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  • Book Title: The Word for World is Forest
  • ISBN 13: 9781429983549
  • ISBN 10: 142998354X
  • Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Category: Fiction
  • Category (general): Fiction
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • Format & Number of pages: 192 pages, book
  • Synopsis: The award-winning masterpiece by one of today's most honored writers, Ursula K. Le Guin! The Word for World is Forest When the inhabitants of a peaceful world are conquered by the bloodthirsty yumens, their existence is irrevocably altered.

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The Word for World is Forest

The award-winning masterpiece by one of today's most honored writers, Ursula K. Le Guin!

The Word for World is Forest

When the inhabitants of a peaceful world are conquered by the bloodthirsty yumens, their existence is irrevocably altered. Forced into servitude, the Athsheans find themselves at the mercy of their brutal masters.

Desperation causes the Athsheans, led by Selver, to retaliate against their captors, abandoning their strictures against violence. But in defending their lives, they have endangered the very foundations of their society. For every blow against the invaders is a blow to the humanity of the Athsheans. And once the killing starts, there is no turning back.

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The Word for World Is Forest Analysis The Plot

(Critical Survey of Science Fiction and Fantasy)

The Word for World Is Forest concerns the struggle between colonists from Terra (Earth), who are searching for resources for their now-desert planet, and the natives of the planet Athshe, who are striving to preserve the forest ecology upon which their culture depends. The most extreme representative of the Terran point of view is Captain Don Davidson, who considers himself a “world-tamer.” He sees his task as destroying Athshe’s “primeval murk and savagery and ignorance.” Davidson is opposed by Raj Lyubov, an anthropologist who has been studying the Athshean culture and has become friends with an Athshean named Selver. Davidson and his colonists have enslaved the Athsheans and consider them to be subhuman. Under Selver’s leadership, the Athshean slaves rebel against their captors.

The Athsheans have developed the ability to dream at will. They use their dreams to order their daily experience and to anticipate the future. Selver is a dreamer who becomes a god or “translator,” one who is able to express the perceptions of his subconscious. Selver’s dreams are responsible for the introduction of murder to the previously nonviolent Athshean culture. The Athsheans come to believe that they must defend themselves and their planet against the Terrans.

The Terran/Athshean confrontation is altered by the arrival of a communication device on the planet as a result of the formation of the League of Worlds. The Terrans are.

(The entire section is 431 words.)

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The Word for World Is Forest Bibliography

(Critical Survey of Science Fiction and Fantasy)

Bittner, James W. Approaches to the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Research Press, 1984.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Modern Critical Views:Ursula K. Le Guin. New York: Chelsea House, 1986.

Cadden, Michael. Ursula K. Le Guin Beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults. New York: Routledge, 2005.

Davis, Laurence, and Peter G. Stillman. The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Dispossessed.” Lanham, Md. Lexington Books, 2005.

Reid, Suzanne Elizabeth. Presenting Ursula K. Le Guin. New York: Twayne, 1997.

Rochelle, Warren. Communities of the Heart: The Rhetoric of Myth in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin. Liverpool, England: Liverpool University Press, 2001.

Spivack, Charlotte. Ursula K. Le Guin. Boston: Twayne, 1984.

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Web Site. www.ursulakleguin.com/UKL_info.html

Wayne, Kathryn Ross. Redefining Moral Education: Life, Le Guin, and Language. San Francisco: Austin & Winfield, 1996.

White, Donna R. Dancing with Dragons: Ursula K. Le Guin and the Critics. Columbia, S.C. Camden House, 1999.

Start your free trial with eNotes to access more than 30,000 study guides. Get help with any book. The Word for World Is Forest Homework Help Questions The plot of The Word for World Is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin presents a typically colonialist scenario, in which the Terrans have used modern technology to colonize the Athshe natives, who are.
  • The Word for World is Forest is an explicit allegory for European expansion into new territories and specifically British expansion into North America. From a postcolonialist perspective, the novel.
  • This novella is definitely my favorite piece of work by Ursula LeGuin. The themes regarding war, imperialism and violence are connected to alien contact because of the complex setting LeGuin has.

