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  • Beautiful, thoughtful, amazing

    I'd been meaning to read Le Guin for years and hadn't gotten around to it. Picked this up last week and couldn't put it down. Her style was elegant without being pretentious, and the ideas in this book are amazing. Beyond the prose and the ideas, there's a strong sense of heart and humanity to this story. This book may have been written five decades ago but it's abundantly relevant now.

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  • Brilliant

    An enlightened novelist in a world filled with darkness and light, the duality of life, the wisdom opposites.

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  • Distant worlds are next door

    Or maybe they are right here. Commensality sounds much like "soviet". Is any place where persons are imrisoned without public trial a good place? Is fear of the different ever good? What about male/female differentiation beyond the actual impositions it implies? Le Guin makes one consider the scenarios she presents, and the ones in which we live.

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  • Deserves the prices.

    More a travelling story then sci_fi..Excellently handled..well told..

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  • A sci-fi classic

    Le Guin is great at constructing fictional worlds to explore social themes. This book succeeds at presenting a truly alien society with different thoughts on things like gender. But unlike some other works, the book doesn't contain too much direct commentary (even in allegorical form) on the real world. While the protagonist comes from a society more like ours, this is in the background; for the most part; the reader is just struct with the nature of this alien world, which operates as though everything is normal, with inhabitants who clearly would view us as just as alien. This is exactly the right way to present such social themes in a science fiction or fantasy book.

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