The Dispossessed

eBook, 400 pages

English language

Published Nov. 4, 2009

ISBN:
978-0-06-179688-3
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4 stars (121 reviews)

E-book extra: In-depth study guide.Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

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Surprise Anarchy

5 stars

Went into this book having heard not a lot about it, and did not expect it to turn into an anarchist manifesto, but was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the discussions between the characters and the vivacity of the world described. Will definitely purchase a copy for myself.

"Los desposeídos"

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Primero la historia

El personaje es un físico, lo que ya me predispone bien

Sin embargo, mi profesión es común en las novelas de ciencia ficción, y me pregunto cuánto habrá tenido eso que ver con elegirla.

Sin embargo, el personaje de LeGuin es un físico muy real. Hay algo extremadamente familiar en la constante introspección, el aislamiento que se siente aunque no se sufre, y la necesidad de poner todo lo demás a un costado para aprender algo acerca del funcionamiento del universo.

No me había sentido tan identificado con un personaje desde... bueno, desde el Severian de Gene Wolfe que me dió un nick para las redes.

La manera de narrar, con una aproximación desde dos tiempos, el presente de Shevek en Urras y su vida anterior en Anarris, en capítulos alternados, funciona muy bien.

Vamos aprendiendo de Shevek y de Anarris a medida que él va aprendiendo …

An unflinching look at anarchism

5 stars

It’s a testament to Le Guin’s integrity and imagination that should could imagine so precisely the limitations of a social system she herself advocated for.

Like most Le Guin’s Hainish Cycle novels, this is primarily an anthropological work. It’s more concerned with society and ideology than with plot or characters.

A classic of speculative fiction, The Dispossessed is a seminal work of the genre.

On a personal note, I loved the subplot about a gay character who wishes he could have children of his own, even in a society where child rearing is communal. While not the focus of the story, it touches briefly on subject that remains a strong taboo in the gay community to this day.

Uno dei libri più belli che abbia mai letto

5 stars

Un libro di fantascienza geniale, avvincente e al tempo stesso ricco di significato. Negli ultimi anni ho tratto grande piacere dallo studio del pensiero anarchico e delle sue differenze con il comunismo autoritario (e chiaramente con il capitalismo). Penso che il pensiero anarchico sia criminalmente escluso dagli studi scolastici e che moltissime persone, per questo motivo, non sappiano realmente cosa sia. I reietti dell'altro pianeta immagina un'utopia anarchica, dandole però sostanza: è bellissimo vedere come funzionerebbe una società anarchica secondo Ursula Le Guin, anche perché ne presenta anche le possibili criticità. La critica feroce alla concezione del lavoro e dello sfruttamento nel capitalismo sono da pelle d'oca. Ho imparato più sull'anarchia leggendo lei che leggendo Kropotkin!

I only had one problem with it

4 stars

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Le Guin is a fucking genius

5 stars

This book blew. My. Mind. I'm serious, for this alone Ursula K Le Guin became my fav sci-fi author, leaps and bounds above anybody else. She showed me what you can do with science fiction, how you can break the limits of the imagination. It is the first time I actually managed to picture a non-hierarchical society and it is so real, so visceral, that things clicked and I realized that "wait, this is possible!?" And she does that with a completely made up story set in two completely made up societies, both fleshed out with their greatness and infamy, their ideologies and contradictions.

It is NOT an easy read: Le Guin happily forces your brain to do some mental gymnastic, where things don't make any sense until a few pages later when they suddenly, perfectly do, things click in place and your mind is blown.

It is the book …

Holy fuck

5 stars

Wow. What else is there to say? This book was a buffet of ideas ranging from sexism, capitalism, socialism, the military-industrial complex, and politics. I especially enjoyed Le Guin's writing on women, but anarchist and archist, through the eyes of the anarchist main character. For the first few chapters I was amazed at Le Guin's interpretation at an anarchist utopian, and took it as a blueprint for the work we socialists have to do here on Earth. But as the book progressed we learned more about the so-called utopia and it's possible fault -- one of which being politics and the formation of government--and I finished the book with more questions than answers. This was a delightful and nerdy read.

Order is not 'orders'

5 stars

Wonderful and well written book tackling more issues than you would think could fit into the pages it has. Le Guin manages a surprising shift in narrative well, giving us the perspective of an anarchist looking at a capitalist society. A particular joke stuck especially with me, flipping a common argument on its head:

"But all the people he met, and all the people he saw, in the smallest country village, were well dressed, well fed, and, contrary to his expectations, industrious. They did not stand about sullenly waiting to be ordered to do things. Just like Anarresti, they were simply busy getting things done. It puzzled him. He had assumed that if you removed a human being’s natural incentive to work — his initiative, his spontaneous creative energy — and replaced it with external motivation and coercion, he would become a lazy and careless worker."

Beyond that, she manages …

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