Goodreads Synopsis: The recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the National Book Award, the Kafka Award, five Hugo Awards and five Nebula Awards, the renowned writer Ursula K. Le Guin has, in each story and novel, created a provocative, ever-evolving universe filled with diverse worlds and rich characters reminiscent of our earthly selves. Now, in The Birthday of the World, this gifted artist returns to these worlds in eight brilliant short works, including a never-before-published novella, each of which probes the essence of humanity.
This is the second collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin that I have been able to read, and I enjoyed just as much as the first.
There are so many unique worlds in The Birthday of the World. From Slave Women to Old Music, to a story on a planet where marriage always includes four people. That story I particularly enjoyed. The stories are about gender and society and sexuality, all things that Le Guin frequently writes about and explores with such amazing skill. And I am always amazed at how deep and intricate the worlds in these stories are.
It was interesting for me to read some of the other reviews for this book, because everyone was saying that their favorite story was Paradise Lost. And while it was certainly a good story, it wasn’t my favorite. Nor would I say it’s the best in the collection. But you would have to read the collection to see if that is true.
I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.