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Travels to Anarres's sister planet Urras hoping to find liberty and tolerance there But he soon finds himself being used as a pawn in a deadly political ga. 4 maybe 45 stars This classic SF novel kept me glued to my chair the whole time I was reading it Granted I was on a cross country airplane flight from Washington DC 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 politically inclined Almost 200 years earlier a group of rebels left a highly capitalistic society on the planet Urras to form their utopian government on the moon Annares Now a man named Shevek a physicist from this voluntary communistic society leaves his barren world where life is difficult but mostly fair to go to the neighboring planet to work with the physicists there Life on Urras is much pleasant and luxurious but gradually Shevek comes to realize the dark underside of that capitalistic society The uestion is can he escape the bind he's gotten himself into The Dispossessed is one of the earlier examples of dual timeline storytelling in the SF genre the chapters alternate between flashbacks of Shevek's life on his home world of Annares and his current experiences on Urras with the propertarians heh The Dispossessed thoughtfully examines the best and worst in these two political systems Though Le Guin's choice of the better society is clear it's laudable that she realistically handles how even good intentions can go awry because of human weaknesses like selfishness fear and pride Some might find this novel slow going but if you're interested in contrasting political and social systems I'd highly recommend itEven though this novel is 4th in the Hainish Cycle it's actually first chronologically for reasons that become apparent late in the novel and are somewhat spoilerish so I won't get into them here

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The DispossessedThe Principle of Simultaneity is a scientific breakthrough which will revolutionize interstellar civilization by making possible instantaneous communication. 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 fifantasy 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 skullfk Ayn Rand and make her your bitch no too easy You take her gently by the hand lay down beside her pruned mummified body and have entirely consensual non hierarchical process centered sexual intercourse like a paragon of second wave lesbian feminismUrsula you make me want to be a straighter man

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The Dispossessed characters ó 106 ´ The Principle of Simultaneity is a scientific breakthrough which will revolutionize interstellar civilization by making possible instantaneous communication It is the life work of Shevek a brilliant physicist from the arid anarchist world of Anarres But Shevek's work is being stifled by jealous colleagues so he It is the life work of Shevek a brilliant physicist from the arid anarchist world of Anarres But Shevek's work is being stifled by jealous colleagues so he. 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 comes to making words my own as this dear author evoked so well in this book longing for possession is mostly futile and so it is with ideas impressions and most of all inspiration At least in my case good ideas tend to go and come as they please and if I'm lucky they can be grasped when there's something close at hand to write them down just as the motivation and energy to write has chosen to uickly pass through my hands Currently the energy is there but apart from some sparse notes that I now have to re interpret myself I only have a few central take aways that I would like to share This review can thus be considered as a barrel of some of the reflections I managed to retain before they too evaporated into untranslatable little figments of thought The first take away is that this is one of my favorite books It is engaging it is exciting it teaches and it entertains Le Guin's prose is nothing short of wonderful While the plot is not exactly extraordinary it provides the perfect mobile in which to transport some important messages on life and civilization that this author has chosen to share The second take away is that this is the best dissection of our society that I've read I've read great books on the nature of human individuals on the one hand and abstract philosophical meanderings on time and infinity but never felt warm to the idea of reading about one of the levels that are in between namely society and civilisation The reason why I never did is that there often seems so much stuff wrong with society than right so that it's hard to know where to begin complaining and even harder to know where to stop complaining and inspire change The building is showing so many signs of decay it's hard to dispel the idea to just throw it down and start all over Ursula Le Guin found a great starting spot in this book with which to make a nice filet out of our civilisation the idea of possession The need of people to own stands central in our way of life and the illusion of ownership pervades much of our thinking and doing I myself am not immune To give just one example I prefer to buy books rather than to go borrow them at libraries To give another example I just bought an apartment Now it would be unfair to point the finger just at people here Animals do it too on a certain level They want to own territory but instead of throwing money around they urinate all over the place or emit certain smells For all the faults our society has I'm glad we evolved away out of that particular habit if only for the sake of still readable books Do I own these books because I gave money for them and they will soon by surrounded by MY walls I guess so Until a fire or a flood consumes them until the hand of time consumes me Yet even though the banality of ownership during our short lives is inescapable our ways of living are so much focused on exactly that futility it's no surprise so many people feel unhappy and wronged when they see their mission to that end either obstructed or sabotaged by those around them or recognise their endeavors as futile once the mission seems largely fulfilledThis is just a personal take away of course because if Ursuala Le Guin is doing one thing exceptionally well it is the convincing way in which she gives each perspective on the matter a stage in this book I can easily see the staunchest proponents op capitalism and as someone who profits of that system's fruits it would be hypocritical and outright dishonest of me to claim that I dislike it myself like this book as much as a dirty hippy or clean shaven commie Possession isn't just about capitalism and material goods It's pervasive than that Just think about how people refer to each other My son My girlfriend My mother Or how Jason Mraz chose to sing of his undying love by proclaiming I'm yours It's innocent most of the time but when there's problems in relationships of any kind uite often it is a uestion of a certain dominance where one is under the other where one is partly of the other We like to own but we don't like to be owned Except for Jason Mraz that is While writing this review I was faced with another example of the futility of possession I had made notes while reading this book that I intended to use to inspire this review There are some interesting one liners some runaway thoughts some links to real life experiences I would call them my notes But what the two month span between writing them and reading them has shown is that even my thoughts are not entirely my own Some lines I wrote down there are now perfectly incomprehensible to me Others I can give an interpretation but without the guarantee it will be the same as intended back in the day How are these alien words still my notes The Dispossessed touches on many themes than the one I evoked here and Le Guin shows her genius on basically every page with throwaway wisdoms that pack a punch on prisons on the education system on laws on the press on the world of art the army the list goes on She can seem cold and pessimistic sometimes Life is a fight and the strongest wins All civilization does is hide the blood and cover up the hate with pretty words or when she states that suffering unlike love is real because the former ALWAYS hits the mark Despite this recurring pessimism I found this book to be widely uplifting by looking through that veil of coldness and finding there the beauty of life of all the things that transcend possession Her criticism has an inherent warmth and is not above criticism itself It's a criticism that has channeled my own apathy towards many of society's ways into something that seems helpful an understanding and even a renewed love Yes you read that right I love society There's nothing I'd rather live right next to