But Le Guin faces a much more complicated challenge in writing her novel.
Other works, perhaps less skillfully written or not as masterfully created, still strike a chord within me and I can grasp the vision and voice of the author as if we were friends, as if we shared a thought. It is truly rare when I can see that a book is both a work of art and that also touches me in a way that leaves a mark on my soul, perhaps ev There are some books that even with my untrained, unskilled and inexperienced eye can detect and confirm are true works of art, mastery in literature.
It is truly rare when I can see that a book is both a work of art and that also touches me in a way that leaves a mark on my soul, perhaps even changing my life, that I can look back and see that my path changed after reading. The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin is such a work, a true masterpiece of literature, science fiction or not, that truly touched me.
I cannot say that it has changed my life, though, but rather affirmed some deep-set values and ideals that I hold.
This really transcends the genre and stands alone as a work of art. Science fiction may be best as a vehicle for allegory, for a way in which an artist can attach to an imagination or fantasy an idea or observation about our world that can only be grasped in the peripheral, can only be explained in metaphor and parable.
Le Guin has here accomplished the creation of a minimalistic, austere voice of one crying out in the wilderness. Beautifully written, this can be subtlety brilliant and painfully clear, some scenes left me unable to go on, yet I was compelled, entranced and beckoned to continue.
Yet all the same, I was saddened to come to its conclusion. The great thing about revisiting a work of literature is to notice greater detail the second time around. And this is not a dystopian novel as we have become accustomed in the last few years, but an examination of a utopian model.
Anarres and Urras, twin planets in the Tau Ceti system, Urras having been colonized with humans by the Hain ages ago. Then Odo, a visionary who is imprisoned for her world-shattering ideas. Odo rejected the tenants of aristocracy, of capitalism, of property altogether.
She espoused an anarchistic ideology, a utopian society without laws, money, or property rights. Those following Odo left the paradise of Urras with its fertile valleys and rich natural resources, for the harsh, dry mining colony on Anarres, sort of a moon to Urras.
The planetary truce is maintained as a fragile economic alliance: The Anarres citizens produce mineral wealth in exchange for imported goods from Urras. The Anarres anarchist society is closed and fragile.
It is a primitive collectivism without central authority. Shevek, a brilliant physicist and I think one of the great SF characters risks everything to travel to Urras and share with them his theories on temporal physics. This theory will lead to the development of the ansible. Shevek experiences the vast differences between the two societies.
The socio-economic dialogue that fills much of this novel is provocative and solicitous. Le Guin, very much affected by the turmoil of the Vietnam war, has crafted a brilliant story of revolution and practical utopia.
Le Guin has the Anaresans portrayed as a peaceful people, with only the barest of defense against the powerful Urras governments, truculent and power hungry. Finally, and this is a superficial and trivial thought, but if I were to film this and pick a cast, I would have Viggo Mortenson as Shevek.
I would also have interuldes of thoughtful quotes from Odo and I would have Ursula K. Le Guin herself fill that role.The Dispossessed Essay Topics. Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed. page comprehensive study guide; Features 13 chapter summaries and 5 sections of expert analysis; Written by a college professor with a PhD in English from Brown University; Access Full Summary.
Study Guide Navigation. Le Guin, “The Dispossessed” by Richard Evers. Science-Fiction, Liberty, and “Ambiguous Utopia” The Dispossessed is a science-fiction tour de force, an ambitious philosophical novel that powerfully presents a heroic vision of life.
This is achieved through the story of one man’s journey from his native world to the planet of his. Ursula Le Guin tells us in The Wife’s Story, about a woman who meets a man who would later become her husband and father to her children.
This story has a . I'm sure the holidays will keep everyone busy, so we're only reading one book for the next meeting.
Let's start off the new year with a sci-fi classic! Le Guin rewrites political science from the perspective of a hippie commune, circa She has cleaned the place up, put away the tie-dyed shirts and pot brownies, and moved the setting to outer space.
But the summer-of-love ambiance is unmistakable. URSULA K.
LE GUIN 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 the Hugo, Nebula, Endeavor, Locus, Tiptree, Sturgeon, PEN/Malamud, and National Book awards and the Pushcart and Janet Heidinger Kafka prizes, among others.