The Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula K. Le Guin
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Ursula K. Le Guin's groundbreaking work of science fiction—winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.
A lone human ambassador is sent to Winter, an alien world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants can change their gender whenever they choose. 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 strange, intriguing culture 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.
One of the greatest Science Fiction novels ever. Space, the future and a study of human nature are all on display here. Superb writing.
Adversity Can be a Good Thing
When I finished this book, I felt like I had been a part of the awakening of two people who had learned what it means to be fully human. Yes, they are from different planets with vastly different languages, cultures, governmental structures, daily, and sexual practices, but facing adversity together allows them to form a deep bond. I highly recommend this book.
A slow storyline. Painfully so. Yes, it’s cold. Yes, the inhabitants of this world are naturally androgynous. No, I didn’t care. A laborous, it not self indulgent, attempt at being ethereal and thought provoking. Pages and pages dedicated to one long torturous journey across an ice wasteland, to have all the political social questions wrapped up a few quick sentences. I should have been given an award for finishing the book.