The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula K. Le Guin – Dystopian Books Review

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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

Ursula K. Le Guin published her science fiction novel, The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia in the year 1974. The novel focus on the development of a mathematical theory that underlies the fictional ansible. This novel is the fifth in a series of seven novels of the Hainish cycle.

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Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 341

Good reads: 4.21 of 5

My Ratings: 8 of 10

Published: 1974 (1st publication)

Publisher: Harper and Row

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Novel The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia focuses on the twin inhabited worlds of Tau Ceti, named Anarres and Urras. It comprises several states in Urras. The world of Urras inhabited by A-lo and Thu are the two largest rivals. A-lo represents a capitalist economy and a patriarchal system and Thu comprise an authoritarian system. The oppositional left-wing parties of A-lo closely relates to the Thu. The place offers an underdeveloped third area in Thu named Benbili and is one of the major sections. This is where the revolution begins and Thu and A-lo play a proxy war.

A-lo and Thu represents anarcho-syndicalism and its inhabits Anarres illustrate a third ideological structure. The Anarresti’s live at Anarres for over 200 years and became known as Odonians after the name of their political ideology founder. Anarresti became known as the descendants from Urras typical of revolutionary characters.

These revolutionary inhabitants of Urras receive permission from Urrasti to live in Anarres to start an anarcho-syndicalist rebellion. They may not interfere in any of the aspects of society. Anarres evident of a temporary settlement consists of no political or social influences. Urras prevents their people from manipulating the inhabitants of Anarres in the process.

Final Say on The Science Fiction Novel The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

The author Ursula K. Le Guin invested an amazing effort into writing this ambiguous novel. The literature complexity requires a reader with a significant interest in the science fiction genre, and I rate this novel an 8 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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