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Once a culturally rich world, the planet Aka has been utterly transformed by technology. Records of the past have been destroyed, and citizens are strictly monitored. But an official observer from Earth named Sutty has learned of a group of outcasts who live in the wilderness. They still believe in the ancient ways and still practice its lost religion - the Telling.IntriguOnce a culturally rich world, the planet Aka has been utterly transformed by technology. Records of the past have been destroyed, and citizens are strictly monitored. But an official observer from Earth named Sutty has learned of a group of outcasts who live in the wilderness. They still believe in the ancient ways and still practice its lost religion - the Telling.Intrigued by their beliefs, Sutty joins them on a sacred pilgrimage into the mountains...and into the dangerous terrain of her own heart, mind, and soul....

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Kahdesti haarautuva puu Reviews

  • Lily
    2019-03-24 17:29

    When reading Le Guin's books, I'm often fooled into thinking that the story is only reaching my brain. I realize too late that it's worked its way into my heart and will demand tears by the end. Back when I did my 2015 wrap-up, I mentioned two seemingly unrelated categories of books that I had enjoyed: 1) science fiction by women, and 2) stories about self-reflection in the countryside. To my surprise, one of my first reads of 2016 was both of those things. Sutty was born on a future Earth overrun by religious fanatics. To get away from their oppressive rule, she studies to become an Observer for an interplanetary union dedicated to understanding and preserving knowledge about the universe's many cultures. Her career enables her to go on a one-way trip away from the world she knew, and into the world of Aka: a supercontinent on a distant planet that, she discovers, has become a mirror image of Earth. Here, government is dominated by technological fanatics, who have buried what they call the "rotten corpse" of traditional religious practices. The mainstream urban culture of Aka lives in adamant denial of its past. As a result, Sutty's task is to reconstruct a language and philosophy that, at first glance, seems to never have existed. As Sutty moves away from the cities and into the countryside, she discovers that the old way of life has actually been hidden in plain sight. She immerses herself in the culture and tries to keep an "objective" record of what she finds, which sometimes proves challenging: her own life experiences gave her a deep disdain for religion, but the practices here turn out to be at odds with her preconceptions of what "religion" means. Her persistent internal chorus of Wrong, wrong eventually fades as she acclimates to the open-ended, open-hearted way of life. For these Akans, few crimes are worse than usury, and not just when it comes to money. They live for the ongoing well-being of themselves and each other, not for the future fulfillment of rewards or debts. Their culture revolves around the Telling: the never-ending sharing and reinterpretation of stories. Sutty's attempt to understand the Telling is similarly never-ending. The parables and fairy tales are fittingly un-Earthly in their lack of tidily interpretable conclusions. Although really, the Telling is only half (or less than half) of the practice. The unspoken remainder is the Listening, an art that Sutty gradually becomes better at herself. Even her enemies were once small children who stood at a window as their world ended outside; it's a past that's only revealed when they're willing to tell, and when she's willing to listen. The universe could be stranger than either science or religion would have Sutty think, and perhaps it is by opening her ears to both that she stands a chance of being prepared to wrap her head around the truth. A yielding, an obedience, a willingness to accept these notes as the right notes, this pattern as the true pattern, is the essential gesture of performance, translation, and understanding. The gesture need not be permanent, a lasting posture of the mind or heart; yet it is not false.

  • Lyn
    2019-04-05 23:37

    Ursula K. LeGuin returns to her Hainsih cycle in The Telling but begins on dear old Terra.First published in 2000, The Telling has as LeGuin’s outside-looking-in observer / narrator the Ekumen trained Sutty. In LeGuin’s Hainish universe, the Ekumen is an alliance of like-minded worlds who seek to re-unite humanity form the galaxy wide and eons old diaspora of the original Hain colonizers. LeGuin first wrote about the Hain as the original source of humanity. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, people left Hain and went out to populate other solar systems and planets, our Terra being one. That old Hainish culture collapsed and all of the colonies eventually “forgot” from where they had come. A later Hainish civilization has returned to space and finds its offspring changed to meet local adaptive needs and many of the branches off the old tree have evolved separately.This concept is both a fun series for science fiction / fantasy as well as a vehicle by which LeGuin can explore allegorical sociological concepts. In The Telling, the protagonist Sutty is an Ekumen observer, and through her LeGuin can take the reader on a metaphorical examination of a different culture that has roots in our own meta group dynamics.Sutty has left an Earth that is ravaged by geo-political and theological conflict and goes to serve as a kind of ambassador to Aka, a world that has only recently been “re-discovered” by the Hain. Akan society has demonstratively and aggressively shrugged off her old ways and cultures, literally burning the history books, as they seek to catch up to Hain in a single generation. Sutty and LeGuin observe the conflicts this rapid modernization has engendered in the people of both the old ways and the new.From Wikipedia: “Le Guin constructed the recent historical situation of Aka as a parallel to the history of China during the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. The practice of the Telling is analogous to Taoist practices, and its suppression to the suppression of religious practices by the Chinese government at the time.”I have yet to find an Ursula K. LeGuin book that I did not like. The Telling is a fair representative of her fine work, blending a literary virtuosity with fresh ideas and with a significant social message.

