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Book Review of City of Illusions (Hainish Cycle)

City of Illusions (Hainish Cycle)
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Ursula Le Guin has long been one of my favorite authors and this read was interesting. Earth, post-technological, is the background for the tale. Aliens have captured the planet and subdued the population. A man with strange cat-like eyes is found in a forest. He cannot talk or communicate and must be taught the language and ways of those who find him. As he recovers he is determined to discover who he is. Leaving the kindness of this group behind, he travels through the forests and plains to a city that the aliens control to search for the answer. The aliens treat his mind so that he recovers his memory. However, he now has two sets of existences, one that was created when he was found and his previous life. He is from a distant planet and the aliens want to learn its location - whether to invade and subdue the population or destroy them he does not know. His dilemma is to go home with alien help while keeping the planet's location secret.