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The left hand of darkness

by Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-

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Call number: Science Fiction / Le Guin, Ursula

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A Parade in Erhenrang -- The Place Inside the Blizzard -- The Mad King -- The Nineteenth Day -- The Domestication of Hunch -- One Way into Orgoreyn -- The Question of Sex -- Another Way into Orgoreyn -- Eestraven the Traitor -- Conversations in Mishnory -- Soliloquies in Mishnory -- On Time and Darkness -- Down on the Farm -- The Escape -- To the Ice -- Between Drumner and Dremegole -- An Orgota Creation Myth -- On the Ice -- Homecoming -- A Fool's Errand -- The Gethenian Calendar and Clock.

A human emissary sent to the world of Winter to bring it into a galactic civilization must find a way to bridge the gulf between his outlook and that of the natives, who can change gender at will.

Community Reviews

Great book!

This is the book that hooked me on science fiction and fantasy as a teenager. Very thought-provoking and interesting.

Unique world but too dry

The Eukumen have sent Genly Ai, alone, to the planet Gethen to be its first contact with alien life. There he must convince the leaders of that world of the truth of his origin and to join the Ekumen, an organization of planets which serves to ease trade between worlds.

Ai's journey is long and hard, as it is also for those who wish to help- and destroy him. The book itself is well written, with an intense sense of realism. The people, customs, and biology of the men living on Gethen is well thought out and creates a unique world.

That said, I feel like the core of the story itself lacked something. It did not feel like an action adventure, or a mystery, or a thriller; it felt more as if one was reading historical chronicles (which is what the beginning of the book purports to be.) Many science fiction novels have used this tactic (i.e. Foundation series) but still managed to be exciting; this book did not.

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