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Changing Planes

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780575100305

Price: £4.49

ON SALE: 9th September 2010

Genre: Fiction & Related Items

‘All le Guin’s stories are metaphors for the one human story; all her fantastic planets are this one’ Margaret Atwood

ARMCHAIR TRAVEL FOR THE MIND:

It was Sita Dulip who discovered, whilst stuck in an airport, unable to get anywhere, how to change planes – literally. With a kind of a twist and a slipping bend, easier to do than describe, she could go anywhere – be anywhere – because she was already between planes … and on the way back from her sister’s wedding, she missed her plane in Chicago and found herself in Choom.

The author, armed with this knowledge and Rornan’s invaluable Handy Planetary Guide – although not the Encyclopedia Planeria, as that runs to forty-four volumes – has spent many happy years exploring places as diverse as Islac and the Veksian plane.

CHANGING PLANES is an intriguing, enticing mixture of GULLIVER’S TRAVELS and THE HITCH-HIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY; a cross between Douglas Adams and Alain de Botton: a mix of satire, cynicism and humour by one of the world’s best writers.

Reviews

All le Guin's stories are metaphors for the one human story; all her fantastic planets are this one
Margaret Atwood
Philosophical fiction in the manner of Jonathan Swift and Jorge Luis Borges ... she launches her imagination on the wings of a pun
NEW YORK TIMES
She wields her pen with a moral and psychological sophistication rarely seen
NEWSWEEK
Eloquent, elegant, insightful, funny, sharp, and nearly always provocative
WASHINGTON POST
Brings a whole new meaning to inter-planetary travel ... Le Guin continues to demonstrate her genius with gentle if caustic tales that throw the world's folly back in our faces
Jon Courtenay Grimwood