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Ursula K. Le Guin's Always Coming Home is a major work of the imagination from one of America's most respected writers. More than five years in creation, it is a novel unlike any other. A rich and complex interweaving of story and fable, poem, artwork and music, it totally immerses the reader in the culture of the Kesh, a peaceful people of the far future who inhabit a place called the Valley on the Northern Pacific Coast.

Ursula K. Le Guin makes the inhabitants of the Valley as familiar, as immediate, as wholly human as our own friends or family. Spiraling outward from the dramatic life story of a woman called Stone Telling, Le Guin's Always Coming Home interweaves wry wit, deep insight and extraordinary compassion into a compelling unity of vision.

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"An appealing book as well as a masterly one....The future world she has created here is awesomely complex." Newsweek

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"The effect it has on the reader is hypnotic....Le Guin has chosen a most original way to reveal this imagined land." People

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"[It may] be Le Guin's finest achievement." Newsday

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"A gift to the reader, a gentle and wise book that is [Le Guin's] most personal, her most daring, probably her best yet." St. Louis Post Dispatch

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"Ursula Le Guin is among the half-dozen most respected American writers who regularly set their narrative in the future to force a dialogue with the here and now....Always Coming Home is a slow, rich read, full of what one loves most in her work." New York Times Book Review

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Well known and well regarded in the world of science fiction and fantasy writing, Vandana Singh brings her unique imagination to a wider audience in this collection of stories, newly reissued by Zubaan Books. In the title story, a woman tells her husband of her curious discovery: that she is inhabited by small alien creatures. In another, a young girl making her way to college through the streets of Delhi comes across a mysterious tetrahedron. Is it a spaceship? Or a secret weapon?

The first Indian female speculative fiction writer, Singh has said that her genre is a “chance to find ourselves part of a larger whole; to step out of the claustrophobia of the exclusively human and discover joy, terror, wonder, and meaning in the greater universe.” A revolutionary voice in fantasy writing, Singh brings her passion for discovery to these stories, and the result is like nothing of this world.

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Ursula Le Guin's Always Coming Home is a major work of the imagination from one of America's most respected writers of science fiction. More than five years in the making, it is a novel unlike any other. A rich and complex interweaving of story and fable, poem, artwork, and music, it totally immerses the reader in the culture of the Kesh, a peaceful people of the far future who inhabit a place called the Valley on the Northern Pacific Coast.

About the Author

Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of novels, children's books, short stories, critical writings, and poetry. She is the winner of the National Book Award and the Nebula and Hugo awards for science fiction. She grew up in Berkeley and the Napa Valley and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

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kkingh, February 24, 2010 (view all comments by kkingh)
I loved this book. I wanted it to be a real place and real people.
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Nick Chapman, May 20, 2009 (view all comments by Nick Chapman)
Anyone who has spent much time in Northern California will recognize the physical landscape of "Always Coming Home."

Anyone who has read other books by Le Guin, in particular the truly superb "The Dispossessed," will recognize the intellectual and emotional landscape.

"Dispossessed" and "Always Coming Home" share a powerful engagement with the notion of utopia, and with the social issues informing the radical movements of the time in which they were published. "The Dispossessed" has space ships and anarchism. "Always Coming Home" has a Native American inspired matriarchal society on a (presumably) post-apocalyptic Earth.

"Always Coming Home" is also stylistic very different from "Dispossessed." Whereas the latter was a traditional narrative, coherent, complete and closed, "Always Coming Home" is a story, or a picture, constructed from a number of different threads. The main thread is basically a coming of age story about a young woman that follows a very traditional narrative structure, but it is broken up into sections, with other pieces interspersed. These other pages are highly varied - song lyrics/poems, fables or folk tales of the society depicted in the main story, and so on.

All the pieces come together in a very rich, satisfying way. The other material fleshes out the reader's understanding of the girl's world, while the interest of the girl's journey keeps the reader fully engaged.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520227354
Author:
Ursula K., Le Guin
Publisher:
University of California Press
Other:
Chodos-Irvine, Margaret
Illustrator:
Chodos-Irvine, Margaret
Composer:
Barton, Todd
Author:
Guin, Ursula K. Le
Author:
Le Guin, Ursula K.
Author:
Singh, Vandana
Author:
Barton, Todd
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
California
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Science / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
California Fiction
Series Volume:
105-1001
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
169 line illustrations, 7 maps, 4 tables
Pages:
534
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.6 in

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Product details 534 pages University of California Press - English 9780520227354 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An appealing book as well as a masterly one....The future world she has created here is awesomely complex."
"Review" by , "The effect it has on the reader is hypnotic....Le Guin has chosen a most original way to reveal this imagined land."
"Review" by , "[It may] be Le Guin's finest achievement."
"Review" by , "A gift to the reader, a gentle and wise book that is [Le Guin's] most personal, her most daring, probably her best yet."
"Review" by , "Ursula Le Guin is among the half-dozen most respected American writers who regularly set their narrative in the future to force a dialogue with the here and now....Always Coming Home is a slow, rich read, full of what one loves most in her work."
"Synopsis" by ,
Well known and well regarded in the world of science fiction and fantasy writing, Vandana Singh brings her unique imagination to a wider audience in this collection of stories, newly reissued by Zubaan Books. In the title story, a woman tells her husband of her curious discovery: that she is inhabited by small alien creatures. In another, a young girl making her way to college through the streets of Delhi comes across a mysterious tetrahedron. Is it a spaceship? Or a secret weapon?

The first Indian female speculative fiction writer, Singh has said that her genre is a “chance to find ourselves part of a larger whole; to step out of the claustrophobia of the exclusively human and discover joy, terror, wonder, and meaning in the greater universe.” A revolutionary voice in fantasy writing, Singh brings her passion for discovery to these stories, and the result is like nothing of this world.

"Synopsis" by , Ursula Le Guin's Always Coming Home is a major work of the imagination from one of America's most respected writers of science fiction. More than five years in the making, it is a novel unlike any other. A rich and complex interweaving of story and fable, poem, artwork, and music, it totally immerses the reader in the culture of the Kesh, a peaceful people of the far future who inhabit a place called the Valley on the Northern Pacific Coast.
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