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The dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

The dispossessed (original 1974; edition 1974)

by Ursula K. Le Guin, Alex Ebel

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Title:The dispossessed
Authors:Ursula K. Le Guin
Other authors:Alex Ebel
Info:New York : Avon, 1975, c1974
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:dystopia, science fiction, Hanish Cycle, utopia, 13 in 13

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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)

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A very thought-provoking novel about a Physicist's journey to an alien planet, whose social/political structure clashes so harshly against his own anarchic/socialistic upbringing back home. It was interesting to read the events leading up to his departure and his experience upon arrival, separated into chapters, constantly flitting forward and backward in time and piece together Shevek's journey bit by bit. However it does seem to drag a bit at times. Sometimes the philosopising can overtake the progression of events in the novel, making this read drag a little. Still a good read though. Left hand of darkness is still my fav of LeGuin's novels, however. ( )
  nmg1 | Mar 20, 2015 |
Fascinating and compelling exploration of how an anarchist world without central government might actually work. Very human flawed but inspiring characters. ( )
  Matt_B | Jan 7, 2015 |
can't get into it
  clarkland | Dec 26, 2014 |
  ngunity | Nov 23, 2014 |
One of those books which I think I am barely able to be a reader of, as though I've read it in too much haste or for the wrong reasons, like I am trying to eat without chewing. ( )
  mind-gloaming | Oct 5, 2014 |
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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
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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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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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