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message 1: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye I'm really looking forward to your review!


message 2: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Ian wrote: "I'm really looking forward to your review!"

Ha , thanks Ian . So much food for thoughts here ...


message 3: by Hanneke (new)

Hanneke I really should try Le Guin. Everybody seems to love her books. Never read one. I will be curious what you think, Agnieszka.


message 4: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Hanneke wrote: "I really should try Le Guin. Everybody seems to love her books. Never read one. I will be curious what you think, Agnieszka."

I think you should try her works , Hanneke . I for myself want more :)


message 5: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye This review is like poetry for the soul! Beautiful!


message 6: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Ian wrote: "This review is like poetry for the soul! Beautiful!"

Thanks Ian , you're always so kind :) Though I'm not very pleased with that review.


message 7: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Graye A writer is always conscious of what they omitted. A reader gets to appreciate what was written.


message 8: by Samadrita (new)

Samadrita :)


message 9: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Samadrita wrote: ":)"

:))


message 10: by Warwick (new)

Warwick Great review, Agnieszka. I love your focus on that phrase _ ‘not a man's face and not a woman's, a human face’ – as being at the core of the book.


message 11: by Fionnuala (new)

Fionnuala Warwick wrote: "Great review, Agnieszka. I love your focus on that phrase _ ‘not a man's face and not a woman's, a human face’ – as being at the core of the book."

Exactly - Agnieszka has summed up Le Guin's message perfectly.

I always look out for your reviews because you are so good at avoiding unnecessary rhetoric and getting straight to the essence of a book, Agnieszka.
I don't read sf but I have read Le Guin because she is just so good - have you seen the speech she gave last night at The National Book Awards in the States:
http://parkerhiggins.net/2014/11/will...


message 12: by Kalliope (new)

Kalliope That way Left Hand of Darkness can be read as a cross between a philosophical parable and anthropological and sociological report , only wrapped up in sf costume .

I am not a SF fan, but this sentence,(and not having read, but heard about Le Guin), makes this book very attractive...


message 13: by Dolors (last edited Nov 21, 2014 01:00AM) (new)

Dolors The tag "favorite" in your bookshelves anticipated a great review, but I wasn't prepared to be dragged away by the current of your pensive reflections and contagious wonder. Adding the adjective humanistic in front of the term "sf" was very acute and I can't wait to sink my teeth into this novel, even more after having read this review! :)


message 14: by Himanshu (new)

Himanshu A wonderful review, Agnieszka. Couldn't resist adding to my tbr shelf. Will definitely read someday thanks to your description. :)


message 15: by Alejandro (new)

Alejandro Awesome review, Agnieszka!


message 16: by Renato (new)

Renato Magalhães Rocha Great review, Agnieszka. Bravo!


message 17: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Warwick wrote: "Great review, Agnieszka. I love your focus on that phrase _ ‘not a man's face and not a woman's, a human face’ – as being at the core of the book."

Thank you , Warwick .And yes , this aspect seemed to me the most interesting and moving .


message 18: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Fionnuala wrote: "Warwick wrote: "Great review, Agnieszka. I love your focus on that phrase _ ‘not a man's face and not a woman's, a human face’ – as being at the core of the book."

Exactly - Agnieszka has summed ..."


Fio , thanks for the link , will watch it later but most of all thank you for your comment :)


message 19: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Kalliope wrote: "That way Left Hand of Darkness can be read as a cross between a philosophical parable and anthropological and sociological report , only wrapped up in sf costume .

I am not a SF fan, but this sent..."


Kall , she definitely is worth reading . I can guarantee it .


message 20: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Dolors wrote: "The tag "favorite" in your bookshelves anticipated a great review, but I wasn't prepared to be dragged away by the current of your pensive reflections and contagious wonder. Adding the adjective hu..."

Dolors , so happy you added it . Now I’m waiting for your thoughts when you get to it.


message 21: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Himanshu wrote: "A wonderful review, Agnieszka. Couldn't resist adding to my tbr shelf. Will definitely read someday thanks to your description. :)"

Thanks , Himanshu . So glad you want to read that one. Hope it’ll meet your expectations.


message 22: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Alejandro wrote: "Awesome review, Agnieszka!"

Thank you as always for reading Alejandro and glad you liked it .


message 23: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Marita wrote: "This was my favourite Le Guin book when I read it years ago. Your review makes me want to re-read it."

Marita , thank you for taking the time to read my review. I’ll be curious your thoughts on it .


message 24: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Renato wrote: "Great review, Agnieszka. Bravo!"

Renato , thank you and glad you enjoyed it.


message 25: by Jim (new)

Jim This was the first LeGuin book I read many years ago. A great book! I also enjoyed her Wizard of Earthsea books.


message 26: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Jim wrote: "This was the first LeGuin book I read many years ago. A great book! I also enjoyed her Wizard of Earthsea books."

I'm not sure why it took me so long time to read that novel since I was tempted by its title for many years . Now I'm thinking about another one from Hainish Cycle . Maybe The Dispossessed .


message 27: by Hanneke (new)

Hanneke It is really strange that I never heard of her books before I joined Goodreads. I saw her name a few times, but never knew what sort of writer she was.


message 28: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey Wonderful review, Agnieszka. If you enjoyed this one, you'll love The Dispossessed.


message 29: by Stephen (new)

Stephen P Great review Agnieszka. Shows me how much I have missed in my prejudice against the genre.


message 30: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Aubrey wrote: "Wonderful review, Agnieszka. If you enjoyed this one, you'll love The Dispossessed."

Thank you Aubrey . I’ve just thought about Dispossessed as my next LeGuin.


message 31: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Stephen wrote: "Great review Agnieszka. Shows me how much I have missed in my prejudice against the genre."

I know what you mean Stephen .I’m also not a fervent fan of that genre but Le Guin is in a class by herself . And thank you as always for reading.


message 32: by Praj (new)

Praj Sorry, to have missed this wondrous appraisal. And, happy to have caught up to it before it is too late :)Thanks, sweetie.


message 33: by Gregsamsa (new)

Gregsamsa Like Praj, I missed this one too. I thank Mala for pointing me to it.

Agnieszka, you are responsible for my adding another star to my rating of this book. It's not that I'm so easily swayed, it's just that this book was one among hundreds I was trying to remember I'd read and rate when I was new to this site. I did not remember it very well, apparently. Your review reminded me of things about this book I hadn't thought of in years, and how she managed to do so much with such a limiting setting. Bravo! Or I mean Brava! Or maybe Bravao!

As a special added bonus to this comment, here is a FREE LINK to the author's very highly regarded acceptance speech upon receiving the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the recent National Book Award ceremonies.


message 34: by mark (new)

mark monday awesome review. I'm so glad you liked this classic.

also really love all of the quotes you pulled from book in your updates. nice flashbacks for me, for a book I haven't read in a couple decades.


message 35: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Praj , Joseph , Mark . Thank you , thank you all ! Praise from you – it means a lot to me . So glad you liked it .


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