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The Word for World is Forest

Ursula K. Le Guin

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S.F. Masterworks, Fiction, Science fiction

Grand Master Ursula K. Le Guin's HUGO AWARD-winning tale of colonisation and oppression.

When the inhabitants of a peaceful world are conquered by the bloodthirsty yumens, their existence is irrevocably altered. Forced into servitude, the Athsheans find themselves at the mercy of their brutal masters.

Desperation causes the Athsheans, led by Selver, to retaliate against their captors, abandoning their strictures against violence. But in defending their lives, they have endangered the very foundations of their society. For every blow against the invaders is a blow to the humanity of the Athsheans. And once the killing starts, there is no turning back.

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Praise for The Word for World is Forest

  • Le Guin writes in quiet, straightforward sentences about people who feel they are being torn apart by massive forces in society - technological, political, economic - and who fight courageously to remain whole

  • - NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

  • Le Guin writes with painstaking intelligence. Her characters are complex and haunting, and her writing is remarkable for its sinewy grace - TIME

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Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula Kroeber LeGuin, daughter of an anthropologist and an author, was born in California in 1929. She attended college at Radcliffe and Columbia, and married C. A. LeGuin in Paris in 1951. She passed away in January 2018.

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