  • Clouds
    2019-04-19 22:38

    Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father. As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life (so far).Like two desperate wretches clinging to opposite sides of the Wheel of Fate, it sometimes seems, to me, like Fantasy and Sci-Fi, the two heirs of Speculative Fiction, must always suffer from opposing fortunes. When one rises up the other must be forced down.In 2001, Fantasy was on a high. A Storm of Swords won the Locus Fantasy award, the Hugo that year went to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Perdido Street Station took the BSFA and The Amber Spyglass and The Truth made up a very strong pack.Sci-Fi, on the other hand, went through a lull. I’m sure that’s doing many fine sci-fi novels a disservice, but the genre certainly wasn’t reaching comparable heights to its sword and wand wielding kin.The Locus Sci-Fi, 2001 winner, was Ursula Le Guin’s The Telling, part of her Hainish Cycle which, at time of writing, stands at 13 works (none of which I had previously read). Her best known work is the Earthsea Cycle (which I also hadn’t read), and the only book of Le Guin’s which I had read was Lavinia (which didn’t exactly grabbed me).So I had low expectation when I started.You might think I must have really hated this book to give it 1-star.I didn’t hate it.You might be wondering when (if ever) I’m going to get around to saying something about this book in particular.I’m wondering that too.Now, let me tell you, my friend: I have a good memory for books. I may not remember your girlfriends name until I’ve met her a dozen times and she’s called me a jackass for asking who she is (again) but I can tell you about plots and characters from a book I read, once, 15 years ago.I read The Telling last year, in the run-up to my wedding. Maybe I was distracted. I certainly had bigger things on my mind, but still – I’d expect to remember more about it than I do. I read it between Cyteen and The Integral Trees and I remember both of them crystal clear.I did actually wonder if I even read this book – or just thought I did – but my wife reassures me that she saw me reading it, that definitely did happen…I remember the cover of the book. I’m two-thirds sure that the protagonist was a lesbian. I think she was of Indian descent. I’ve got one mental image of a helicopter crashing in the desert. And I’ve got a feeling – a hypnotic sort of Taoist staring-at-water feeling. Aside from that, I’ve got nothing.You might be outraged at such a low score for a book many people regard highly. The interweb tells me this is a delicate and subtle investigation of how traditional cultures survive underground in headstrong progressive times (such as Mao’s China). But for me – this book isn’t just forgettable, The Telling is forgotten – and that is a crime I find hard to On further reflection another image which I think is from this book came back to me... old people standing around in a hall doing a kind of yoga dance. Exciting, no?

  • Ian
    2019-03-25 18:15

    I'm going to use an arguably banal and trite metaphor here: that of a love affair. Okay, maybe not so arguable. It is a banal and trite metaphor. But that’s okay, I think, because the “relationship” many of us experience with our books and our authors is like a love affair, is it not? So forget that the metaphor is worn or hackneyed, because it’s apt, and it’s something to which many of you will relate, and it’s the best way I can think of to communicate how this book affected me.To be more precise, I am comparing my reading of The Telling to the beginning of a love affair ... to the first date. That’s how I see it, anyway ... my first date with UKL ... the first of many, I hope.UKL is the woman at the edge of my circle of friends. Not that she’s unpopular or lonely, mind you. She has a circle of her own. A rather large circle, from what I gather. It’s just that my circle only slightly overlaps her own. She is beautiful from a distance, and she certainly looks pretty enough up close, too. She always seems to be involved in conversation and everybody always has nice things to say about her. I have checked her out across the room at parties but never really had the motivation to introduce myself. On the one hand I’m always game for flirting with a pretty girl, but on the other hand I have plenty of friends and I’m not eager to spend the energy cultivating another relationship.Eventually, a friend of mine leads UKL over and introduces us, thinking we might hit it off, which in fact we do. At the end of the party we both play it cool, exchange phone numbers, and part on a hug. I let a few days pass before I make the call. For one thing, I want to keep playing it cool; that’s my style. But really, I’m afraid of getting involved in something right now. Life is plenty busy. A new relationship can be work, you know? And it’s always a risk. I like the known quantity. Still, I can’t stop thinking about the pretty girl that captured my attention so completely the other night, so I pull out the digits and dial. We agree to meet for drinks after work. Nothing too big. Nothing too committal. Something from which either of us could exit if we don’t have a good feeling about things.For me, The Telling began as drinks after work, and ended late that night with a reluctant parting and a lasting impression. There will, without a doubt, be a second date.As I read The Telling I discovered a rich imagination, a vibrant story teller, and a fair and thoughtful judge of character. UKL impressed me greatly. I thought at first that her writing reminded me of Herbert, but with a softness around the edges and woven through the words. But that was just a first impression; I quickly fell in love with UKL on her own merits and not because she was reminiscent of anyone else.The Telling is about “The Telling” – an ancient way of life among a remarkable people on a planet called Aka. The Telling is a religion, a philosophy, a cosmology, a sociology, and an economy tied and woven inseparably together. It is a bit utopian, really. But it has become fragmented, hidden, and perhaps a bit distorted. Our protagonist is a historian-anthropologist-sociologist from Earth named Sutty. She has come to Aka to learn from its people, and she must patiently peel back the concrete-and-steel surface imposed by the modern Corporation-State. The State has criminalized The Telling, seeing it as a threat to progress and, as you might guess, as a threat to its own authority. Sutty’s patience is rewarded in the end, but along the way her stamina is tested, her objectivity is challenged, and her beliefs are questioned. The Telling gives you ideas to contemplate in a story you can savor. Like I said, it left a lasting impression on me and there will be a second date with UKL.Pretty cheesy review, huh?

