Sacchetti's job is to chronicle the goings-on at Archimedes in a daily journal that is sent to Haast and other select members of the project. Through his writings, readers get to know the various characters that inhabit the camp, geniuses whose intellectual fires burn brightly even while their bodies slowly go cold. Although these latter-day Einsteins are supposed to be thinking up new ways of killing the enemy, most of the inmates are instead focusing their studies on alchemy, which Haast hopes will allow them to discover the secret of immortality.
Camp Concentration is one of those SF books that falls squarely into the "literature" category both for the eloquence of Disch's writing and the timelessness of his ruminations on life and war. This is a thoughtful novel that offers insights into human existence, and it will likely stay with readers long after they have turned the last page. Ursula K. Le Guin summed up the book best in her cover blurb, which says simply: "It is a work of art, and if you read it, you will be changed." --Craig E. Engler
It is instead a meditation on intelligence, governmental abuse, conscientious objection, science vs. alchemy vs. religion, the purpose of art, ethics, etc.
I wish it had explained more of the background of the universe the book took place in (there was just enough to get the gist), and it had a nice plot twist at the end.
I found it somewhat unbelievable (even though it is well-established that some of our past senile Commanders-in-Chief subscribed wholeheartedly to astrology).
Best science fiction book I ever read.Subtle/brilliant/insightfull intelligence(rip,btw.sad loss/suicide)
Very unusual concept/original,too.on par W/PHILIP K. Read more
A good read, but not original enough, as Flowers for Algernon (Flowers for Algernon) and Dürrenmatt's Physiker (The Physicists) had already been written. Read morePublished 13 months ago by reader
this is the best apocalyptic sci-fi I've found in years, really messed up. If you like the doom and destruction, black humor, and paranoia of The Wanting Seed or PKD, then look at... Read morePublished 17 months ago by mighty book hunter
This Faustian work, written in the form of Sacchetti's diary, plumbs the depths of the darkest side of human capability. Read morePublished 20 months ago by nematode
Just thoroughly enjoyed it, it's the perfect genre and a well-told story. The book was as promised. My only complaint is that it was too short!Published 22 months ago by Mspaula48
I bought this book without any expectations, I just liked the cover, but it turned out to be a nicely barbed little American dystopia yarn. Read morePublished on December 9, 2010 by Scott Rawlings
It's almost impossible to understand this book (and I mean that in a myriad of ways) if you don't understand the sixties. Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Grey Wolffe
I read this book in 1982. I only remember it because it was hard to get through and disapointing. Maybe I need to get syphilis to understand it ...Published on November 14, 2010 by Manufacturing Whiz
My book club read two books this last month, one of which (Daniel, by Keith Yocum) we rated among the best we've read, and Camp Concentration, which we rated the worst we've read,... Read morePublished on June 25, 2010 by Amazon Customer