The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

Today's review is The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, which has to be one of the oddest books I've read this year. 

Title: The Left Hand of Darkness

By: Ursula K. Le Guin

Genre: Scifi

Pages: 366

Release Date: January 1st, 1969

Publisher: Ace

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

A lone human ambassador is sent to the icebound planet of Winter, a world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants’ gender is fluid. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the strange, intriguing culture he encounters...

Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.


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I don't think I was in the right headspace for this book. Maybe if I was, I would have liked it more.

There was a lot of emphasis on the non-gender aspect of the story, but the author has a really scientific way of thinking and it doesn't always translate well to the page. At least not for me. I wanted more story and not a lecture on aliens.

I have to keep in mind, this book was written long before I was born and its ideas would have been ground breaking back in the 60's and 70's. With all that in mind, maybe I should try reading this book again in the future when I'm in the mood for a little edge.

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