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    2019-04-07 17:34

    This story is very true. Some parts gave me a weird, deep emotional ache. It's fiction, but it's not.

  • Jim
    2019-04-14 16:27

    At her best, Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the most inventive of writers. In The Telling, she writes about a world, called Aka, which has received fragmentary information from Earth and interpreted it the wrong way, creating a corporation state which attempted to create a Stalinist bureaucracy and destroy the old ways that prevailed before first contact.Arriving on the scene is an Anglo-Indian representative, named Sutty, who task it is to investigate what remained of the old ways and report back to the Ekumenical government to see what could be done to salvage it. Which she proceeds to do, as she discovers what is central to the old ways, a practice known as The Telling:So without the telling, the rocks and plants and animals go on all right. But the people don't. People wander around. They don't know a mountain from its reflection in a puddle. They don't know a path from a cliff. They hurt themselves. They get angry and hurt each other and the other things. They hurt animals because they're angry. They make quarrels and cheat each other. They want too much. They neglect things. Crops don't get planted. Too many crops get planted. Rivers get dirty with shit. Earth gets dirty with poison. People eat poison food. Everything is confused. Everybody's sick. Nobody looks after the sick people, the sick things. But that's very bad, very bad, eh? Because looking after things, that's our job, eh?Le Guin proceeds to invent a culture, a religion, a language, a society and deeply absorbs us in it. This may well be one of the very best books I have read this year.

  • Brigs
    2019-03-27 21:16

    I've never wanted to review a book here before but for some reason this one makes me want to.I should start by saying this is the only Ursula K. Le Guin novel I've read so I can't compare it to any others but I really really liked this novel. I bought it on a whim because it had a queer woman of colour as the main character and so many of the books I read about white straight men and I thought this would be a change. Which it definitely was. I thought the treatment of Sutty's relationships throughout the book was very well handled.What I enjoyed the most about the book, however, was the way the story itself was told. I found the gentle way Le Guin leads the reader through the plot very absorbing so that even though the plot itself is not very gripping I got quite caught up simply in the telling of the story. And that's the thing that I found the most beautiful about it. I felt as though the novel itself, through its almost rhythmic style (I'm not sure what makes me want to call it rhythmic, it just was) became a part of the Telling of the story. As though Le Guin is herself preserving the history of the Akans by writing this novel. I have no idea if that was Le Guin's intention or is a coincidence or my imagination but I found that sense captivating.Really, very well done and very interesting.The Telling

  • Siv30
    2019-04-16 23:26

    "בפעם הקודמת כשקראתי את ""מלאפרנה"", כבר כתבתי שאני לא מצליחה להתחבר לסגנון של לה גווין, ולמרות שהיא נחשבת לאחת הסופרות המוצלחות והמכובדות, הכתיבה שלה לטעמי פילוסופית מידי והעלילה לא מתפתחת בקצב הראוי. כשהתחלתי לקרוא את ""ההגדה"" היו לי ציפיות, הן נבעו בחלקן מההנחה שזה ספר חדש יחסית שפורסם בשנת 2000 ע""י הסופרת. מה שעוד יצר אצלי ציפיות מופרזות היה דיון על הסידרה ""ארץ ים"". כמה חבל שוב לחוש את אותה תחושה של אי מיצוי ואכזבה. העלילה בבסיסה פשוטה, סאטי משקיפה מטעם האוקמנים נשלחת לקאקא עולם שרק עתה נכנס לברית האוקמנית. הקורפורציה החרימה כל סממנים לדת, כתב או אמונה במטרה לקדם את התרבות החדשה של יצרנים צרכנים. סאטי היא אנתרופולוגית החוקרת תרבויות וכשיום אחד היא במפתיע מקבלת אישור לצאת מחוץ לעיר המודרנית, בה כל תנועה שלה מפוקחת ע""י משגיחים של הקורפורציה, היא מגלה עולם חדש. כל זאת על רקע סיפורה האישי של סאטי שבחרה מכדור הארץ אחרי תקופה קשה של דיכוי ומלחמה. מעניין? יכול להיות עבור מי שיש לו נדודי שינה בלילות. למרות הכתיבה העשירה והשפה היפה, למרות ההסתכלות החדשנית על הדת , על העבר ועל ההיסטוריה כתשתית התפתחותית של החברה בכלל והאדם בפרט, הספר הוא שיעמומון אחד רציני ומתמשך, כאשר לפרקים קיימת שבירה והקורא מתחיל לחוש שמשהו זז אבל לא. בשיא הספר, ולאחר הדיון על מכתבים לטליה שינסתי מותני וחזרתי לקרוא את הספר מהיבטים אחרים שלו, אבל גם אז הצלחתי להתמיד במהלך 2 עמודים שלמים מבלי לפהק. יתכן שהתחושה שלי נבעה מהעובדה שלא קראתי את הספרים הקודמים בסידרה, אבל הרגש שלי אומר שלא בכך העניין כי הצלחתי להבין את העלילה ואת ההקשרים והשפה גם מבלי לקרוא את הספרים הקודמים. אני מצרפת ביקורת אוהדת מהעיר וביקורת פושרת מהאגודה למדע בדיוני ופנטסיה אני מניחה שבכך תמו יחסי עם אחת הסופרות המהוללות והנחשבות ביותר בהיסטוריה של המד""ב "

