young female protagonist and a strange, poetically evoked world. On this planet, a single cycle of the moon is more than 400 days, and the full solar year is so long that only the most elderly people have seen any of its long seasons more than once.

The 'girl' Rolery, whom we follow at first, is part of a non industrial, hierarchical, patriarchal and peacable society, partly nomadic but with some mixed agriculture and spend
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 Linner-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 it was amazing  ·  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
Sep 12, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 21, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 03, 2011 Meghan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
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
Aug 30, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 2008 eva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, fiction
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
Dec 06, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I'm always in awe of Ursula le Guin's writing skills. She takes a simple plot, uses simple language and somehow manages to create a whole alien world - landscape, people, culture. There are humans in this story as well as alien people, but the humans feel slightly alien as well, which of course would be so seeing they are far removed from us in time and space. There are serious questions here, should different cultures try to integrate, or keep separate and try to preserve their own knowledge an ...more
Sep 05, 2013 Panagiotis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 05, 2016 Hojaplateada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ciencia-ficción
Muy bueno, tal vez, demasiado corto.
Jan 30, 2016 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuación de El mundo de Rocannon, que ya reseñé en su día, Planeta de exilio (1966) es una obra englobada en los que se conoce como "ciclo de Ekumen", de la genial Ursula K. Le Guin. No estamos ante su mejor novela, ni siquiera ante una de las mejores, pero también es verdad que en sus páginas se vislumbra la genialidad de la autora.

El planeta Werel es habitado por dos razas inteligentes distintas: los tevaranos, raza autóctona del planeta, y los lejosnatos, raza nómada llegada de las estrel
Jul 21, 2014 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-horror
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
Aug 24, 2014 Joey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 06, 2016 Coral rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Corto pero intenso.
Oct 31, 2014 Spiros rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a world where each season lasts for years and years, Winter is coming and the barbarian clans of the North unite into a single horde under a leader, marching south. Ring any bells?
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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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