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This Other Eden

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,972 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
SMALL, WELL APPOINTED FUTURE. SEMI DETACHED.

If the end of the world is nigh, then surely it's only sensible to make alternative arrangements. Certainly the Earth has its points, but what most people need is something smaller and more manageable. Of course there are those who say that's planetary treason, but who cares what the weirdos and terrorists think? Not Nathan. All
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Black Swan (first published 1993)
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Carla
Aug 06, 2011 Carla rated it liked it
A relatively inoffensive offering from Mr Elton. His environmental themes from the early 90s make me sad today that nothing much has changed and this book is just as relevant today as it was back then (minus the whole VR obsession HA), and surprisingly his view on the modern world of the future was eerily accurate.
Maria
Oct 01, 2009 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Other Eden is a very funny book. It takes things to the extreme about what could happen if rich businessmen wanted to make money out of the end of the world. Based some years in the future, Ben Elton creates the scene of a world in environmental chaos, where the human race has destroyed the earth, and the end is nigh. Plastic Tolstoy, a rich businessman has the answer: buy a Claustrophere. A dome-shaped, self-contained new home, which can provide air and water, and recycle human waste, and ...more
Ryan
Sep 24, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: environment, fiction
Has the same style as Douglas Adams in the Hitchhiker series, same brand of humour if you like it that way. The theme of environmental destruction is a tad too serious to be used for comedic purposes and to be treated lightly, I feel. Elton does bring up very thought provoking ideas in this grand conspiracry theory that both pro and anti environment forces are completely in cahoots, one could say its the ultimate cynic's view of reality. Whether we will eventually invent practical self-contained ...more
Nay
May 05, 2011 Nay rated it it was amazing
Absolutely my favorite Ben Elton. If you are a fan of his give this a try, it is everything that Elton does best, humor, politics, and people and their craziest and most human. Like many of his books, This Other Eden has the insiders peek at the ridiculous thing we call show biz, and an observant and funny take on people and relationships.

If you are not a fan of Elton, you might not enjoy this book. If you are however I would say to pick it up immediately. In the U.S. it's very hard to find his
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Jen
Aug 05, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: futuristic, satire
The novel is set in the reasonably near future. Earth is being devastated by Mankind's continued exploitation, and it seems obvious that the environment will collapse sometime in the near future. Rather than adopt a more eco-friendly approach to life, most people have instead invested in a "Claustrosphere", a dome-shaped habitat in which all water, food and air is endlessly recycled in a completely closed environment. A person can therefore survive indefinitely within a claustrosphere no matter ...more
Stacy
Aug 14, 2007 Stacy rated it liked it
Wow! I'm not sure whether to recommend this book or not. At times it was hilarious. At times is was terribly scary and sad. Ben Elton is dead-on in so many ways. His understanding of human nature and people's choices is amazing. Throughout the whole book I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry.
Richard
Jan 19, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing
Ben Elton is a very clever and witty writer. This is typical of his work with a view of life in the future, probably not too far away. The world is about to destroy itself from all the harm caused by man. One of his earlier novels, this was written in 1993 when global warming was a two week holiday in Spain. It may have been fictional then, but it may well prove to be prohetic if we don't soon come to our senses. His satirical & cynical take of politicians, power hungry executives and media ...more
Sisterray
Dec 23, 2011 Sisterray rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest books I have ever read. Can also recommend Stark
Isla Scott
Jun 10, 2016 Isla Scott rated it really liked it
I found this to be a quite bizarre, science fiction, sort of opposite to a utopia type of fantasy novel. Its set in a semi-nightmareish future version of Earth. There are some moral points made, or certainly hinted at, via the sub-plots but it didn't feel especially preachy.

This isn't a book for kids, as there is some sexual language and other strong language contained in it. You need to have a good imagination to be able to picture some of it and I did get a bit lost in the details about certai
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Peter
Apr 26, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What would happen if a rich media mogul and business man decided to try and market the end of the world? Well this is Ben Elton's take on it.

The book opens with a supertanker running aground spilling its contents on the sea and coastline killing everything in its path but it soon becomes clear that this is no accident or a simple environmental tale. Elton, in his own inimitable style, is having a pop at mass marketing and the popular media. There are inflatable boobs, spray on condoms, free lipo
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Gary Duncan
Jan 24, 2016 Gary Duncan rated it really liked it
This is an example of the type of book that Ben Elton writes really well; an issue which you can sense that he cares passionately about. The satire is there and the wit through the characters (Jurgen Thor; a God in name and a God in almost every nature of his body/demeanor). But it's his passion for the environment which shines through and how big business, not only ignores concerns about the future of the planet, but openly tries to profit from its demise. Excellent stuff.
Gary
Jan 22, 2016 Gary rated it really liked it
This is an example of the type of book that Ben Elton writes really well; an issue which you can sense that he cares passionately about. The satire is there and the wit through the characters (Jurgen Thor; a God in name and a God in almost every nature of his body/demeanor). But it's his passion for the environment which shines through and how big business, not only ignores concerns about the future of the planet, but openly tries to profit from its demise. Excellent stuff.
Rj
Sep 18, 2014 Rj rated it liked it
I thought this was one of his better ones - it didn't have that feeling of being rushed through the edit like some of them have. I wish he'd stop wandering off into lecture mode, though. Otherwise, I think he is very skilled in getting across things like character and beliefs and attitudes via examples, very show not tell (until he lectures).