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    The Word for World Is Forest (Hainish) by Ursula K Le Guin

    The Word for World Is Forest

    On the planet Athshe, there is no word for war, there is no concept of murder, there is no language of hate. The world is one vast, green, gentle forest full of people who live between the world-time and the dream-time, who resolve their conflicts by means of ceremonial singing. Then the Terran League discovers Athshe's existence and a pattern of "colonization"-very similar to the exploitation of "primitive" cultures on Earth-begins to destroy the planet and its people; and, eventually, one young Athshean named Selver learns how to hate.

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    The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. LeGuin

    Being little more than 100 pages (and that includes a three-page Introduction by Ken MacLeod and a six page Introduction by the author herself) it was the winner of the Hugo Award in 1973 for Best Novella.

    Despite its brevity, it is a masterclass in the case of the adage that sometimes ‘less is more’. Like Fritz Leiber’s equally brief Award-winning novella The Big Time (won in 1958 and reviewed HERE ), Forest does not outstay its welcome. It makes its point, leaves an imaginative impression and then leaves.

    The plot is thus, to quote the back of the book:

    ‘When the inhabitants of a peaceful world are conquered by the bloodthirsty yumens, their existence is irrevocably altered. Forced into servitude, the Athsheans find themselves at the mercy of their brutal masters.

    Desperation causes the Athsheans, led by Selver, to retaliate against their captors, abandoning their strictures against violence. But in defending their lives, they have endangered the very foundations of their society. For every blow against the invaders is a blow to the humanity of the Athsheans. And once the killing starts, there is no turning back.’

    It is often said that, despite what some may think, SF is less about ‘the future’ and more about being a mirror for the times in which it was written. Forest also bears this point heavily, resonant in themes and images that LeGuin has herself said were influenced by the Vietnam War. It is ‘MESSAGE SF’, very didactic and clearly designed to propose a particular viewpoint. Not everyone will agree with its point of view, which can be summarised as ‘war bad, colonization bad (for the original inhabitants), nature good’ .

    On reading the tale forty years or so onward, I find that the ideas and the message is still there, and still comes across pretty well. Those of you familiar with James Cameron’s film Avatar will also recognise similar themes. Forest is about the horrors of war compressed into emotionless drudgery. On a wider scale it is about the age-long process of colonisation and conquest, whilst at the same time dealing with the need to co-exist with nature and the loss of innocence, personal cultural and social. Though set in the future, there’s a lot here we should recognise.

    Of the eight chapters we get initially a succession of viewpoints: Captain Don Davidson, the NAFAL commander, Selver the Athshean (aka creechie) native leader, and Raj Lyubov the human (referred to as yuman here.)

    Captain Davidson is perhaps the least subtle of the main protagonists. Brutal and bullish, he thinks more about ‘testing out’ the newly arrived Colony Brides and Recreation Staff (referred to as ‘buxom beddable breasty little figures’), than about the local natives. As expected, the reader is not meant to relate in a positive way to the militaristic aspect of the plot.

    By contrast, Selmer is calmer and seemingly more implacable as befitting the representative of the local nature-loving Athshean race. He finds himself reflecting and acting on the natives’ very different viewpoint of the world, dealing with much of their days through some form of lucid dreaming, rather reminiscent to me of the Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime. When forced to take action against the yumans Selmer becomes a god-like intermediary between the natives and the invading Earth people.

    The bridging character between the Human military and the alien Athshean is Raj Lyubov, yuman anthropologist (naturally) who is part of the military and yet spends his time trying to understand the local lifestyle and culture. To the invading force the natives are lazy, dumb, spaced-out aliens who do not feel pain, but the chapters here about the natives show us something deeper and more appropriately cosmic. It is Lyubov who discovers that the Athsheans are not lazy but actually are more complex than even humans can imagine.

