The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas: A Story

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas: A Story

by Ursula K. Le Guin

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The recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the National Book Award, the Kafka Award, and the Pushcart Prize, Ursula K. Le Guin is renowned for her spare, elegant prose, rich characterization, and diverse worlds. "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" is a short story originally published in the collection The Wind's Twelve Quarters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062470973
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Series: A Wind's Twelve Quarters Story
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 34,405
File size: 631 KB

About the Author

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born in 1929 in Berkeley, and lives in Portland, Oregon. As of 2014, she has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry, and four of translation, and has received many honors and awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, and PEN/Malamud. Her most recent publications are Finding My Elegy: New and Selected Poems and The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories.


Portland, Oregon

Date of Birth:

October 21, 1929

Place of Birth:

Berkeley, California


B.A., Radcliffe College; M.A., Columbia University, 1952

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The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas: A Story 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first watched Bts i always felt there was meaning behind, something I didn't understand. When I heard it was mainly based off this and Damian, I quickly ordered both. Tho this book didn't answer many questions, it certainly gave me answers to question I wish I had. I recommend this book %10000. It really is beautiful. although it is short, it will leave you thinking for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It awesome and makes you think about the 'real world' more
Anonymous 21 days ago
This thought provoking short story should be required reading for young adults. Who is the child in your closet?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sense that I could be considered that child has come to mind as I walked away from a family of certain privileges yet was declined the sole nurturing aspect of parents. Even said, i the tortured child, now am enlightened to the aspect that happiness is seeing your role in life and seeing in retrospect that the cause of happiness in others is due to my own suffering. Although many will find issues in having such a terrible statement, but this story has further enlightened me and made me realize i do belong within the whole. My existence may indeed be more important than I thought... And with that in mind I gain inner peace to embrace my inner torment to join life and not ruminate in my traumatic past. With this insight, I understand that suffering is a state of being. Even the most holy have suffered tremendously to save mankind. But to embrace the tormented past that which I tried to solve gives me an existence of completeness to who i am.
horacehive on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A superb piece of short fiction which ultimately shows that everything has a price and that sometimes that price may be deemed to high to pay by some of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a short story but so many feelings is put in it. It's very emotional am I felt that I was apart of it. Very good