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"Le Guin writes in quiet, straightforward sentences about people who feel they are being torn apart by massive forces in society— technological, political, economic—and who fight courageously to remain whole.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Le Guin writes with painstaking intelligence. Her characters are complex and haunting, and her writing is remarkable for its sinewy grace.”
“Like all great writers of fiction, Ursula K. L e Guin creates imaginary worlds that restore us, hearts eased, to our own.”
—The Boston Globe
Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of more than three dozen books for children and adults. She was awarded a Newbury Honor for the second volume of the Earthsea Cycle, The Tombs of Atuan. Among her many other distinctions are the Margaret A. Edwards Award, a National Book Award, and five Nebula Awards. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in science fiction or Le Guin's work.
It is a book that takes one deep into dreams in many forms and points toward a future of connection to and compassion for and with all.
It doesn't help that the Athsheans embody just about every romanticized stereotype of the native primitive.
Great read. I initially thought it was going to be too short, but I think Le Guin gets everything she needs to say in the perfect number of pages. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Phaserlight
I can't express in a few words what Ms. Le Guin has expressed in so few words. An entire world is built. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Julie Pagitt
Le Guin makes a common anthropological mistake here in associating nature protection so closely with indigenous people, especially in that this moralistic novel purports to be an... Read morePublished 6 months ago by A Customer
I've read a lot of the classics of American literature, and they are no better than Le Guin. I would like her writing to be taken as seriously as any other work done in the last... Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Kress
Le Guin's father was an anthropologist, and it shows. This is a story of culture misunderstanding and imperialism, perpetrated by members of the same species against one another. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
We love themes where the local lifeform stands up to the empire-building, land-raping colonists. And like Avatar and many other similar stories, "The Word for World is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lisa Guinn
I'm crying right now. Ursula has never done this to me before. A devastatingly sad ending. As stellar as always but...dang man.Published 8 months ago by H. Share
The human words for their world all amount to the same thing – dirt. But, the Athsheans word for their world is “forest. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson