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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.

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: 932 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XEC084
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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80 of 82 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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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Perfect Day by Ira Levin January 24, 2006
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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21 of 21 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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121 of 147 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars somthing to think about. July 29, 2003
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking.
Well written with good moral resolution at end of book.
Published 22 days ago by Mark A.
4.0 out of 5 stars What Would it Take to Make the World PERFECT?
You don't have to be a libertarian to appreciate this frightening dystopian novel of what a collectivist future could look like. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Smyth
5.0 out of 5 stars Huxley and Orwell are better literature, this is a great read!
A better contemporary entertaining read than "1984" or "Brave New World". Lighter, better ending. After all, this guy wrote "Rosemary's Baby". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr Puzzle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You liked Brave New World, 1984, and Animal Farm?? You will also like this !!
Published 2 months ago by James C. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting
Simple yet complex, gripping to the very end. A hero's journey that is unforgettable. Uni should make it required reading.
Published 2 months ago by ESB
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an old time favorite of our household
This is an old time favorite of our household. Read in the early '70s and still as good as it was then (sometimes your tastes for type of books change, but this is always good). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Candy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
love old sci-fi books
Published 2 months ago by Megan
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect read even the second time around.
I read This Perfect Day in 1982 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Reading this good tale on my Kindle in 2015 I was pleasantly surprised, it's just as good the second time around, it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Chip has an eye on the future
Chip is being raised in a society that for the most part is organized and has its resources adjusted by computer. There are no fights, no need to shave, and no diseases. Read more
Published 3 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Ira Levin's writing
Unusual and intriguing read. I love Ira Levin's writing.
Published 3 months ago by Erin Yarnell
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