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The Dispossessed
By Ursula K. Le Guin

Discussed June 2018

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  1. Did you read the book? Did you like it?
  2. What do you think of the structure of the novel, alternating between 40- and 20-year-old Shevek?
  3. What did you think of the depiction of Anarres? One of the critiques of the book is that Le Guin shows a clear preference for Anarresti society. Do you agree?
  4. Is Anarres an anarchic utopia? Is its society politically sustainable?
  5. What kind of view of Urras are we getting from Shevek? How does it compare to the human ambassador’s view?
  6. Is Shevek naive?
  7. How much kinship is there actually between Anarres and/or Shevek and the revolutionaries on Urras?
  8. Could an Odonian society exist on Urras, or is it dependent on the scarcity of Anarres?
  9. What did you think of the depiction of family structures in Anarresti society?
  10. What did you think of the queer content in the novel, particularly the character of Bedap?
  11. What did Shevek get out of his trip to Urras?
  12. Could you see this as a Cold War allegory? Why or why not?
  13. Have you read other works by Le Guin? What do you think of this novel compared to those?
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