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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Aug 19, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, genre, the-fiction-of-science, fantasy-for-anthropologists
Read in August, 2008

I love Ursula K. LeGuin. I tend to read sci-fi for candy, but she and Octavia Butler remind me just how profound it can be. There is much intentional exploration in this book and about some interesting points. Often I don't agree, but she is so good at emphasizing the subjective perspective of her characters that "agree" and "disagree" become mostly irrelevant. There is only experience. So, like many in her Hainish cycles, the anthropological nature of the thing is important, but I still much prefer The Telling. This book, however, deserves its awards and recognition and is worth reading.

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