Always Coming Home

Always Coming Home

Book - 1985
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Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, c1985
ISBN: 9780060154561
Branch Call Number: F LEG
Characteristics: 525p. ; 25cm


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Jan 31, 2017

I'm not a sci-fi fan, but I read this when it first came out, and it has stayed in my mind. I just read it again, and remember why I loved it. In this far-future novel, computers and electricity exist, but are carefully used because of the memory of the damage they caused in the deep past. Babies are hard to come by, as is food, so peer pressure tends to restrict couples to two. Yet celebrations abound, as does learning, for those who want it. As a former sociologist/historian, I appreciated the combination of the two, along with the life story of several individuals, including a long novella about a woman who travels out of the Valley with her father. She learns why she loves him, and why she prefers to be in the Valley. A 1980s book that has worn extremely well. I'll probably read it again at the same interval.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 20, 2014

Not really a novel, but rather a novella surrounded by lots of supporting material--poetry, anthropology, plays, and various narratives. LeGuin constructs a post-apocalyptic society that has learned to live at peace with the earth--though we find that the warrior mentality is not extinct. It's really too fractured to read as a whole, but LeGuin has accomplished something unique here, and she achieves an in-depth perspective through triangulation.


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