Hilarious in many places. The gun fight in the orgy had me falling off my sun lounger and spilling my sangria.
Bev
Jul 18, 2016 Bev rated it it was ok
If you're a fan of tell don't show - and tell at interminable digressive length - then you may enjoy this book. I found it tedious in the extreme. Larger-than-stereotypical characters, and attempts at Douglas Adams-style humour that consistently fell flat. On the positive side, the story was interesting enough to keep me slogging on. Not enough though that I'd ever pick up another book from this author.
Juanita
Sep 05, 2015 Juanita rated it it was amazing
Very different to how I imagined his writing would be. Brilliant and insightful.Some of the spelling is a bit suspect though.
Georgie
Mar 26, 2011 Georgie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, everywhere
The best Ben Elton there is! He is so spot on, especially when you consider that the book was published in like 1993?! Some parts will make you roflyao and there are parts where you will feel sick with sadness and guilt. such an awesome book, can't recommend it enough!

"Such is progress. The Egyptians left tombs which thousands of years later yielded up treasures of indescribable beauty, testimony to the glory of their civilization. The British, who have produced so many things thay could serve a
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Anke
Jan 11, 2015 Anke rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy
what can our world become? present aspects of life can evolve into something completely beyond what we want.
the way he describes is completely hilarious and over the top - it was an enjoyable read
Seraphiel
Sep 09, 2015 Seraphiel rated it really liked it
It was not bad, and very conceptually interesting, but certainly not one of his best IMO.
Deb
Jul 15, 2016 Deb rated it it was ok
There were elements of real humour in this book but it was quite a strange story. Too science fictiony for my taste.
Nathan
Oct 15, 2015 Nathan rated it really liked it
Bit of a frightening idea of the future! I Hope no one starts selling Claustrospheres!
Keith
May 19, 2016 Keith rated it really liked it
In my opinion his best work. Witty, imaginative and thought provoking.
Cass
Dec 27, 2013 Cass rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, 2013
The three stars really reflects my love of Ben Elton. Honestly the book is worth two stars at best.

Usually with a Ben Elton novel I am drawn in from the beginning, loving the intelligent humour and his unique ability to see society for what it is (I would liken him to Cory Doctorow in many ways).

This book was okay. I suspect it was a very early work. It lacked his humour, it didn't grab me. I was mildly bored and almost considered abandoning it. I am glad I finished it but it wasn't great and
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Toby Reiner
I somehow made it through This Other Eden, but I was helped by being on a bus in Brazil at the time and having finished the other books I had with me. It really isn't Elton's best work, mostly because it's far too much of a rant and, consequently, isn't very funny. I'm not sure whether it's my least favourite Elton, but the only other contender would be Chart Throb. That's in any case not really a far comparison, because I have no interest whatsoever in Pop Idol or the like, so the satire of tha ...more
Balthazar Lawson
This was barely Ok, maybe it only deserved 1 star.

It seems that Ben Elton combined his stand up comic scripts into one script and thought they would make a good story. But then you needed a bit of narrative to join it all together. Take the comic ideas to the extreme and you have this book.

It just seemed to get side tracked and at times was a just a series of dissertation about different subjects half way through a story. It was distracting and annoying and made the reading more of a task than
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Andy Bird
Didn't like this one. I found the story very silly and not very good, it seemed to stumble along rather than evolve and i thought it was very week. I quite liked some of the characters but found them to be caricatures and one dimensional. Some bits were funny but there were a lot of off the track explanations which got a bit tedious and reminded me of the authors satirical stand-up performances. The political message was also very unsubtle. I wouldn't recommend it.
Jenny Sparrow
Jul 26, 2011 Jenny Sparrow rated it really liked it
Блестящая книга, полная острой, умной, тонкой сатиры. Смеяться и глубоко задумываться можно почти над каждой фразой. К раздумьям располагает тема - гибель Земли от экологического Армагеддона, а к смеху - те тонкие и ироничные замечания о жизни общества и отдельно взятого человека, которыми пестрит книга. К тому же сюжет полон экшна и интриг, что делает чтение захватывающим. Элтон умница, и я обязательно буду читать его еще. И еще!
Helen
Aug 19, 2011 Helen rated it it was ok
I was hoping to enjoy this book (often very much enjoying Ben Elton novels, and being passionate about Environmental issues), but it was disappointment to me. I often find that some Ben Elton's I REALLY enjoy, and others I do not like at all. Unfortunately, this was the latter. I didn't find the plot particularly entertaining and I found the characters hard to follow and a bit boring. It was also pretty predictable through-out.
Lsra
Mar 02, 2016 Lsra rated it really liked it
Highly recommend this book if you enjoy other novels by Elton. Very cleverly written, very good at building tension - very well written. Interesting and scary ideas about where global warming is taking us.
Gary Smith
Jan 12, 2016 Gary Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ben-elton
As the Earth is slowly dying, people are buying their own escape, with their own little Eden. This just happens to be killing Earth quicker. If yore tiring to hide the truth, is it best to hide it amongst a lot of ideals? A very satirical way, at looking how the Earth is being spoilt, by the very beings that both need and live on it. As well as how one individual, can manipulate everyone, to buy his product.
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Ben Elton was born on 3 May 1959, in Catford, South London. The youngest of four, he went to Godalming Grammar school, joined amateur dramatic societies and wrote his first play at 15. He wanted to be a stagehand at the local theatre, but instead did A-Level Theatre Studies and studied drama at Manchester University in 1977.

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“People had got used to the planet dying.
They didn't care anymore, it had been lingering on for too long. The Earth was like some aged and slightly disgusting relative that just got sicker and sicker and yet refused to die. Requiring more and more attention, growing bigger tumours, bursting nastier sores and soiling its sheets ever more often. An embarrassment and an inconvenience, a constant reminder of family guilt.”
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