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George Orr has dreams that come true--dreams that change reality. He dreams that the aunt who is sexually harassing him is killed in a car crash, and wakes to find that she died in a wreck six weeks ago, in another part of the country. But a far darker dream drives George into the care of a psychotherapist--a dream researcher who doesn't share George's ambivalence about altering reality.
The Lathe of Heaven is set in the sort of worlds that one would associate with Philip K. Dick, but Ms. Le Guin's treatment of the material, her plot and characterization and concerns, are more akin to the humanistic, ethically engaged, psychologically nuanced fiction of Theodore Sturgeon. The Lathe of Heaven is an insightful and chilling examination of total power, of war and injustice and other age-old problems, of changing the world, of playing God. --Cynthia Ward
This is a decent, quick read with a great premise, but ultimately, it lacks depth. I felt that Orr (the main character) was not developed enough. Read morePublished 4 days ago by citygal
I enjoyed this book. It is a fairly easy read. At times it is dense, and it is certainly a bit disorienting, and ultimately not very satisfying conclusion. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Robert
Urula Le Guin is a marvel. I knew her brother (both English professors but he was at Columbia and I was in the boondocks). Her prose is awesome, her imagination wonderful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by padre viejo
The lathe of heaven is a unique concept. It held my attention, but not to the point of not wanting to put it down. It was an easy read.Published 1 month ago by Linda M. French
The package was delivered on time and was exactly what was pictured and described.Published 2 months ago by Andy Rinke
This was my first Sci-Fi book in a very long time. I read it because the author is mentioned favorably in "The Jane Austen Book Club". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Virago