The Dispossessed

The Dispossessed In her most ambitious and prophetic novel to date Ursula K Le Guin has produced a stunning tour de force the spellbinding story of Shevek a brillian physicist who single handedly attempts to reunite

  • Title: The Dispossessed
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • ISBN: 9780380512843
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In her most ambitious and prophetic novel to date, Ursula K Le Guin has produced a stunning tour de force the spellbinding story of Shevek, a brillian physicist who single handedly attempts to reunite two planets cut off from each other by centuries of distrust Anarres, Shevek s homeland, is a bleak moon settled by an anarchic utopian civilization Urras, the mother plIn her most ambitious and prophetic novel to date, Ursula K Le Guin has produced a stunning tour de force the spellbinding story of Shevek, a brillian physicist who single handedly attempts to reunite two planets cut off from each other by centuries of distrust Anarres, Shevek s homeland, is a bleak moon settled by an anarchic utopian civilization Urras, the mother planet is a world very similar to Earth, with warring nations, great poverty and immense wealth Shevek risks everything in a courageous visit to Urras to learn, to teach, to share But his gift becomes a threatd in the profound conflict which ensues, Shevek must re examine his philosophy of life back cover

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    About “Ursula K. Le Guin”

    1. Ursula K. Le Guin

      Ursula K Le Guin published twenty two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN Malamud, etc Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls She lived in Portland, Oregon.She was known for her treatment of gender The Left Hand of Darkness, The Matter of Seggri , political systems The Telling, The Dispossessed and difference otherness in any other form Her interest in non Western philosophies was reflected in works such as Solitude and The Telling but even interesting are her imagined societies, often mixing traits extracted from her profound knowledge of anthropology acquired from growing up with her father, the famous anthropologist, Alfred Kroeber The Hainish Cycle reflects the anthropologist s experience of immersing themselves in new strange cultures since most of their main characters and narrators Le Guin favoured the first person narration are envoys from a humanitarian organization, the Ekumen, sent to investigate or ally themselves with the people of a different world and learn their ways.

    619 thoughts on “The Dispossessed”

    1. First of all: if you haven't already read The Dispossessed, then do so. Somehow, probably because it comes with an SF sticker, it isn't yet officially labeled as one of the great novels of the 20th century. They're going to fix that eventually, so why not get in ahead of the crowd? It's not just a terrific story; it might change your life. Ursula Le Guin is saying some pretty important stuff here.So, what is it she's saying that's so important? I've read the book several times since I first came [...]

    2. Oh, Ursula. No longer will I love you in a vaguely ashamed manner, skulking through chesty-women-blow-shit-up-also-monster! book covers in the sci-fi/fantasy aisles with a moderate velocity as though I am actually trying to find Civil War biographies but am amusingly lost amongst all these shelves, that's so like me, need a GPS for Borders. Today, I will begin loving you publicly, proudly, for you are the Anti-Ayn Rand. You do not skullf**k Ayn Rand and make her your bitch, no, too easy. You tak [...]

    3. There are some books that even with my untrained, unskilled and inexperienced eye can detect and confirm are true works of art, mastery in literature. Other works, perhaps less skillfully written or not as masterfully created, still strike a chord within me and I can grasp the vision and voice of the author as if we were friends, as if we shared a thought. It is truly rare when I can see that a book is both a work of art and that also touches me in a way that leaves a mark on my soul, perhaps ev [...]

    4. Why America Is Full of Toxic Bullshit and Why Ambiguous Utopias Need to Check Themselves Before They Wreck Themselves Going Down the Same Fucked-Up Path by Ursula K. Le Guinis excellent novel-cum-political treatise-cum-extended metaphor for the States lays its thesis out in parallel narratives. in the present day (far, far, far in the future), heroically thoughtful protagonist Shevek visits the thinly-veiled States of the nation A-Io on the planet Urras in order to both work on his Theory of Sim [...]

    5. When I started this novel I was a little worried because the prose seemed clunky and I was having a hard time settling into the novel. After a few pages that all changed, either I adjusted to her writing style or the writing smoothed out. If you experience this, hang in there, it is well worth sticking with this book.I see some reviewers think of The Dispossessed as an anti-Ayn Rand book. I didn't come away with that impression at all. I thought LeGuin did an excellent job of showing the fallaci [...]

    6. More than two months have passed since I've closed this book. While my traditional reviewing habit was one of immediately rushing to the closest laptop after reading the last line and sharing my excitement or the lack thereof in some hopefully original way, I felt a need to really let Le Guin's words sink fully into my mind and make them my own. (Actually, I've mostly just been very lazy in the reviewing department lately, but "letting words sink in" just sounds a little better.) But when it com [...]

