Book Review: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin (Four Stars)

Book Review: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

Four Stars out of Five

“A man who saw a miracle would reject his eyes’ witness … if those with him saw nothing.”

Stories like this raised the bar so high that most tales fail to qualify. Written over forty years ago, Lathe records as series of dysfunctional futures set at about the time of our present, which are simultaneously unlikely and hauntingly possible. That she missed the exact parameters of this future is mere chance. She foresaw continued Middle East wars, seven billion world population, degrading quality of life as well as global warming, alien invasions, and the tyranny of benevolent social engineering. But it’s her storytelling that stands out.

A fine tale, well told. Read this instead to understand the paucity of the current twaddle.

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