    In the meantime, a starship arrives bringing an ansible (an instantaneous communication device) intended for another nearby world. Through this they learn that there is now a “League of All Worlds ” and that Terran colonial policies have changed. Instructions are issued to free the Athshean slaves and generally moderate the policies.

    Rather predictably, Davidson refuses to believe the new instructions, believing that they are false. His further response is to organise a raid on a nearby Athshean tree-city to show the natives who is in charge. (Avatar fans, take note.) When Davison abuses and rapes local natives, it is Lyubov who saves them, although Selmer’s wife dies as a result of injuries sustained from Davidson.

    When pushed to defend their people and their world, the Athsheans react very violently. The Athsheans respond by raiding and overrunning the main Terran base.

    The revolution upends the Athshean culture but succeeds in ending Terran domination. For the atrocities he has committed, Davidson is exiled to an island where he is given food and medicine but no human contact for the rest of his life. The surviving humans return home on the next ship to arrive.

    The story is pretty straightforward. Related no doubt to real-world events, from Korea to Vietnam, but possibly going back to events such as the treatment of Native Americans in the US in the nineteenth century, the skill of the writer is to present this tale in as entertaining a way as possible. To do this here Le Guin gives these characters very different voices, with each word crafted to have meaning. There is no padding, no bloated scenes here. The tale does what it has to do with never a wasted word, and some of the descriptions of violence have a greater effect by being kept to a minimum.

    At one level The Word for World is Forest is a straightforward tale told well. However some readers will appreciate that it is also part of a much bigger picture, being part of Ursula’s Hainish Cycle of novels, which include The Dispossessed (also in this Masterworks series) and The Left Hand of Darkness. There are hints of this wider picture throughout – we have mention of an ansible that is mentioned in other Hainish stories. It’s also mentioned that one of the reasons for the yumans being on ‘New Tahiti’ is to provide exhausted resources on Earth as part of the Human expansion at the beginning of the series. Interstellar travel for the people of Earth has been made possible by technology from Hain. Though The Word For World is Forest is just one aspect of one small part of the galaxy-spanning collection of tales, I liked the fact that it was clearly one part of a Future History.

    I can’t help feeling that part of the story’s popularity at the time was that it was originally published as part of the New Wave of the 1960’s and 70’s. In fact, its original publication was in the designed-to-shock story collection edited by Harlan Ellison, Again Dangerous Visions! * Forest is perhaps a reaction to what was going on in the Vietnam War and it struck a resonant chord with readers – or at least Hugo voters. LeGuin’s anthropologist background helps highlight the cultural impact of a sudden change to a society when the invaders come.

    In summary, The Word for World is Forest is a gem of a read that even now, years after its original publication has retained its powerful message over the years. It will stay with you after you have read it.

    I am hoping that this is the start of something good, as UK publishers Gollancz are in the process of a big re-release of old and new work by Ursula, now 85. The Word for World is Forest makes me look forward to more of these.

    *(Just to give you an idea of the flavour of the rest of the collection, if you haven’t already read it, other stories there include ‘Stoned Counsel’ by H. H. Hollis and ‘The Big Space F*ck’ by Kurt Vonnegut .)

    The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K LeGuin

    Published by Gollancz, April 2015. Originally published 1972.

    Review by Mark Yon, April 2015.

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    "The Word for World Is Forest " is a science fiction novel by Ursula K. Le Guin. published in 1976 and based on her 1972 novella. It is part of the ' Hainish Cycle '.tocleft

    Several centuries in the future, humans from Earth have established a logging colony and military base named "New Tahiti" on a tree-covered planet whose small, green-furred, big-eyed inhabitants have formed a culture centered on lucid dreaming. Terran greed spirals around native innocence and wisdom, turning the ancient society upside down.

    Humans have learned interstellar travel from the people of Hain (the origin-planet of all humanoid races, including the Athsheans, despite their appearance). The various planets have been expanding independently, but during the novel it is learned that the 'League of All Worlds' has been formed. News arrives via an ansible. a new discovery. Previously they had been cut off, 27 light-years from Earth, meaning a 54-year delay in question and response.