    7. «Ωδή στο "όραμα" της ουτοπίας που ως "στόχος" ακυρώνεται ακαριαία». Βαθύτατο ανάγνωσμα,προκλητικό,δημιουργικό,με άπειρες προσλαμβάνουσες κατανόησης περί αυθεντικότητας,ατομικότητας,διχοτόμησης,κυριαρχίας. Το απόλυτο ανθρώπινο ιδεώδες και η ένταση της ανθρώπινης φύσης μ [...]

    8. As a semi-retired actor, there are many literary characters I'd love to play, and for all kinds of reasons. Cardinal Richelieu and D'Artagnan spring immediately to mind, but there are countless others: Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin (Perdido Street Station), Oedipus, Holmes or Watson (I'd take either), Captain Jack Aubrey (I'd rather Stephen, but I look like Jack), Heathcliff, Lady Macbeth (yep, I meant her), Manfred, Indiana Jones. But none of them are people who I would actually like to be.That I r [...]

    9. This is one of my favorite books if not THE favorite and on third read I like it even more since I notice details I haven't first time around. I feel I should say something about the book but I'm not sure I can do this book justice. Review hopefully might come at some point.

    10. 4, maybe 4.5 stars. This classic SF novel kept me glued to my chair all yesterday. Granted, I was on a cross-country airplane flight from Washington DC back home to Utah, but still! It's very thought-provoking SF, set in the same universe as Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness, but even more politically inclined. Almost 200 years earlier, a group of rebels left a highly capitalistic society on the planet Urras, to form their more utopian government on the moon Annares. Now a man named Shevek, a [...]

    11. The first time I read this book back in the early nineties, I would have given it a four star rating because I was slightly annoyed with the prose and the steadily boring pace where nothing really big happens (mostly) except a general living of a life. This is despite our following a very interesting character escaping his pragmatic moon to gift his very advanced physics that would lead to not only an ansible for faster-than-light communications but also faster-than-light travel.The world-buildi [...]

    12. “You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution.” — Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed. le Guin's 'The Dispossessed' represents the high orbit of what SF can do. Science Fiction is best, most lasting, most literate, when it is using its conventional form(s) to explore not space but us. When the vehicle of SF is used to ask big questions that are easier bent with binary planets, with grand theories of time and space, etc we are able to better [...]

    13. Human nature tends towards, not entropy, but bureaucracy.I fear my review might focus more on Anarres and less on Urras, as it was the Anarrian sections that interested me more, the attempts to sustain (founding was the easy part) an anarcho-syndicalist society over a long period of time. For Urras, I thought that Urras was painted in clear terms, and avoided a polemic, although it did have very pointed things to say about class, and war, and conscription, and property, and the gendering thereof [...]

    14. Thoughts on The DispossessedOf the various layers of content in The Dispossessed, the most obvious is the socio-political: capitalism vs. anarchistic-communism. The claim often made is that, even though her heart is with the latter, she nonetheless treats the two structures impartially. The claim or presumption is to be found in the reviews of fantasy/science fiction devotees, those with a particular interest in anarchism and, I suspect, also those who simply read it with an uncritical eye.I don [...]

    15. I’ve gotta admit, I was initially a little wary of The Dispossessed. I was worried that it might prove to be one of those godawful books whose sole purpose in life is to peddle insipidly idealistic ideology. The derisive cynic in me was prepared for the worst, ready to swoop in with some aggressively bratty eye-rolling and loud, obnoxious sighing at the first sign of trouble. I mean, is there anything worse than those agenda-pushing heaps of garbage that masquerade as literature? Seriously, wh [...]

    16. "He has power over you. Where does he get it from? Not from vested authority, there isn't any. Not from intellectual excellence, he hasn't any. He gets it from the innate cowardice of the average human mind. Public opinion! That's the power structure he's part of, and knows how to use."I have decided this won't be a proper review, but rather a short, focused comment.The Dispossessed is one of those books written not to make you lose yourself in the story, but to make you yourself in your thought [...]

    17. Fulfillment, Shevek thought, is a function of time. The search for pleasure is circular, repetitive, atemporal. The variety seeking of the spectator, the thrill hunter, the sexually promiscuous, always ends in the same place. It has an end. It comes to the end and has to start over. It is not a journey and return, but a closed cycle, a locked room, a cell.Outside the locked room is the landscape of time, in which the spirit may, with luck and courage, construct the fragile, makeshift, improbable [...]

    18. This discourse on dystopias won Hugo, Nebula, Locus, World Fantasy, and National Book awards, and almost every single one of my friends that has read it has it tagged with a 4 or 5 star rating. So clearly, the problem here is with me, because I really hated this book -- and it isn't because this book is dated or aged poorly, because the Cold War era slant of this book plays perfectly to a modern audience considering the current state of Russian-U.S. relations. I'm giving it two stars because I [...]

