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The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness
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Thoughtful and thought provoking

7 years, 10 months ago at Apr 7 6:24
2 votes
From the summary of the book:
"On the planet Winter, there is no gender. The Gethenians can become male of female during each mating cycle, and that is something other cultures find incomprehensible.

The Ekumen of Known Worlds has sent an ethnologist to study the inhabitants of this forbidding, ice bound world..."

This book speaks at different levels. It is a t... read more
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Manufacturer: Ace Books
Release date: 15 March 1987
ISBN-10 : 0441478123 | ISBN-13: 9780441478125
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2008 in Books (22 books items)

"This book speaks at different levels. It is a tale of politics and war. It is a tale of contact between two species, It is also a commentary on gender and gender roles. Being science fiction, it talks about technology and other scientific aspects of the tale such as biology and evolution as well. Full Review"


Abhi posted a review 7 years, 10 months ago

Thoughtful and thought provoking

“From the summary of the book:

"On the planet Winter, there is no gender. The Gethenians can become male of female during each mating cycle, and that is something other cultures find incomprehensible.

The Ekumen of Known Worlds has sent an ethnologist to study the inhabitants of this forbidding, ice bound world..."

This book speaks at different levels. It is a tale of politics and war. It is a tale of contact between two species, It is also a commentary on gender and gender roles. Being science fiction, it talks about technology and other scientific aspects of the tale such as biology and evolution as well.

There is no romanticising of any of these aspects in the book, which makes it something less than a breezy read. Le Guin takes her time to flesh o” read more


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