The Dispossessed (Hainish Series)

The Dispossessed (Hainish Series)

by Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Dispossessed (Hainish Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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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.
JaneM2 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. This sci-fi world mirrors our own in most unpleasant ways. I read the whole book in one go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are book you have to rea in life. This is one of them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic le Guin. Thoughtful and engaging.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No doubt about it, five stars. A whole new concept and perhaps the best science fiction I ever read.
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The genre series often seem dull or slow depending on age of reader tastes change and classic golden oldies often seem less to the re reader some remain ageless when reissued and reprinted like caves of steel this was an author who right now has not revived pagecounter
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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.
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EdwardOtt More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book, Le Guin is the master of soft Science fiction. the worlds really come alive.
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