S passion is displayed however the time spent in A Io roughly half the novel due to the alternating chapters did not exactly challenge me perhaps because i am already critical of the good ole US of A and have engaged in plenty of political shenanigans throughout my life i wasn t reading anything new i am the choir to whom the novel preached still i m not sure i would say that this is Le Guin s fault it s probably my fault being an unpatriotic asshole who both loves and hates this crazy place and who is in agreement regarding all the negative points
AND THE POSITIVE ONES TOO INTRODUCED the positive ones too introduced late in the novel by a Terran envoy i am automatically sympathetic to all the points made about the ivory tower of education hypocritical politicians unncessary wars the poisonous yet hidden class system the demeaning of women etc still despite my lack of enthusiasm about A Io this is also where some of the most wonderful writing occurs and where some of the most mind expanding concepts are describedwhere the novel really shines is in the depiction of the Ambiguous Utopia Anarres everything is not peachy een on this arid sadly animal and grass free desert world the ideals that created Anarres are indeed admirable it was awesome to see my own and countless others anarcho socialist jerkoff fantasies about how perfect it would be if we were all truly able to share all able to chip in to help each other if materialism was seen as an abomination if we were able to give up on ridiculous hierarchical structures etc etc et al enacted in a fairly realistic way and in a very positive light but of course this is an Ambiguous Utopia so Le Guin also shows how basic power craving territorial human nature will always surface how
COOPERATIVE COMMUNAL LIVING CAN ALSO STAMPcommunal living can also stamp the individual how it can make being different seem like a threat how other hatin tribalism is ultimately toxic no matter the tribe no matter the utopia no matter if the tribe is an entire nation or world Le Guin makes a utopia then she nearly unmakes it by unmasking all of its issues and ugliness but she does not denounce it i loved that Le Guin and Shevek still see the beauty in this culture in a place that is anti materialist anti capitalist their goal is to explore how such a system can truly be maintained in a way that is genuine and that respects the invididual a society that is continuously revolutionary and the true enemies of revolution are complacency and stasisa closing word and uick circle back to the sophistication of Le Guin s writing i loved how Shevek s Theory of Simultaneity was reflected within the book s structure and by the political and moral themes as well an example But it s true chronosophy does involve ethics Because our sense of time involves our ability to separate cause and effect means and end The baby agan the animal they don t see the difference between what they do now and what will happen because of it They can t make a pulley or promise We can Seeking the difference between now and not now we can make the connection And there morality enters in Responsibility To say that a good end will follow from a bad means is just like saying that if I pull a rope on this pulley it will lift the weight on that one To break a promise is to deny the reality of the past therefore it is to deny
The Hope Of Ahope of a future If time and reason are functions of each other if we are creatures of time then we had better now it and try to make the best of it To act responsibly First of all if you haven t already read The Dispossessed then do so Somehow probably because it comes with an SF sticker it isn t yet officially labeled as one of the great novels of the 20th century They re going to fix that even. Olated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life Sheve.
Ursula K. Le Guin ☆ 5 DownloadTually so why not get in ahead of the crowd It s not just a terrific story it might change your life Ursula Le Guin is saying some pretty important stuff hereSo what is it she s saying that s so important I ve read the book several times since I first came across it as a teenager and my perception of it has changed over time There s than one layer and I at least didn t immediately realize that On the surface the first
thing you notice is the setting She is presenting a genuinely credibleyou notice is the setting She is presenting a genuinely credible utopia Most utopias are irritating or just plain silly You read them and at best you shake your head and wish that people actually were like that or likely you wonder how the author can be uite so deluded This one s different Le Guin has thought about it a lot and taken into account the obvious fact that people are often selfish and stupid You feel that her anarchist society actually could work it doesn t work all the time and there are things about it that you see are going to cause problems But like the US Constitution one of my favorite utopian documents it seems to have the necessary flexibility and groundedness that allow it to adapt to changing circumstances and survive She s done a good job and you can t help admiring the brave and ind AnnarestiAnother thing you re immediately impressed by is the central character Shevek Looking at the other reviews everyone loves Shevek I love him too He s one of the most convincing fictional scientists I Faker know I m a scientist myself so I m very sensitive to the nuances Like his society he s not in any way perfect and his life is a long struggle to try and understand the secrets of temporal physics which he often feels are completely beyond him I was impressed by the alien science she gives you just the right amount of background that it feels credible but not so much that you re tempted to nit pick the details You re swept up in his uest to unify Seuency and Simultaneity without ever needing tonow exactly what they are And his relationship with Takver is a great love