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The Lathe of Heaven (Perennial Classics) por…
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The Lathe of Heaven (Perennial Classics) (original 1971; edição 2003)

por Ursula K. Le Guin (Autor)

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"In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George's dreams for his own purposes."--Publisher description.… (mais)
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Título:The Lathe of Heaven (Perennial Classics)
Autores:Ursula K. Le Guin (Autor)
Informação:HarperCollins Publishers (2003), Edition: Reprint, 176 pages
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Like many LeGuin books I wasn't sold on the beginning; the psychiatrist stuff is quite dated and poorly done.

However the book is excellent conceptually and many of the "dated" concepts can be explained away by the narrative functions existing in the novel (SPOILER: multiple realities). ( )
  Sunyidean | Sep 7, 2021 |
Superb, melancholy, prescient, humane science fiction... ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
Main character George Orr resorts to drugs to avoid to avoid sleep because he has found that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. When he is discovered, he is mandated to take therapy sessions. Once his doctor discovers George's power, he begins to affect his own changes through George via post-hypnotic suggestion. The doctor insists that he is doing this for the good of humanity but, the question is, is it really good for humanity?

I am fairly new to Le Guin, having only read The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas thus far (I will be reading more), which I loved. I'm sure there is much about The Lathe of Heaven that I missed. There are many messages here about the environment, tightly regulated societies, people's best intentions, etc..

The story moved at a slow pace but was still interesting because of the topics that Le Guin addressed in the story. I couldn't help but feel badly for George but, at the same time, his passivity was a major factor in how he was treated. Standing idly by while everything around you deteriorates may yet be another theme addressed in the book.

There is a lot to digest here and I may have to read it again to really get it all. ( )
  BlackAsh13 | Jul 20, 2021 |
Like mainlining pure, unadulterated 1970s. Into my veins!

More seriously, here Leguin wrestles more thoroughly with the Eastern-tinged quietism one sees in her other works (most famously, perhaps, in Wizard of Earthsea). The psychiatrist Haber is a more compelling and convincing lame-o square villain than the antagonist of "The Word for World is Forest." And as always, Leguin's prose style is a pleasure, with both long evocative passages (the floating jellyfish vignette that opens the book) and sharp, snappish asides. ( )
  ben_a | Jul 12, 2021 |
OK, this will be a shorter one, I think. I'm planning on teaching this in my upcoming sci-fi class in the fall, so I'll want to save some of my thoughts for that class, but there's something to be said for getting thoughts down immediately. That is, after all, why I'm doing this Goodreads thing, anyway.

So, I picked this book because I was interested in pairing Le Guin with Philip Dick in my class (for reasons I won't get into now), and this is supposedly her most "Dickian" novel. I suppose, but the more I read the more I realized that, unlike Dick, this book is concerned with the nature of reality only superficially. Rather, this book seems to be more concerned with the Prufrockian quandary of "do I dare disturb the universe," and taking an interesting perspective on how one might do that. Regardless of how it compares to Dick, it's a good book. An excellent one, even, and quite different from most sci-fi that I read.

You begin to recognize themes in an author's work if you read enough of it, and obviously Dick is concerned about the nature of "real" and the role of god, in whatever form it might take, in the real/unreal life of mankind. Le Guin seems to be very concerned with the possibility of utopia, and as I gather from this novel, how awful utopia might actually be. She never really addresses utopian ideals directly in the book, but that's obviously what Dr. Haber is after, and the implications at least are frightfully unsettling.

So, a great book. Highly recommended. Still mulling things over, and I imagine I will be for some time. Took mega-notes as I read, but those are for class. ( )
  allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
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