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Lathe of Heaven (Sf Masterworks 44) (original 1971; edition 2001)

by Ursula K Le Guin

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Title:Lathe of Heaven (Sf Masterworks 44)
Authors:Ursula K Le Guin
Info:Millennium Paperbacks (2001), Paperback, 192 pages
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Tags:fiction, science fiction, dystopia

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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin (1971)

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Set in an imperiled, dystopian Portland Oregon at the turn of the 21st century, this is a representative sci-fi from an author I have wanted to try. For the genre in which she writes, I can see why Le Guin gets high marks. From a broader perspective, this doesn't equal the literary merits of works by Ishiguro or Atwood, et al. The author doesn't show me much depth of theoretical knowledge that I expected. The dream-state manipulations aren't especially convincing, which hurts the story because these are at the center of the drama. However, it was a quick-paced read, and the writing at times shined. Probably won't dip back into Le Guin's world. ( )
  JamesMScott | Oct 6, 2016 |
Another re-read. Still just as great as the first time through. ( )
  ScoLgo | Jun 23, 2016 |
2015 Reading Challenge #41: A book by an author you've never read before.

"You were doing something dangerous. You were depriving yourself of dreams."
En The Lathe of Heaven, Le Guin nos presenta un mundo distópico ya bastante conocido, pero no por ello menos efectivo; la hambruna, las inundaciones, las pandemias, el efecto invernadero y la sobrepoblación, plagan el planeta. Sin embargo, es el desarrollo de los personajes lo que se lleva el premio.

Los sueños de George Orr se hacen realidad. El Dr. Haber lo descubre y decide usarlo para su beneficio, para hacer "un mundo mejor". Así comienza una lucha moralista entre los dos hombres, repleta de diálogos, sueños y pensamientos que intentan descifrar: ¿es alguna vez correcto jugar a ser Dios?
"To be God you have to know what you're doing. And to do any good at all, just believing you're right and your motives are good isn't enough. You have to... be in touch."
Una trama interesante e impredecible, pero no especialmente entretenida. La experiencia fue algo así como leer un libro asignado en clases: puedo apreciar la inteligencia detrás de la escritura, pero no me divertí particularmente mientras lo hacía. Sin embargo, Ursula logra desdibujar eficazmente el límite entre los sueños y la realidad, perdiéndose así la noción entre lo que es cierto y lo que no ¿Murió acaso George Orr en aquella acera al comienzo del libro y todo lo que ocurre no es más que su sueño final o logró soñar antes de morir y así cambio su destino?. Dejándome confundida, con la extraña sensación de haber sido engañada, y —aún 15 días después de haberla terminado— sin poder dejar de pensar en la historia. Esos puntos extras por hacer la historia inolvidable hacen que este sea mi primer libro de Le Guin, pero estoy segura que no el último.

Recomendable si te gusta Inception y la ciencia ficción que toca temas humanistas y morales como [b:Unwind|764347|Unwind (Unwind, #1)|Neal Shusterman|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1297677706s/764347.jpg|750423]. ( )
  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
One of my all time favorite novels. Simply heart breaking. ( )
  richardross79 | Jun 1, 2016 |
Robert Orr has what he calls "effective" dreams - they affect the world around him. He will have a dream, and when he wakes, reality has adjusted to match his dream. Only he is aware that anything has changed - he can remember life both with and without the dream's changes. He is sent to a psychiatrist, who specializes in dreams and has equipment that allows him a degree of control over the dreams. The psychiatrist starts manipulating Orr's dreams to his own ends, and Orr must figure out how to make it stop.

The book takes place in a climate-change affected world, where overpopulation has led to a scarcity of resources. At least, until Orr dreams up a new reality...

The story raises questions about "the greater good" and whether the ends justify the means, and what sacrifices humans are willing to make for safety and security.

It's a very compelling read - I couldn't put it down. In the end, Le Guin doesn't really say anything new about the question of whether the ends justify the means, but it was still an interesting thought experiment. ( )
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Confucius and you are both dreams, and I who say you are dreams am in a dream myself. This is a paradox. Tomorrow a wise man may explain it; that tomorrow will not be for ten thousand generations. -- Chuang Tse: II
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Current-borne, wave-flung, tugged hugely by the whole might of ocean, the jellyfish drifts in the tidal abyss.
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The plot revolves around a character whose dreams alter reality.
Haiku summary
His dreams are made real
for all time, for all places.
Please don't dream of death.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060512741, Paperback)

Ursula K. Le Guin is one of science fiction's greatest writers. She is also an acclaimed author of powerful and perceptive nonfiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. She has received many honors, including six Nebula and five Hugo Awards, the National Book Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Newbery, the Pilgrim, the Tiptree, and citations by the American Library Association. She has written over a dozen highly regarded novels and story collections. Her SF masterworks are The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), The Dispossessed (1974), and The Lathe of Heaven (1971).

George Orr has dreams that come true--dreams that change reality. He dreams that the aunt who is sexually harassing him is killed in a car crash, and wakes to find that she died in a wreck six weeks ago, in another part of the country. But a far darker dream drives George into the care of a psychotherapist--a dream researcher who doesn't share George's ambivalence about altering reality.

The Lathe of Heaven is set in the sort of worlds that one would associate with Philip K. Dick, but Ms. Le Guin's treatment of the material, her plot and characterization and concerns, are more akin to the humanistic, ethically engaged, psychologically nuanced fiction of Theodore Sturgeon. The Lathe of Heaven is an insightful and chilling examination of total power, of war and injustice and other age-old problems, of changing the world, of playing God. --Cynthia Ward

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"In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George's dreams for his own purposes."--Publisher description.… (more)

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