Best of September 2010 in SFF: Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic 1974 novel The Dispossessed is brought wonderfully to audio courtesy a Harper Audio production of an excellent Don Leslie narration. Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, it is also (and much less impressively, I might add!) my pick for the best new science fiction and fantasy audiobook at in September 2010.

The publisher’s summary is brief: “Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated 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. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.”

Here, there is simply too much to say, and so I will play a bit of the coward and not say much at all, other than: Le Guin’s Anarres is the definitive rendering of anarchism in fiction, and this is an unforgettable novel, and a masterful narration.




Note: this post is back-dated from June 24, 2011, for sort order purposes.

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