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The Left Hand of Darkness

 
 
 
 
The Left Hand of Darkness
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
ISBN 13: 9780441478125
ISBN 10: 441478123
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Ace Books
Publication Date: 1987-03-15
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $9.99
 
 

The Left Hand of Darkness explores the themes of sexual identity, incest, xenophobia, fidelity, and betrayal in a tale of an Earth ambassador, Genly Ai, who is sent to the planet of Gethen, whose inhabitants are androgynous. Through his relationship with a native, Estraven, Ai gains understanding both of the consequences of his fixed sexual orientation and of Gethenian life. As in many of her works, Le Guin incorporates a social message in her science fiction tale. Scholes feels that "the great power of the book comes from the way it interweaves all its levels and combines all its voices and values into an ordered, balanced, whole."