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Left Hand of Darkness
Left Hand of Darkness | Ursula K Leguin
When "The Left Hand of Darkness first appeared in 1969, the original jacket copy read, "Once in a long while a whole new world is created for us. Such worlds are Middle Earth, Dune - and such a world is Winter." Twenty-five years and a Hugo and Nebula Award later, these words remain true. In Winter, or Gethen, Ursula K. Le Guin has created a fully realized planet and people. But Gethen society is more than merely a fascinating creation. The concept of a society existing totally without sexual prejudices is even more relevant today than it was in 1969. This special 25th anniversary edition of The Left Hand of Darkness contains not only the complete, unaltered text of the landmark original but also a thought-provoking new afterword and four new appendixes by Ms. Le Guin. When the human ambassador Genly Ai is sent to Gethen, the planet known as Winter by those outsiders who have experienced its arctic climate, he thinks that his mission will be a standard one of making peace between warring factions. Instead the ambassador finds himself wildly unprepared. For Gethen is inhabited by a society with a rich, ancient culture full of strange beauty and deadly intrigue - a society of people who are both male and female in one, and neither. This lack of fixed gender, and the resulting lack of gender-based discrimination, is the very cornerstone of Gethen life. But Genly is all too human. Unless he can overcome his ingrained prejudices about the significance of "male" and "female, " he may destroy both his mission and himself.
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alessandrafn
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love the exploration of gender in this book 1w
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alessandrafn
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Next on the TBR pile.

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vivastory
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Three sci-fi novels, each considered a #masterpiece in Penguin's Galaxy Editions. The monochrome color & font design has grown on me, but I'm still annoyed by the upsidedown titles on the spine.
#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Awesome covers!!!!! 4w
britt_brooke Ooh, these are pretty! 4w
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MLRio
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The luck that had turned in Ethwen now turned the world with it under my hand. I never had a gift but one, to know when the great wheel gives to a touch, to know and act. I had thought that foresight lost, last year in Erhenrang, and never to be regained. A great delight it was to feel that certainty again, to know that I could steer my fortune and the world's chance like a bobsled down the steep, dangerous hour.

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MLRio
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It is not altogether a bad thing to have criminal ancestors. An arsonist grandfather may bequeath one a nose for smelling smoke.

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MLRio
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Apollo, the god of light, of reason, of proportion, harmony, number--Apollo blinds those who press too close in worship. Don't look straight at the sun. Go into a dark bar for a bit and have a beer with Dionysios, every now and then. I talk about the gods; I am an atheist. But I am an artist too, and therefore a liar. Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth.

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MLRio
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Up next on the sci fi syllabus ☄️

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Liz_M
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#7days7covers No explanation. #covercrush Day 4

@hilded, care to play? Post 7 covers you love over 7 days, no explanation needed, try to tag a new litten each day.

hilded I‘ll play 😊 3mo
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brandybear22
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Well I finished this this morning. My book group met on Sunday and discussed it, but I was a little bit behind. Having finished the book, I am now wondering if we read the same book because I had so many different opinions and thoughts about it! It was very good, and I would read it again.

we made tomato soup from my tomatoes that I grew in my garden last night, and my house still smells delicious.

kgriffith It smelled SO good when I walked into the kitchen yesterday morning. 3mo
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kgriffith
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This morning‘s reading buddy, Lily, is chilling with me as I try to finish before #bookclub in a few hours. #queerbooks

Soubhiville Sweet kitty. 😻 4mo
TheLibrarian Looks like she‘s reading with you! 4mo
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kgriffith
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I was reading on the porch because it‘s such a beautiful day, but had to come in to get my highlighter for this passage.

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kgriffith
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“To oppose something is to maintain it.”
I appreciate Le Guin‘s way of spinning out these simple philosophical statements. #bookclub #queerbooks #queerbookclub

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clairemaire34
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Ursula Le Guin parachutes you straight into the world of Gethen with little by way of introduction. I floundered for a while, trying to get my head around the political intrigue as well as understanding the fantasy world. But there was enough to compel me until I gained sure footing. I read the second half of the novel in a couple of sittings, fully immersed in the journey across the ice.

