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The Dispossessed
The Dispossessed | Ursula K. LeGuin
The Principle of Simultaneity is a scientific breakthrough which will revolutionize interstellar civilization by making possible instantaneous communication. It is the life work of Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the arid anarchist world of Anarres. But Shevek's work is being stifled by jealous colleagues, so he travels to Anarres's sister-planet Urras, hoping to find more liberty and tolerance there. But he soon finds himself being used as a pawn in a deadly political game.
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OutAndAbout
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The idea is like grass. It craves light, likes crowds, thrives on cross breeding, grows better for being stepped on.💡

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Today‘s moment of serendipity. The Data Detective was describing how statistics are often presented with too limited information for you to understand context and therefore usefulness.
At the same time, Shevek & friends were discussing whether the other world they see from afar could be different than what they are told in history classes. Not that anyone is lying but only that they know only what they‘ve been told, which could be outdated.

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OutAndAbout
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New book for my #tbr. Found through this list:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/alliehayes/books-that-changed-lives-reddit

"If you've ever wondered how to reconcile a desire for freedom and a desire to support the common good, look no further."

An author I haven‘t read yet and really should have.

bnp Hope you enjoy. She's been one of my faves for a long time. 8mo
Bradleygirl 👍👍👍 also pointing at this one bc #swoon 8mo
OutAndAbout @Bradleygirl thanks for suggesting. I noticed a lot of folks preferred that one. Hopefully I enjoy this one enough to try a second! 8mo
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ozma.of.oz Le Guin is one of those authors that, if I could develop book amnesia so I could read a book for the first time again, I‘d pick hers. ❤️ I hope you enjoy it! Also, totally seconding the recommendation for Left Hand! 👍🏻 (edited) 8mo
OutAndAbout @ozma.of.oz thanks for the tip. That means I need to make sure I have lots of open reading time when I pick it up so I can wallow in the experience! 8mo
OutAndAbout @ozma.of.oz by the way, if you haven‘t read The Rose Code and enjoy some historical fiction, there‘s an “Ozma of Oz” reference! 8mo
ozma.of.oz Sounds great! I‘ll have to check to see if my library has a copy! 👍🏻 8mo
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I didn't love this the way I loved The Left Hand of Darkness but that doesn't mean it isn't brilliant. Le Guin mixes complex philosophical and political ideas with theoretical physics and phenomenal writing to create another story that ultimately asks what makes us human #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

vivastory I really need to read more le Guin. I often think about 10mo
Moray_Reads @vivastory also brilliant. I think I've only read the, LHoD, the Dispossessed and Lathe if Heaven. Plus Earthsea many years ago 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly Perfect way to describe this book: not lovable like other Le Guin but brilliant. I should read it again… 10mo
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second book of the year takes its place as one of, if not my favorite novel of all time 🙂 there are such strong flashes of benjamin in this story — the overcoming of empty, homogenous time; the messianic revolutionary figure; the pursuit of tikkun olam/olamot — that i wonder if his work was a source of inspiration for le guin?

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This novel is classic science fiction at its best. It checks all the boxes: great world building, interesting characters, fascinating social commentary, two concurrent plots that never lag or get boring, and on and on. The technology may have seemed advanced when this was written in the mid-1970s but we've since passed most of what is portrayed. I stayed up past my bedtime often to read this, it was hard to put down.

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Barely a pick. Just finished this one for a virtual book club that I host for some IRL friends. This book has won ALL the awards and I am very well versed in anarchist philosophy but the book barely moved my interest meter. Plenty worth discussing for a book club so that's a win, but it's just a very lukewarm entertainment experience.

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rwmg
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Shavek, a physicist working on a grand unified theory of time, leaves the anarcho-socialist not-quite utopia of Anarres for the “propertarian“, “archist“ societies of its sister planet Urras hoping to find a more intellectually stimulating environment so that he can complete his work and to act as a bridge between the Anarresti and their Urrasti origins in order to continue the revolution. 👎

rwmg The chapters alternate between Shavek's experiences once he arrives on Urras and his life on Anarres up to his departure, perhaps a literary demonstration of the unification of Simultaneity and Sequentiality in his work. 👎 12mo
rwmg The descriptions of the two ways of life are engrossing even if the anarcho-socialists on Anarres seem quite dated now, very 60s-ish. Or is that just my age? Somehow it's much easier to accept dated views of technology in SF than dated views of social change. Having said that, the way Le Guin follows the ideas to their logical conclusion and explores how human nature would or would not change is well worth reading and thinking about. 12mo
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“Dead anarchists make martyrs, you know, and keep living for centuries. But absent ones can be forgotten.”

