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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Nov 12, 11


A 1960s/70s classic, selected for Harold Bloom's Western Canon, beloved by the Jane Austen Book Club, a Hugo and Nebula Award winner. I could only get to page 50 so skipped to the ending and even there had trouble working my way through the intelligent but uninspired prose. Sentences pile up without gathering momentum. As she herself writes: "Truth is a matter of the imagination. The soundest fact may fail or prevail in the style of its telling." (The rest of that elegant sentence is clunky so I chopped it off, but you can find it on the opening page.)
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