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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Apr 17, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: science, utopia
Read in April, 2012

I read this book so many years ago, I am counting it again this year. That happens a LOT with Le Guin--everytime I re-read her works, I learn something new.

Shevek is a theoretical physicist who lives on a communitarian, anarchist planet. Almost 200 years before, dissidents from the nearby planet (Annares, where he lives, is the home planet's moon) left their home to try to rebuild a utopian civilization based on their political principles of anarchism. Now that utopia is preventing Shevek from achieving his life's work, a theory that could change humanity's relationship with time and space. To follow this work, he goes to Urras, whose society looks very familiar to 21st century capitalists, like us.

I think, once again, I had to grow up to "get" this book. UKLG does it again.

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