The Left Hand of Darkness
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The Left Hand of Darkness

by Ursula K. Le Guin
Release date: 1969
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction
Tags: hugo award, nebula award

Hugo Award 1970, Nebula Award 1969.

Genly Ai is an ethnologist observing the people of the planet Gethen, a world perpetually in winter. The people there are androgynous, normally neuter, but they can become male ot female at the peak of their sexual cycle. They seem to Genly Ai alien, unsophisticated and confusing.

But he is drawn into the complex politics of the planet and, during a long, tortuous journey across the ice with a politician who has fallen from favour and has been outcast, he loses his professional detachment and reaches a painful understanding of the true nature of Gethenians and, in a moving and memorable sequence, even finds love...

updated 2017-01-16

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I decided to re-read The Left Hand of Darkness, because I had forgotten most of it. I only remembered that I liked it very much when I read it a few years ago (it's been a long time since I first read it). Unfortunately I didn't like it very much this time. I think that The Left Hand of Darkness is worth reading, because it's a classic science fiction book, but unfortunately it's a mediocre and a bit boring science fiction book. (It's interesting how one's opinions can change over the years, ... (more)
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