7. Emotional impact
Something which I don't think has emerged yet in our chat is the emotional impact of Ursula LeGuin's writing. For me, one of the great features of her best work is the way that a setting which has been predominantly descriptive or contextual suddenly grabs you as reader in a much more visceral way. Here, the line "Take care, Tenar" (in its narrative context) invariably does that for me, and has done since first reading the book about four decades ago
Lines like that - and I can easily think of other examples from her writing, especially in The Dispossessed - transmute the story into gold. The real focus of the tale switches from being about "other people in other places" to a personal and sometimes overwhelming response.
Of course, she is far from the only writer that can do this with a stray line here and there, but it highlights her skill as author.
Anyone else feel this?