MY INTERPERTATION OF THE CHARECTER IN THE BOOK
Left Hand Of Darkness BY (URSULA LE GUIN)
one of the best book I read as a teenager (URSULA LE GUIN)
Left Hand Of Darkness is one of those books that changed the world AND CHANGED MY OUTLOOK ON LIFE,
so that reading it now, in the world it helped grow,
it isn’t possible to have the same experience as reading it in the world it was written in and for.
The Left Hand of Darkness didn’t just change science fiction it changed feminism,
and it was part of the process of change of the concept of what it was to be a man or a woman.
The battle may not be over.
What I mean is that thanks in part to this book we’re standing in a very different place from the combatants of 1968.
Almost all books that do this kind of historic changing are important afterwards as historical artifacts,
but not as stories, and they get left behind by the tide and end up looking quaint.
Ninety percent of the discussion I’ve seen of The Left Hand of Darkness is about the gender issue,
about the Gethenians and their interesting states of kemmer (of either gender for a few days a month) and somer (neuter for the majority of the time.)
But what makes it a book that continues to be great and enjoyable to read, rather than a historical curiosity,
is that it’s a terrific story set in a fascinating culture, and the gender stuff is only part of that.
This render is my remembering of the book in that icy world
where love is.