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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
Enough people have written about UKLG and this book that I don't feel a need to really review it; I just recently re-read it after many years and it's as appealing now as when I... Read morePublished 12 days ago by David Lubertozzi
What an overrated load of crap. This review would have been a little more "polite", had I not been forced to read it for class. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Matthieu
I had read it when it was new. Decades later, it was still good to re-read. The story was something anyone could read, in any generation. A
Written in 1971, it is still relevant today. In fact some of the alternate 'histories' are quite prescient. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Karen Niles
I have never read one of her books that did not change my life. The crescendo in this symphony of words and thoughts is breathtaking. Frightful. Fitful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ian Kelly-Thomas
The basic premise - that one guy's dreams can alter reality - becomes a fascinating thought experiment when you think about it logically and look at all the implications. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bartimaeus
I think it suffers some from its age, but I found the single concept pretty thin to hold the whole book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Mick