©1971 by Ursula K. Leguin.; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks
"What Science Fiction is supposed to do." (Newsweek)
Middle School teacher with a 100 miles round-trip daily commute; which I could never maintain all these long years without audible books.
If you like appocaliptic stories that are ironic, make-ya-think science fiction, then this is for you. Only it's not really that hard to comprehend; like it might've been perhaps in less capable hands than that of Le Guin. I'd like to send a heartfelt thanks to Ms. Le Guin for penning Lathe of Heaven and I'm sorry I'm late to discovery of such of fab tale. I shall be re-reading it soon for sheer enjoyment and maybe even edification,hahah. Oh did I mention exquistite gender-bending bits thrown in like chips in a chocolate cookie?
Here Le Guin plays with wild fantasy and manages to comment on society, people, psychology, relations, power etc. etc. And all in a relatively light humorous tone. It is also very well read! My wife, who normally does not like to much fantasy, also loved this one.
Typical of LeGuin, this is a pretty dark view, but the unlying philosophy is thought provoking and worth your time. The narrator's flat intonation style, which might have been meant to enhance the darkness or gloom of the story, really put me off and made the reading feel monotonous at times.
Story telling at it's very best.
This book gave me warm fuzzies that I most definitely did not expect. Absolutely beautiful in parts.
The reader's voice was a little wooden at times, but I don't think it detracted from the story.
No. i first read this book in the mid-80s and still recall staying up all night because it was too exhilarating to put down. Le Guin is still my all-time fave author, and I still love this book, but this narrator didn't have a feel for the characters or exposition. It's stange because O'Malley is normally much better, as in the Amelia Peabody mysteries.
Too flat on the characters and too rushed in the lovely Daoist imagery of the exposition,
This gem of a novel fits into a particular moment in scifi--early 70s, Cold War, environmentalism first emerging. It's a parable about western rationality vs. eastern intuition through Daoism. It deserves a better performance. Read the novel yourself, or watch the televisted version from the late 70s or early 80s.
"The Lathe of Heaven" joins "The Dispossessed" and "The Left Hand of Darkness" as Ursula Le Guins greatest pieces of work, and all three some of the most intriguing novels of the science-fiction genre. The "Lathe of Heaven" is written in a subdued style with well developed characters and an unusual story. The narrator Susan O'Malley was a good choice to convey the characterization and the story's constrained atmosphere.
I read this many years ago. It is a good story and it is well worth listening to. Ursula Le Guin's first Sci-fi novels were superior works and they still are.
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