Ursula Le Guin: THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS

Published: 1969
Winner or Rec? Hugo and Nebula winner 1970
Started reading: September 1, 2014
Finished reading: September 3, 2014

Epic Reading Project book #24

WHEW. I’m actually kind of terrified to write this review, because LHoD is *such* a huge landmark in the genre and, looking back on it almost a year later, I see how much of an influence it had on books like A WOMAN OF THE IRON PEOPLE.

LHoD is not a noisy book: It’s quiet. It is so quiet. But not meekly! It is the quiet of glaciers and zen masters.

I’m just sitting here staring at the computer screen. I don’t even know where to begin disassembling this mountain: The gender issues? The motifs of duality? overcoming prejudice through understanding and empathy?… And that’s not to mention the most outward trappings of the book, the language and the worldbuilding — I have never felt so cold as when I was reading about them crossing the ice fields.

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