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The Left Hand of Darkness: 50th Anniversary…
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The Left Hand of Darkness: 50th Anniversary Edition (origineel 1969; editie 1987)

door Ursula K. Le Guin (Auteur)

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While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him.
Lid:nagasravika.bodapati
Titel:The Left Hand of Darkness: 50th Anniversary Edition
Auteurs:Ursula K. Le Guin (Auteur)
Info:Ace Books (1987), 304 pages
Verzamelingen:Novel Concepts, Great-Reads, 2021-Finished-Books, Completed, Jouw bibliotheek
Waardering:*****
Trefwoorden:Classics, gender assignment, science fiction, fiction, aliens, 2021-read, Reviewed

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De linkerhand van het duister door Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)

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It really pains me to add yet another highly-rated, award-winning Classic Sci-Fi book to my DNF shelf. But at 53% in, I just can't continue. The story ("story") is too boring, too slow, too full of confusing similar-sounding names. I'm sure that it doesn't help that the audiobook that I'm listening to was recorded in the mid 80's by Books On Tape, so the narration leaves a bit to be desired ("Co-Itus"??? Really???), but I can't help but feel that even if I had the more recent George Guidall version that I'd be able to tolerate the earlier issues I mentioned.
Between this and [b:Foundation|29579|Foundation (Foundation #1)|Isaac Asimov|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1417900846l/29579._SX50_.jpg|1783981] on my DNF shelf and my utter disdain for [b:Dune|39776179|Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)|Frank Herbert|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1523123959l/39776179._SY75_.jpg|3634639] (even though I WAS able to finish it), I'm starting to wonder if these older classics are just not aging well or if it's just ME :/
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
Brilliant! ( )
  steller0707 | Oct 15, 2021 |
This book deserves a better rating but it was absolutely ruined by a terrible narrator. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
“When two gay men have sex, how to they know whose penis will open up to accept the other person's penis?”

This book was a perfect read for the Texas snow-in of 2021 because not only is it all about ice & snow, it's also really boring. I probably would not have read this all the way through if I didn't have anything else to do (and multiple people dared me to)

The thing I had heard of this for was the genderless aliens, and I honestly think Le Guin failed at what she set out to do. The book honestly reminded me of Minecraft villagers: they're purportedly sexless, but male-coded, so it just seems like a society of all gay men who can get pregnant. I understand that Le Guin used the masculine pronoun to describe them, and I read an author's note where she toyed with using "she" instead, and the fact that I liked that idea more says something about my biases. So I definitely think she thought it through, and I have respect for that, but I really just didn't enjoy this. I didn't see much point in degendering aliens if you're not gonna do too much analysis of gendered concepts in society-- "shifgrethor" seems a very masculine concept to me, but again maybe those are my own internal stereotypes. Anyway, I was gonna give this book 2 stars if there was weird inter-alien gay sex, but there was nothing but disappointment.

Aside from all that, this book felt like one of those really old Utopian sci-fi stories like Micromegas, travelogues describing a society as an anthropological study would... except those usually have some frame of reference for the reader by using the point of view of an Earth-man. In this one, Ai (the narrator) wasn't from Earth as far as I could tell, so his comparisons were often not helpful. This book had a lot of immersion in Genthian culture, with lots of new made up words, which I love if done well... Dune was intimidating at first because of that, but in the end I think it was a good example. This came off more like Dark Tower, a dense and overwhelming stream of words that don't go together.

I feel bad that I didn't like this more, because I respect Le Guin a lot and I've liked essays that she's written. I appreciate what she's trying to do, but honestly none of it really landed. ( )
  jooniper | Sep 10, 2021 |
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