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#58 Read This: The Telling (2000) by Ursula K. Le Guin

March 14, 2022 Andy Johnson Episode 58
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#58 Read This: The Telling (2000) by Ursula K. Le Guin
Show Notes

The Telling is a fairly short novel which revisits several of the themes which Le Guin had previously explored in the earlier Hainish books. In this sense, it makes for a fitting conclusion to the loose series. Opinions are divided on where to start with the Hainish stories, but I would certainly caution against starting with The Telling; while its setting and characters are entirely new, it leans heavily on previous depictions of the Hainish people and of the Ekumen. While this is generally felt to be one of the more minor entries in the series, The Telling has all the deep engagement with ideas that Le Guin fans will expect by this point.

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