Confession time! This is the very first Blog Hop I’ve ever participated in. I honestly have no idea what I’m doing, but hopefully I won’t screw it up too badly. ^_^;;
Today for my Spring Fling, I’m featuring a true classic — a book so dear to my heart, I shant think of what might have become of me had it not been part of my life. I’m talking about The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, a book I’ve spoken about several times on here Reckless Indulgence as being a book which has shaped me and cultivated many of my conceptual thinking.
Now I know this is supposed to be a “Spring” hop, and here I go throwing us back into winter. xD But truthfully, out of any of the books I’ve reviewed thus far… this one has to be the top contender for me!
If y’all remember, I wrote a brief review of it a while back. You can check it out here. However, a fellow blogger really got into the book critique and discussion aspects of the book in several of his own posts. You can check those out too: here and here! Spread a bit of the love~~ 😉
Title: The Left Hand of Darkness
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Original Publication Date: 1969
On the planet Winter, there is no gender. The Gethenians can become male or female during each mating cycle, and this is something that humans find incomprehensible.
The Ekumen of Known Worlds has sent an ethnologist to study the Gethenians on their forbidding, ice-bound world. At first he finds his subjects difficult and off-putting, with their elaborate social systems and alien minds. But in the course of a long journey across the ice, he reaches an understanding with one of the Gethenians—it might even be a kind of love…
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.
Born in Berkeley, California, October 21, 1929.
As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection; Cheek by Jowl; and The Wild Girls. Forthcoming in 2012, Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
She is known for her treatment of gender (The Left Hand of Darkness, The Matter of Seggri), political systems (The Telling, The Dispossessed) and difference/otherness in any other form. Her interest in non-Western philosophies is reflected in works such as ‘Solitude’ and ‘The Telling’ but even more interesting are her imagined societies, often mixing traits extracted from her profound knowledge of anthropology acquired from growing up with her father, the famous anthropologist, Alfred Krober. The Hainish Cycle reflects the anthropologist’s experience of immersing themselves in new strange cultures since most of their main characters and narrators (Le Guin favours the first person narration) are envoys from a humanitarian organization, the Ekumen, sent to investigate or ally themselves with the people of a different world and learn their ways.
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