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If there were a canon of classic science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness would be included without debate. Certainly, no science fiction bookshelf may be said to be complete without it. But the real question: is it fun to read? It is science fiction of an earlier time, a time that has not worn particularly well in the genre. The Left Hand of Darkness was a groundbreaking book in 1969, a time when, like the rest of the arts, science fiction was awakening to new dimensions in both society and literature. But the first excursions out of the pulp tradition are sometimes difficult to reread with much enjoyment. Rereading The Left Hand of Darkness, decades after its publication, one feels that those who chose it for the Hugo and Nebula awards were right to do so, for it truly does stand out as one of the great books of that era. It is immensely rich in timeless wisdom and insight.
The Left Hand of Darkness is science fiction for the thinking reader, and should be read attentively in order to properly savor the depth of insight and the subtleties of plot and character. It is one of those pleasures that requires a little investment at the beginning, but pays back tenfold with the joy of raw imagination that resonates through the subsequent 30 years of science fiction storytelling. Not only is the bookshelf incomplete without owning it, so is the reader without having read it. --L. Blunt Jackson --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
This novel transcends the science fiction genre.
At the same time, the story and characters are fully involving, with the book's themes enriching rather than dulling the reader's experience.
It took me for-ever to get through it and I read about 8 other complete books between the first and last page of this one.
Made me cry more, I think, than any book before, when Estaven dies so suddenly and awfully, to the point where I couldn't read through the tears.Published 12 days ago by Hugo Hamilton
This is a classic novel with a ground-breaking premise, and despite my love of science fiction, I had managed to avoid reading it for decades. So ... Read morePublished 12 days ago by David J. Nix
The Left Hand of Darkness has become one of my favorite Sci-Fi books. There are surprises, beautiful imagery, and amazing character development. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Thomas Paine
The book was for my son's college course. It was in great shape.Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Robertson
I bought this same edition from Barns and Noble. Am half way through and can tell you that this book is definitely worth buying, especially if you enjoy reading Ursula Le Guin. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hesteen
It's a different story, but has an interesting look on gender roles on a society were genders doesn't exists.Published 1 month ago by Rosa Alers Talavera
This book is excellent reading from start to finish. Will be following up with more from this writerPublished 2 months ago by Wendy Watson