The Dispossessed Author:Ursula K. LeGuin In her most ambitious and prophetic novel to date, Ursula K. LeGuin has produced a stunning tour de force -- the spellbinding story of Shevek, a brilliant physicist who single-handedly attempts to reunite two planets cut off from each other by centuries of distrust. — Anarres, Shevek's homeland, is a bleak moon settled by an anarchic utopian civi... more »lization; Urras, the mother planet, is a world very similar to Earth, with its warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Shevek risks everything in a courageous visit to Urras -- to learn, to teach, to share. But his gift becomes a threat ... and in the profound conflict which ensues, Shevek must re-examine his philosophy of life.« less
LeGuin's worlds are always intricately constructed and workable, but the stories she sets on them don't make for light reading. This tale of a man who attempts to create understanding and cooperation between societies on twin planets, moves at less than a snail's pace and is flawed by a shifting timeline and impenetrable discussions of the physics of time.