50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION—WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY DAVID MITCHELL AND A NEW AFTERWORD BY CHARLIE JANE ANDERS
Ursula K. Le Guin’s groundbreaking work of science fiction—winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.
A lone human ambassador is sent to the icebound planet of Winter, a world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants’ gender is fluid. 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
No writer challenges our set ways of thinking with the same wisdom and generosity as Ursula K. Le Guin. Her profound, ahead-of-her-time insights into culture and identity are on full display in The Left Hand of Darkness. The 1969 classic imagines a non-gendered civilization where political jealousies outweigh romantic rivalries, and where friendship is the ultimate commitment. Magical and lyrical, the novel was awarded both the Hugo and Nebula awards, the highest honors for science fiction and fantasy authors.
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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.
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.
One of the greatest Science Fiction novels ever. Space, the future and a study of human nature are all on display here. Superb writing.