    Athshe's plants and animals are similar to those of Earth, placed there by the Hainish people in their first wave of colonisation that also settled Earth. The Cetian visitor also states categorically that the native humans "came from the same, original, Hainist stock". It is not explained why they are green-furred and only one meter tall. Other distinctive humans such as the Gethenians are said to have been produced by genetic manipulation by the ancient Hainish colonisers.

    The events of the novel occur after " The Dispossessed ", where both the ansible and the League of Worlds are unrealised dreams. Also well before " Planet of Exile ", where human settlers have learned to coexist. A date in the 24th century has been suggested. [ [http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/backissues/5/watson5art.htm Le Guin's Lathe of Heaven and the Role of Dick: The False Reality as Mediator ] . ]

    "The Athshean word for" 'world' "is the same as their word for" 'forest'." Raj Lyubov, one of the novel's major characters.

    Colonists from Earth take over a planet that the locals call Athshe, which means "forest," rather than "dirt," like their home planet. They follow the 19th century model of colonization. cutting down trees, planting farms, building mines, and enslaving indigenous peoples. The natives are ill equipped to comprehend this, since they're a subsistent people who rely on the forests, and have no cultural precedent for tyranny, slavery, or war. The invaders take the land of these tiny forest people without any resistance.

    Earth has suffered some environmental disasters and people in North America have known starvation. The military culture has some familiar aspects, but there have been cultural shifts. Both drug-use and homosexuality are acceptable, even in the military. Some Terrans feel a rivalry with the other humanoid cultures, especially the Cetians. Former national rivalries have faded, with North Americans, Vietnamese and Indians working together harmoneously.

    The innocent ingrained obedience of the Athsheans and the fact that they never seem to sleep makes them seem to be ideal slaves, practicing what in humans is called polyphasic sleep. One of the worst slave-masters is Captain Davidson (who is not the leader of the Terrans -- a common misconception), who regularly beats the "creechies", as he calls the Athsheans. But the fact is that they take a few dreamless catnaps spread throughout the day, and go into a state of lucid dreaming at will, and quite often. They also see the "dream-time" as a world just as real as the "world-time," and hate hallucinogens which the humans use, because they have no control over the dreams generated by the "poisons." Most of the "yumens" make no effort to understand this, and drive them harder when they catch them "daydreaming." Deprived of REM sleep, the slaves' mental and physical health deteriorates. The only human who begins to understand this is Corporal Raj Lyubov, who saves several slaves from grisly deaths at Davidson's hands. When a tiny native woman is raped by Davidson, and dies of her wounds, her husband, Selver, begins to dream of war.

    No one had dreamed of war before, but Selver is able to share his dream, and sing his plans with the rest of his people. He organises a raid on a logging camp, killing more than 200 humans and humbling Davidson. To his people he has becomes a "sha'ab", a word that means both "a translator" and "a god".

    Meantime a starship arrives bringing an ansible intended for another nearby world, and also two non-Terrans, a Cetian and a man of Hain. Via ansible, they learn that there is now a 'League of All Worlds' and that Terran colonial policies have changed. The ansible is left at the colony so that the Terrans can be controlled by their own superiors. Instructions are issued to free the Athshean slaves and generally moderate the policies.

    Outraged by all this, and suspecting that the 'ansible' is a fraud or controlled by Cetians, Davidson secretly organises a raid and mass slaughter of a nearby Athshean tree-city. The Athsheans respond by organising a massive raid on 'Central', the main Terran base, which they manage to overrun.

    One shocking detail is that the Athsheans intentionally kill the Terran women, reasoning that they will otherwise establish a fast-breeding Terran colony. This is indeed the intention, the settlers plan to make a permanent home on 'New Tahiti', not just to take its logs. For their part the Athsheans have no tradition of warfare and therefore no rules, and anyway their own women take part in the fighting.

