The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle #5)
Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. he will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian m...more
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So, what is it she's saying that's so important? I've read the book several times since I first came ...more
by Ursula K. Le Guin.
this excellent novel-cum-political treatise-cum-extended metaphor for the States lays its thesis out in parallel narratives. in the present day (far, far, far in the future), heroically thoughtful protagonist Shevek visits the thinly-veiled States of the nation A-Io on the planet Urras in order to both work on his Theory of ...more
I see some reviewers think of The Dispossessed as an anti-Ayn Rand book. I didn't come away with that impression at all. I thought LeGuin did an excellent job of showing the fallac ...more
That I r ...more
Fulfillment, Shevek thought, is a function of time. The search for pleasure is circular, repetitive, atemporal. The variety seeking of the spectator, the thrill hunter, the sexually promiscuous, always ends in the same place. It has an end. It comes to the end and has to start over. It is not a journey and return, but a closed cycle, a locked room, a cell....more
Outside the locked room is the landscape of time, in which the spirit may, with luck and courage, construct the fragile, makeshift, improbabl
It's always easier not to think for oneself. Find a nice safe hierarchy and settle in. Don't make changes, don't risk disapproval[...] It's always easiest to let yourself be governed.
Of the various layers of content in The Dispossessed, the most obvious is the socio-political: capitalism vs. anarchistic-communism. The claim often made is that, even though her heart is with the latter, she nonetheless treats the two structures impartially. The claim or presumption is to be found in the reviews of fantasy/science fiction devotees, those with a particular interest in anarchism and, I suspect, also those who simply read it with an uncritical eye.
I don ...more
Shevek, a brilliant physicist on the cusp of an enormous breakthrough, finds himself stifled and trapped on the ironically anarchist world of Anarres. In true tradition of his pseudo-religious beliefs, he defies the rules that allow the entire wo ...more
The Dispossessed holds up amazingly well for a book written nearly forty (!) years ago. In fact, forget about the publication date and it could have been written this year. Except that hardly anyone writes this kind of slow-moving, thoughtful, idea-heavy science fiction any more. The Dispossessed won a Hugo, a Nebula, a World Fantasy Award, and the Natio ...more
LeGuin's ultimate message is that individual freedom is the most important commodity in the universe. In conveying th ...more
At the center of the novel is the planet Anarres. Annares is populated by a community of anarchists, whose ascendants have left Anarres's sister planet Urras almost 200 years prior to escape its oppressive regimes and to establis ...more
The way the story is told in the past, so we learn things as they're revealed rather than as the characters are experiencing them, provides a disconnect. Perhaps it is meant to serve to point out the universality of the themes - but I found that it made me feel distanced, as if none of the story mattered.
I suppose if I were younger and still interested in political ideas and revolutions, if I hadn't read, and lived through, lots of other ...more
The great SF writers (Asimov, Vonnegut, Heinlein, Dick, Bradbury, etc) have been ...more
Kitabın yazılış hikayesi bile kendi başına bir hikaye. Mülksüzler, orjinal diliyle "The Dispossessed" Dostoyevski'nin "The Possessed'ine (Ecinniler) yazılmış bir cevap. Eğer Mülksüzleri okumadan önce bu bilgiye sahip olsaydım ...more
I'm giving it two stars b ...more
Although Le Guin doesn't offer all the answers, she does pose many questions in new light and with a clarity that takes your breath away. Revolution, anarchy, profit, the role of language in shaping how we think, the motivation for excluding women from education, the drivers of scientific research, ethics, the nature of time, ownership, power, love, sa ...more
I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries — the realists of a larger reality.
The quote above is from an impassioned speech given by the author in 2014, forty years after The Dispossessed was first published, ...more
Yine de ortalarına doğru (özellikle de kitabın kronolojik sırasındaki mantığı çözdüken sonra) giderek hikaye ilginçleşmeye başladı. Kurgunun ...more
Because really all the cultures that we meet are engaged in a kind of the grass is greener on the other plant exercise. Each stands as a Utopia to another world and each looks elsewhere for its own. It is a novel of discontent.
For the crewman from the planet Hain at the end his own culture is a burden. It has experienced everything, while personally he has experienced nothing. The opportunity ...more
What is Freedom? Ursula K. Le Guin gave what I believe to be the best answer to this question. She shouts about how Freedom is by no means synonymous to a risk-free life. It will absolutely entail hardship, heavy labor and insecurity. I remember once reading an interview with Chomsky where he was asked about Anarchism and how the Anarchist society might be. He answered that there are no ready-made answers to this question. He stressed that "we have to try and see". I found hi ...more
It is interesting to see this book chosen as the October selection for the goodreads group, "Literary Explorations." I do not know how the book was chosen, as I am new to the group. However, I launched into "The Dispossessed" with as much determination as I did the first time I read it.
My inarticulate summary doesn't give the slightest hint of how incredible this book is. Le Guin turns her thoughtful, earthy eye on each form of government and lifestyle in the 9 Known Worlds, from the utilitarian anarchists to the ov ...more
Thank God for Ayn Rand, who reminds me that the problem exists on the other side too. I guess it's not the belief that sucks; it's the believing. If you have something to say about humans, then you're writing a novel. If you have something to say about ideology, ...more
The Dispossessed is a complex novel. It's not complex in terms of structure or themes; it's not a hard book to read. Quite the opposite. But it manages to touch on so many aspects of the human experience at once that it's hard to sum up what makes it so fascinating.
At the heart of it all is Shevek. Shevek, so complex and delightful to read ...more
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