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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia - Community Reviews back

by Ursula K. Le Guin
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The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it 2 years ago
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...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 3 years ago
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...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it 4 years ago
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,...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it 5 years ago
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...
Farnaz
Farnaz rated it 5 years ago
There are 2 brother planets Anarres and Urras. 2 different cultures, ideologies, economic regimes. In Anarres near-absolute freedom is achieved. The writer described it as “non-authoritarian communism”. Mark it. The writer keeps pro-communistic tendencies through the book. Which I didn’t like at a...
Birdish Book Blog
Birdish Book Blog rated it 5 years ago
[Originally posted on tumblr on 8. April 2013] After battling with the way this book was printed which is in a way that makes it hard to read for people like me who have nerve problems in their arms*, I finally finished ‘The Dispossessed' by Ursula K. Le Guin. (In case you wonder which edition I'm...
Amadan na Briona
Amadan na Briona rated it 6 years ago
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 wr...
Cecily's book reviews
Cecily's book reviews rated it 6 years ago
Possibly give Le Guin another chance, after reading Manny's passionate review. She describes a "credible anarchist utopia" and the alien science has "just the right amount of background that it feels credible, but not so much that you're tempted to nit-pick". It subtly analyses freedom and promises ...
kennethjmcginnis
kennethjmcginnis rated it 6 years ago
Bayesian Estimate (4/10/2014): 4.07004377
jennifer mills
jennifer mills rated it 6 years ago
Re-read this for a piece I wrote about Le Guin's influence. It's still among the greatest novels I've encountered.
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