The Dispossessed: A Novel (Harper Perennial Olive Edition)
A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras—a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been... show more
A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras—a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of distrust. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart.To visit Urras—to learn, to teach, to share—will require great sacrifice and risks, which Shevek willingly accepts. But the ambitious scientist's gift is soon seen as a threat, and in the profound conflict that ensues, he must reexamine his beliefs even as he ignites the fires of change.
Publish date: 2015-09-29
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
This one strained my brain quite a bit. It's a very involved book where social, political, economical structures, customs, morals, ethics, sex and peer pressure are concerned. Yeah, it runs the gamut, and befits a character that is what we'd call an activist. I liked how the story is built, with t...
Composto di ciottoli e malta, divide Urras da Anarres. Da entrambe le parti si può guardare al di là del muro e anche un bambino può scavalcarlo senza difficoltà. Non è la sua altezza, ma l’idea di confine, di limite, di separazione a renderlo importante. E tragico, a pensarci bene. Un muro “ambigu...
Published 1994. “There was a wall. It did not look important…But the idea was real…Like all walls it was ambiguous, two-faced. What was inside it and what was outside it depended upon the which side of it you were on”. In “The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. Le Guin "Call me Shevek. Some year...
Ideas alone do not make great novels. I see this truth most clearly illustrated in Orwell's 1984, but there have been many other novels that neglected the story for some random thought or theory. There are many people who love these stories—I, in my many attempts to figure out what is wrong with me,...
It is my feeling that Le Guin is one of the most important authors of the late twentieth century and that the only reason that she has not been recognized as such is because she worked in science fiction and fantasy. The Dispossessed just reinforces that feeling. It is done with the same imaginati...