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kgriffith
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“It is not altogether a bad thing to have criminal ancestors. An arsonist grandfather may bequeath one a nose for smelling smoke.” #queerbooks #queerbookclub #bookclub

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kgriffith
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“Compare the torrent and the glacier. Both get where they are going.” #queerbooks #bookclub

Severnmeadows Lovely! 4mo
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kgriffith
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I know that sometimes I can get lost listening to a book rather than reading it, particularly with science fiction, so I‘m switching to paper for this one. Plus for some reason, George Guidall‘s narration is grating on me and that‘s distracting. #queerbooks #bookclub

Emilymdxn One of my all time fave books! Love Ursula leguin so much 4mo
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kgriffith
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“But they did not go to war. They lacked, it seemed, the capacity to mobilize. They behaved like animals in that respect, or like women. They did not behave like men, or ants.”
“There are things that outweigh comfort, unless one is an old woman or a cat.”
The first one I found very clever. The second just speaks to my very soul. 👵🏼 🐈 #queerbooks #bookclub

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T.S.McLellan
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A masterpiece! This novel of the Hainish recruitment of humanity as found in the Galaxy, deals with culture shock, gender identity, compassion and human decency. Written from various viewpoints, it is fully fleshed out and thoroughly riveting. Hugo award winner, and deservingly so. A must read for any fan of fiction or science fiction.

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Lizpixie
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#AugustABC #Day2 #BlueBooks A few of my most recent pretty blue books, apart from the special edition of Godsgrave with the blue sprayed edges. I tried having my #TBRshelves organised by rainbow but it didn‘t work for me. Looked pretty but I ended up double buying books coz I forgot I had them & it was twice as long to find books I was looking for. Dewey decimal is my king 👑 🗄 Did look good though.🌈

Eggs Pretty blues! Love the sprayed edges 4mo
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brandybear22
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“Truth is a matter of the imagination”

JenFowler The page is all crinkled 😢 5mo
kgriffith @JenFowler it‘s a filter, don‘t worry, no book pages were harmed in the making of this Litsy post 😉 4mo
JenFowler @kgriffith 😂 I had no idea there was such a filter! 4mo
brandybear22 @JenFowler @kgriffith I find the quote ever more fitting 😝 4mo
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AshleyC816
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I really enjoyed this! It took me a bit to understand what was happening, but it really drew me in as I kept reading. I definitely want to read more of her books!

Geeklet Be careful! That book is a slippery slope into a giant world of Ursula K LeGuin. Before I knew it, I had bought like six other novels and collections by her. 😁 5mo
AshleyC816 @Geeklet Thanks for the warning! I‘ll definitely check out what the library has first and hopefully it won‘t hit my wallet too hard!😃 5mo
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caitlin.reads.books
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I recently read my first Le Guin book for #bookclub, The Lathe of Heaven, and several people spoke so highly of this one that I decided I will need to read it too! I‘m starting to dive into the #SFF genre this year! #24in48 #readathon #scifi

brandybear22 Reading this for my book club this month! Just cracked it open! 5mo
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catsuit_mango
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How can a cover Blurb be such a spoiler and at the same time so wrong about a classic? Making it sound like a romance.... Except if every thing changes in the last 40 pages, I'm pretty sure this is not what that book is about!

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt4 This is the 6th & final book in the #PenguinGalaxy series that I‘ve collected. With novels by William Gibson, Robert Heinlen & T.H.White, it‘s a beautiful little collection to have on your shelves. This one is Guins 1st full novel in her “Hainish Cycle”, it follows Genly Ai, a native of Terra who is sent to the planet Gethen as an envoy to bring them into the confederation of the Ekumen.

Bradleygirl That's gorgeous. I remember reading this for a college sci-fi class and being stunned by it 6mo
vivastory The upside down logo on the Galaxy makes my brain itch 6mo
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Geeklet
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1) Tagged. It was sooooo good.
2) Feed. Sorry Mira Grant fans, it just wasn‘t for me.
3) I‘m looking forward to the sequels of The Poppy War and Children of Blood and Bone
4) Yup and I‘m so boned. I always set a goal of 52 books a year but I‘ve been in the mood for dense epic series. I don‘t think I‘ll hit this goal when reading WoT.
@laurenslibrary #ThursdaySurvey

Susannah I have this battle with myself every year. I want to read longer books, so I set, like, a 15-20-book goal, so I can really settle in to some long reads. Then I change my mind, and I‘m re-setting to 60 books. 🤦‍♀️ 6mo
Geeklet @Susannah I‘m planning on reading the Malazan series after Wheel of Time so I‘m never hitting 52 this year, lol. I think I‘ll have more pages this year than last year though. 6mo
Susannah I wish Goodreads had a number-of-pages challenge alongside its number-of-books challenge. (edited) 6mo
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TheSpineView
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

📘 Still working on The Memory Tree and The Left Hand of Darkness. I thought I would be able to read more in the evenings after BookExpo but every night I have been dead on my feet.
📘 To finish the 2 books in #1!
📘 Just last night recommend Recursion to my fellow Littens!

