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10 Books You Have to Read in School That Don't Suck

By Matt Heckler Apr 19, 2013

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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness is not necessarily the kind of book you’d be assigned in high school, but college students a-plenty have been given this sci-fi masterpiece to read. It tells the story of a man called Genly Ai, representative of an interplanetary alliance, who goes to the wintery planet of Gethen to try to convince the natives to join the alliance. To make things more interesting, the Gethenian people have no gender; they switch between male and female basically as the mood hits them during mating season. This means there are no gender roles in their society, and it makes for a perfect mirror to reflect upon gender roles in our own real world.

Tags: school, 1984, steinbeck, of mice and men, frankenstein, george orwell, english class, books-and-comics

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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