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Always Coming Home Ursula Le Guin s Always Coming Home is a major work of the imagination from one of America s most respected writers of science fiction More than five years in the making it is a novel unlike any othe

  • Title: Always Coming Home
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin John Scalzi
  • ISBN: 1473205808
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ursula Le Guin s Always Coming Home is a major work of the imagination from one of America s most respected writers of science fiction More than five years in the making, it is a novel unlike any other A rich and complex interweaving of story and fable, poem, artwork, and music, it totally immerses the reader in the culture of the Kesh, a peaceful people of the far futurUrsula Le Guin s Always Coming Home is a major work of the imagination from one of America s most respected writers of science fiction More than five years in the making, it is a novel unlike any other A rich and complex interweaving of story and fable, poem, artwork, and music, it totally immerses the reader in the culture of the Kesh, a peaceful people of the far future who inhabit a place called the Valley on the Northern Pacific Coast.

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    1. Ivan on said:

      This is only book from Ursula Le Guin I didn't enjoy. Second read and my opinion remains unchanged so my original reviews will remain unchanged as well. This is ethnology book, the fact that it's ethnology of made up civilization in post-apocalyptic world doesn't make it less so.Because of that I find it hard to rate this book. On one hand there is evident effort to create culture of one entire civilization with it's unique culture poetry, folktales, myths, plays and songs and all that in world [...]

    2. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis on said:

      The Millions discusses Always Coming Home ::"The Utopias of Ursula K. Le Guin"by Kelly Lynn Thomasthemillions/2018/01/ursulAgain, me saying things I'm not authorized to say :: If you've not read Always Coming Home you've not really read LeGuin's vision. ___________Okay and then so for a few scrambled thoughts and reflections and impressions and way=off course remarks.This is, true, only the second Le Guin I've read. It may be the last.Most possibly so because I suspect that this may be her maste [...]

    3. Terence on said:

      It is unfortunate but my “book-reading biorhythms” rarely coincide with the books being read by the various groups I belong to here on GR so I missed out on the reading of Always Coming Home that took place in the Always Coming Home group a few months ago. I originally read the book nearly 20 years ago, probably in my first year or two of graduate school, and it didn’t lodge itself overly much in my conscious but what a difference twenty years makes. My latest nonfiction reading has focuse [...]

    4. Joanne on said:

      There are few books I have read, none of them being fiction until now, that have required such a concerted effort of study on my part to even read through the book. If it wasn't Ursula I doubt I would have bothered. But it was, and I did, and of course it was well worth the effort.The woman has created an entire culture. I don't know when I will have enough time to create an entire culture in my own head and then write a novel about it, but the fact that another woman had the time and did it is [...]

    5. Valerie on said:

      Though the introduction describes this as 'an archaeology of the future', it's no such matter. It's an ETHNOLOGY of (part of) the future, after the style of the Bureau of American Ethnology Reports, to which LeGuin has no doubt had access for most of her life. Most people who read LeGuin's works apparently are unaware that she is the daughter of the famous anthropologist AL Kroeber, and of the writer Theodora Kroeber, both of whom specialized in Northern Alta California. AL Kroeber was a friend [...]

    6. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) on said:

      It's a great mistake to try to read this book as a "novel", since it isn't one. It's purported to be more like an anthropologist's notebook of field work: a collection of cultural facts, legends, poetry and song, writings--and obliquely, the story of one woman raised among the Kesh people who rebels against their close-knit Valley community and seeks something "outside the world." The "coming home" referenced in the title is her journey of discovery from adolescent rebellion to mature choice-mak [...]

    7. Sarah on said:

      I have to admit -- I didn't finish it. I did enjoy what I read. It felt like getting to look through a viewfinder at a future tribalistic society. The trouble is, I always hated seeing Native American museum dioramas and glass cases full of spears and pottery. In some ways, this book gave me that same sense of ennui. Why? Because it takes a mostly anthropological approach to the fictional world she's created. While I believe LeGuin aims to celebrate this culture, she ends up creating something r [...]

    8. Wealhtheow on said:

      Sort of an exercise in building a low-tech society set after our industrial modern age. The people of the Valley live a largely peaceful, non-hierarchical communal life that prioritizes listening and understanding, and considers being generous synonymous with wealth. The poor are those who do not give; giving makes one rich. It's fascinating, and I loved the ways the world building was woven into Stone Telling's story, and how the world building sections (hundreds of pages of an anthropologist's [...]