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yourfavouritemixtape
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Mehso-so

Finally it‘s #12Littens12books time!

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capriciousreader
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Should this be my first Le Guin?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It was my first. 7mo
SpaceCowboyBooks I recommend the Lathe of Heaven. 7mo
suzisteffen @SpaceCowboyBooks I‘m with you - Lathe of Heaven. I also love the Earthsea books! 7mo
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lauren.lerner
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Weekend reads on a Manhattan-bound train. My cousin is getting married 👰🏼🤵🏻 tomorrow so our whole clan is making the trek up the eastern seaboard, my little 🧒🏼 included! #babysfirsttrainride #babysfirsttriptoNY 🚆🏙

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ju.ca.no
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Finally finished last months book for #12littens12books (sorry for being late)
It made Yoda a bit tired as he‘s still just a baby.I also had some struggles with it,but am happy I finished it, I ended up being really intrigued.There are so many interesting and important thoughts in it,especially regarding the time when it was written. Winter-a world without gender, without war-what an interesting place to travel to, even if only in the book. 3/5⭐️

Tamra Sweet face! 7mo
Moony Oh my god such a sweetie! How long it is living by you? 7mo
LaraReads So very precious! 😻 7mo
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ju.ca.no @Moony he arrived only two weeks ago😍😍 (edited) 7mo
Zelma Kitten cuteness! 😻 7mo
MallenNC What a cute kitten! 7mo
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teainthelibrary
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Picked up these gorgeous covers at Desperate Literature in Madrid 😍 A lovely visit, as always.

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lostinabookbrb
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A great book that explores gender and society on a different world.

Geeklet Just finished that one last night. Such an amazing book. 8mo
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Geeklet
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Man, what an amazing book. Le Guin makes so many bold statements about the nature of gender and society in this book. I love fluffy books every now and then but I always gravitate towards authors that have something important to say. I‘ll absolutely be processing this book for awhile. Thank you so much for sending me this book @vivastory ! I truly enjoyed it.

vivastory I'm hoping to read this one soon. I'm glad you liked it! I've read her essays & one novel, which is a personal favorite 8mo
Geeklet @vivastory I‘ll absolutely check it out. I‘m just blown away by her writing. 8mo
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ju.ca.no
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Sunshine, blooming apple tree and my book for #12littens12books - what better way to spend a day off😍

sudi Nice picture 💜 8mo
Tanisha_A What @sudi said! 8mo
ephemeralwaltz How lovely!😍 8mo
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Geeklet
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I‘m not a patient woman, lol.

Thank you so much @vivastory for the beautiful #sffs package. I haven‘t read either of these books and the covers are so beautiful. The tote is awesome and the socks are great! I‘ll be taking this tea to work with me! I really do appreciate the package and I can‘t wait to get into these books. 😀 @Avanders

Avanders Look at all that tea!! 🧬🦄♥️👏🏽👏🏽 8mo
LibrarianRyan I have those socks. Really comfy. 8mo
Geeklet @Avanders It‘s quite a bunch of tea, lol. Delicious though! Just had a cup. @LibrarianRyan I love different socks. 8mo
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vivastory I usually try to send something more personal for swaps than using Amazon, but things have been extremely hectic lately. I have both of those books, still TBR. I tried to find a more SFF themed tote, but 1984 seemed fitting for dystopia since that's one of your favorite genres. I had a lot of fun shopping for you. Enjoy! 8mo
Geeklet @vivastory I love it! It‘s my first book tote! 8mo
madamereadsalot1 I use that same bag as my purse! It's a great bag! 8mo
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ju.ca.no
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This months #12littens12books book arrived with a few lovely surprises😍 thanks so much @Sarah83

Sarah83 Yeah. It arrived 😍 and the mug isn't broken... 😁 8mo
ju.ca.no @Sarah83 yes😍 everything is fine! Thanks so much, it‘s so great🤩🤩 8mo
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Sarah83
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Well not my cup of tea... Sorry... But I finished it, even if I had to change the language... If I would stick to English, I wouldn't made it today... 😑 #12Littens12books

@ju.ca.no it will be on its way tomorrow 😉

ju.ca.no Oh I‘m curious 🙈🙈 8mo
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Sarah83
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Finally getting some reading done... I hope, I finish the tagged book within the next two days 🤔

