Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

About the book

Winter is an Earth-like planet with two major differences: conditions are semi artic even at the warmest time of the year, and the inhabitants are all of the same sex. Tucked away in a remote corner of the universe, they have no knowledge of space travel or of life beyond their own world. And when a strange envoy from space brings news of a vast coalition of planets which they are invited to join, he is met with fear, mistrust and disbelief. . .

Reviewed by Boater’s Book Club

There were very mixed views on this book. What was not liked in particular was the usage of language (made up names and words), in fact the language was called a “linguistic jumble”. Some couldn’t get into it, nor could the title be understood or even the story line worked out. It was felt the sex aspect was unnecessarily endless. On the positive the book was considered to have some clever ideas, that it stretched the imagination and allowed us to reflect on our way of life and how we view “differentness”.
Star rating: *

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1 thought on “Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin”

  1. Review by C C Readers
    No one in the group is a fan of sci-fi so there was a lack of appreciation in general. Some found it very difficult and gave up. Those who persisted found it eventually compelling and moving with some wonderful descriptive writing.
    Star rating: **

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