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This Perfect Day [Kindle Edition]

Ira Levin
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Book Description

By the author of Rosemary’s Baby, a horrifying journey into a future only Ira Levin could imagine

Considered one of the great dystopian novels—alongside Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange and Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World—Ira Levin’s frightening glimpse into the future continues to fascinate readers even forty years after publication.
The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called “The Family.” The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. People are continually drugged by means of regular injections so that they will remain satisfied and cooperative. They are told where to live, when to eat, whom to marry, when to reproduce. Even the basic facts of nature are subject to the UniComp’s will—men do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at night.
With a vision as frightening as any in the history of the science fiction genre, This Perfect Day is one of Ira Levin’s most haunting novels.

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Editorial Reviews


“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
“Ira Levin’s brave new world.” —New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Ira Levin is the author of The Boys from Brazil, The Stepford Wives, This Perfect Day, Silver, and A Kiss Before Dying (for which he won the Edgar Award). All of his novels were international bestsellers, including Rosemary’s Baby and Son of Rosemary, selling tens of millions of copies around the world. A number of famous Hollywood movies were adapted from his books, and his play Deathtrap was the longest running comic thriller in the history of Broadway. Ira Levin died in 2007.

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books (May 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XEC084
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Levin tale of a strange future 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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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Perfect Day by Ira Levin January 24, 2006
By Marci
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 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely underrated September 9, 2003
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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113 of 139 people found the following review helpful
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible... terrifying. March 5, 2004
By T.G.
"This Perfect Day" is one of my all time favorite science fiction stories -- it's a shame it seems to be out of print.

The book is about a world where everyone is genetically engineered to be as similar as possible, the "global village" has been realized in its entirety, and the world is run by computer. People get "treatments" regularly (injected medications) designed to even their moods and make them conform to societal norms.

In a world where we drug our kids for "ADHD" and political correctness and sameness are celebrated, this story remains very prophetic indeed. Levin doesn't make a single misstep here. It's utterly terrifying, because this is the way the world is headed. If you can find the book, please get it and read it.

P.S. at least one review claims the book is about "the great socialist dream" or a socialist society. In my opinion this is unfair, as the society portrayed in this story is far to the left of socialism -- really, it's communism/marxism being portrayed here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great quick read...
Ira Levin also wrote ROSEMARY'S BABY. If you are familiar with this classic then you will know that this book is pretty fantastic. Read more
Published 15 days ago by M. Snider
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read if you are into not-too-distant future Bee Hive Society...
I first read this book in High School. I was glued to the pages. I read it again in College. Still a good read. Over the years, I've read it a few times more. Read more
Published 21 days ago by WLT
5.0 out of 5 stars must read- esp.teens
I read this book every few years just to remind myself how most of society is pacified & used for the good of the few. Read more
Published 25 days ago by paula bucari-tovo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
If I had to choose between "Brave New World", "1984" and "This Perfect Day", I enjoyed "This Perfect Day" the most. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good after all these years
My mom read this book to me and I read it to my son. It's still a good read and a great comment on our world today.
Published 1 month ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
I read this book years ago and loved it then. like another reviewer, did not want it to end. I think it would give us a lot to think about today
Published 1 month ago by bookgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise
Didn't know what to expect when I bought this book turned out to be wonderful, had a jacket cover in very good condition and it being a library book had a little background about... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Linda Cieslak
5.0 out of 5 stars This Perfect Day is a Pefect Technological Dystopian Masterpiece.
The author of This Perfect Day is the same guy who wrote Rosemary’s Baby. The two novels are very loosely related in the sense that This Perfect Day can also be considered a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hillel Kaminsky
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure yet
This was ordered as a gift and the individual has not read it yet. Will update review after book has been read.
Published 3 months ago by Travlagnt2
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I remembered.
I first read this novel back in the early 70's when I was in my twenties and thought it was great. Over the years I looked for it because I wanted to re-read it, but it was out of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rachelsma
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