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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Dispossessed (1974)

by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Series: Hainish Cycle (5), Hainish Cycle, Chronological (1)

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5,906121708 (4.14)1 / 371
  1. 40
    The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (Algybama)
  2. 31
    His Master's Voice by Stanisław Lem (TMrozewski)
    TMrozewski: Both deal with the social and cultural roots of science.
  3. 10
    Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin (andomck)
    andomck: Both are books in the Hainish Cycle.
  4. 10
    Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy (sturlington)
  5. 11
    Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock (andomck)
    andomck: Brooding,introspective sci fi/fantasy
  6. 00
    Doctor Mirabilis by James Blish (jpers36)
    jpers36: Life story of a genius physicist destined to revolutionize a stagnant culture with his radical scientific insights.
  7. 00
    Distress by Greg Egan (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: These books share isolated anarchist communities and discoveries in physics that change everything.
  8. 45
    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: A different moon, a different anti-authoritarian community, but the same experience of thinking about other ways to run human societies
  9. 02
    The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick (MyriadBooks)
  10. 24
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (LamontCranston)
  11. 217
    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (lauranav)
1970s (55)

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The 1975 sci fi classic. Great SciFi, but slightly dated political philosophy.
Read in Samoa Mar 2003 ( )
  mbmackay | Nov 27, 2015 |
Took almost 150 pages to get going and get interesting. Fond myself skimming alot of the times. But a good read at the end and a look at Le Guin's phiosophy. The evils of communism and capitalism. Also a look at the Hainish Universe. If it wasn't Le Guin I would have put it down. ( )
  JBreedlove | Oct 10, 2015 |
I really like how Ursula Le Guin incorporates philosophy into her SF stories. The characters and the story were great, but as an added bonus it made you really think about our attitudes about possession and how it would look if everything was shared and nothing was truly "mine". It is written really well and you can see why it won so many awards. ( )
  renbedell | Sep 8, 2015 |
Prizewinner. First of Haihish Cycle. ( )
  clifforddham | Aug 29, 2015 |
O livro é interessante mas em certo momento as descrições são um pouco cansativas. A história dá-nos a visão do narrador (um físico brilhante) que parte da Lua (Urras) , onde vigora um sistema perfeitamente Marxista e popular de vida em que todos fazem o trabalho que lhes é assignado e que é mais útil à comunidade e que não podem ser egoístas, devendo partilhar tudo. Nesse sentido não há ambições de algo mais e nos níveis superiores qualquer publicação é levada a comités de aprovação, havendo uma censura a tudo.

Ao partir para o outro planeta (Anarres) vai descobrir uma opulência e consumismo exacerbado onde pretendem utilizar a sua mente brilhante (os diversos governos das várias regiões) para poderem implementar uma nova forma de viajar e aí vê-se confrontado com uma exploração da sua pessoa.

O livro filosofa um pouco excessivamente mas tem uma 2ª parte mais interessante que a primeira. De qualquer forma é intrigante perceber como recebeu tantos prémios. ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ursula K. Le Guinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ducak, DaniloCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ebel, AlexCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nyytäjä, KaleviTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pagetti, CarloForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, AnthonyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valla, RiccardoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winkowski, FredCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There was a wall.
You shall not go down twice to the same river, nor can you go home again. That he knew; indeed it was the basis of his view of the world. Yet from that acceptance of transience he evolved his vast theory, wherein what is most changeable is shown to be fullest of eternity, and your relationship to the river, and the river's relationship to you and to itself, turns out to be at once more complex and more reassuring than a mere lack of identity. You can go home again, the General Temporal Theory asserts, so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been.
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The protagonist Shevek is a physicist attempting to develop a General Temporal Theory. Anarres is in theory a society without government or coercive authoritarian institutions. Yet in pursuing research that deviates from his society's current consensus understanding, Shevek begins to come up against very real obstacles. Shevek gradually develops an understanding that the revolution which brought his world into being is stagnating, and power structures are beginning to exist where there were none before. He therefore embarks on the risky journey to the original planet, Urras, seeking to open dialog between the worlds and to spread his theories freely outside of Anarres. The novel details his struggles on both Urras and his homeworld of Anarres.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061054887, Mass Market Paperback)

Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. he will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

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Shevek, a brilliant physicist attempts to reunite two planets cut off from each other by centuries of distrust.

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