Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Werthead, Nov 20, 2011.
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Thanks for that great review! It is indeed a very fine novel. I'll never forget the remarkable twist at the end.
I actually found some of the chapters at the end to be a little slow/boring for my taste (in the chapters over the ice).
Adam mentioned this in his "few complaints," but Genly Ai's sexism really annoyed me. I thought he'd be better than the '60s, but I guess I could just say that Le Guin was giving her 1969 audience a stand-in they could relate to, even if the 2011 Farragut can't as easily. I think part of my issue is that I kind of considered Ai to be "future Earth-human" when he really isn't.
I just read this book (and The Dispossessed) just a couple weeks ago, and I actually ended up liking the latter book more than The Left Hand of Darkness.
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