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I loved the complex and believable characters, and the way Le Guin explores deeply issues of gender, sexuality, and how we see ourselves, whether through the eyes of an alien, a differently imagined culture, or another species. She has a way of turning assumptions on their heads and using that position to examine and question, but fully in the context of an engaging story. The exploration just unfolds itself. I also loved the narration... Tandy Cronyn's voice hit just the right notes, pardon the pun.
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First read this author as a teen, she opened my mind to new ways of seeing our own world. The best that science fiction/fantasy can do for me. What a joy to come back to her as an older person and be more in wonderment than the first time. Every story like a gem with depth, I know now she set a standard of writing I looked for and rarely found in following decades of voracious reading.
Revisit Ursula if it has been awhile. Read her by all means if you have been touched by the recent revival of "The Handmaid's Tale."
The narrator is very good. It enhances the characters, ranging in age and gender with polish I would only expect from the stage.
Best, these stories have some kind of hopeful ending. In writing about alien races Ursula gives me insight into human strength and capacity to love.
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