Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Word for World is Forest

So this is where the plot for Fern Gully, Dances With Wolves, and Avatar came from...

The Word for World is Forest (1972) is well-written and none too subtle indictment of European colonialism, Manifest Destiny, racism and slavery in America, and the Vietnam war (not that subtlety is called for when addressing these unfortunate topics). Other Le Guin novels deal with concepts so foreign the pleasure of reading them comes at some effort. This book's 189 pages flew by in a single afternoon.  Loved it!
PS, This unscheduled treat came to me by virtue of whiling away an hour at the local Half Price Books.  A very nice read for only $2.00.  I found a volume each by Nietzsche, Murray Leinster, and Andre Norton for a buck a piece.  Also scored an unused Loreena McKennitt  CD for two hundred cents as well (somebody didn't like their St. Patrick's Day, gift but I do!).  Glad Half Price Books isn't a tavern or my liver would be in serious trouble...

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