In spite of what it may sound like when you start reading it, this is not a story about Communism, which I thought it would be when I first started reading it. I don't mean the demonized Communism that McCarthy peddled, I mean Marx's original idea of a classless society. LeGuin's father was an anthropologist, and his work/ideas are showing through in The Dispossessed. Shevek's people are the classic "primitive" people who are ruled entirely by custom and community policing. Not surprisingly, they reject technology on the basis that it encourages evil. Anarres is a classic capitalist society. Viewed through Shevek's eyes, I was able to see just how strange our society is compared with virtually every other society in the world. Very eye-opening. Give it a try....Continua
To discover such an amazing talent. I still cannot believe how accurate the pictures of an hipotetical anarchist world is.
Not only is believable, but is not Utopic, it have flaw of course but it could work.
Terryfing the pictures of the human race anyway, but it's everything to discover.
I strongly suggesti it to anyone that love sci-fi
After having been disappointed by the Left hand I really enjoyed this one. Reading about an anarchist utopia was very interesting while there were riots across London. I have to say I really liked the way the politics were handled within this book. That while the anarchists were the "utopian" society they still had many problems of their own, including their citizens starving. The "normal" society was pretty reprehensible though and she did a great job of pointing out all the problems with today's society, and how in the end it turned out to be a post-apocalyptic galactic civilisation.
Despite all the politics I felt that the plot moved along really well and led to dramatic climaxes in the past and the present, I liked the way the two time streams revealed the bigger picture, as well as the life of Shevek. Only thing that was a bit disappointing was the lack of many female characters, particularly when society's attitude towards women was such a big part of the story. Still it was enjoyable and I already have a couple more of her books to read....Continua
It is of the nature of the idea to be communicated: written, spoken, done. The idea is like grass. It craves light, likes crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows better for being stepped on.