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The Telling

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2006

    subtle, very powerful

    I've read a lot of online reviews about how bad this book is... The Telling was my introduction to Ursula K. Le Guin, and it made me an instant fan. Most people's complaint is that it lacks plot, or moves too slowly. I guess it helps to be interested in anthropology and philosophy, but I'd recommend this book to just about anyone. The society it's set in has parallels in societies on Earth that have been sucked into Western modernity and unwittingly sacrificed valuable aspects of their native culture, and the book itself is a powerful illustration of the importance of storytelling--how just the act of telling a story is somehow holy, even in the modern world. Not a fast-paced sci-fi adventure, but a subtle, sophisticated--but very readable--fable about the role of a simple, nontheistic religion in one hypothetical society.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Science Fiction

    Le Guin is a master story teller and she does not disappoint. once more she creates a world that the reader can taste and hear.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    I thought it to be introspective ..

    As someone who has been studying the thought process of nonduality, this book was extremely interesting and educational. I also found the similarities between the Aka capitisit system to our own problems with Capitalism here to be enlightening and a bit scary too. Overall, Le Guin has never disapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    A disappointment

    I grabbed 'The Telling' on a recent trip to the bookstore as a quick read, and for a pleasurable experience. I have read all of Le Guin's Earthsea series, and several of her other excellent books. This one fails to produce however, and I finished feeling very unsatisfied. There isn't much to the actual story, and what is there is very forced. You get the feeling this 'novel' was a quick dabble of a side project that was 'rediscovered' and then printed. I would avoid this even if you are a Le Guin fan. Read 'The Dispossessed' or the Earthsea series instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2002

    Not up to standard

    I am extremely sorry to say that this book bored me. In general, I am a great admirer of LeGuin's work. 'Tehanu', 'The Beginning Place', and 'The Dispossed' are among my 'desert island' books. But this one was just not up to her usual standard. It was too thin -- like water pretending to be soup. The point she wanted to make got in the way of the story, and there wasn't enough story to hold it up. As a short story, it would have been fine, but there just isn't enough material there for a novel.

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