I can see why this is a well-regarded book. Its strengths, like many classic science fiction novels, is in the setting, in the way alien ideas are presented in a way that reflects modern life today. This is a story of making an alien culture feel more human than our own. I was left wondering if a society like theirs could somehow improve upon the ills of our own world or if it would only make things worse. While I didn't care much for the slow plot and the cast of characters, I was impressed by the philosophical implications of their society and I'm sure it's the sort of thing I will think of for years to come.
See my full review at my blog: strakul.blogspot.com/2018/04/book-review-left-hand-of-darkness-by.html
Paperback, 366 pages
Published Sept. 16, 2010 by Ace Books.