The Telling (Hainish Series)

The Telling (Hainish Series)

by Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Telling (Hainish Series) by Ursula K. Le Guin

The latest novel in the Hainish cycle from the bestselling author of The Left Hand of Darkness.

Sutty, an Observer from Earth for the interstellar Ekumen, has been assigned to a new world-a world in the grips of a stern monolithic state, the Corporation. Embracing the sophisticated technology brought by other worlds and desiring to advance even faster into the future, the Akans recently outlawed the past, the old calligraphy, certain words, all ancient beliefs and ways; every citizen must now be a producer-consumer. Their state, not unlike the China of the Cultural Revolution, is one of secular terrorism.

Traveling from city to small town, from loudspeakers to bleating cattle, Sutty discovers the remnants of a banned religion, a hidden culture. As she moves deeper into the countryside and the desolate mountains, she learns more about the Telling - the old faith of the Akans-and more about herself.

With her intricate creation of an alien world, Ursula K. Le Guin compels us to reflect on our own recent history.

About the Author:

Ursula K. LeGuin was born in 1929 in Berkeley, California, and lives in Portland, Oregon. She has won many Nebulas and Hugos, as well as a National Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Newbery Honor, and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469281032
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Series: Hainish Series
Product dimensions: 7.12(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin lives in Portland, Oregon. Among her honors are a National Book Award, a World Fantasy Award, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

October 21, 1929

Place of Birth:

Berkeley, California


B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952

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The Telling (Hainish Series) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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EdwardOtt More than 1 year ago
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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AnneD93 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.