  • Margaret
    2019-03-28 16:45

    The Telling once more proves to me why UKL is one of my favorite writers. With themes concerning freedom of religion and the nature of religion, capitalism, cultural dissonance and appropriation, The Telling feels both absolutely contemporary and timeless. Sutty crosses space to study Aka culture as an anthropologist, yet by the time she arrives (space travel takes decades), Aka culture has completely shifted from a literate society to an intentionally illiterate society of producer-consumers, where anything concerning the past is repressed in order to advance society. Books, written language, and religion are outlawed, and those found rebelling against The Corporation are sent to camps to be ‘rehabilitated.’Sutty herself comes from Terra, a future Earth torn apart by religious extremism. Unists have taken over her world in the name of God, and she sought out other worlds in order to escape her past, only to find Aka culture as oppressive as the one she’s fled, though the oppressors on Aka are anti-religion, and the oppressors on Terra religious. When officials of Dovza City decide to open up their countryside to the foreign anthropologists, Sutty is sent to a remote village, where the villagers still practice the old religion, The Telling, and hide their books in a secret location in the mountains. Though delighted by this opportunity, Sutty must also watch out for a city monitor, a fanatic of The Corporation, that seems to be following her.UKL’s novels are often termed as ‘soft sci-fi,’ but there’s nothing soft about this, or any of her novels. She knows how to combine cutting political commentary with characters that feel as real as anyone I know.

  • Ivan Lutz
    2019-04-16 22:21

    Svi koji me znaju, znaju da obožavam dva-tri pisca više od drugih. Jedna od te usamljene skupine je i božica osobno - Ursula le Guin. Osma knjiga Hainish ciklusa pisana 2000 godine i nije ponudila ništa šaroliko, lepršavo kao što su to ponudile ranije knjige iz ciklusa. Planet Aka je dobro osmišljen totalitaran svijet u kojemu se narod odriče prošlosti, spaljuje knjige i okreće se sadašnjem trenutku, te čuva svoja blaga kroz prepričavanje priča s koljena na koljeno. Ima tu dobrih ideja, dobrih rečenica i dobrih dijaloga, ali vidi se zamor u smišljanju neke nove političke konstrukcije koju Ekumena mora razumjeti i asimilirati u svoju kulturu; likovi su plastificirani i bez previše duše... pokušaj sentimentalnosti prema glavnom lezbijskom liku, ostaje na pokušaju, itd...Naravno, kao i uvijek, Le Guin piše božanstveno, pa iako nije roman koji razvaljuje s likovima i radnjom čita se u dahu i njezine rečenice su kvalitetom daleko iznad svih bardova moderne znanstvene fantastike... Imam osjećaj da Ursula piše o lijevanju u kokile da bih s istim žarom čitao kao što sam čitao i ovo.

  • Bahar
    2019-04-03 17:29

    Arkadi ve Boris Strugatski kardeşlerin Tanrı Olmak Zor İş kitabının arka kapağında LeGuin'in tavsiyesi var. Büyük bir heyecanla kitabı okumuş, ama umduğumu bulamamıştım. ( Sanıyorum, Ursula K. LeGuin, Anlatış'ı yazarken bu noktadan yola çıkmış: "Ya sadece Gözlemci olmayı başaramıyorsak? Ya sadece bizim gözlüyor olmamız bile normal seyri değiştiriyorsa?" tabii ki bu sorular kurgunun altına gizlenmiş, hafif hafif hissettiriyor kendini. Ana konu, Anlatış, başlı başına felsefi, öğrenen, öğrendikçe biçim değiştiren bir toplum, sözlü kültürün gelebileceği yerler... Çok şey vaadediyor kitap, pek çok konuya değinip geçiyor, bazı yerlerde acayip derine inen tespitler var. Yine de bir şeyler eksik sanki.Bir de şimdiye kadar okuduğum Ursula kitapları içinde (ki epey çok okudum) direkt dünyadan bahseden, hatta Hindistan'dan, Kanada'dan, dünya dinlerinden bahseden ilk kitap, belki de bu nedenle bazı yerler bu kadar direkt.Çeviri konusunda biraz zayıf, bazı yerlerde akışın tam tersi yazımlar var, çeviri hatası olması muhtemel, klasik basit ve akıcı LeGuin üslubuna uymayan zorlama cümleler var.Bu nedenle ***

