The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin7.24

Locus Award for Best SF Novel 2001, Tähtivaeltaja Award nominee 2010.

In the latest novel in the Hainish cycle...

Sutty, an Observer for the interstellar Ekumen, has been assigned to Aka, a world in the grip of a materialistic government. The monolithic Corporation State of Aka has outlawed all old customs and beliefs. Sutty herself, an Earthwoman, has fled from a similar monolithic state but one controlled by religious fundamentalists.

Unexpectedly she receives permission to leave the modern city where her movements were closely monitored. She travels up the river into the countryside, going from howling loudspeakers to bleating cattle, to seek the remnants of the banned culture of Aka. As she comes to know and love the people she lives with, she begins to learn their unique religion the Telling. Finally joining them on a trek into the high mountains to one of the last sacred places, she glimpses hope for the reconciliation of the warring ideologies that have filled their lives, and her own, with grief.

The Telling is a reflection on the conflict of politics and religion in our modern world, and the story of a spiritual journey through a landscape that is at once very strange and very familiar.

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Release date: September 2000
Genres: science fictionanthropological sf
Tags: locus award
Average rating: 7.24/10
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Updated: August 25, 2021

Hainish Cycle :: Series

Planet of Exile6.94
Rocannon's World7.46
City of Illusions7.16
The Left Hand of Darkness7.98
The Dispossessed8.02
The Word for World Is Forest7.04
Four Ways to Forgiveness7.34
Worlds of Exile and Illusion7.34
The Telling7.24