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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
The World created by Le Guin is fascinating and believable.
At the same time, the story and characters are fully involving, with the book's themes enriching rather than dulling the reader's experience.
This book won the 1969 Nebula Award and the 1970 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel of the year.
I've read (and adored) a number of Ursula K. Le Guin's novels over the past several years. But with the exception of Changing Planes, I hadn't read any of Le Guin's science... Read morePublished 7 days ago by ViolettePen
I was very disappointed by this novel, not what I hoped for! It honestly bored the life out of me, the only reason I finished it was because I had to write a paper on it.Published 29 days ago by Aonjanie
This is quite a remarkable work. So completely engrossing & forces one to think beyond normal human constraints about power, position, gender, & friendship. Just wonderful! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deb T.
Just one of the best book ever written. The Deepness is behind every word, and the very clever story does a perfect job in carrying the emotion to ensure the reader is involved not... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tuan Kuranes
I gotta admit that I didn't even finish this book. I plan to someday though. Its just that my other books showed up in the mail and I wanted to read them first. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Swiftbird
Although my first reading was while in college many years ago, this work has remained a favorite; I found that it and Dr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sheila Rooks
Leguin is in my top 5 SciFi writers. The Lathe of Heaven is a masterpiece.Published 1 month ago by Matthew K. Smith
The world Le Guin creates is every bit as compelling as Tolkien's Shire. I loved the Prime Minister as a character--a man who risked much to bring knowledge and advancement to his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donna S. Meredith
If you a science fiction fan, then you must read this book. It won both major awards way back in 1969, back it is THE one book that must be on the shelve for any science fiction... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kamiyahagi