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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.
I recommend it for anyone seeking to expand their familiarity with classic works of science fiction.
Ursula K. Le Guin has succeeded in writing a perfect sci-fi fable about ourselves and the nature of reality.
And through some unknown power of the mind, his uncontrolled dreams change the very fabric of reality.
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 14 days 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 14 days ago by Linda M. French
The package was delivered on time and was exactly what was pictured and described.Published 1 month 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 1 month ago by Virago
I this book just wouldn't let me go. From the first chapter I was hooked. Amazing premise and beautiful imagery.Published 2 months ago by Devon Abdo
My mind continually reviews the concepts expressed here. How easy it is to think that our thoughts should belong to everyone.Published 2 months ago by harriett landon
One of the greatest, most subtle texts of our time, or any time. Incidentally, to the reviewer who hilariously misread this as "the novelization of The Road to Serfdom",... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hunter Washburne
Somewhat disappointed by this one - I love LeGuin, and this has a fantastic premise. But the characters feel somewhat underdeveloped.Published 3 months ago by Andrew Good
Ursula Le Guin's Lathe of Heaven was written in 1971 and set in 2002 Portland, OR. It's a dystopian future in which overcrowding, global warming, and the like have made life kinda... Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. George