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Garry

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  • The Birthday of the World: And Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Ursula K. Le Guin, David Birney, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    Six of these tales are set in the author's signature world of the Ekumen, a world made familiar in her award-winning novel The Left Hand of Darkness. The title story was hailed by Publisher's Weekly as "remarkable...a standout." Paradises Lost is a mesmerizing novella of space exploration and the pursuit of happiness. These stories explore complex social interactions, troublesome issues of gender and sex, and the meaning of transformation, religion, and history.

    Donald A. Giallanza says: "The Birthday of the World"
    "Give me a break"
    Overall

    These stories seem to depict a lifetime of frustration with male dominance and they beat you over the head with it. We already know that UKL's Left Hand of Darkness broke new ground and it was welcome. These stories take those ideas (and her new one-moieties) and burn them out. Each story attempts to right every wrong that women have suffered at the hands of men and society. I don't agree with male dominance either, most men reading these stories are likely enlightened on this as well, so it seems she's preaching to the choir. The males become the prostitutes, they are used and hurt, it goes on and on. The first two stories communicated the point and that's all I needed. If you're looking of Science Fiction, there is none in these stories.

    4 of 18 people found this review helpful

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