12th March – The Left Hand of Darkness

I finished The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guen.

Genly Ai, a lone human ambassador is sent to the icebound planet of Winter, a world without sexual prejudice where gender is fluid. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion into a intergalactic federation called Ekumen. Winter is also referred to as Gethen.

Genly faces many challenges though the biggest is his own struggle to understand a society where everyone is gender neutral for most of the time, except for once a month where they become either male or female.

Genly is mistreated and taken to a prison farm, but is rescued by a Gethenian whom he’d previously found it difficult to communicate with. They go on an epic journey and become as friendly as its possible for them to become in the circumstances.

I don’t normally read science fiction, but I will try another of Le Guin’s novels in a few years time when I’ve read all the other books on my reading list.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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