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Even pain counts.

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“It is hard to swear when sex is not dirty and blasphemy does not exist.”

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I slept until 10 because I was up until 4 so I‘m counting the hour of reading I did before bed but after midnight 😁 reading this for my Writing Utopias class and am going to be cranky when I get to the halfway point and have to stop so I don‘t spoil anything for others if I read on 😬 But, I have all of Rubyfruit Jungle to read by 11:30 tomorrow for book club. #readathon @DeweysReadathon #24HourReadathon

nanuska_153 I love Ursula Le Guin so much, but haven't read this one yet 13mo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description or reason for wanting to read the book. Some are old and some will be new. Don't judge me - I have a lot of books.
Day 100

#tbrmountain #bookbuyingdiet

KathyWheeler I really liked this book. 14mo
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Mitch
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Wow - that‘s a stunner!

saresmoore Well, shoot! My budget is only $3.5 mil! 1y
AmyG I just took a virtual tour. It‘s stunning. Must like wood. https://lithub.com/take-a-virtual-tour-through-ursula-k-le-guins-gorgeous-califo... (edited) 1y
Ruthiella @saresmoore 😂😂😂 1y
Mitch @saresmoore ahh - you just missed out! 🤣 1y
Mitch @AmyG it‘s gorgeous! 1y
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Still good but my high expectations for this author made me a bit disappointed.

AutumnRLS I have that exact copy. Still haven't read Left Hand of Darkness. Thinking I may need to bump that one up my TBR pile! 1y
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hilded
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The book centers around Shevek,a physicist from Anarres.Anarres was settled by a group of anarchists who left Urras,a place probably similar to earth,in search of Utopia.Le Guin explores the advantages and weaknesses of both societies,and does so very well without idealizing one over the other.She addressees important political issues such as anarchy,gender roles,feminism and homosexuality and that utopia isn‘t always what we imagine it to be.👇🏻

hilded
I found the premise very intriguing, but I wish I had read it instead of listening to it through Audible. The reader was a bit monotonic, and since there was a lot of information to keep track on, it was a a rather difficult listening. I suspect I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it myself. Nevertheless, a good book, no doubt! 4⭐️
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hilded Read for my #TBRchallenge in #Reading1001 at GR and #AtY2020 week 8; two worded title starting with The. #1001books (edited) 2y
hilded Decided to also use this for #Booked2020 for prompt 22 (Book Club Worthy), as I think this would be a good choice to read for a bookclub. @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 2y
Cinfhen Fabulous review 🤓definitely seems like plenty to talk about! 2y
hilded @Cinfhen Thanks! :) 2y
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alessandrafn
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Reading an actual book. A physical one.
It's been a while.

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"No distinction was drawn between the arts and the crafts; art was not considered as having a place in life, but as being a basic technique of life, like speech."

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I'm back! Lots I want to catch up on, but today will be a quiet day. I'm babying the remnants of a bad headache so it doesn't flare up again. Tea and the last 50 pages of this book. Then probably more tea and a different book 🙂

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#bookreport #weeklyforecast

Checked everything off my forecast this week and started two others.

Not making a forecast for this week, as I probably won't be online next weekend, but my tentative plan for the next 2 weeks:
Finish The Dispossessed, Genji, Emma, Broken Stars
Start and finish Christmas Days, and probably The Bollywood Affair
Continue with Literary Women and The Hobbit

Settings Good luck with Genji 2y
Daisey You‘re getting close to the end of Genji! I look forward to seeing your final thoughts. 2y
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"He was borne off to the waiting limousine, eminently photographic to the last because of his height, his long hair, and the strange look of grief and recognition on his face."

(Le Guin's sentences get me every time.)

Come-read-with-me @llwheeler Wow - breathtaking! 2y
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T.S.McLellan
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Another LeGuin masterwork. This story unraveled in multiple timelines, telling a bleak and sobering tale of an anarchist from an anarchic society who was welcomed back into the fold of free market bureaucracy.