    9. Nikki on said:

      I expected to take a long time over Always Coming Home. In a way, I wish I had: there's a lot in it, and a lot to reward a slower, careful reading -- this time I went plunging through it for the narrative, such as it was, enjoying the layers of understanding that came to me, imagining and figuring out what I didn't know. I didn't read the "Back of the Book" section, this time: another time, I think I will. I just wanted to fly through it, this time, total immersion in a culture that does not exi [...]

    10. Cass on said:

      This book is officially being abandoned by me. I can see someone would try to read this. I mean if this was a book by David Gemmell or Anne McCaffrey (authors that I love) I might see myself pushing on, almost as if I owed the author.I feel like the author is having a fleet of fancy, writing a book that noone can read in a bizarre 'not really a book' kind of way. I get the idea, it is a textbook written about the future, it is a compilation of anthropological notes and stories. The book has a co [...]

    11. Milla on said:

      It took me a really long time to finish this book. The first time I tried to read it at the age of 13 the changing styles made it very difficult to follow. However, when I picked the book up again I finished it in a matter of days. The combination of characters, pieces of culture and storytelling create a whole that is difficult to appreciate if you are too eager to know the outcome and jump over sections of the book that seem unrelated to anything else. [return][return]I would definitely recomm [...]

    12. Gülay Cansever on said:

      LeGuin kitapları okumak zordur. Hep Yuvaya Dönmek de bir o kadar zor bir kitaptı. Elimde bu kadar uzaması tamamen benden kaynaklı. 4 yıldız vermem kitaptan değil benim istediğim gibi okuyamamam dan kaynaklı. Siz siz olun vakti gelmeden bazı kitapları okumayın :)

    13. Dtyler99 on said:

      Wow. Totally original.LeGuin has been a major influence in my own writing and I have read most everything she has written, including her many short fiction collections and volumes on the craft of writing. Perhaps the only material of hers I've stayed away from is her YA stuff (A Wizard of Earthsea is NOT YA), although a couple months ago I read Very Far Away From Anywhere Else which is an exceptionally thoughtful mainstream coming of age novella.Everyone will discuss The Dispossessed, The Left H [...]

    14. Ben Babcock on said:

      Why is it Ursula K. Le Guin always makes my life as a reader and reviewer difficult? Her books can’t be nice, straightforward stories—no, she has to create lyric, moving pieces of experimental literature that transcend our ordinary definitions of form and genre. I have a problem with Always Coming Home, but that problem is entirely independent of the book itself. It is, rather, a result of me and my particular biases and hang-ups.I can’t help it: I love novels.I know that, as far as litera [...]

    15. Pippi Bluestocking on said:

      Guys, it's called an ETHNOGRAPHY. This book is written as an ETHNOGRAPHY which is a research method in ANTHROPOLOGY and social sciences. Don't know how you came up with ETHNOLOGY but I hope it is not a combination of ethnography and anthropology.

    16. Kelly Lynn Thomas on said:

      Read for my Ecofem lit class. I don't have a Bible, but if I did, it would be this book. In it, Le Guin explores an "archaeology of the future" through her character/alter ego Pandora, who studies the Kesh people of California. The book, therefore, contains life stories, information on Kesh culture, practices, medicine, etc recipes, poems, Kesh literature, plays, a glossary, pictures, music (the first edition came with a cassette tape and you can buy the CD from the website), etc.I read this in [...]

    17. Jennifer on said:

      "The people in this book might be going to have lived a long, long time from now in Northern California. . . The difficulty of translation from a language that doesn't yet exist is considerable, but there's no need to exaggerate it."So begins one of my favorite books by Ursula LeGuin, and probably one of her lesser-known works, "Always Coming Home." She calls it "an archaeology of the future," and it's a beautiful example of world-creation. The main narrative of the book is the autobiography of [...]

    18. Kerry on said:

      What a beautiful book. Very slow (because it's not a novel) but really lovely, and I missed it once I was done.It's the story (or the description, I guess) of a hunter/gatherer society that lives in what was Northern California, in a post-nuclear war future. Written as a collection of anthropological notes by an observer in the present. It's a history of a community that hasn't happened yet. (That doesn't really make sense, but it also doesn't have to.) There are descriptions of their lives; and [...]

