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Dayworld [Hardcover]

Philip Jose Farmer
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T); 1st Edition edition (Jan 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399129677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399129674
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,151,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a world centuries from now, humanity has come up with a strikingly simple answer to overpopulation: a person is given one day a week to live, work, play and love. For the other six days they are "stoned" - placed in suspended animation until their day rolls round again. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Dayworld is a remarkable science fiction tale without too much science. Once the stage is set, it is more about character driven. The concept is unique: people are placed in suspended animation 6 days out of the week, and get to go out and about on the 7th. Houses, cars, and bicycles are shared with people that live on other days. There are strange familiarities with communism. This book was for me as awe inspiring and though provoking as the concept of the Matrix.

This is the first book in the trilogy, but each book is a complete story on its own, not requiring nor needing to have read any other in the series.

Other books in the trilogy:

Dayworld Rebel (Sequel to Dayworld)
Dayworld Breakup (Sequel to Dayworld Rebel)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The fracture of the mind 22 April 2004
By Rachel E. Watkins - Published on
Dayworld is Earth in the future. World leaders have instituted a new way of living to solve overpopulation. The days of the week exist as alternate realities. Each day has it's own police, firemen, government officials, doctors and people. Most people share thier homes with seven other people, couples or families though never see each other. The 'stoning' device allows all this to be possible. A person or object may be placed in suspended animation for any ammount of time, then reactivated at the desired time. So, a person who lives on Monday would enter thier stoning chaimber before midnight, and then be reactivated the next Monday at midnight with no perception of the time that had passed.
However, a secret society, the 'Immers' is working against the government to allow people to live all the days, and to have freedom and democracy. They employ 'daybreakers' in thier fold who commit one of the ultimate felonies to bring messages to agents who exist in the different days. Jeff is one of these. He has divided his personality into seven distinct personalities, one for each day as a controlled skitzophrania. But, events which threaten him and his society cause his personalities to come crashing together and may threaten to destroy him and the Immers.
Overall, a good book. The charachterization was good, though not as in depth as it could have been. And, it seems from this book and others of Farmers books I've read he doesn't write strong female charachters to take stronger roles.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the social ramifications to a politcal solution 29 Dec 1998
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i read this book several months ago and it has really stuck. the concept of the book is simple enough, but the author really exploits the societal ramifications his world creates. it is difficult to locate the books in the series since most are out of print. let me know if any of the books are available.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this almost two decades ago. Just re-purchased it! 12 Nov 2013
By Dan Dreifort - Published on
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I acquired the sequel a few years ago but held off on reading it until I bought this one again. I remember DayWorld being a great read and a really interesting novel approach to an equally interesting concept. Too bad the third and final novel in the series is considered a dud by all Amazon reviewers; ...probably won't get that one.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best. The concept is the most creative yet. 15 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on
The book tells a story about a criminal who wants only the freedom to live all the days of his life instead of being subjected to one day of the week. The only way he can do this, is to fight for it...
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book U will never forget about ! 21 Nov 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Here is a nice solution to the population explosion problem. In each day of the week only 1/7 of the population will live. But what heppens when someone want to live out of his day ? If U want to do a day-brake, then you need difrent identity in each day. Can anyone be 7 difrent peoples at once ?
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