  • Sierra
    2019-04-10 22:39

    The Telling is situated in Ursula Le Guin's ingeniously imagined Hainish universe. Six novels and several short stories have previously chronicled the Hainish experience through the worlds they have touched The stories take place several hundred years into Earth's future, where we learn that humanity is the result of Hanish colonization of the habitable worlds in the universe. Le Guin gives each of the numerous Hain worlds, includingbEarth, a distinct society, ensuring herself of a plethora of cultural variety to play in. Her titles have been categorized as feminist literature, utopian soence fiction, reinterpretedmyth and, of course, anthropological fiction but they are so myriad in nature that | hesitate to relegatebthem to any one of these headings. Even the catchall subject of sciencefiction/fantasy does not adequatelydescribe Le Gukn's unique work. Her penchant for strong, anomalous characters and story lines are too parallelbto reality, too based on a true mythological realm to attract readers ofbonly one genre.Sutty is an Earthling and a Hain-trained ethnologist, known as an Observer. Because she knows something of their now-proscribed written language, she is assigned to the planet Aka to discover and document what Akan culture was like before the presence of previous Hain Observers unintentionally but significantly changed the culture forever. Her task borders on illegal and brings great personal risk to those who help her since the local government outlawed the planet's entire pre-space history. Planet-wide, all written records and prior cultural tendencies have been destroyed or are very deeply repressedbin the name of progress. The Akans have no desire to look like a backward society to their new, more technologically advanced allies. "What sacrifices these people have made! They agreed to deny their cultureand impoverish their lives for the 'March to the Stars, an artificial, theoretical goal, an imitation of societies?they assumed to be superior merely because they were capable of space flight," records Sutty. Sutty travels to the most rural areas of Aka, where she expects to find the most remnants of the original Akan culture.During her participant observation, she discovers a prohibited tradition of significant importance, a rich oral tradition, known as the telling. To these rural people, it is nearly holy (for lack of a more culturally significant term) to partake in storytelling, as ether yoz (listener) or maz (teller) Sutty's challenge is in finding a common thread:connecting the stones, a semblance of purpose for their Importance. As anboutsider, this goal is a struggle, for itbis difficult for the Akans to describe something so innate in their tradttions. Aka is a realistic, fully fieshed-out fictional world with its own folklore, language and history. Readers are immersed in a well developed alien environment viewed within its own cultural context. Sutty could be an actual person, complete in her imperfect humanity. She harbors ethnocentricbideas despite her very attempts to thwart them. Learning throughout her experience, she eventually develops an unreserved and invoked role in the society she is studying. Shebgrows into this new role of potentialcaretaker with the idea that she mght be able to use her knowledge when she returns home to plead the Akan case to their government and helpbthem return to the ways of old. Like many of her previous novels, The Telling demands careful attenion and an appreciation of Le Guin's s peripherally allegorical subtexts. I mourned with Sutty as she realized that the original Akan culture, a rich. thriving traditionnwas traded away like chattel and replaced by a failed carbon copy of a space-faring society.This is a reprint of my original review in the Aug/Sep 2000 issue of Explorations.If I recall correctly, I met Ms. LeGuin at a B&N event that we hosted via James Killen.

