The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

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The Left Hand of Darkness Read Online Free - A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose -and change - their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters.

Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.

Title : The Left Hand of Darkness
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ISBN : 0441007317
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Nataliya rated it ★★★★★

February 03, 2018

The question that permeates Le Guin's 1969 sensational for its time novel about the ambisexual society is what remains once the male and the female labels are stripped away? What is underneath the labels - is it simply humanity? 'Androgynous' - Which is how I could not help but picture the Gethe...

Liz rated it ★★★★★

June 01, 2017

I've become rather bitter with sci-fi over the years, as it used to be my favorite genre. But you can only read so many space operas and pretentious near futures before it gets to you a little. And then you decide to give an author a go because of some weird research string you were on... and it r...

Lyn rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2017

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin has a voyeuristic quality, as if a description to a studious observation. I could not help thinking that I was reading a National Geographic article about a reporter visiting Winter, or Gethen as its inhabitants know it. Many readers cannot help but...

Cecily rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 19, 2018

The meagre 2* is more a reflection of my enjoyment rather than an objective measure of the book (it has won prestigious awards). It wasn't to my taste, and that was exacerbated by mismatched expectations. It is not really sci-fi, the gender and sexuality were a bit of a side-show, leaving curious...

Samadrita rated it ★★★★★

August 31, 2014

They should do away with these tags - science fiction, speculative fiction and all them other clever maneuvers designed to erect barriers between the strictly literary and the mainstream - when it's Atwood who is writing or a Le Guin. Woe betide anyone who begs to differ. This deeply entrenched c...

Ian rated it ★★★★★

January 29, 2018

No Mere Extrapolation "The Left Hand of Darkness" is a work of science fiction published by Ursula Le Guin in 1969. At the time, it sought to differentiate itself from most other science fiction in two ways. Firstly, as Le Guin explains in a subsequent introduction, it didn’t just take a current phe...

Lizzy rated it ★★★★☆

September 26, 2017

“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next. Is Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness only a science fiction story? Far from it, and that is why I enjoyed it so much. Oh, I like reading science-fiction, sometimes just for th...

Agnieszka rated it ★★★★★

June 27, 2017

They say that The Left Hand of Darkness is a landmark in the field of science fiction literature. Albeit such typecasting seems to be unfair simplification and trivialization since that novel goes much further and deeper than any other of that genre. In view of her interests including cultures,...

J.G. Keely rated it ★★★★☆

August 26, 2011

The term 'Speculative Fiction' was developed out of a desire by some authors to separate themselves from the more pejorative aspects of the Sci Fi genre. Harlan Ellison famously hated the term 'sci fi', scorning the implication that his stories had anything in common with Flash Gordon or Lost in...

Markus rated it ★★★★☆

June 09, 2016

Light is the left hand of darkness, And darkness the right hand of light. On the distant world of Winter, ambisexual beings have lived in solitude for as long as anyone can remember. This peace is shattered when an envoy arrives from the Ekumen, offering the nations of Winter the opportunity to j...

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