- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan; Reprint edition (16 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552773905
- ISBN-13: 978-0552773904
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Imagine a world where everyone knows everything about everybody. Where what a person feels and truly believes is protected under the law, while what is rational, even provable, is condemned as heresy. A world where to question ignorance and intolerance is to commit a Crime against Faith. Imagine it. Or just wait until After The Flood. On a hot Sagittarian morning in the year 56 ATF, Trafford Sewell struggles to work through the usual crowds of near-naked commuters. He is confronted by the intimidating figure of his Parish Confessor. Why has Trafford not been streaming his every moment of sexual intimacy on to the community website like everybody else? Does he think he's different or special in some way? Better than his fellow man and woman? Does he have something to hide? Ben Eltons dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society where religious intolerance combines with a confessional sex -obsessed, egocentric culture to create a world where nakedness is modesty, ignorance is wisdom and privacy is a dangerous perversion. A chilling vision of whats to come? Or something rather closer to what we call reality? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Not that there is anything wrong with this. Elton has addressed the vacuousness of modern life before, and he doesn't spare his anger here. Ben Elton, like Will Self, sets his aim squarely at religious dogmatism. He is clearly horrified by the rise in creationism in the USA, which is starting to make its presence felt in the UK, and takes this to its logical conclusion, where science and rationality are rejected in favour of the titular 'blind faith' and a 'me' culture.
The first thing you should know about this novel is that it isn't funny. At all. Anyone familiar with Ben Elton's work will know that he uses comic situations to address serious issues; there is precious little to laugh about in Blind Faith, just a growing horror as the fast-paced plot drags you in.
It is about 100 years in the future. After a flood, Britain has become a much smaller country. People not only live and work in extraordinary proximity to one another, but are ruled by a religious fanaticism where privacy is frowned upon and belief in evolution- in reason of any kind- is banned. Furthermore, every aspect of one's life is required to be posted online. But Trafford, our protagonist, has the makings of a dangerous subversive- he has a secret.Read more ›
A preview of a post global-warming world. The possible conclusion of today's FaceBook/You Tube and reality TV fixation. And a total denunciation of the mindlessness of reactionary religion. All in an easy to read and fast paced novel.
If you're thinking of reading this, then you probably know what to expect from the author. Ben Elton, it seems to me, would like to write a modern day "Crime and Punishment" or "Brave New World" but just wouldn't be able to resist slipping in a few fart and knob gags. He also lays on his message with a trowel, and it's a trowel the size of a football pitch. If you can forgive him this, then you'll enjoy "Blind Faith".
I agree that it is a view of the future that is more relevant to the Facebook generation and just as 1984 rings (alarm) bells, so does it.
5 stars is a book that marks me for life. 4 is a though provoking and entertaining read. It's both.
There is nothing at all subtle about Ben Elton's writing. Its like being beaten around the head with a large hammer, every line you read. It is inelegant and not nearly as clever as it thinks it is.
Very disappointing and went straight in to the charity bag.
Mind you getting through the jacket blurb as a bit like wading through porridge. "Ben Elton's dark, savagely comic novel imagines a post-apocalyptic society" and that's enough to put you off for starters. My initial thought was "oh no not another 1984 rip off."
Thankfully Elton stretched the bounds of 1984 with some delicious black humour and a wicked ending that brings no real surprises but certainly makes you think about inclusive and exclusive societies. Basically Elton's world occurs after the second great flood when the world (and in this case London) is celebrity and sexually obsessive - so much so that a decree goes out that everyone is famous. It is very much a 21st century view of the future.
The central character doesn't want to conform and sets out to find like minds - people who can think for themselves as opposed to the current Big Brother generation of vacuous me generation self obsessed youngsters.
We meet Cassius who is employed simply to keep up the government's targets for eliminating age discrimination Then Elton has the following to say about the internet "The internet was supposed to liberate knowledge, but in fact it buried it, first under a vast sewer of ignorance, laziness, bigotry, superstition and filth and then beneath the cloak of political surveillance."
In Elton's grave new world virtually everything that happens to a citizen is shared with everyone else through blogs, vids and other electronic means. Nothing is secret. But of course underneath it all lurks squalor and corruption. The thirst for knowledge backfires.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a satire and is written to hold much of our modern lives up to ridicule - in that it certainly succeeds and it also manages to be extremely funny in places as well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anne
Thus is not subtle, but its very entertaining. It owes a great deal to 1984 (with a touch of Brave New World thrown in given the over-openness about sex. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Terrahurtz
Hey, that's pretty good.
An excellently scathing view into the over PC of today's culture. Read more
One of the best, most prophetic books I have read. Cannot recommend it enough. In fact, bought it for 5 people this summer.Published 5 months ago by Mrs. J. K. Jacobs-roth
I actually would like to start a campaign asking Ben Elton and the publisher to republish with a large enough reduction in the violence to include it as part of the GCSE curriculum... Read morePublished 8 months ago by k42