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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 text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Long before Inception and “shared dreaming,” LeGuin produced this classic, philosophical, sci-fi novel of “effective dreaming” and the nature of reality. Read morePublished 1 day ago by A. R. Davis
Kind of mind-blowing. I disregarded Ursula K. Le Guin years ago after watching a mediocre Earthsea TV movie, and now I find she's a superb author.Published 14 days ago by Roy
I don't think Ursula K. Le Guin is capable of writing a mediocre book, let alone a bad book.
The Lathe of Heaven is a thought-provoking, profound, beautifully written... Read more
I always love Ms Le Guin's spinning of her stories, especially this one. So entrancingly looney. So loonily entrancing - in a good way.Published 27 days ago by Helmut J.
Not a fan personally... Was very predictable in where they went with everything. I had a hard time staying interested and following along with the story and only finished it since... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Hogue
This one will haunt me, leave me mulling over Le Guin's ideas for quite a while. If you are looking for a fast-paced, action-filled sci-fi story, this is not for you, but if you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by elh
I very much enjoyed "The Lathe of Heaven." It has a very filmic quality, with a vast story being told through 3 main characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by yogini108