    The revolution upends the Athshean culture, but succeeds in ending Terran domination. For the atrocities he has committed, Davidson is exiled to an island of bare rock, that had been a thriving forest village before his rule, to be given food and medicine but no human contact for the rest of his life. The surviving humans (not including Lyubov, who was accidentally killed in the revolt) return home on the next ship to arrive.

    The novella version, originally published in " Again, Dangerous Visions ," was a winner of the 1973 Hugo Award for Best Novella. Le Guin has stated in her introduction to the novel that the Vietnam War was a major influence on this work. Her original title was "The Little Green Men", but Ellison changed it with Le Guin's reluctant consent.

    An evidently relevant touch is the presence of Vietnamese people among the oppressor humans, presumably intended to convey the point that today's oppressed might turn into tomorrow's oppressor.

    A copy of "The Word For World is Forest" is visible at the bedside of the character Joker in a scene set in Vietnam in Stanley Kubrick 's film " Full Metal Jacket " (this is an anachronism as the movie takes place in and around 1968, while "The Word For World is Forest" was published in 1976).

    In chapter 43 of the expanded version of Stephen King 's 1978 novel The Stand. dialogue between the characters Nick Andros (who is characterized as an avid science fiction reader) and Tom Cullen alludes to "The Word For World is Forest" as they enter Woods County, Oklahoma: "'The world is the place I mean,' Tom said. 'Are we going into the world, mister?' Tom hesitated and then asked with hesitant gravity: 'Is Woods the word for world?' Slowly, Nick nodded his head."

    *cite book | title=The Word for World is Forest | last=Le Guin | first=Ursula K. | authorlink=Ursula K. Le Guin | publisher=Putnam Publishing | location= | date=1976

    * " [http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/backissues/7/watson7art.htm The Forest as Metaphor for Mind ] ", by Ian Watson
    * [http://www.amazon.com/Word-World-Forest-Ursula-Guin/dp/0425074846 Reviews at Amazon ]
    * [http://www.amazon.co.uk/Word-World-Forest-Ursula-Guin/dp/076534985X Review at Amazon UK ]
    * [http://wwwscience.murdoch.edu.au/teaching/a108/essay3.html European settlement of Australia and Ursula Le Guin's "The Word for World is Forest" ]
    * [http://hem.passagen.se/peson42/lgw/g_athshe.html A Guide to Athshe ]

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    Hainish Cycle science fiction novels.

    The order presented here is the internal chronology of the series,
    not the order in which the books were written.

    1) The Dispossessed 1974
    2) The Word for World is Forest 1976
    3) Rocannon's World 1966
    4) Planet of Exile 1966
    5) City of Illusions 1967
    6) The Left Hand of Darkness 1969
    7) The Telling 2000

    Two pieces of yesterday were in Captain Davidson's mind when he woke, and he lay looking at them in the darkness for a while. One up: the new shipload of women had arrived. Believe it or not. They were here, in Centralville, twenty-seven lightyears from Earth by NAFAL and four hours from Smith Camp by hopper, the second batch of breeding females for the New Tahiti Colony, all sound and clean, 212 head of prime human stock. Or prime enough, anyhow. One down: the report from Dump Island of crop failures, massive erosion, a wipe-out. The line of 212 buxom beddable breasty little figures faded from Davidson's mind as he saw rain pouring down onto ploughed dirt, churning it to mud, thinning the mud to a red broth that ran down rocks into the rainbeaten sea. The erosion had begun before he left Dump Island to run Smith Camp, and being gifted with an exceptional visual memory, the kind they called eidetic, he could recall it now all too clearly. It looked like that big dome Kees was right and you had to leave a lot of trees standing where you planned to put farms. But he still couldn't see why a soybean farm needed to waste a lot of space on trees if the land was managed really scientifically. It wasn't like that in Ohio; if you wanted corn you grew corn, and no space wasted on trees and stuff. But then Earth was a tamed planet and New Tahiti wasn't. That's what he was here for: to tame it. If Dump Island was just rocks and gullies now, then scratch it; start over on a new island and do better. Can't keep us down, we're Men. You'll learn, what that means pretty soon, you godforsaken damn planet, Davidson thought, and he grinned a little in the darkness of the hut, for he liked challenges. Thinking Men, he thought Women, and again the line of little figures began to sway through his mind, smiling, jiggling.

