The Dispossessed

The Dispossessed

By Ursula K. Le Guin

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4
From 109 Ratings
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Centuries ago, the moon Anarres was settled by utopian anarchists who left the Earthlike planet Urras in search of a better world, a new beginning. Now a brilliant physicist, Shevek, determines to reunite the two civilizations that have been separated by hatred since long before he was born.

The Dispossessed is a penetrating examination of society and humanity -- and one man's brave undertaking to question the unquestionable and ignite the fires of change.


  • Hopeful

    By Dwardeng
    This novel is a good study of how one person can change, not one, but two civilizations.
  • Dreary and turgid

    By Joerum62
    Sorry to say, Le Guin’s The Dipossessed just didn’t engage me. It presented two dimensional characters existing in two dimensional landscapes. I got about 1/3 of the way through and just put it down. Now its just sitting on my nightstand, probably never to be finished. Disappointing.
  • Dreary and sluggish

    By Joerum62
    Sorry, but The Dispossessed just never grabbed me - flat characters in a flat landscape. It's sitting on my nightstand having been read only 1/3 of the way through.
  • Getting old?

    By Other sci-fi guy
    I write these words as a warning to the reader who thinks their favorite author a genius and to authors who publish their philosophical ramblings when their story telling talents have gone flat. A few years ago I read Jean Auel's last book about caves and it made me so sad that one of my most loved writers had turned into an old person telling the same story over and over as if it were new. I can't say that Le Guin has always been a favorite of mine but I have always admired her bold presence in a male dominated genre. This is one of the dreariest books I've ever tried to read. It's filled with dry dogma and lofty intellectual dialogue with about as much drama as burnt baked potato. When I'm ready to curl up with a good book, I can read only a few pages before lose all interest in the story line. Not to say that the book doesn't have a point. (This author is one intelligent woman) but I probably won't ever get to it. I'm half way through the book and have better things to do with my life, and much better books to read.
  • 100 Words or Less

    By JRubino
    Le Guin is known for rich detailed background. That’s what I found, except the societies in this novel are so … blah. It all comes across as too symbolic; sci-fi as moral template of current politics. Like Rand-lite for geeks. Oh, she dives into the nuts and bolts of each world. Yet there’s no passion. No intrigue. It’s all laid out like a thesis, when it should be more of a fiery sermon. I only made it halfway through this novel, until I simply avoided opening it again. I love the detail, but I am pushed away by the sterility.
  • I love this book!

    By Remmirathion
    A classic that everyone should read!
  • Great book - bad text

    By RoachFan
    A classic science fiction novel that won Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. The publisher needs to spend more time proof reading this eBook. It is riddled with errors and not worth purchasing.
  • A classic work of utopian fiction

    By Zeke Hausfather
    This book is Le Guin's best, a unique exploration of social and political anthropology in the guise of a science fiction novel. It shows all forms of human political organization at both their best and worst, and is a fascinating thought experiments of how an anarchist society would work (and not work) In practice.