AlaMich Everything goes better with Pringles! 👍 8mo
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Lola
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Hey, Litsy, who else is readathoning today? For a number of reasons, I‘ve had a terrible last few weeks of (not) reading. I started these back in December and still haven‘t finished them. My big goal today is to finally get these marked as read. #deweysreadathon

annahenke I‘m doing the readathon! 8mo
everlocalwest I read all night last night and it was glorious! Family stuff today but I'm hoping to squeeze in a few more hours tonight. I hope the readathon kicks you out of your reading slump! 💙 8mo
RealLifeReading I am but have a lot of things going on so will just do what I can! Happy readathon! 8mo
WhatWouldJaneDo I'm readathoning too! I read The Left Hand of Darkness earlier this year and it was not my thing, took me forever to get through. Hope that's not the case for you. Good luck! Happy reading 😊 8mo
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Sarah83
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For the first time since four months I finally have time for a lunch break... Trying to read a few pages for my current #12littens12books ....

josie281 Enjoy! 8mo
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Sarah83
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Didn't get much reading done within the last days... Now sitting on the train for the next hours.... Hope to read a bit... 😴😴😴

Minervasbutler Great book! 9mo
hlgreenfield One of my favourite books 9mo
Gissy I didn't read much either. Some friends invited me to the Coffee and Chocolate Expo which is once a year! I was not going to miss that! Let see what happen today! 9mo
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Rissreads
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It‘s my birthday! 🎂
Thank you all you beautiful people who have sent me cards, I feel very special! Thanks especially to @robinb for the bookmark and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie for the book ‘Mexico‘.
I had a lovely time just browsing the shelves of a book store today and I came home with the tagged book, lucky me!❤️
#Litsylove
@whatsthEStorey @throwmeabook @Stacypatrice @Kerrioke @LaurensLibrary @aroc @CoffeeNBooks @Bookwormjillk

Rissreads I am busy replying to you all! X 9mo
Cathythoughts A very Happy Birthday to you 🎈♥️ 9mo
Erofan Happy birthday to you 🎉🎁🎂💕🎆 9mo
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TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 9mo
sudi Happy Birthday 🎉🎉🎂🎁🎈 9mo
JennyM HaPpY BiRtHdAy 🥳♥️🥳 9mo
Sarah83 Happy birthday 🎂 9mo
CarolynM Happy birthday Nerissa 🎂🎈🎉 Hope you're having a lovely evening after a lovely day😘 (edited) 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Birthday 🎉🎁🎊🎈🎂 ❤️ 9mo
Stacypatrice Sending birthday hugs and smiles 🤗😁 9mo
LiteraryinLititz Happy birthday! Fill it with great things! 9mo
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Jeg Happy birthday 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂 9mo
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sakeriver
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I stayed up too late reading this one, but it was worth it, I think. This book was written in 1969, and I do find myself curious to find out how contemporary readers find it, now that we have more vocabulary to talk about gender outside of the binary. I‘d heard Le Guin, herself, give an interview where she said she‘d have done things differently, particularly with pronouns. In any event, I thought the book was very good.

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sakeriver
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This year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, and I‘m taking the opportunity to fix this hole in my reading history.

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyMar19 Day 16: #Information - I vote for sleep! 🤣😭🧚🏼‍♀️📚

gradcat Me, too 😂😂😂 9mo
Nute Yes! 9mo
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Yesterday during #bookanddinner i finally finished #12Littens12Books read which (as expected) i enjoyed. Ursula K LeGuin just knows how to deliver timeless complex sci-fi/fantasy that both connects with traditional going-on-a-quest entertainment AND contemporary meta/sociological/political/spiritual discourse resulting in a great foundation for a book series.

callielafleur For some reason, when I looked at your post, I thought it said The Left Hand of Breakfast. 😂 9mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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I get why people like Ursula Le Guin but this is just not for me. Such a slog - I liked some of the ideas she was playing with but I found myself skimming quite a bit, especially as she seemed to go back and cover the same territory over and over... There were enough moments where I did connect and I can see how she's good at what she's doing, but in the same way I don't want to read political manifestos for fun, this is not my thing.

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I have three blankets on as I'm reading, this frigid planet sounds like hell. ❄️❄️❄️

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Delos33
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Admittedly, I struggled to get into this book. Of its 300 pages, it took about 130 before I really felt interest and I even, briefly, considered bailing. But I am so glad I didn‘t. I didn‘t care for the main character at the start and disliked reading his narrative, but he goes through some pretty tremendous character growth. By the end I was deeply invested in each new page. If you‘re giving it a read and aren‘t sure at first, stick with it.