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The Left Hand of Darkness

c07b4c16-a946-4064-8b55-06393d3e5b0aimg100Title: The Left Hand of Darkness
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Series: Hainish Cycle, book 4
Genre: classic science fiction

Opening sentence:

“I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of imagination.”

I have read The Left Hand of Darkness as part of my goal to read more classic fantasy/science fiction this year. I picked this book because it has been brought up quite a lot in the dissections of Ancillary Justice this year. I had also forgotten that I had ever read Ursula LeGuin when I picked up the book in Amsterdam this April. Since when, thanks to Sword & Laser, I have realised that I read The Earthsea as a teenager. I don’t remember much about the book other than quite liking it.

The Left Hand of Darkness has been a controversial book for me. I don’t remember ever being so conflicted about a book that I have finished reading. At times I quite frankly wanted to throw it at the wall while I have been reading other parts aloud to my mom because they were so pretty and made me very happy.

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Reading: The Left Hand of Darkness

c07b4c16-a946-4064-8b55-06393d3e5b0aimg100Title: The Left Hand of Darkness
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Series: Hainish Cycle, book 4
Genre: classic science fiction

This year I set myself a goal of reading some classic fantasy and science fiction works. When I was in Amsterdam in the spring I picked up a copy of “The Left Hand of Darkness”. I have tried starting it three times now. I decided that if I am going to motivate myself to reading it I properly need to write it about it as I read.

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