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The Dispossessed (Hainish Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2000

    One of the best Sci Fi books of all time

    This book shows us more about our world, and the walls we build up that limit and narrow our lives, than any philosophy I have read, without the exception of F. Nietzche. Our assumptions about human nature are deeply questioned, and an incredibly humanitarian option is presented to us (one which has been swallowed by the defeat of 'communism'). To her credit, Le Guin does not present either side in this 'debate' in a narrow way, and questions all sides deeply. She gives a view of a utopia that is the most plausible and likely of any I have encountered (largely due to its imperfection). It is a utopia where what we gain is much more important than what we lose, yet the gains are imperiled as the tendency to institutionalize manifests itself within the society. The Marxist idea of a need for constant revolution is made real, so that, after reading this book, we will perhaps be able to make real in our world (and in ourselves) the state of constant revolt, which is the only answer to the problems of entropy, ennui and bureaucracy which plague our modern civilization. Lets not wind up the way we do in The Dispossessed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    eBook has Errors

    I have been trying to read this book, but unfortunately, this eBook has errors that cause areas of text to be blocked out or unreadable. This occurs both on my Nook Color and my new iPad via the Nook app. I have been unable to get this issue rectified and can find no customer service help for quality problems like these.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    A little dated, but a good read

    Interesting story, although dated. It's interesting how LeGuin forecasts social advances, but not technological ones. This is a real contrast to most other older scifi, where the tech has advanced but women still wear garter belts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    Best Sci-Fi book I read

    I was lucky to start reading Ursula K. L'Guin with this book. Then I read all the others, but this one has always remained special. I read probably 30 SF books and I think this one was the easiest to read, most understandable, most humanist and the one that thaught and reminded me of what it means to be a scientist and to be socially responsible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2000

    Five Stars

    No doubt about it, five stars. A whole new concept and perhaps the best science fiction I ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Utopian backfire

    Classic le Guin. Thoughtful and engaging.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Fantastic

    Fantastic book, Le Guin is the master of soft Science fiction. the worlds really come alive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Way below her standard. Never fouind the plot.

    Maybe next time.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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