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The Dispossessed

Narrated by: Roddy Doyle, Tim Treloar
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
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One of the very best novels of all time - with a new introduction by Roddy Doyle  

'There was a wall. It did not look important - even a child could climb it. But the idea was real. Like all walls it was ambiguous, two-faced. What was inside it and what was outside it depended upon which side of it you were on...'  

Shevek is brilliant scientist who is attempting to find a new theory of time - but there are those who are jealous of his work, and will do anything to block him. So he leaves his homeland, hoping to find a place of more liberty and tolerance. 

Initially feted, Shevek soon finds himself being used as a pawn in a deadly political game. With powerful themes of freedom, society and the natural world's influence on competition and co-operation, The Dispossessed is a true classic of the 20th century.

©2019 Ursula K. Le Guin (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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As relevent now as then

This book was written 2 years beforemi was born. It strikes me as utterlymrelevent to our times and our struggles....Ursula k let Guin weaves so much humanity into this book. She displays such a great understanding of what motivates us and what stops us from being our truest selves. It is a little dry at the begining but persevere it is worth it.

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anarchism for dummies

A brilliant exposition of how anarchism leads (inevitably?) to the tyranny of socialism. Great characters. Vivid descriptions of other worlds, their polarised societies (capitalist/socialist; rich/poor), and the inevitable politics of human life. Excellent performances. I will read it again.

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Didn't like that part when it ended

Amazingly refreshing view on the human experience. I'm very happy there are more books written by the same mind.

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The only book on anarchy you ever need to read!

From the viewpoint of the world post-revolution, this book is a revolution in itself. The characters and plot are not what's important here, it's a book to be studied

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  • 26-06-20

Insightful and Modern beyond its time.

Conceptually as pertinent today as in the 70s. Le Guin astutely delves into possible societies, at once improbable and yet completely belivable. My criticism is only that the plot does not have the adventurous dynamic of Left Hand of Darkness, and Shevaks interpersonal relationships are not as revealing as Genly Ai's. At times sections feel like scifi text book of the planets socio systems, and Shevaks personal story is just a little less compelling.
Still, passages are so pertinent that it must embarrass a 21st century reader that we, our governments and our systems have adhered so thoroughly to the worst of Le Guin's societies and aspired so little to the best of them.
The reading performance is solid, not detracting from the book, though I would suggest regional british accents do not lend well to Le Guins goals to extract readers from our world and our stereotypes. Perhaps not as thoroughly engrossing as The Left Hand of Darkness.