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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Dispossessed (1974)

by Ursula K. Le Guin

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

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  1. 61
    The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (Algybama)
  2. 41
    His Master's Voice by Stanisław Lem (TMrozewski)
    TMrozewski: Both deal with the social and cultural roots of science.
  3. 20
    Island by Aldous Huxley (themulhern)
    themulhern: Two utopian books. The advantage of LeGuin's is that it doesn't have anything worth exploiting and it is a rocket flight away.
  4. 20
    Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin (andomck)
    andomck: Both are books in the Hainish Cycle.
  5. 10
    New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson (LamontCranston)
  6. 00
    The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks (themulhern)
    themulhern: Two opposing cultures collide in both works. Urras = The Empire but their opposites (Annares and The Culture) have very little in common. Annares is determined by scarcity, the Culture by its lack.
  7. 00
    Embassytown by China Miéville (sparemethecensor)
  8. 00
    Amatka by Karin Tidbeck (andomck)
  9. 11
    Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock (andomck)
    andomck: Brooding,introspective sci fi/fantasy
  10. 00
    Distress by Greg Egan (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: These books share isolated anarchist communities and discoveries in physics that change everything.
  11. 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.
  12. 02
    The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick (MyriadBooks)
  13. 57
    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
  14. 25
    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (LamontCranston)
  15. 317
    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (lauranav)
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I wish I had a professor to walk through this book with. ( )
  jeninmotion | Sep 24, 2018 |
This was a beautiful book that was easy to understand without needing too much introduction. There was so much development of the world without explaining and it made me feel as though things were just out of my grasp. Beautiful writing as always, coupled with some wonderful discussion of capitalism and socialism, gender roles, revolution, and class. ( )
  mmaestiho | Sep 20, 2018 |
Anarchist SciFi by Ursula K. Le Guin. It's a bit slow, but the content made me forget all about that. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
Another difficult read from Ms LeGuin. I'm finding many of her books to be entirely too topical and relevant to current events to be comfortable. I keep remembering that the movie "Idiocracy" was supposed to have been a comedy, not a future documentary sent back in time to warn of civilizations imminent downfall. "The Dispossessed" leaves me with the feeling that the author was more prescient than she cared to admit. ( )
1 vote ashareem | Aug 16, 2018 |
Another difficult read from Ms LeGuin. I'm finding many of her books to be entirely too topical and relevant to current events to be comfortable. I keep remembering that the movie "Idiocracy" was supposed to have been a comedy, not a future documentary sent back in time to warn of civilizations imminent downfall. "The Dispossessed" leaves me with the feeling that the author was more prescient than she cared to admit. ( )
  ashareem | Aug 16, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ursula K. Le Guinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bontrup, HiltrudTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burns, JimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Craft, KinukoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ducak, DaniloCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ebel, AlexCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ewyck, Annemarie vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Körber, JoachimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nölle, KarenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nyytäjä, KaleviTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pagetti, CarloForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, AnthonyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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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