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Su altri piani by Ursula K. Le Guin
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Su altri piani (edition 2005)

by Ursula K. Le Guin

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"Missing a flight, waiting in an airport, listening to garbled announcements - who doesn't hate that misery?" "But Sita Dulip from Cincinnati finds a method of bypassing the crowds at the desks, the long lines at the toilets, the nasty lunch, the whimpering children and punitive parents, the bookless bookstores, and the blue plastic chairs bolted to the floor." "A mere kind of twist and a slipping bend, easier to do than to describe, takes her not to Denver but to Strupsirts, a picturesque region of waterspouts and volcanoes, or to Djeyo where she can stay for two nights in a small hotel with a balcony overlooking the amber Sea of Somue. This new discovery - changing planes - enables Sita to visit bizarre societies and cultures that sometimes mirror our own and sometimes open doors into the alien."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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Changing Planes by Ursula K. Le Guin

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The stories are very clever and use alternative locations (planets, dimensions?) to illustrate the various failures of human society throughout its history. ( )
  grandpahobo | Nov 9, 2021 |
What a great premise for a collection of stories-- and I loved the quasi-memoir/historical essay tone that made the bizarreness seem so real. Some of the more disturbing/pessimistic stories were almost misses for me, but in general a collection full of profound hits.

Ursula Le Guin will be sorely missed. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
I picked up this collection of short stories after a thread on Reddit mentioned "Wake Island," a terrifying little gem about children who are genetically engineered to not sleep. Some of the stories are quite humorous and others, like "Island of the Immortals" are horrifying to consider. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
A sci-fi Decameron! Well worth the read. ( )
  jenkinbun | Jan 1, 2021 |
Ursula Le Guin is one of my favorites. This collection of connected short stories is no exception. ( )
  lynnbyrdcpa | Dec 7, 2020 |
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Perhaps as a result, the book is marred in parts by signs of haste, bits of undigested spleen and even some uncharacteristic patches of cliché. ... Luckily, there is much in Changing Planes to make up for such lapses. Le Guin's intellectual fertility remains unmatched. Nearly every interplanary destination is a fully realized world, complete with language, nomenclature, landscape and social organization. And then, every so often, one comes across the ultimate seduction, a trademark Le Guin passage, perfect in every phrase and cadence, such as this description of the tenuous, cloudy plane of Zuehe ...
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The range of the airplane--a few thousand miles, the other side of the world, coconut palms, glaciers, the poles, the Poles, a lama, a llama, etc.--is pitifully limited compared to the vast extent and variety of experience provided, to those who know how to use it, by the airport.
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We'd all like to see the moonstone towers of Nezihoa, as pictured in Roman's Planary Guide, the endless steppes of mist, the dim forests of the Sezu, the beautiful men and women of the Zuehe, with their slightly translucent clothes and bodies, their pale grey eyes, their hair the color of tarnished silver, so fine the hand does not know when it touches it. ("Confusions of Uni", p.231)
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"Missing a flight, waiting in an airport, listening to garbled announcements - who doesn't hate that misery?" "But Sita Dulip from Cincinnati finds a method of bypassing the crowds at the desks, the long lines at the toilets, the nasty lunch, the whimpering children and punitive parents, the bookless bookstores, and the blue plastic chairs bolted to the floor." "A mere kind of twist and a slipping bend, easier to do than to describe, takes her not to Denver but to Strupsirts, a picturesque region of waterspouts and volcanoes, or to Djeyo where she can stay for two nights in a small hotel with a balcony overlooking the amber Sea of Somue. This new discovery - changing planes - enables Sita to visit bizarre societies and cultures that sometimes mirror our own and sometimes open doors into the alien."--BOOK JACKET.

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