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The Word for World Is Forest (Hainish Series)

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    sci-fi, fantasy, and anthropology

    An excellent story and writing. I cannot believe I did not discover Le Guin sooner. I highly recommend it. It's very thought-provoking and disturbing. If you like sci-fi, fantasy, and anthropology - this is for you. Also, the director of Avatar acknowledged this novella as an inspiration for the film. So if you like that then should definitely read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    Well-Written Feminist Tract

    The publisher's note mentions the bloodthirsty yumens well, these military men (specifically, the lead character) aren't just bloodthirsty--they're fanatical. The allegorical connection of this story with the Vietnam War gives it power and resonance, but depicting the occupying force as slave-owners pushes the reference too far. It's one thing to question whether the reasons for going to war are justified, and quite another to suggest that we should never fight any war because the men who fight are inherently evil. Of course, we should do everything possible to eliminate war altogether LeGuin's feminist solution is to completely reorganize society along matriarchal lines (depicted in her later novel 'Always Coming Home') this radical ideology informs her depiction of the army man (in some scenes he's nearly foaming at the mouth), and, in my opinion, mars an otherwise excellent novel. The story of the natives is far more interesting than that of the occupying force. Maybe she felt the need to amp up the action, given some of the criticism she received for the mellowness of her previous books she just went too far the other way is all. Overall, I recommend this book to lovers of quality science fiction it is interesting and exciting to read.

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