    19. Leonard Pierce on said:

      Le Guin has long been one of the most interesting of the big wave of social science fiction authors that emerged in the '60s, and I've been wanting to read this one for a long time. It's actually not that compelling just in terms of narrative -- its main story, concerning the native woman Stone Telling and her encounters with the very divergent societies of her mother and father's people, has some very interesting insights into the ways a patriarchal society shapes individual behavior for both m [...]

    20. Asteinb1 on said:

      This book is a work of genius. I think Le Guin may have here beaten Tolkien for large-scale, complex, and detailed world-building - and considering that Tolkien recorded some 3,000 years of fictional history and created a handful of fictional languages, that's saying a lot.It should be noted that this, like Tolkien's denser stuff, is not an easy read. There isn't really much of a plot, and I was often about to put the book down because I was so bored. Even if you like Tolkien's History of Middle [...]

    21. Elissa on said:

      Ah, what AM I thinking of this book? It's drawing me in, just shy of 50 years old, in a way it didn't when I first read it (or at least Stone Telling's story!) in my 20s.I'm enjoying the poetry more, and the ethnography, and I've had the good fortune to be part of modern wakwaha thanks to Spiritfire Festival and the Earthspirit Community. I think, more and more, that this is how the post-Apocalyptic future will be - somewhere between Octavia Butler's work and this. Also interesting to read of no [...]

    22. John on said:

      Napa Valley would be one of the most beautiful places on Earth were it not for its people. Those leave a bitter taste, akin, I'm sure, to the sense of a sideways glance at a designer bag you no longer desire. Ursula K. Le Guin fixes this problem with golden descriptive powers and by removing the ugliest part of the place - its current residents. It's hard to express how much a revelation this is to me, as a current resident and outsider in this place of status and palate and terroir and superflu [...]

    23. Ben Stimpson on said:

      Always Coming Home is LeQuin's ethnographic self coming out. It is not a story, in so much as there is a central plot with a cast of characters, but is instead a description of an Earth where nature takes precedence, culture is devised around the natural landscape, and rich culture is showcased through legends and songs. Always Coming Home is a rich work of world building which vividly describes and illustrates diverse cultures within a region of North America. I adored this work, more so becaus [...]

    24. Edward Davies on said:

      It’s hard to judge this as a novel as it is more of a fictional anthropological guide to a made-up society. Le Guin does an awesome job of creating a world from the basic elements right up to the most important parts, but it is quite the challenge to wrap your mind around. There are stories interspersed between studies of the Kesh, but these are few and far between and just as hard to read as the rest of the book. It’s worth the effort to some extent, but its inaccessibility makes it more of [...]

    25. Bramble on said:

      Just re-read this. With a soft heart and an open mind, this is a sweetly sentimental tale of an anthropologically detailed future. With hard-headed skepticism, a bunch of dang fool hippie wishful thinking.Loved it.

    26. Jodi on said:

      An amazing and deeply affecting book about a once and future America.

    27. Erhardt Graeff on said:

      I couldn't finish this book. It's a fascinating attempt to create an ethnography of a future post-apocalyptic society with its own language, mythology, history, and customs. The style of the stories and picture of society the author paints has a strong Native American influence. The cadence of the storytelling follows the same style, meant to be transliterated from the language of these future people. What comes out is a very literal and staccato delivery of information. However, the book lacks [...]

    28. Matt Parker on said:

      This took me a long long time to read, in large part because I started out reading it as a compilation, instead of as a unified work. It *is* a compilation - but it's better read as a novel. You really have to develop and remember a sense of the Kesh to get the most of each component, and the ordering of stories is intentional.It's a strange, unsettling, wonderful anthropological study of a people that doesn't exist, but drawing heavily on people who have existed. It's unbelievably rich and thor [...]

    29. Umurhan on said:

      I read the Turkish translation of Always Coming Home but that doesn't have much to do with the subject, so I don't believe it affects my thoughts by much. Always Coming Home is an ethnology, a large portion of it is about the culture of the Kesh folk. The short stories and the larger story of The Stone Telling (which somewhat reminded me of The Disposessed) have worldbuilding as their main priority. While I did really like the stories within Always Coming Home, one might find the poems and the p [...]

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