The Word for World Is Forest

The Word for World Is Forest Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 5 hours and 5 minutes
Author Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrator Kevin Pariseau
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Audible.com Release Date December 07, 2009
Publisher Audible Studios
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B087Q1KJLH
Best Sellers Rank #18,859 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1,664 in Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,808 in Science Fiction (Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling view of Humans
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling view of Humans
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on August 24, 2022
This Novella is Le Guin's commentary on the Vietnam war and as such is brutal and disturbing.

The brutality of war and the toxic masculinity of the protagonist is contrasted with the lush alien landscape and the ancient civilisation of the pacifist natives . However, there is no disguising the references to the Mỹ Lai massacre and the deforestation which happened in Vietnam. The subject matter may be grim but the gentle natives of the planet with their strange Taoist philosophy show clearly the horrors of colonialism, in all its forms. The native perspective is explored with increasing incredulity.

Whilst the book is very short Le Guin fills every page with her wonderful fluid writing style. The humans do not come out of this book as the good guys and the motivation for colonisation is shown as flawed and morally repugnant. The aliens have lived a simple life for thousands of years and are at peace with their environment. Their fight back agains the humans is clever but it also deals with the loss of innocence and the long lasting effect the human invasion has on their primitive society. This book asks some very deep and interesting questions about the impact of doing the right thing for the right reasons leaving a stain on a society that will take years to cleanse.

This Novella ask the question who is really the inhuman, us or the alien.

I found the novel interesting not only for the moral dimension but also for its historical source in the American War as it is referred to in Vietnam. At the time of writing the daily atrocities and the growing anti-war movement in the US must have had a profound influence on Le Guin and it shows on every page of this novel.

Loved the book and I would recommend it to anyone. I often say that the best science fiction is not about the future but about the now. At the time of writing this book, the horror of the American War was very much the 'now' that Le Guin was living through.
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