Join us at the Record Shop at 360 Van Brunt for the next installment of the Red Hook Book Club! 

In The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin, 1975 Hugo Award-winning novel, the story revolves around two neighboring planets. A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras—a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of distrust. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart.

The Dispossessed is, on one level, a thought experiment: given the right conditions, how might an anarchist society function and malfunction? The nature of freedom, free will, community, wealth, and power are inevitably explored as the plot unfolds. This is the earliest novel chronologically in the acclaimed Hainish Cycle, which also includes The Left Hand of Darkness

As always:

  • You can place holds on copies of the book (or ebook!) through our library catalog, or come by the Red Hook Library to pick up a copy.
  • All are welcome!
  • BYOB and snacks

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