The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le GuinThe Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Dispossessed

byUrsula K. Le Guin

Mass Market Paperback | October 20, 1994

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“One of the greats….Not just a science fiction writer; a literary icon.” – Stephen King

From the brilliant and award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin comes a classic tale of two planets torn apart by conflict and mistrust — and the man who risks everything to reunite them.

A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras—a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of distrust. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart.

To visit Urras—to learn, to teach, to share—will require great sacrifice and risks, which Shevek willingly accepts. But the ambitious scientist's gift is soon seen as a threat, and in the profound conflict that ensues, he must reexamine his beliefs even as he ignites the fires of change.

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born in 1929 in Berkeley, and lives in Portland, Oregon. As of 2014, she has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry, and four of translation, and has received many honors and awards, including the Hugo, Nebula,...
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Title:The DispossessedFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 inPublished:October 20, 1994Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061054887

ISBN - 13:9780061054884

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intelligent, challenging, and revelatory A story that will stay with me for the rest of my life
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I love Ursula Le Guin, and here she does it again. Great book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all-time favourites I had orignially had to read this book for a SF class in university - therefore never had the chance to actually enjoy the story. I finally got around to reading it a couple of years after graduation and it has become one of my favourite novels. I believe I've read it upwards of 4 times by now, and I always look forward to reading it again.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Idea, Poor Execution This classic science fiction novel is reminiscent of "Atlas Shrugged" in the sense that it says a lot about society, quite often shocking you with its poignancy and accurate commentaries on governing systems (all too familiar capitalism versus non-authoritative communism/anarchism), but quite obviously lacks a plot. Instead, the plot IS the social idea, the commentaries, the juxtaposing of diametrically opposed cultures and how it reflects upon our own society. "The Dispossessed" would have made a better essay than a novel designed to entertain as well as inform. That being said, this book is superbly well-written. Le Guin's style of writing is a breath of fresh air; so unique and mature. Despite this breath of fresh air, I was gasping to get to the end.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic One of her best books - and her books are really good. One of the best sci fi novels I've ever read.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book Masterpiece of dystopian cience fiction. This book mixes political science and adventure.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal This book was a pensive ideological scifi - I found Shevek to be a compelling, complex character, and the author's descriptions of the world around him make clear pictures in my mind's eye. This book got me hooked on Ursula K. Le Guin's works. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed-bag I went in with high expectations and "let down" is a very strong phrase, so maybe I should just say that I was surprised. The novel is a thinking-novel and not one in which you are a passive observer of the story. Unfortunately, that meant that I often forget much of what I had previously read. It is hard to read this in multiple sittings. It had echoes of 1984 and even Mockingjay, but didn't have the same drive as either. I think Le Guin builds an intriguing and fascinating world, but the lack of explanation - although sometimes effective - also works against full-immersion.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Near Perfection As a semi-retired actor, there are many literary characters I'd love to play, and for all kinds of reasons. Cardinal Richelieu and D'Artagnan spring immediately to mind, but there are countless others: Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin (Perdido Street Station), Oedipus, Holmes or Watson (I'd take either), Captain Jack Aubrey (I'd rather Stephen, but I look like Jack), Heathcliff, Lady Macbeth, Manfred, Indiana Jones. But none of them are people who I would actually like to be. That I reserve for Shevek. Ursula K. LeGuin's Odonian-Anarchist physicist is what I would aspire to be in the deepest places of myself -- flaws and all. The reason is simple and profound. Shevek constantly strives for change inside and outside himself, for an embracing of true freedom with the knowledge that freedom requires change, that change is dangerous, and that the danger of true freedom trumps safety. No matter what pressures are brought to bear, Shevek is his own man. I could go on about him, but I am loathe to diminish the strength of what I have written. So I will close with this: Shevek is the character I most admire in literature, and The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia is very nearly a perfect book. You must read it.
Date published: 2009-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended Probably one of the best books I've ever read. I recommend it to anyone that shows the least bit of interest in SF literature.
Date published: 2002-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LeGuin's take on a "fish out of water" Ursula K. LeGuin won the Hugo and Nebula awards for this novel, and deserved them. This is similar in theme to Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land", but is very different in execution. Aside from the culture-clash that is common in these stories, she explores the place of women in society in a way Heinlein never did. The narrative structure, with chapters alternating between Shevek's experiences on the two worlds, is an excellent way to draw parellels in the text. I reccommend it!
Date published: 2000-06-15

From Our Editors

Unwilling to accept that his anarchist world must be separated from the rest of the civilized universe, Shevek, a brilliant physicist, risks his life by traveling to the utopian mother planet of Urras. Reissue.

Editorial Reviews

“This novel, by a celebrated Hungarian poet, depicts the world of his childhood…The narrator, a young boy whose family is shunned-it was once wealthy and is suspected of being Jewish-endures beatings, hunger, and taunts with the fatalism of someone who has never known anything else.”