“The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Dispossessed
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

This book is about a man named Shevek who is part of an anarchist society called the Odonians living on the moon. The original Odonians came to the Annares (the moon) after a revolution on Urras, their mother planet. A hundred or so years later, the physicist Shevek has a temporal theory he thinks would be beneficial to all people, but there seems to be too much red tape to get it out. This leads to him to questioning the functionality of their society, because it seems like they are becoming again like the “properatarian” people on Urras. To further develop and spread his important theory, he makes the controversial decision to go to a university on Urras. Shevek feels that his calling is to tear down the walls between the societies and make a true utopia.

I liked it. Ursula Le Guin is a good story teller. This book was pretty weird, but all in all I liked it. My one comment is that sometimes I found the layout a little confusing. As you go through the book, you’re on two different timelines in Shevek’s life: one is in the past leading up to him going to Urras, and one is the present while he is on Urras. The concept is simple enough, but the chapters were often so long that sometimes when it would switch back to the other time I’d have forgotten what was going on. However, I thought that the story itself was pretty unique, compelling, and thought provoking. I would recommend it to lovers of sci-fi and philosophy.

Welcome to my Blog

The title of my blog comes from one of my favourite books: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. “The Year of the Rose” was one of her working titles for the novel prior to its publication. 

For the past few months I have been avidly frequenting goodreads.com and also posting book reviews on my tumblog. Because of my great passion for books, I have decided to start a blog entirely devoted to my reviews. 

In my reviews, I will use goodreads’ rating system. It’s easy to use, and I also find that it has the added bonus of not presuming to actually rate the value of the work. It is just my opinion, and I don’t presume that my opinion is the be-all-end-all! For those not familiar with goodreads’ rating system, this is how it works:

One star–I didn’t like it.
Two stars–It was okay.
Three stars–I liked it.
Four stars–I really liked it.
Five stars–I loved it! 

So, here it goes 🙂