  • Danijel
    2019-03-20 22:19

    Ovo je priča o svijetu koji je napustio, potisnuo i izbrisao cjelokupnu svoju povijest i kulturu kako bi se svojim novim korporativnim uređenjem što više priklonio naprednim hainskim rasama koje su otkrile njihov svijet i kako bi ubrzao njihov Put ka zvijezdama. Mlada Promatračica Sutty, također dijete nasilja kako je naziva njezin nadređeni, dobiva zadatak istražiti u zabačenom dijelu svijeta Ake, ostatke ostataka nekadašnjeg vjerovanja, kulture i književnosti. Za razliku od nekadašnjeg unističkog teokratskog uređenja Terre (iliti Zemlje), Aka je svijet u kojem vladaju obrnuti zakoni. Tehnologija i proizvođač-potrošač korporativna filozofija unificirali su i državno uređenje i sustav vjerovanja, stavljajući izvan zakona pisanu riječ i Pričanje – osnovni kulturalni element ovog svijeta koji objedinjuje i duhovno i materijalno u jednu jedinu istinu s bezbroj lica. Vjera bez Boga, svetih knjiga, bez opipljivih oltara; i uobličena u Pričanje, usmjerena ne na vječnost ili zagrobni život već na sadašnjost.Pričanje je ujedno i 8. dio tzv. Hainskog ciklusa naše drage spisateljice Ursule K. Le Guin, roman koji je nastao 26 godina nakon posljednjeg romana iz tog ciklusa. Lako se mogu povući paralele s kineskim opresivnim sustavom u vrijeme komunizma, kad se pokušavao suzbiti stari religijski sustav i običaji. Kao i taoističkim principima i religijom koji su također bili potiskivani i proganjani tijekom tog vremena.Kako mi je ovo prvi Guiničin roman, ne mogu vjerodostojno uspoređivati ostatak njezinog opusa, pa čak niti ostatak njezinog Hainskog ciklusa. Priča je ispričana kroz Suttyjino istraživanje akiške kulture, i pokušaju uspoređivanja nekadašnjeg teokratskog terranskog društva koje je zastranilo i akiško koje je zastranilo, ali u drugom smjeru. Guinica se cijelo vrijeme vodi nekim zen pristupom, polagano i strpljivo gradeći duhovno-filozofski svijet Terre i Ake, kao i karakter Sutty, čija ličnost do kraja romana biva potpuno razgolićena… Ima se tu još toga za pisati, no zasad dovoljno; a što se tiče čitanja samog romana bez imalo problema sam ga pročitao za 2-3 dana.

  • Michael Gray
    2019-03-30 21:44

    Reading this excellent novel by Ursula LeGuin highlights a question about literary form. Why does the form of science fiction include so many profound explorations of what it means to be human, of what is fragile and at risk in the world in which we live, while raising our awareness of what is most worth preserving. Well, perhaps there are not that many profound works, but Ursula Leguin, as well as Stanislaw Lem and Philip Dick, come quickly to mind as writers who shine a light on the human experiment on the third planet from our Sun. It's as if the freedom to invent other worlds and other life forms, and to envision broad sweeeps of time and space, allows for a deep examination of the particular knowledge in operation in our human realm. In "The Telling", there is some of the quality that has left a residue of her "Left Hand of Darkness" in my mind decades later. But there is something else in "The Telling", along side its depiction of the frailities that makes integrity a blessing in any being. "The Telling" is a penetrating protrayal of how corporations and fundamentalist religions--ostensibly at odds with one another--march lockstep in their rush to crush diversity and mutual caring in the individual. Both a threat to true democracy, "The Telling" places corporate absolutism and religious totalitarianism on two different planets, 200 years of space travel apart, and then weaves a story around the recognition of how much has been lost in both realms. Oh, and I should also mention, "The Telling" is a hell of a good story, that kept me reading with sheer enjoyment.--Michael Gray

  • JoelWerley
    2019-03-22 21:15

    “I know who you are," she said. "You're my enemy. The true believer. The righteous man with the righteous mission. The one that jails people for reading and burns the books. That persecutes people who do exercises the wrong way. That dumps out the medicine and pisses on it. That pushes the button that sends the drones to drop the bombs. And hides behind a bunker and doesn't get hurt. Shielded by God. Or the state. Or whatever lie he uses to hide his envy and self-interest and cowardice and lust for power. It took me a while to see you, though. You saw me right away. You knew I was your enemy. Was unrighteous. How did you know it? ”As this quote shows, The Telling, like all good science fiction, says as much about the very real present as the fictional future. Per usual Le Guin, the focus is on the likes of linguistics, cultural anthropology, religion, and sexuality rather than mere aliens and spaceships. It seems like this book must have been somewhat of an influence on China Mieville's excellent linguistic sci-fi Embassytown.

  • Shirley
    2019-04-15 18:26

    I was given this book as part of a book chain I've joined. I was honestly glad to have it because I've heard so much about Ursula K Le Guin and I've always felt that I should give her a try at least once. And I tried. I really tried. I acknowledge that her writing can be quite beautiful, but this was way too slow moving with far too many banal details for me. The characters were flat and I felt nothing for any of them. It feels like this was not written with a plot in mind, but rather intended to be vehicle for a moral message. It reminded me of those old-fashioned and dreadfully dull early 20th century utopian fictions that I read in high school and college: brimming with good intentions and missionary zeal, but insufferably trite and heavy handed. Having a moral message with good intentions doesn't make up for a lack of plot and shallow characterizations. I lost interest. I ended up skimming through it to the end so I won't count it as one of my 2016 reads.

  • Emily
    2019-04-18 00:45

    Sutty is a Terran envoy of the Ekumen to the world of Aka. The Aka have suppressed and criminalized their ancient “religion” (it isn’t, but that’s the most expedient way to describe it. Think Buddhist.) in order to become Consumer-Producers of the Corporation State and bring their technology up to date with that of Earth and Hain. Sutty’s mission is to learn and preserve The Telling, which is made difficult by the Monitors of the Corporation State (thought police).I feel like LeGuin conceived of The Telling and wrote the plot around it in order to convey The Telling to us. Which, great. Frankly, I’d like to have heard more of it, but again, much more philosophical and thought-experiment-y than science fiction, per se. Fans of LeGuin will like it. Fans of more science-y, tech-y sci fi will probably not.

