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given the impression that this was the greatest science fiction novel ever (see the last paragraph for ...
on 10 November 2017
Er; I wasn't too impressed, given the impression that this was the greatest science fiction novel ever (see the last paragraph for a redemption on this opening statement). It simply isn't. For someone who had worked in the advertising business, the author gave every product and institution in this novel the most grinding and awkward names possible. He was either aiming to be irritating or simply lacked imagination or style. I don't know which.
The plot's OK, it's workmanlike and it sparkles from time to time but it isn't great writing.
The concept is pretty straightforward, you have to accept it was written around 1952, but even so, it only has one thing going for it. And, some of the paltry ideas of how one might live in such a dystopian future are genuinely disappointing.
Having said that; it is a bold statement, given the time it was written, when the immediate post-war US consumer economy was bursting forth unstoppably. And, to stand in its way was to be denounced as an enemy of the state, which is exactly what it is about, is the foresight that makes it prophetic, but not necessarily science fiction.