|Plot Summary of This Perfect Day|
In this 1970's book, the author explores a society in the near future which totally controls and represses all members. Difference between members is negated to the point that all members of the society are considered alike - actually genetic manipulation has taken place to make everyone of equal height, skin color, etc.
Even worse is the mind control which extends to every portion of life - and is augmented by chemical infusions. There are only four names for girls and four names forboys. A frequent theme for the youth is winning and losing are t he same- it is the game. The only heroes of this world are Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei
Gradually, the protaginist, Li (or Chip - his forbidden name given by his grandfat her) - begins to seek a way out of this stifling atmosphere.
His trials and tribulations - backsliding to the safe norm - and eventual fate make for one of the most exhilirating but depressing books I have ever read - given that it was written in1970, it is amazing how much of the total control can be seen to be something that could actually happen.
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|Chapter Analysis of This Perfect Day|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Repressive society story
- drugs you
- controls your mind
- strict rationing of freedoms/goods
- search for identity/new understanding
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- blue collar worker
- medium future 22-24th century
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
- some scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
- little dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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