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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Jul 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: reviewed, speculative-fiction

This is one of the few works of speculative fiction that be read as essentially rephrasing a key tene of Burkean (or Oakeshottian) conservatism: that social engineering projects often take you in very different directions than you were planning on going. I don't know if le Guin would share this interpretation - she's not a conservative in the broader sense of the term and did after all write one of the world's most interesting books on anarchism. Still, this short if verbose book encapsulates one of the key insights of conservative political thought.
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July 23, 2011 – Shelved
August 13, 2011 – Shelved as: reviewed
August 15, 2011 – Shelved as: speculative-fiction

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