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Three Hainish Novels: Rocannon's World,…

Three Hainish Novels: Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile, City of… (urspr publ 1996; utgåvan 1978)

av Ursula K. Le Guin (Författare), None (Illustratör)

Serier: Hainish Cycle, Chronological (Omnibus 3-5), Hain-sviten (Omnibus 1-3)

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The author's first three novels--City of Illusions, Rocannon's World, and Planet of Exile--are included in an omnibus edition, all set in the same universe as The Left Hand of Darkness, as her characters battle forces in society that seek to tear them apart.
Titel:Three Hainish Novels: Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile, City of Illusions
Författare:Ursula K. Le Guin (Författare)
Andra författare:None (Illustratör)
Info:Nelson Doubleday Inc. (1978), Edition: Book Club, 370 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Taggar:sf, series


Worlds of Exile and Illusion: Three Complete Novels of the Hainish Series in One Volume--Rocannon's World; Planet of Exile; City of Illusions av Ursula K. Le Guin (1996)


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I did not expect Le Guin's early entries in the Hainish cycle to be as interlinked as they are (at least, as interlinked as may be given the vast amounts of time and space that occurs between each of them), considering that I started with The Dispossessed, Left Hand, and The Word for World, in that order, none of which have the same kind of thematic and situational throughline that these three novels have.

Of the three, I enjoyed Rocannon's World the most, I think, given its more traditional hero's journey with fantastical elements based on a science fiction premise, much in the same vein as Robert Heinlein's Glory Road. It may be something in the simplicity of the narrative, with a hint of the larger intergalactic struggle, both of which build in intensity to the climax, that I enjoyed most. Planet of Exile was interesting as a story of two dying and incompatible cultures, one old and the other new(ish), coming together so that both can survive, even though their combination means that each will be lost and become something new. A similar scenario at the individual level presents itself as the ultimate struggle in City of Illusions (which is inaptly named, though not opaquely so), wherin the main character has to reconcile himself -- or himselves, rather -- through losses and resorations of memory, the lies and misleading truths of those around him, and the ultimate responsibility he has for the survival of the civilization that struggled so hard to endure in Planet of Exile. As one might expect, Le Guin threads all these stories with elements of the dualism and (communal) anarchism for which she is so well known.

While none of the novels in this volume supplants The Left Hand of Darkness as my favorite of the Cycle, they are all worth reading for their own sakes. I highly recommend reading them in a volume like this one that collects all three, given that they are more connected than the other novels of the Hainish Cycle (at least, that I have read so far). ( )
1 rösta octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
Well, that was interesting. I'm not a solid sci-fi reader, but this book (combo of first 3 in series) has been on my shelves for years and I was in the mood for something different. The three "books" are definitely a continuation, but there's SUCH a long period of time between each story that there aren't any characters left in common....it's basically a whole new book with new characters and events, loosely tied to the previous story. It always took me quite a few pages to settle into the new story and figure out what was going on.

The book was just okay for me. The writing style was readable, but felt awkward sometimes. I found characters I enjoyed in each story. I liked the way she handled the scientific or other-worldly elements - not so complex that I couldn't follow it, but unusual enough that it felt not-of-earth. Doubt I'll take the time to continue on in the series. ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
Epic. Amazing. Classic. ( )
  bit-of-a-list-tiger | Apr 29, 2019 |
When reading this, I thought I'd treat it like any other compilation of novels, reviewing each book separately. But after finishing 'City of Illusions' I can see that though all three novels are at widely different time periods, and set on different planet, and, of course, have different cultures; all three of these books build off of each other and are the better for being read together.

1.) In 'Rocannon's World' Le Guin covers a lot of ground, fully living up to the promise of her short story "Semley's Necklace" from 'The Wind's Twelve Quarters'. In that story she introduced the planet, the second of the star Fomalhaut, where intelligent life had diverged into multiple species, some of which have developed mind-speaking. A noble woman of that planet seeks out a lost treasure of her family, against the advice of many she encounters.

Years later (fifty for the planet, considerably less for Rocannon, a minor character in "Necklace," due to light-speed travel) Rocannon is leading an expedition studying the various cultures of that planet to better decide how to develop the world. The planet, however, has been chosen as the homebase of a rebellion against the League of All Worlds and the rebels have begun killing many inhabitants, including everyone else on Rocannon's team of Ethnologists.

The basic plot is Rocannon's quest for revenge against the rebels, but the novel accomplishes much more than that. Le Guin answers many questions left over from "Necklace," developing the divided culture, but touching on many other subjects: interstellar conflict, long-distance communication, the learning of mindspeech, and other themes that Le Guin will continue in 'Planet of Exile' and 'City of Illusions'.

2.) 'Planet of Exile' is on the Planet of Werel, which unfortunately is used for another completely different planet in Le Guin's Hainish Universe too. This Werel has a enormous moon with a 400 day phase cycle and years that last approximately 60 of our own. The central character, Rolery, is a curious woman of a indigenous 'hilf' (highly intelligent life form) nomadic clan based near the town of Landin, where the Farborns, interstellar colonists, have waited 10 Werel Years for word from the League of All Worlds which had been fighting a war with the Enemy.

There is a considerable amount of distrust between the natives and colonists, each only describing themselves as 'men.' The colonists have long held themselves to an ancient law of cultural embargo and therefore have much strange technology that makes them witches to the natives, who the colonists see as mere barbarians. The colonists' numbers have been dwindling over the decades and they have lost much of their own knowledge from not having been able to use it.

A menace from up North forces an alliance between the two cultures, but it is unsure how long it will last.

3.) The novels are tied together best through 'City of Illusions', set on Earth some 1,200 years after the Enemy, the Shing, have conquered the planet and disbanded the League. Technology and most banding together of people is swiftly punished. The Shing hold a single law on the Reverence of Life, so they can never kill, but they manage to find leeway.

Humanity is isolated and paranoid, devolved or manipulated into never questioning the absolute authority of their conquerors. Until, one morning, a strange man with cat-like eyes and no memory stumbles into the lives of a family in the Eastern forests. He has no clues as to his origins and most people he encounters must suspect if he is himself one of the mysterious Shing.

'City of Illusions' is in many ways a mystery. As, Falk, as the man became known, sets out to find out where he comes from he sees for himself how most of humanity is forced to live and when he at last comes to the city of Es Toch, the home of the Shing, he must question everything and everyone.

Looking back over what I've written I don't think I've even begun to make clear the ways that Le Guin built these novels off of each other. All I can suggest of these three Hainish Novels is that if you enjoyed 'The Left Hand of Darkness', then you should read these too.

Hainish Cycle:

Next: 'The Left Hand of Darkness' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
This book contains Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile and City of Illusion. Each one is the length of a novella and they are interconnected so it is like getting a trilogy in one volume. I didn't know before checking her website (http://www.ursulakleguin.com/) that these were the first books she wrote. But unlike many first books, the stories and characterizations are strong. If you already enjoy LeGuin's writing, these will give you an idea of how she started. If you have never read LeGuin before there's lots more to choose from. For starters check out "The Left Hand of Darkness" and "The Dispossessed". For children, her Earthsea chronicles are classics. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 22, 2017 |
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