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One (1953) (America Reads: Rediscovered Fiction and Nonfiction from Key Periods in American History) Paperback – 17 Feb 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing, U.S.; 2 edition (17 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594161283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594161285
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,159,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DAVID KARP (1922 1999) was an American novelist and screenwriter. His screenplay of One was produced twice for television in the 1950s.


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Similar in style and theme to 1984 and Brave New World, this book should be the 3rd member of the trilogy describing early and mid 20th century fears. Unfortunately I have only ever seen 2 copies of this book before and I've owned them both. Written in the fifties it has a dated feel about the characterisation, but the ideas and the relentless feel of the society conjured up by Karp will take you over. It's both a depressing and exhilarating book at the same time, read it and wonder why it's not better known.
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I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this before. Few books have had a more powerful effect on me in my life. The simplicity of the narrative, the naiveté of the protagonist, Burdon, and the psychological conviction of the Inquisitor, Lark, all add up to a chilling revelation of the depths of the human soul, in both a positive and negative sense. Lark's interviews with Burdon are among the most remarkable dialogues in modern fiction. Of course, the book is over 50 years old now, but age is seldom a reason to discard something of real merit. The totalitarian state has not left us: Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the imaginary rule of a future caliphate all show how vigilant we need to be, and One shows how difficult that vigilance can be. Why Penguin dropped it from its Modern Classics list and why no other house has snapped it up for their equivalent are matters quite incomprehensible.
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The dialogue is intelligent and insightful. The characters are fascinating, The situation is terrifying. The vision is feasible and disturbing. The ending is tough, sad, believable and deeply satisfying. It would make wonderful theatre.
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