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This Perfect Day: A Novel Paperback – November 15, 2010
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''Marvelously entertaining. A cross between 'Brave New World' and 'Doctor No'.'' --Look Magazine
''Ira Levin's brave new world is populated by eight billion members of The Family. Life is planned and programmed from birth through death by UniComp, the supercomputer down inside the earth.'' --New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Our hero, Chip, is born into this culture. But in childhood, he is influenced by his strange (by their standards) grandfather, who dies at at about the same age that everyone seems to, and as an adult, comes under the influence of a group of mild rebels. But Chip seeks more. And exactly why does a map in a historical museum show islands not shown on current world maps?
A fine book, which grapples with the questions of life, liberty, and self-will, and leaves you to find your own answer at the end. Highly recommended.
As a child I was a science fiction freak and I still love it if I can find a good futuristic society book such as "Beggers In Spain" and now I am a Stephen King/horror/mystery freak. But what can I say, ask me what my favorite book is and it will always be, THIS PERFECT DAY!!!
For anyone who hasn't read it yet: it belongs alongside _A Clockwork Orange_ among the great literary portrayals of individualism-vs.-collectivism. (I've never been much of a fan of either _1984_ or _Brave New World_, which are usually listed as the top two. And Ayn Rand's annoying novella _Anthem_ is just . . . well, annoying.)
It is the tale of a lad named Chip, in a future world in which the great socialist dream has finally been realized. Preferring one person to another is a sign of social maladjustment. "Fight" is a dirty word; "f**k" is just the usual term for an activity no more important than sleeping or urination. Everyone is told what to do by "Uni," the great computer that organizes society and keeps track of everyone's location via electronic bracelet. (And one of the dirtiest, most maladjusted and antisocial expressions anyone can utter is "Fight Uni.")
There is, in short, no more "juice": all the oranges are clockwork now. Until . . . ah, but that would spoil things, wouldn't it?
So ATLAS SHRUGGED is still chugging along on the best-seller lists, turning unwitting victims into narcissistic misunderstood geniuses -- but this brilliant novel is out of print. What's wrong with this picture?
I'm sure glad I still have my old hardcover copy.
Why, I wonder, is the final one of these out-of-print and forgotten, unlike its two companions? It can't be the sex scenes, because all three books have them. It can't be the writing style, because /This Perfect Day/ is at least on par with /Brave New World/ (although nowhere near Orwell's perfection). It must simply be the fact that the idea had already been done twice before, which is a shame.
Ira Levin puts a great new spin on the already defined genre; exactly three times I thought the book was finished, only to turn the page and find that the adventure continues on. Unlike the brutal justice of the other two, /This Perfect Day/ comes up with a logical, humane, and easier solution to discard the aberrant members of its society.
This book deserves more publicity, and one day it might get it. Buy it now while it's still cheap.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very great read. This is my third time reading this book, and it never gets boring to me. Read it.Published 6 days ago by Tracy
Best book ever! One of my favs since I was in school...... Which was years & years ago😁Published 9 days ago by yolanda forrister
many readers compare this one with 1984..and on some aspects, i agree with them. though i must say many dystopian novels remind me of either 1984 orTthe Island; technocracy being... Read morePublished 13 days ago by NGT
Imaginative. I found the rape scene unsettling. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot twists.Published 20 days ago by Ross H Trafford
I read this Book when I was 13 years old. It was different it made me think and made me uncomfortable all the same time I make a habit of reading it every 10 years or so to see... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Terri
I first read this book in the late 70's and regretfully leant my only copy out, as it had a profound effect on me then and again on occasion throughout the past 30 some years when... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Angeline Marie
I thought the premise a bit silly.
Life is blandly pleasant, including plenty of sex, but because a central authority which is
explicitly trying to gradually... Read more
I bought it for my son. Great Prophetic novel. Should be required reading in high school! That's where I read it.Published 2 months ago by Wing Nut