"The Lathe of Heaven" by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Just a simple book review of Ursula Le Guin's "The Lathe of Heaven"

Submitted: December 05, 2009

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Book Review: “The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula Le Guin

Granted this is science fiction and rather absurd but this book contains a lot of original thought and deplores on topics we, as a society have debated much about.

Imagine a character in which his dreams come true. A psychologist who wants to change the world and through his patients dreams he first experiments in what he can do, and then he does change the world. When he tries to transfer his patient’s ability to alter reality while dreaming, he causes a catastrophe and ends up brain dead.

Of course there are hints of love, family problems, and the idea of dreaming. If one did have the power to alter reality through dreaming, what would that be like for the rest of humanity? Just because one can dream, does that mean he should be allowed to change reality and laws as we know it? Would it be acceptable to use this power for political, and or personal influence? Through Ursula Le Guin’s experimental and unique writing these are explored in simple yet eloquent ways.


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