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This Perfect Day (1970)

por Ira Levin

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By the author of Rosemary's Baby, a horrifying journey into a future only Ira Levin could imagine

Considered one of the great dystopian novels??alongside Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange and Aldous Huxley's A Brave New World??Ira Levin's frightening glimpse into the future continues to fascinate readers even forty years after publication.

The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called "The Family." The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. People are continually drugged by means of regular injections so that they will remain satisfied and cooperative. They are told where to live, when to eat, whom to marry, when to reproduce. Even the basic facts of nature are subject to the UniComp's will??men do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at night.

With a vision as frightening as any in the history of the science fiction genre, This Perfect Day is one of Ira Levin's most haunting nov… (mais)

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 Name that Book: futuristic drugged society5 não lido / 5jill123, Abril 2012

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A particularly well thought out world. It actually feels quite real rather than a collection of clichés. Very Levinesque in it’s exploration of horrible things being done to people without their consent. Also explores moral questions around personal accountability.

Basically, people in the past (our future) have programmed a computer to control the entire population through a combination of drugs, and genetic and social engineering. Basically condemning their own descendents to a half lived life and the end of which they are killed.

There’s a great twist at the end which luckily I’d managed to forgot in the thirty years since I last read it. Be careful what you read about it before starting. ( )
  Lukerik | Mar 29, 2023 |
Su nombre es Li RM35M4419, pero se hace llamar Chip. Era un miembro feliz de una sociedad perfecta, la Familia. Recibía un tratamiento cada mes, gozaba de sexo una vez a la semana, aceptaba con alegría los trabajos que le adjudicaban, tenia cubiertas todas sus necesidades con sólo solicitarlas, aunque aveces le fueran concedidas y otras no. Vivía en una sociedad donde no existían el odio, ni la violencia, donde cualquier actitud agresiva era alegremente denunciada y el hermano enfermo ayudado inmediatamente. Era un mundo perfecto hecho de una sucesión de días perfectos. Pero, en ese mundo perfecto de seres uniformemente perfectos, Chip sufría una imperfección: uno de sus ojos era castaño y el otro verde. Quizá fuera por eso que se iniciara en él la rebeldía, la búsqueda de una libertad mas perfecta…., en el seno de un mundo estremecedoramente utópico cuya profunda verosimilitud ha sido comparada con 1984 y Un mundo feliz.
  Natt90 | Jan 20, 2023 |
He held his arm grown-uply still while the scanner inside found and fastened on his bracelet and the infusion disc nuzzled warm and smooth against his upper arm's softness.

This Perfect Day by Ira Levin

DNF.

I am soo sorry to give an Ira Levin book a 2. I LOVE Levin . I feel tempted to change my rating.

SPOILERS:

It did not FEEL like a Levin book though. I was baffled reading this. And I should not say I did not finish this. I did. But with the help of alot of skimming.

The book was very dry. I could not get involved and I not only love Levin I love Dystopian..which makes me wonder If I missed something.

The rape scene turned me off as I am sure it did many. I was disturbed by the roles in society women played here.

But none of those reasons justify a 2 rating. All I c an say is I tried on many occasions to read this and the dryness of the writing and slowness of the pacing made my eyes get heavy. I know people who love this book. I just could not get nor stay involved.

I still recommend it because I looked at some reviews and this really seems one that has a great array of opinons. Plus I still love 90 percent of Levin's work. Just not this book ( )
  Thebeautifulsea | Aug 5, 2022 |
Ira Levin was a prophet. I kinda knew where this book would stand from all the negative reviews. I find the idea that the book is non-feminist or non-inclusive hilarious. That's a remove that huge plank from your eyes kind of thing.

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I pictured the Programmers as the Walton Family and the folks on Majorca looking a lot like the people who go to Walmart. ( )
  rabbit-stew | Jun 26, 2022 |
This novel by Ira Levin is about a utopian society where treatments help maintain a stable society, but at what cost? Protagonist Li (or Chip as he prefers to be known) is uncertain about the sameness, and eventually joins a counterculture trying to change things. Good characters, good plot twists, and a very good read. Highly recommended. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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A futuristic society run entirely by computer, and an individual's rebellion against it.
adicionada por KayCliff | editarNational Housewives Register Newsletter, Hazel K. Bell (Sep 1, 1976)
 
In de toekomst wordt de wereld bestuurd door een computer die een in bepaalde opzichten ideale maatschappij heeft gecreëerd (geen honger, rassendiscriminatie e.d.) waarin echter alle persoonlijke vrijheid verdwenen is. De hoofdpersoon komt in verzet, vlucht naar een eiland, vindt daar medestanders, etc. met andere woorden: een traditionele anti-utopie, gebaseerd op het (m.i. valse) dilemma tussen de ideale staat en de persoonlijke vrijheid. Huxley en Orwell, wier invloed diudelijk is, zijn beter, maar omgekeerd is Levin weer veel beter dan de doorsnee-sf. Het boek is overigens uitgebracht als een 'thriller', waarschijnlijk om de niet-sf-lezer niet af te schrikken. Vrij kleine druk.
adicionada por karnoefel | editarNBD / Biblion
 

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Levin, Iraautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Niessen-Hossele, J.F.Tradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Trigell, JonathanIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado

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Christ, Marx, Wood, and Wei
Led us to this perfect day.
Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ;
All but Wei were sacrificed.
Wood, Wei, Christ, and Marx
Gave us lovely schools and parks.
Wei, Christ, Marx, and Wood
Made us humble, made us good.
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COMPLETED IN JUNE, 1969 IN NEW YORK CITY AND DEDICATED TO ADAM LEVIN, JED LEVIN, AND NICHOLAS LEVIN
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A city's blank white concrete slabs, the giant ones ringed by the less giant, gave space in their midst to a broad pink-floored plaza, a playground in which some two hundred young children played and exercised under the care of a dozen supervisors in white coveralls.
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"What do you think a treatment consists of?" ... "Vaccines, enzymes, contraceptive, tranquilizer, & LPK."
"What do you do when you're programming a computer to maintain a perfectly efficient, perfectly stable, perfectly cooperative society? How do you allow for biological freaks, `incurables', possible trouble-makers?"
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By the author of Rosemary's Baby, a horrifying journey into a future only Ira Levin could imagine

Considered one of the great dystopian novels??alongside Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange and Aldous Huxley's A Brave New World??Ira Levin's frightening glimpse into the future continues to fascinate readers even forty years after publication.

The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called "The Family." The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. People are continually drugged by means of regular injections so that they will remain satisfied and cooperative. They are told where to live, when to eat, whom to marry, when to reproduce. Even the basic facts of nature are subject to the UniComp's will??men do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at night.

With a vision as frightening as any in the history of the science fiction genre, This Perfect Day is one of Ira Levin's most haunting nov

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