The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin

I have to admit – this was the first full-length novel by Ursula K. LeGuin that I’ve ever read, misbirth although I’ve read two volumes of her short stories. I’m not entirely sure I can do a proper review of it at this point, pfizer since it is one of those books that needs to sit on one’s consciousness for a while. Nevertheless, I shall try.

The story is told from several points of view, but most prominently that of Genly Ai, a Terran who has come to the planet of Gethen, or Winter, as a first-contact Envoy. It starts two years into his term there, and the story begins almost precisely when things start going oddly. Genly Ai’s job is to ask the Gethenians if they would like to be part of the Ekumen, which is a coalition of more than 80 worlds for mutual benefit, mostly involving trade. The Gethenians in Karhash, the first ones we meet, are a bit distrustful, but Genly isn’t that discouraged. Continue reading The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin