Harvard Club of the Palm Beaches
will be discussing (via Zoom)
The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula Kroeber Le Guin ‘51
Wednesday, April 10, 2024
(Zoom information will be sent in advance)
We lost Ursula Le Guin ‘51 in 2018. Her body of work was unique. In an introduction to his Harvard course, “Critical Approaches to the Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin,” Professor Joseph Shack writes, “In her anthropologically informed meditations on society, Le Guin departed from her predecessors by responding to the most pressing contemporary social issues of her time. In the process, her work did much to unsettle the racist, misogynist, and authoritarian tropes that had calcified in the genre fiction of previous generations.”
Of “The Left Hand of Darkness,” Margaret Atwood wrote, “… it’s even more relevant now than when it was written. The two kinds of society described have lessons for us all — I prefer the society that goes in for court intrigues rather than wars, but I may be very old-fashioned. As for the gender-shifting, “intersectionality” doesn’t even touch it. Radical in the ways it forces the reader to imagine other ways of being human.”
In order to keep the discussion intimate, and to allow all members to share their thoughts, there will be a 20-person maximum. If you are unable to register via the Club's website, please email the Club Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the waitlist.
Please consider formulating a question or observation that you would like the group to discuss and bring it to the meeting!
Genre: Science Fiction
Available Formats: hardcover, paperback, Kindle, and Audible
Length: 304 pages
There is no cost to attend this event and a plus-one is allowed.
Registration is REQUIRED to receive the Zoom link.