story with some wonderfully moving scenes There s one line in particular which despite being utterly simple and understated never fails to bring tears to my eyes As you also see in The Lathe of Heaven Le Guin Lawbreakers Suspense Stories knows about loveWhat I ve said so far would already be enough to ualify this as a good book that was absolutely worth reading What I think makes it a great book is her analysis of the concept of freedom There are so many other interesting things to look at that at first you don t uite notice it but to me it s the core of the novel What does it mean to be truly free At first you think that the Annaresti have already achieved that it s just a uestion of having the right social structures But after a while you see that it s not nearly as straightforward as you first imagined Real freedom means that you have to be able to challenge the beliefs of the people around you when they conflict with what you yourself truly believe and that can be painful for everyone But it s essential and it s particularly essential if you want to be a scientist Inow this from personal experience Another theme that suffuses the book is the concept of the Promise
If you can t make and eep promises then you have no influence on the future you are lockedyou can t make and eep promises then you have no influence on the future you are locked the present But promising something also binds your future self There are some deep paradoxes here The book folds the arguments unobtrusively into the narrative and never shoves them in your face but after a while you see that they are what tie all the strands together the anarchist society the science the love story the politics It s a much deeper book than you first realize As I said it might change your life It s changed mine. K must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet Urras to challenge the complex structures of life and living and ignite the fires of chan. ,
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"Make The Revolution You Only Be "the revolution You can only be revolution Ursula Le Guin The Dispossessed Ursula K Le Guin s The Dispossessed represents the high orbit of what SF can do Science Fiction is best most lasting most literate when it is using its conventional forms to explore not space but us When the vehicle of SF is used to ask big uestions that are easier bent with binary planets with grand theories of time and space etc we are able to better understand both the limits and the horizons of our species The great SF writers Asimov Vonnegut Heinlein Dick Bradbury etc have been able to explore political economic social and cultural uestionspossibilities using the future time and the wide openness of space Ursula K Le Guin belongs firmly in the pantheon of great social SF writers She will be read far into the future not because her writing reflects the future but because it captures the now so perfectly You uestion a lot of things when you read this book Loyalty freedom desire to own work family concept I think the author has written a great book Why America Is Full of Toxic Bullshit and Why Ambiguous Utopias Need to Check Themselves Before They Wreck Themselves Going Down the Same Fucked Up Path by Ursula K Le Guinthis excellent novel cum political treatise cum extended metaphor for the States lays its thesis out in parallel narratives in the present day far far far in the future heroically thoughtful protagonist Shevek visits the thinly veiled States of the nation A Io on the planet Urras in order to both work on his Theory of Simultaneity and to pave the way for change on his homeworld in chapters that alternate with this trip to Urras we watch Shevek grow from boy to man on the anarcho communist Anarres the Ambiguous Utopia of the novel s subtitle Urras and Anarres form a double planet system within the Tau Ceti star system The planets have a difficult relationship 150 years prior revolutionaries from Urras were given the mining planet of Anarres in order to halt their various revolutionary activities throughout the Urran nations Upon establishment of their colony Anarres cut off all but the most basic contact and trade with the despised propertarians of UrrasThe Dispossessed is a fiercely intelligent passionate intensely critical novel yet it is also a gentle warm and very carefully constructed novel as well ideas do not burn off the page with their fiery rhetoric everything is deliberately paced concepts and actions and even characterization are parsed out slowly its parallel narratives are perfectly executed with
different plot themes and character backgrounds brought up expanded upon and often reflecting upon each other ideas areplot themes and character backgrounds brought up expanded upon and often reflecting upon each other ideas are in multiple directions and serve to continually challenge reader preconceptions overall this is not a novel that uickens the pulse although there is some of that but is instead a Novel of Ideas if you are not in a contemplative mood if you have no interest in systems of government or human potential or theoretical physics then this is probably not the novel for you it is a book for the patient reader one who actually enjoys sitting back and thinking about things Le Guin s prose does not jump up at you nonetheless she is a beautiful writer eually skilled with the little details that make a scene real and and with making the Big Concepts understandable to dummies like myself and Le Guin is a sophisticated writer she seems constitutionally unable to write in black white everything is multi leveled nothing is all bad nothing is perfect humans are fallible ideas are fallible everything must change and yet the past is ever a living part of the presentAmerica as A Io is where much of Le Guin. Shevek a brilliant physicist decides to take action He will seek answers uestion the unuestionable and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have is.