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The Word for World Is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Read 2 times. Last read September 15, 2021 to September 21, 2021.

Far better my second time reading it, this time going slow and carefully and enjoying the strong writing and the sections that come from the perspective of the indigenous people that have been spotlighted here. However, I still cannot see that Ursula Le Guin has pulled off her primary Earth character, Captain Davidson. He's completely unconvincing to me and reads like revenge porn. I am open to being convinced otherwise. And it is important to put the book in its historical context of the Vietnam War.
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Reading Progress

July 3, 2021 – Started Reading (ebook Edition)
July 3, 2021 – Shelved (ebook Edition)
July 5, 2021 – Finished Reading (ebook Edition)
September 15, 2021 – Started Reading
September 15, 2021 – Shelved
September 21, 2021 – Finished Reading

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Stephen Hayes I read it 40 years ago, so can't remember much of the plot. Perhaps I should read it again.


Brenton It is certainly vivid, and certainly a protest book. The aboriginal character is very well done.


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