The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

28 Aug

Title: The Left Hand of Darkness

Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Publisher: Ace Books 1969

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 304

Rating:    3 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Science Fiction; 2011- Show It Who is Boss

How I Got It: I own it

Genly Ai is an emissary from the human galaxy to Winter, a lost, stray world. His mission is to bring the planet back into the fold of an evolving galactic civilization, but to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own culture and prejudices and those that he encounters. On a planet where people are of no gender–or both–this is a broad gulf indeed.  –L. Blunt Jackson

I am at a loss about this book.  I went in thinking “This is a classic, I will love it.  I’m digging science fiction right now.  I loved Madeliene L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time series.  I loved Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale.  I enjoyed Heinlein’s Have Spacesuit-Will Travel.  I adored Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.  I am going to love this.”

And I was completely disappointed.   Oh sure there were parts that I liked.  But overall, I kept waiting for the story to really start.  I wanted more.  And it didn’t help that all the names, geography, and customs were very confusing.  I got hopelessly loss in a sea of words.  I just couldn’t truly get into the story like I wanted to.  Definitely not going to appear on my Favorites of 2011 list.  Oh well.  Onto something else…

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