- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (5 April 1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718107896
- ISBN-13: 978-0718107895
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,426,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
This Perfect Day Hardcover – 5 Apr 1970
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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 Paperback edition.
A chilling dystopia which questions what it means to be an individual in a world of conformity --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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It is inevitable that any dystopian novel will be compared with Orwell's Nineteen eighty-four and Huxley's Brave New World. And while it's true Levin is not in the same class as these two as a writer, he is by far a better writer of thrillers. Consequently, This Perfect Day moves at a heady pace and is more action packed. However, where both Huxley and Orwell are trying to grapple with the issues of humanity and freedom in general and the society of their day in particular, Levin's work seems to be a pushing of his political views.Read more ›
The story centres around Chip (as he thinks of himself) who is a member of a worldwide society governed by a single supercomputer. Almost every aspect of the citizen's lives are regulated by the computer, including whether particular people are permitted to have children, what they are called (out of 8 potential names), what jobs they do, where they live, and pretty much everything else. Everyone has an injection once a month that dulls their desire to rebel, their sex drive etc, and they are subject to constant propaganda and brainwashing that the computer, UniComp, knows best and will give them appropriate guidance.
The older generation still have some individual attributes and attitudes, but everyone that is young has a very similar appearance and the same sort of personality. Following some 'anitsocial' thinking from his grandfather, Chip begins to have feelings that it might be nice to be able to choose things for himself. This is the start of his exploration of what really is true and what UniComp has falsified in order to keep order. The majority of the book then follows his discoveries as he gradually begins to question the way the society functions while attempting to appear to be a normal citizen. I won't spoil the story by giving any more details.
This is an absolutely excellent book and I would recommend it to fans of any genre, although it fill particularly appeal to sci-fi fans I would think.
I first read this 40 years ago when it was published and have just read the new edition.
In this sparkling original book, Levin postulates a future which extrapolates the process of the worlds' population way into the future.
World peace, so devoutly wished for,has been achieved. The world is now 'A Great Big Melting Pot' with all nations intermingled. War belongs to history and all boundaries have blended into one big whole ... or so it seems.
Each person, now known as a 'member' is classified at birth and is assigned to 'appropriate' work.
TV viewing is programmed into the day, sex is obligatory on Saturdays and it only rains at night. You had better have sex because if you don't your partner will report you to your mentor and you will be sent for treatment. 'I am my brother's keeper' written in the Bible may be interpreted as 'I will take care of him', now it means I am my brother's guard, watching for mistakes and omissions!
'Touch and Go' now means that each member must 'touch' his/her identity bracelet to scanners as they pass through various passages. Everybody has a regular 'treatment' ... vitamins and minerals with a dose of tranquiliser. Food is now 'totalcake' which is freely available - and is all that there is to eat.
In keeping with peace and harmony you might now 'catch two birds with one net' rather than a stone. The book is threaded through with humour, I particularly enjoyed the picture 'Wei Addressing the Chemotherapists' - it doesn't pack quite the same punch as 'The Adoration of the Magi' ...
At first it is amusing, but cracks appear in the peaceful facade and you find yourself caught up in a nail biting thriller ...
Has it dated? Not at all, it is fresh and funny and relevant. I loved it then, I love it now.
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Every time the dust settles there is a reversal or twist to take it up a notch.
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Fab book, a page turner...only recently discovered ira levin...love all the books. Couldn't put it down..they should make a film of itPublished 8 months ago by Paul Del-A-More
Read many times in hardback. Always enjoyed it & will come back to it in a year or twoPublished 8 months ago by John Little
I have never read "Rosemary's Baby", for which the author is best known. This book explores a much more interesting idea than demonic possession: the paradox of freedom. Read morePublished 8 months ago by S. J. King
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 morePublished 8 months ago by Bernie
Brilliantly written prediction. Read it. Ira Levin is a powerful, masterful writer.Published 9 months ago by Ragdoll Radio