Four Ways to Forgiveness (Hainish Series)

Four Ways to Forgiveness (Hainish Series)

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by Ursula K. Le Guin
     
 

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Here is a society as complex and as troubled as any on our world, peopled with unforgettable characters struggling to become fully human. For the disgraced revolutionary Abberkam, the callow 'space brat' Solly, the haughty soldier Teyeo, the Ekumen historian and Hanish exile Havzhiva, freedom and duty both begin in the heart, and success as well as failure has its

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Here is a society as complex and as troubled as any on our world, peopled with unforgettable characters struggling to become fully human. For the disgraced revolutionary Abberkam, the callow 'space brat' Solly, the haughty soldier Teyeo, the Ekumen historian and Hanish exile Havzhiva, freedom and duty both begin in the heart, and success as well as failure has its costs.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Most of Le Guin's recent fiction divides into collections of stories bound by theme, such as Searoad, or novels such as the Nebula Award-winning Tehanu, in which the author has revisited worlds she created decades before. This volume is a hybrid: a theme collection featuring the Hainish culture that informed, among other works, Le Guin's celebrated The Left Hand of Darkness. The four interrelated novellas presented here deal with the quest to achieve true liberation on the planets Werel and Yeowe (which are detailed in extensive endnotes). Le Guin focuses on the situation of women, who remain in a subservient position even after civil and interplanetary wars have provided ``freedom for all men.'' Both sexes are treated with more balance here than in Searoad: the women are occasionally ignoble, while the men are shown in complex, but generally positive, lights. Each of these stories is mindful that achieving ``the one noble thing'' requires a mutual respect between the sexes. In contrast to the stridency of Searoad, Le Guin has muted her tone here, achieving both greater resonance and power as she offers an accessible, educational and ecumenical look at the interrelationship among love, freedom and forgiveness. (Sept.)
Library Journal
The latest work by one of sf's most gifted and perceptive writers offers four connected novellas (previously published in periodicals) that explore the hidden territories of the human heart.
School Library Journal
YA-"Hold fast to the one noble thing." LeGuin skillfully weaves this theme throughout the four novellas. Fraught with warring factions of "assets" and "owners," this book is more philosophical than it is futuristic. Although the planets of Werel and Yeowe are more technologically advanced than our Earth of today, the complex issues involving race relations, sexism, and class divisions mirror those of our own culture. Corrupt politicians, runaway slaves, proud military leaders, and naive foreign emissaries struggle to maintain their humanity in a seemingly hopeless world. By the end of each of the novellas, the main characters gain some peace of mind and have somehow changed the world (if only minutely) for the better. For YAs who have ever felt "closed in" by society or their parents, LeGuin's book is a wonderful choice, particularly for female readers as most of the characters are women and the focus is on women's rights. While describing the deleterious effects of civil war, the author conveys understanding as well as a sense of self-importance. Notes and history of the two planets are appended.-Ginger Armstrong, Chesterfield County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061054013
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Series:
Hainish Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born in 1929 in Berkeley, and lives in Portland, Oregon. As of 2014, she has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry, and four of translation, and has received many honors and awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, and PEN/Malamud. Her most recent publications are Finding My Elegy: New and Selected Poems and The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Portland, Oregon
Date of Birth:
October 21, 1929
Place of Birth:
Berkeley, California
Education:
B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952
Website:
http://www.ursulakleguin.com

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