    "Ben!" he roared, sitting up and swinging his bare feet onto the bare floor. "Hot water get-ready, hurry-up-quick!” The roar woke him satisfyingly. He stretched and scratched his chest and pulled on his shorts and strode out of the hut into the sunlit clearing all in one easy series of motions. A big, hard-muscled man, he enjoyed using his well-trained body. Ben, his creechie, had the water ready and steaming over the fire as usual, and was squatting staring at nothing, as usual. Creechies never slept, they just sat and stared. "Breakfast. Hurry-up-quick!" Davidson said, picking up his razor from the rough board table where the creechie had laid it out ready with a towel and a propped-up mirror.

    There was a lot to be done today, since he'd decided, that last minute before getting up, to fly down to Central and see the new women for himself.

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    Author of the book: Ursula K. Le Guin
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    Date Released [if available]: 1984
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    Hainish Cycle science fiction novels.

    The order presented here is the internal chronology of the series,
    not the order in which the books were written.

    1) The Dispossessed 1974
    2) The Word for World is Forest 1976
    3) Rocannon's World 1966
    4) Planet of Exile 1966
    5) City of Illusions 1967
    6) The Left Hand of Darkness 1969
    7) The Telling 2000

    Two pieces of yesterday were in Captain Davidson's mind when he woke, and he lay looking at them in the darkness for a while. One up: the new shipload of women had arrived. Believe it or not. They were here, in Centralville, twenty-seven lightyears from Earth by NAFAL and four hours from Smith Camp by hopper, the second batch of breeding females for the New Tahiti Colony, all sound and clean, 212 head of prime human stock. Or prime enough, anyhow. One down: the report from Dump Island of crop failures, massive erosion, a wipe-out. The line of 212 buxom beddable breasty little figures faded from Davidson's mind as he saw rain pouring down onto ploughed dirt, churning it to mud, thinning the mud to a red broth that ran down rocks into the rainbeaten sea. The erosion had begun before he left Dump Island to run Smith Camp, and being gifted with an exceptional visual memory, the kind they called eidetic, he could recall it now all too clearly. It looked like that big dome Kees was right and you had to leave a lot of trees standing where you planned to put farms. But he still couldn't see why a soybean farm needed to waste a lot of space on trees if the land was managed really scientifically. It wasn't like that in Ohio; if you wanted corn you grew corn, and no space wasted on trees and stuff. But then Earth was a tamed planet and New Tahiti wasn't. That's what he was here for: to tame it. If Dump Island was just rocks and gullies now, then scratch it; start over on a new island and do better. Can't keep us down, we're Men. You'll learn, what that means pretty soon, you godforsaken damn planet, Davidson thought, and he grinned a little in the darkness of the hut, for he liked challenges. Thinking Men, he thought Women, and again the line of little figures began to sway through his mind, smiling, jiggling.

    "Ben!" he roared, sitting up and swinging his bare feet onto the bare floor. "Hot water get-ready, hurry-up-quick!” The roar woke him satisfyingly. He stretched and scratched his chest and pulled on his shorts and strode out of the hut into the sunlit clearing all in one easy series of motions. A big, hard-muscled man, he enjoyed using his well-trained body. Ben, his creechie, had the water ready and steaming over the fire as usual, and was squatting staring at nothing, as usual. Creechies never slept, they just sat and stared. "Breakfast. Hurry-up-quick!" Davidson said, picking up his razor from the rough board table where the creechie had laid it out ready with a towel and a propped-up mirror.

    There was a lot to be done today, since he'd decided, that last minute before getting up, to fly down to Central and see the new women for himself.

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