Le Guin is a master in building social scenarios. This is the story of Genly Ai, sent to the icy planet of Gethen to persuade its nations and join a kind of pangalactic ONU. Frankly, I think Genly is more than naive for such a goal. Beside the almost never ending cold, the main peculiarity of Gethen is its inhabitants being with no fixed gender identity. They are generally neutral but any month or so they randomly become man or woman and sex-addicted. A kind of hormonal menstruation. Sex is not the topic of the novel, whereas the human relationship and the episode of the glacier crossing is almost poetic....Continua
Si bien la idea del planeta con seres humanos hermafroditas ha sido muy bien desarrollada en el libro, varias partes resultan un poco tediosas y las reacciones de los personajes difíciles de entender. No ha sido un libro que me atrape.
Come tanti libri della Le Guin, parte un pò lento. Ma se si ha la perseveranza di portarlo fino in fondo questo libro si rivelerà in tutta la sua potenza e poesia. Finale commovente, da film.
After loving the Lathe of Heaven I was recommended to read this one by several people. I have to say it was a little disappointing. I really liked the idea of a planet where there were no gender issues, where people only became sexual beings for part of the time and could become male or female. But the fact that the non-gendered people were constantly referred to as "he" really bothered me. Instead of reading a book with a neutral gender I felt I was reading yet another book with only male characters. (It was explained that he was meant to be gender neutral as it was when referring to God as "he" but that also bothers me). Apart from that I found the plot kinda slow and the setting a little dull. It felt more like fantasy than Sci-fi as even though they were on a different planet most of the books seemed to be low tech traveling. There were some nice moments, the main characters imprisonment in the work camp and the trip there were quite harrowing, the bond that formed while crossing the ice was interesting, but the actual trip of crossing the ice was kinda dull in a Tolkein way. The ending just felt a little hollow. It wasn't bad just not really my thing. But I was recommended another book by her and I think I will give that a go even though this one didn't do much for me....Continua