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The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin
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May 10, 2011

liked it

I normally love Le Guin, but this one seemed more didactic to me than usual. The Dispossessed is one of my favorite books of all time, and I suppose in a way it is didactic, but it's subtle. It shows the flaws of the belief system that the characters follow and preach, even as it shows its triumphs too. This one is more of an attack on a belief system, and not subtle. Well, maybe it's personal; it was certainly hard not to be offended when the main character concludes monotheism is the problem & is inherently oppressive. I've loved books I disagreed with before, but this one (in the philosophical parts anyhow) just doesn't earn it.

Other than that, it was a beautiful book. The descriptions of the culture, the mountains & villages, & the Telling stick in my mind although I read this two years ago.

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