  • Danni Green
    2019-03-26 22:34

    I've struggled through a few other of LeGuin's books and was debating whether I wanted to try to read any more of them. A friend of mine who is really into LeGuin recommended that I read this one, telling me that if I liked this one then I would probably like other books of hers, and that if I didn't, I should give it up. Well, my friend is very wise, and I liked this book a lot. The story has many layers, and each layer shone through with a richness that made it a very enjoyable read, emotionally and intellectually. I feel like I really came to appreciate the tenderness with which LeGuin creates the world in which the story takes place and then weaves the reader into that world alongside the characters. Good stuff. I'll definitely be reading more of her work now.

  • Catherine
    2019-04-15 21:29

    A nicely narrated book with beautiful, memorable language and a fascinating protagonist, this tale suffers from having almost no action and very little plot. It isn't a long book but often felt like it was one. But for the central character and her opponent, it often felt as though the people populating it were replicants, too. I.e. if you like characters who resonate this isn't the novel for you. Two stars off for the s l o o o w pace and mostly flat characters.

  • Kerry
    2019-03-21 18:38

    This was a nice little thing. I guess it's set in the same universe/reality as The Dispossessed, which I read last year and which was my first Le Guin (this is my second.)There isn't a whole lot of plot here; and (view spoiler)[it seems like it might all go HORRIBLY WRONG at some point, with the terrible Corporation State about to kill poor little villagers, or burn all of their books or something. But it never does, and that's sort of nice, actually. (hide spoiler)] Basically it seems to be Le Guin taking an opportunity to tell us about another kind of utopia that she thought up. Which is basically what The Dispossessed was at its heart, but it was far more masterfully done there. That's okay. I liked this just fine, it was interesting to think about. Every once in a while I thought we were going to get all caught up in a "religion is terrible, look what it will do to society in the future if left unchecked" thing; and I mean I totally AGREE with that, religion is stupid and evil, but I am sort of tired of reading about it. But this never lingered in that much, so I was okay with it all.The narration was fine. Ms. Zackman seems like she doesn't have an accent at all. That's totally weird. Usually when people say that So-and-so doesn't have an accent, it's because they have the same accent as the speaker -- this lady said some words differently from myself, but I couldn't place it as midwestern or Canadian or what. It was intriguing. Anyway she's one of those narrators who is very careful with her enunciation, but not so much that it was annoying.So anyway to sum up, it was nice, I liked it, though I'm glad it was short. And I will get around to reading the other "Hainish" books soon. I do like that it isn't a big chronological series, and that I can read books in any order. That's always nice. (See also Banks's Culture series.)

  • Brooke
    2019-03-29 17:22

    Old blogging:Ursula K. LeGuin never fails to amaze me with her writing and story-telling abilities. The back cover of the book said that it was a continuation of the Hainish cycle...which includes the Dispossessed (I gathered). However, either it has been too long since I read The Dispossessed to make the connection, or it is a very loose connection. The Telling wove an absorbing story of an Indo-Canadian woman in futuristic America/Canada during a time when the government has been overtaken by religious zealots...and then taken over again by those who would return it to a place of freedom for non-believers. Actually, the details were quite vague...only hinting that the times were violent, and that libraries had been bombed and colleges destroyed in the process. She is trained as a linguist and sent to a newly discovered world called Aka. The story is mysterious. She makes her way from the tightly regimented city of Dovza, to a mountain town (Okzat Okzat), seeking information on what the world there was like before technology and the corporate mindset had taken over and destroyed the remnants of their rich history. There is really too much complexity and vague comprehensions that make up the whole tapestry of the story to summarize in a paragraph, but it was a thoroughly satisfying, and even mind-opening read.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2019-04-05 00:24

    When I first started listening to The Telling, I didn't realize it was in the same universe as The Dispossessed and The Left Hand of Darkness, in fact I didn't know those two books were related either. So this story takes place in a loosely related world, but on a new planet. Sutty has been sent to collect the printed historical record, but arrives to discover most of it has been destroyed. Her own life on Terra was destroyed when her lover was killed by drones, and being sent to Aka may or may not be a way to push her out of the way of normal life. Along the way she finds out about a practice called "The Telling," that is more than just an oral storytelling tradition. The story is concise although it ends a little too abruptly to understand what will happen in the future on Aka. I'm not convinced Sutty has as much power as she thinks she has to effect change.The reader, Gabra Zackman, does a nice job, although the sounds made during the tellings sounded a little like orgasms. Maybe they were supposed to.

