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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Jun 09, 2011

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Great concept, great topics; gender and desire, nations and power and war, selves and nation building and others. Le Guin crafts such intricate worlds in The Left Hand of Darkness (there's even a key to Gethenian calendars and time measures, at the end) but the writing didn't hold up for me. It took a lot of work, understanding the world she'd created, which underscores her efforts, but doesn't make for great reading. Not a lot of beautiful lines or moments, just those wonderful big ideas. Also think she didn't go far enough with her (or Genly's) notes on gender construction. Maybe she's musing, and getting us started, too, but I wanted more.

The edition I read has a great introduction by the author, which was probably worth purchasing--her writing about being a writer is fantastic.

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