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Ursula Le Guin

The dispossessed

Annares is the moon of Urras. It's habitable, but a struggle to live there, and is the home of a people devoted to freedom from state control. However, Shevek, a physicist on Annares, finds his freedom to create and discuss a new theory of time and space isn't what it should be. Thus he goes to Urras, where the scientists show a greater appreciation of his ideas, and in doing so hopes to start to heal a long-standing hatred between the two worlds. But will his actions really make any difference? The Dispossesed by Usrula le Guin is an impressive study of different kinds of freedom, but I did have some reservations concerning its plot - or lack of it.

The book alternates between Shevek's life before his journey to Urras and that after. This is a good way to bring in lots of background without keeping the reader waiting for something to happen. However, in this book Shevek's time on Urras doesn't have much of a plot either. It's only towards the end that one seems to develop, and then the book seems to end much to soon. So it's a good book for its thought provoking ideas - if we make a journey, can we ever really return to the place we left? But it's not for those who are looking for a bit more excitement.

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Mass Market Paperback 400 pages  
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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 mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.