The Dispossessed

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Gollancz, 2006 - Anarchism - 336 pages
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The Principle of Simultaneity is a scientific breakthrough which will revolutionize interstellar civilization by making possible instantaneous communication. It is the life work of Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the arid anarchist world of Anarres. But Shevek's work is being stifled by jealous colleagues, so he travels to Anarres's sister-planet Urras, hoping to find more liberty and tolerance there. But he soon finds himself being used as a pawn in a deadly political game.

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Intelligent writing with no tired good-vs-evil. - LibraryThing
The result is fascinating, if a little devoid of plot. - LibraryThing
LeGuin is perhaps a writer's writer. - LibraryThing

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Easily identifiable as a Le Guin work, this story is non-chronological and manages to fully realize two societies without providing detailed descriptions of every imaginable aspect of them. Instead ... Read full review

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User Review  - Clevermonkey - LibraryThing

Political sci-fi at its best. Intelligent writing with no tired good-vs-evil. Thoughtful look at the strengths and weaknesses of capitalist and collectivist societies, and how human nature undermines (or softens) each 'pure' ideology. Read full review


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Ursula K. Le Guin has won many Nebula and Hugo Awards, as well as a National Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Newbery Honor and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.

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