It is of dreams made into reality, balance lost and regained, symmetry shifting and returning again. And at its center is one man who accepts this gift, this curse, of being a dream-lathe, without moral compunction. It's a beautifully written tale of human greed as much as it is a story of human compassion and our ability to adapt.
I have always loved Ursula le Guin; my first encounter of her works was years ago, grabbing a copy of Earthsea off a bookstore shelf. I ate it up, her whimisical story, and spent most of my time reading her YA books. It would be a long while before I tackled her adult books, starting with The Left Hand of Darkness. And once I did, I was hooked. She has a gift, this one, a rare talent to capture the essence of people, both human and "other", as well as the issues that humanity continues to grapple with - war, racism, sexism, hatred, tolerance, love. All of it. And she does it with integrity. I love that about her.
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