    19. The Dispossessed: Not simply an anarchist utopia/capitalist dystopiaOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThe Dispossessed is a perfectly achieved thought experiment, perhaps Ursula K. Le Guin’s greatest work, but there is little I can say that hasn’t been said more eloquently, forcefully, thoroughly, or knowledgeably by other reviewers. It transcends the genre as a Novel of Ideas. It explores with great intelligence anarchism-socialism vs capitalism; freedom/slavery in terms of politics, e [...]

    20. My hero David Mitchell frequently mentions The Dispossessed as one of his favourite books, and it is regularly described as one of the most significant sci-fi novels of all time. So I just HAD to see what all the fuss was about.The story revolves around two distant planets, Urras and Annares. Years ago a rebellion brewed on Urras and in order to avoid conflict, the anarchists left to start a new life on Annares. Urras is a bountiful place with a capitalist, patriarchal society, whereas Annares i [...]

    21. Excellent book, and I've dog-eared about a third of its pages - too many messages, too little brain room left! Review to follow.It's always easier not to think for oneself. Find a nice safe hierarchy and settle in. Don't make changes, don't risk disapproval[] It's always easiest to let yourself be governed.

    22. It's really weird to me that, even though I'm totally drunk, I can still type just a s well as usual. I might not be able to make it down the hall without running into walls, but I can still compose a review without a problem. Anyway, I'm here today to talk about The Dispossessed. It is a book by Ursula K Le Guin, who is badass. If it hadn't taken me like four mouths to read this book, I would've probably given it five stars. Unfortunately, it took me almost a complete semester to read the damne [...]

    23. I read Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy way back when I was a kid, but I am abashed to say that until now I had never read any of her adult SF novels.The Dispossessed holds up amazingly well for a book written nearly forty (!) years ago. In fact, forget about the publication date and it could have been written this year. Except that hardly anyone writes this kind of slow-moving, thoughtful, idea-heavy science fiction any more. The Dispossessed won a Hugo, a Nebula, a World Fantasy Award, and the Natio [...]

    24. Something that strikes me about this book is the old cover blurb that this is about an ambiguous Utopia. Because really all the cultures that we meet are engaged in a kind of the grass is greener on the other plant exercise. Each stands as a Utopia to another world and each looks elsewhere for its own. It is a novel of discontent.For the crewman from the planet Hain at the end his own culture is a burden. It has experienced everything, while personally he has experienced nothing. The opportunity [...]

    25. 4.0 to 4.5 stars. A truly exceptional novel and one of the best explorations of political theory and individual freedom ever in science fiction. Too often, an author will "beat you over the head" with their beliefs and make thinly disguised speeches through cardboard characters that leave no doubt that one side is very right and the other side is very wrong. Not so in this novel. LeGuin's ultimate message is that individual freedom is the most important commodity in the universe. In conveying th [...]

    26. Ο Θ. Παπακωνσταντίνου είχε πει κάποτε ότι η αναρχία είναι ο πιο ποιητικός τρόπος να ζεις. Η Le Guin βουτάει την πένα της στον ρεαλισμό και φτιάχνει έναν κόσμο όπου η κοινωνία είναι οργανωμένη σύμφωνα με τα αναρχικά ιδεώδη. Μια κοινωνία που είναι σελήνη μιας άλλης, αμιγώς καπιτα [...]

    27. 4.25 Kitap iki farklı dünyayı anlatıyor; Anarres ve Urras. İki gezegende birbirinin ayı. Urras'tan yıllar önce Anarres'e gelen Odocular burada kendilerine Urras'takinden çok farklı bir hayat kurmuşlardır. Yaşamın ne kadar güzel olduğunu görmenin yolu ölümün bakış açısından bakmaktan geçiyor.Anarres anarşizmin hayata geçtiği sosyalizmden izler taşıyan bir gezegen ve halkın yaşam biçimi de pragmatik. Her şey olması gerektiği kadar ve olması zorunlu olduğu iç [...]

    28. Είναι εκπληκτικό το πως η ΛεΓκεν ακροβατεί αποστασιοποιημένη ανάμεσα στα δυο οικονομικά συστήματα/πολιτεύματα Τον κομμουνισμό και τον καπιταλισμό. Η τελική κρίση ανήκει στον αναγνώστη Αν και παν κανα δυο χρόνια που το διάβασα η αίσθηση που έχει αφήσει νομίζω θα με ακολου [...]

    29. Re-reading for book club! (August 2015)I first read this book in middle school, and was blown away by it. It introduced so many new (to me) ideas - brilliant ideas! - but then, rather than just presenting those ideas as a utopia, did everything it could to explore them further, and to explore their flaws and weaknesses.I was very proud that I got my teacher that year to include this book on our summer reading list, so that everyone else would have to read it too. :-)Of course, re-reading after s [...]

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