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The Lathe Of Heaven

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9th August 2001

Price: £8.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781857989519

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‘Her worlds have a magic sheen . . . She moulds them into dimensions we can only just sense. She is unique. She is legend’ THE TIMES

‘Le Guin is a writer of phenomenal power’ OBSERVER

George Orr is a mild and unremarkable man who finds the world a less than pleasant place to live: seven billion people jostle for living space and food. But George dreams dreams which do in fact change reality – and he has no means of controlling this extraordinary power.

Psychiatrist Dr William Haber offers to help. At first sceptical of George’s powers, he comes to astonished belief. When he allows ambition to get the better of ethics, George finds himself caught up in a situation of alarming peril.

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Reviews

Roddy Doyle
I'd love to sit at my desk one day and discover that I could think and write like Ursula Le Guin
NEW YORK TIMES
A rare and powerful synthesis of poetry and science, reason and emotion
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
[Le Guin had] the heart of a poet who knew all too well the difference between miracle and eureka, revelation and revolution
THE TIMES
Her worlds have a magic sheen . . . She moulds them into dimensions we can only just sense. She is unique. She is legend
DAILY TELEGRAPH
Le Guin writes tellingly of different kinds of society . . . and of the individual's response to them
OBSERVER
Le Guin is a writer of phenomenal power
EMPIRE
Le Guin's storytelling is sharp, magisterial, funny, thought-provoking and exciting, exhibiting all that science fiction can be
Zadie Smith
Ursula Le Guin was able to reimagine many concepts we take to be natural, shared, and unalterable - gender, utopia, creation, war, family, the city, the country - and reveal the all-too-human constructions at their center ... Literature will miss her. There's no one like her
TLS
Le Guin is one of the singular speculative voices of our future, thanks to her knack for anticipating issues of seminal importance to society
GUARDIAN
She is unparalleled in creating fantasy peopled by finely drawn and complex characters
David Mitchell, author of CLOUD ATLAS
Ursula Le Guin is a chemist of the heart
Michael Chabon
When I read The Lathe of Heaven as a young man, my mind was boggled; now when I read it, more than twenty-five years later, it breaks my heart. Only a great work of literature can bridge - so thrillingly - that impossible span