The Word for World is Forest: The Best of the SF Masterworks - S.F. Masterworks (Paperback)
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The Word for World is Forest: The Best of the SF Masterworks - S.F. Masterworks (Paperback)

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Published: 24/11/2022
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A world of peaceful aliens conquered by bloodthirsty yumens, their existence is irrevocably altered. Forced into servitude, the Athsheans find themselves at the mercy of their brutal masters.

Desperation causes the Athsheans to retaliate against their captors, abandoning their strictures against violence. In defending their lives, they endanger the very foundations of their society. Every blow against the invaders is a blow to the core of Athsheans' culture.

And once the killing starts, there is no turning back.

Winner of the 1973 Hugo award for Best Novella, and nominated for many others, The Word for World is Forest is part of Le Guin's 'Hainish Cycle'. It explores a future history of Earth and pacifistic ideals in its depictions of violence, colonialism and resistance.

'A simple story that, like most things Le Guin wrote, packs a powerful emotional and critical punch'- Tordotcom
'Deeply moving and shocking by turns'- Suzanne Reid
'Le Guin writes in quiet, straightforward sentences about people who feel they are being torn apart by massive forces in society . . . and who fight courageously to remain whole' - The New York Times Book Review


Welcome to The Best Of The Masterworks: a selection of the finest in science fiction

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781399607797
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 120 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 16 mm


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The slender book is fairly simplistic, but it's still compelling and thought-provoking. - SFX

It's a compact tale, a masterclass by a powerful writer who fashions a lean narrative where others might have produced a much larger, bloated tome, and yet for all the brevity Le Guin delivers not just a narrative but a believable alien world and society in short yet compelling scenes. - FORBIDDEN PLANET

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“A Powerful Masterpiece”

Firstly - If Colonel Dongh says erroneous one more f***ing time I’m gonna dive into this book and throttle him myself
Mainly - this book was incredible and so powerful, a science fiction allegory for the uselessness... More

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