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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 listeners even 40 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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By Michael on 11-08-17
Very Good Dystopian Fiction
I really like good dystopian fiction, and was surprised I had never heard of this book. It was one of the better written dystopian novels I have read. I liked the prose, the quite dynamic character development, as well as the interesting world presented. This is a pretty light dystopian story (not like The Road), and it not overtly political (like Animal Farm, 1984, or Brave New World). Some of the material is frankly sexual so may not be appropriate for young readers, otherwise it feels targeted for young adults, but was fine for mature readers. The end was a bit rushed and not fully satisfying. Overall the prose, the world and the characters were well worth the read.
I was surprised this author had also written both “No Time for Sergeants” and “Deathtrap” which were odd favorites of mine, as well as “Rosemary’s Baby”, “The Stepford Wives”, and “The Boys from Brazil” which I also liked.
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By Dora D on 10-05-17
As a dystopia it could definitely be more dystopic
Plot-wise, it's not that bad. But as a dystopia, it could definitely be more dystopic. I don't want to go into any details now so as not to spoil anything, but this is one of those rare books that I believe should have been 50 pages shorter (not necessarily literally 50 pages, but you get what I mean). I felt that many details were nicely written and incorporated into the plot, but the general, darker, dystopic aspects of the book seem to be lacking originality. Otherwise, the book is easy and pleasant to read, at least as pleasant as dystopias go.
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