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4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A dystopian novel set in a perversely benevolent future in which an attempt is made to remould the identity of a so-called heretic, Professor Burden, who had, up until then, regarded himself as a loyal citizen of the State.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published 1972 by Penguin Modern Classics (first published 1953)
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Faten Eassa
Oct 25, 2009 Faten Eassa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book in the late eighties and was fascinated by it. It was recommended to me by my father who gave it to me from his bookshelf. It's a Penguin publication but it's almost impossible to find today even if you write the writer's name, his modern books would appear on the net but not 'One' which is the only fiction and one of the rare books of analysis of how the world would be if dictatorship and brainwash were to rule the world. It is one of the books that stand equal to 1984 but w ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Mawgojzeta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful find for me. I place it up at the top of my extreme dystopian novel favorites, along with We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. Although they each present a different future, the attention to detail and the authors' ability to fully immerse a person into their world, are equal. In this novel, a man who truly believes he is active member of his benevolent state, is found guilty of heresy. The majority of the novel deals with his re-education.
Aug 15, 2007 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read 1984, Brave New World and We
Shelves: read-sci-fi
It has never ceased to amaze me that this excellent book has failed to garner the same praise as other dystopian novels. It's out of print but well worth seeking out.
Dec 30, 2012 Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant - right up there with 1984 and Fahrenheit 451.
Nov 30, 2016 Ian rated it liked it
This was from my father’s collection of Penguin paperbacks and, despite being a literary dystopia, it wasn’t a novel I’d heard of until I came across his copy. I mean, I’ve read Nineteen Eighty-four and Brave New World and I’m aware of We and ‘When the Machine Stops’… but I don’t recall ever seeing mention of One in discussions of dystopian fiction. Has it dropped out of favour? Is it considered not sfnal enough to mention in discussions of dystopias? Because it’s a damn sight more science-ficti ...more
Corky Ringspot
The three stars are an indication of my enjoyment of the book rather than of its objective qualities. It may be very good, in its way - I find it difficult to tell. My edition (Penguin) has 220 pages. I read it in two sessions - the first session (102 pages) took about two hours, the second three. It's well written, intelligent, engrossing for a while, but I felt I knew what was going to happen, and I was right. One or two twists and turns, but there were no real surprises. Not my sort of book, ...more
Steve Sanderson
Feb 08, 2012 Steve Sanderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopias
Back in print, this is an American dystopia worth checking out. It's more mild and slow moving, introspective than 1984 (written four years earlier). Yet because we live outside of the protagonist's head we see the dread circumstances he will witness well before they come to pass.

Absolutely recommended for dystopia fans!
Jan 02, 2011 Mikee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was written in 1953. I first read it some 20 or 30 years ago. I noticed it on my bookshelf a few days ago and decided to give it another try. It is truly moving, if a bit dated in style. It's a 1984-type book, but different Memorable.
Robert Pizzo
Jul 03, 2013 Robert Pizzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mother gave me this book to read one summer when I was about 13. I never forgot it, tracked it down on eBay a few years ago and re-read it. It was just as riveting the second time around. And very appropriate today.
Feb 11, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian-novels
If you liked watching the old episodes of the Twilight Zone, you'll love this book. Up there with 1984 & Brave New World.
Oct 22, 2013 Myk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
I liked this story, but I wanted to see more of the world it was taking place in. Not as dark as 1984 or shiny like Brave New World.
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