Changing Planes

Changing Planes

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"Then came a child trotting to school with his little backpack. He trotted on all fours, neatly, his hands in leather mitts or boots that protected them from the pavement; he was pale, with small eyes, and a snout, but he was adorable."
--from Changing Planes

The misery of waiting for a connecting flight at an airport leads to the accidental discovery of alighting on other planes--not airplanes but planes of existence. Ursula Le Guin's deadpan premise frames a series of travel accounts by the tourist-narrator who describes bizarre societies and cultures that sometimes mirror our own, and sometimes open puzzling doors into the alien.

Winner of the PEN/Malamud for Short Stories
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2003.
ISBN: 9780151009718
Characteristics: 246 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.


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Apr 28, 2012

Very creative and fun. This isn't a linear novel but a collection of short stories. Each chapter is about a different plane or dimension. The author uses the exploration of each plane to say interesting things about our society without seeming to be hitting the reader over the head with moral conclusions. It's a very fun, quick read.


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saranaut Sep 27, 2017

New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times bestseller
These short stories form “a fantastical travel guide, reminiscent of Gulliver’s Travels” from an author with ”the eye of an anthropologist and the humor of a satirist” (USA Today).
“A master of the craft.” —Neil Gaiman

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