  • Renee Babcock
    2019-04-01 19:21

    A prescient novel written in 2000, before things like 9/11 and much of what evangelicals have been doing in our culture. It's very much a relevant book today, almost feels as if it could have been written just in the last few years. It's set in LeGuin's Hainish universe and is about the dangers of fantaticism on a culture, esp as seen through the eyes of Sutty, the envoy to Aka. Sutty has escaped the dangers of fanaticism on earth and expects to find a freer, more repaxed society on Aka, or to discover an even more repressive one than what she left behind. But pockets of people who observe the old ways survive and she joins them to discover the riches of their past.It's a short, easy to read novel but there's so much that in it that will resonate with a lot of readers.

  • Lex Larson
    2019-04-08 17:37

    The interconnectedness of culture and language is an irresistible theme for me. Layered systems of meaning, political and philosophical intrigue with a competent female protagonist sealed the deal. Rich characters in a lushly imagined world. Intellectual without being aloof, emotional without being cloying. I was sad to see Sutty's story conclude.I also appreciated this story didn't require me to read the previous books in the series.

  • Diane
    2019-03-19 19:16

    Another beautiful book by my favorite author. Each sentence is beautiful, even when terrible things are described. There is such a quiet strength and assurance in her writing. I still have to digest it before I can truly review it. I hope I don't forget. But suffice it to say, if you are a fan of UKL or a fan of SF that leans toward the philosophical then this book comes highly recommended!

  • wychwood
    2019-03-22 17:21

    Not my favourite Le Guin, nor even close - I tried to re-read this a few months back and couldn't get into it at all. I picked it up again, though, and enjoyed it a lot more the second time around. Nothing especially memorable, but... I do like Okzat-Ozkat, and Sutty's ambivalence around her own history, and the complexity of Dovsan society under the surface.

  • William
    2019-04-08 19:32

    A short, gentle, beautiful and poetic book that guides you through a narrative, encouraging you to ponder and question issues of culture, prejudice, spirituality and religion. I loved it.

  • Gülsen Sırma
    2019-04-19 20:30

    Okuduğum Le Guin kitapları içinde ortalama bir yere koydum bu kitabı. Aslında konusu ve okuyucuya vermek istediği anafikir itibariyle özünde iyi bir hikaye. Fakat bana mı öyle geldi bilmiyorum, okurken çok fazla betimlemeyle karşılaştım ve akıcılıkta ağır olduğunu hissettim. Konusu itibariyle, iktidar ve devletlerin din ya da bilim adı altında her iki şekilde de nasıl baskıcı olabileceği ve halka çektirdiği zulümlerin bir hikayesi. Birbirinden farklı iki gezegen ve iki toplum, hatta aynı gezegende var olan iki farklı toplumdaki birbirine zıt yönlerden, baskıcılık anlamında nasıl benzeştiği anlatılıyor. Ara ara, özellikle son 100 sayfa gibi daha vurucu ve düşündürücü cümlelerle karşılaşıyorsunuz. Din ya da bilimin ve teknolojinin kurumsallaşmış baskıcılığı altındaki farklı toplumların hikayesi Anlatış.Kitaptan kısa bir alıntı eklemek istiyorum: "Yerküre'de hiçbir dönem eksik olmamış ölümcül ötekilik anlayışı, kabileler arasındaki amansız ayrım, genellikle keyfi olarak belirlenen şu aşılamaz nitelikteki sınırlar, yüzyıllar hatta binyıllardan bu yana yaşatılıp beslenen ırksal nefretler göz önüne alındığında, öteki diye bir kavramın tanınmıyor oluşu... Burada kullanılan "halk" tabiri "benim halkım" anlamına değil, yalnızca halk anlamına geliyordu." Bu alıntı, Le Guin'in aşina olduğumuz sıkça vurguladığı ötekileştirme, ırkçılık kavramlarına bir gönderme yine. Zaten Hainli serisinin de bu kavramlar ve cinisiyetçilik vb üzerine kurulu olduğunu diğer romanlarda da görüyoruz.

  • Katie
    2019-03-27 00:39

    Sutty (Sati) is an inter-galactic anthropologist/diplomat sent to a newly discovered planet with a society determined to erase its history and cultural heritage. Not one of Le Guin's most engaging books but still wonderfully crafted, the Telling is a book as much about history as it is about the future. I must admit that my favorite part was the forward, where Le Guin nonchalantly unveils her inspiration for the novel. I also deeply enjoyed the casual, natural portrayal of sex, love, and homosexual relationships. The writing was unburdened by religious or societal manipulation a of our reality. Love is love is love.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-01 22:32

    4.5 stars. A powerful beginning and ending, though it meanders out of narrative into somewhat pedantic anthropological analysis in the middle. I also felt it underachieved relative to its potential in terms of the growth of the main character. But still, it contains those most powerful features of Le Guin's writing: elegant and beautiful prose, sophisticated relationship development, and sociological complexity. Caveat: I listened to this as an audio book, which may have reduced my patience for the lengthy anthropological observations in the middle.