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Just started. Highly praised by my fiancé who had to read it for a political science literature class.

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I genuinely liked this novel a lot, but the time lapses were too confusing a lot of the time. Everything was made to be pretty readable despite the content surrounding physics philosophy (?) The characters were fulfilling and the story of anarchism (beyond time theory) was something I'd love to read more of.

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A Sci-Fi classic, this book is the story of Shevek, a brilliant physicist who has grown up on the anarchist utopia of Anarres. Hoping to find more freedom for his work and to leave behind jealous colleagues, he leaves his wife and children and moves to the planet Urras. Urras has two main states fighting for dominance-one capitalist and patriarchal, and the other proletariat. He is soon in the middle of a revolution and longing for home. 4⭐️ #2019

LeeRHarry I much preferred this to Left Hand of Darkness 😊 2y
rretzler @LeeRHarry I think I may be the opposite. If memory serves, I liked the plot of LHOD a little better. This one seemed to be more of a social/political commentary IMO. 😄 2y
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After a year of wanting to read this book, it‘s finally time. I think this novel is one that is perpetually timely.

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Mehso-so

This my least favorite Le Guin so far. But it still captured my attention.

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The anarchist society is a brilliant thought experiment, the entire book is. Very enjoyable read, particularly if you have an interest in political systems.

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I really should have timed this better... I finished this book, set partially in the anarchist #utopia of Anarres, two days ago.

Like most utopias in literature, it‘s got heaps of problems... such a fine line between utopia and dystopia. 😐

#AugustIsATrip

Decalino I love this book! Read it in college a zillion years ago, but I still think about it from time to time. 3y
vkois88 👍👍👍 3y
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I have heard from Litsy friends that this multiple award-winning book is excellent, and all of that high praise is well deserved. I don‘t think I‘ve read a sci-fi book before that made me think as much as this one—Le Guin somehow managed to say a whole lot about a wide range of sociopolitical issues while also telling a compelling and exciting story set in two worlds. This audio version was 👌🏻as well.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

#sfftbrchallenge

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Today, I‘m going with a sci-fi writer that I want to try. I‘ve heard so much good about Ursula K. Le Guin‘s work, and I‘m looking forward to starting The Dispossessed later this month—my hold has come in!

I found an article where Ursula listed lots of favorite books, one of which was Pride & Prejudice. When asked about a literary crush, she said ‘I have never got over Fitzwilliam Darcy, and I never will.‘

I can relate.😂

#AGameOfFavorites

2BR02B If you like The Dispossessed, I strongly recommend 3y
sprainedbrain @2BR02B I will keep that one in mind! 3y
llwheeler I love LeGuin, but this is one i haven't read yet! Looking forward to seeing what you think. 3y
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A strong discussion of the forms of utopia, although at times closer to political treatise.

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Read this for my new bookclub in Japan. I‘m smiling because I had nearly finished it.

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RaimeyGallant I have one of hers on reserve at the library, woohoo! And a belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
Chelleo 👋🏾 Hi...Nice quote! 4y
Bleebleblop Thanks! That‘s very helpful. I‘m still trying to get the hang of it. 4y
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How did I wait so long to read you, Dispossessed?

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Since #EarthseaChapterADay apparently isn't enough Le Guin for my reading diet, I'm also reading this classic for my spec fic book club.

UrsulaMonarch Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! #multiLeGuin #simultaneousLeGuin 4y
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#bookandabeverage #riotgrams Trying to finish these 2 this weekend.Hagiwara is an interesting Japanese modernist poet(1886-1942)The Dispossessed first published in 1974 still relevant today.Where Shevek is from, resources are scarce, people are treated in an egalitarian manner. The mother planet , puzzles him with it wastefulness,excesses & ego.He can‘t seem to see or find the ones who must do the dirty jobs to keep it going.Teamed w/ Devils Ale.

batsy Ooh, I'll add Hagiwara to the list. I loved this 4y
Leftcoastzen @batsy I will check Sagawa out.Cat Town is pretty good , oftentimes very modern. I picked it up just browsing my local indie . NYRB titles catch my eye. 4y
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