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The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin
Cover Artist: Forest by Darrell Gulin / Photodisc / Getty Images
Review by Andrea Johnson
Tor Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765324641
Date: 06 July 2010 List Price $11.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The Ashtheans have never known hatred, they have never known murder, they have never known distrust. The Earthlings bring them all these things, and such gifts can never be taken back.

From official release/information:

Book Description: 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.

(Source: Tor Books)

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