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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160598129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605981291
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Ira Levin's 'Brave New World'.'' --New York Times Book Review

''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.

About the Author

Ira Levin is the author of The Boys from Brazil, Rosemary’s Baby, Son of Rosemary, The Stepford Wives, This Perfect Day, Sliver, and A Kiss Before Dying (for which he won the Edgar Award). Levin was also the recipient of three Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards. His website is iralevin.org.

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Customer Reviews

It's too bad because this is a really good book and I think more people would read it and enjoy it if it was priced lower.
dustin
They are the eugenic dystopia of /Brave New World/, the psychological dystopia of /1984/, and the technological dystopia of /This Perfect Day/.
Avery Morrow
I am not a "science fiction" fan at all, but of all the books in this genre I have ever read this is undoubtably the best.
L. Whitley

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Gary M. Greenbaum on August 21, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This underrated cult classic tells us of a future where there is no "selfishness, aggressiveness, or greed" Each is given what he needs, each gives all he can. And all this is enforced by monthly injections or "treatments", and administered by a worldwide computer called Uni.
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.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
At age 58 I cannot remember when I first read this book. It's not that I am losing my mind, but it was that long ago. I have haunted used book stores, flea markets and online, and have bought several hard backs and soft backs so that I am not without a copy of this book (Does this ring of the movie "Conspiracy Theory and the Catcher in the Rye"). I also shared this book with my daughter who is not as much a reader as I am and she loved it too. I cannot understand why this book has not been brought back into print, used as mandatory reading in school and also perhaps made into a movie. Ira Levin has had other books made into movies. I am not going review the story but is there anyone out there who wants it not to end when it does? I have read this book once a year for years and like a small child, keep thinking something will click and I will see whether life on the Island will improve once Chip returns...how will the untreated survive... Also I think that Chip and others due to small differences than the norm are more liable to rebel and this is what the powers that be (Programers, is that what they call themselves...hmmm) were watching for.

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!!!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Avery Morrow on September 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have a trio of excellent dystopian books which can never stay on my bookshelf very long. They are the eugenic dystopia of /Brave New World/, the psychological dystopia of /1984/, and the technological dystopia of /This Perfect Day/.
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.
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119 of 145 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on March 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
How can this book possibly be out of print?

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I could go on and on about this book. It ranks as one of my all time favorites. I reccommend it to anyone and everyone. Everyday as I put my ID badge into the scanner at work and wait for it to blink green or red, I think about this book. Everytime I plug mylaptop into the internet, I think about this book. Everytime a surly clerk demands my Social Security number "Because it is easier for the computer", I think about this book.
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