Born to reputed anthropologist couple Alfred Louis Kroeber and writer Theodora Kroeber, Ursula K. Le Guin is an American novelist who mostly crafted her stories in fantasy or science fiction genre. David Streitfeld of The New York Times praised her as “America’s greatest living science fiction writer” when Library of America honored her by publishing her work. Though she wrote science fiction or fantasy, her stories were always about being human. Her profound knowledge of anthropology is evident in her writing as she blends various human traits and creates her characters.
The book I am taking up for this TBR listing is “The Birthday of the World and Other Stories”. The book contains 8 stories out of which 7 are published previously. While reviewing this book on Goodreads, Lyn says, “Creating a panorama of humanity with frank sexuality and sincere emotion, LeGuin again creates a speculative fiction work that transcends that genre and bridges the gap with works that evoke human behavior, group dynamics, cultural and social foundations.” While Boston Globe says, these necessary stories will send you home with new eyes just like a visit to some other country will.
When you read such strong recommendations and reviews about something, you just pick and put it on your TBR list. You can check out the following link if you want to get your own copy.
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (4 March 2003)
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