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The Word for World is Forest


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The award-winning masterpiece by one of today's most honored writers, Ursula K. Le Guin!

The Word for World is Forest

When the inhabitants of a peaceful world are conquered by the bloodthirsty yumens, their existence is irrevocably altered. Forced into servitude, the Athsheans find themselves at the mercy of their brutal masters.

Desperation causes the Athsheans, led by Selver, to retaliate against their captors, abandoning their strictures against violence. But in defending their lives, they have endangered the very foundations of their society. For every blow against the invaders is a blow to the humanity of the Athsheans. And once the killing starts, there is no turning back.

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Out of print but wonderful

This is one of the Hainish Cycle that includes "Left Hand of Darkness". It propounds a human question and reveals Selver who redeems his species.


Le Guin balances the three narrative points of view masterfully; the reader swings from despairing to disgusted to heartbroken at the turn of a page. A brilliant read that offers commentary on nationalism, consumerism, and ecological irresponsibility. Le Guin isn't heavy-handed in her handling of these issues - just bleakly honest.

(For those of you keeping score, Le Guin's story is indeed cast in the mold of Orson Scott Card's Speaker For The Dead. I would submit that the other has a stronger plot and more complex characters, but that this has much clearer narrative voice. Please do yourself the favor of reading both.)


I love the way she takes a previous story and integrates it into a great new fantasy/social dilemma. She is a genius at challenging ones beliefs and ideas while entertaining. Bravo.

The Word for World is Forest
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Adventure
  • Published: Jul 06, 2010
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 192 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Hainish
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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