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The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Mar 23, 2009

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bookshelves: sci-fi, glbt
Read in March, 2009

This book was a really depressing vision of the future. I definitely appreciated that the protagonist Sutty was a lesbian and Indian, as many sci-fi/fantasy stories seem to always have white characters.

The planet Aka has had a communism-like revolution resulting in the destruction of most of the traditional ways of life and culture there, and Sutty is interested in learning about the traditional ways. The book is about her gradual uncovering of the Akan culture before the revolution.

This was the first book I'd read in LeGuin's Hainish cycle, so I was confused as to the background for a large part of it, but I think I mostly figured it out towards the end. I thought the book lagged in the middle and ended too suddenly, but I did enjoy the prose. I've heard this isn't one of LeGuin's best works, so I'll try others.

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