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Facial Justice (Twentieth Century Classics S.)

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  100 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The dystopian society that emerges after World War Three is based on a collective sense of guilt. Citizens of this new world, officially labelled 'delinquents' by their Dictator, are named after murderers and are obliged to wear sackcloth and ashes. Individualism is stamped out. Privilege, which might arouse envy, is energetically discouraged.

Thus it is no surprise to fin
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 21st 1987 by Oxford Paperbacks (first published 1960)
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Apr 18, 2015 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting dystopian novel based around an idea of everybody being equal, nobody looking above their station and attempting to eradicate envy or "Bad E". Parts of the eradication is by formalising standards of peoples faces, mainly women and follows the main character through this world. At times brutal and incredibly well written, the world is claustrophobic and creepy. It was enjoyable to read although seemed to lack something that I can't put my finger on. Certainly one for fans of dystop ...more
Maria White
Another take on a dystopian post-apocalyptic novel reminiscent of H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley and George Orwell. There are some thought provoking ideas here about a society where individuality is seen as the major evil and is to be eradicated. The novel creates a scary two-dimensional world, a lunatic asylum on a grand scale where all inhabitants are addressed as patients and delinquents and where plastic surgery is used indiscriminately 'to betafy' the majority of women. It is unsettling and frig ...more
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Aug 05, 2014 Gustl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'impressione dopo aver letto questo romanzo di Hartley, di genere distopico è quella che lo scrittore abbia messo come si suol dire "tanta carne al fuoco", ma non l'abbia cotta tutta; sviluppando male alcune questioni di peso all'interno della narrazione, come la Resistenza; direi in modo un pò frettoloso. L'ambientazione è quella tipica dell'Inghilterra post nucleare, in cui si è creato un regime socialisteggiante, uguaglianza e monotonia come massima rappresentazione della società sicura e fe ...more
Nov 16, 2009 Donna rated it liked it
I recently bought a copy of this off a Cambridge street vendor, and only partially because the title sounds a bit skeezy.

The story is about Jael 97, a woman whose alpha-ranked looks have caused enough envy among her peers to make her consider having an artificial beta face fitted. Her post World War III society is governed by a mysterious dictator, whose seemingly arbitrary commands seem intended to keep everyone equal in mediocrity. When one of the dictator's decisions affects Jael in an unexpe
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May 31, 2015 Dead John Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good old British dystopia.

From the land that gave us 1984, Never Let Me Go, Brazil, Brave New World, Lord Off The Flies, Clockwork Orange, Crash, V For Vendetta now read Facial Justice.

In an age where beauty if forbidden women have to undergo disfuguring operations to remove their natural beauty. A good read

From the author of The Go-Between
Jan 30, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but cold dystopian novel. Complex but rather full of itself and perhaps with less to say now than it did at the time of publication.
Sep 24, 2014 Shayan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
An interesting read but it failed to really grab my attention.

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Dec 10, 2015 Yael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feminist dictatorship FTW -- would love to see a good movie version.
Jun 14, 2015 Claudia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good idea, irritating execution. Read it while we were in England.
Sep 08, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy, 2012

There are plenty of good ideas here, although occasionally Hartley falls too deeply in love with these ideas and spins them out too long. The narrator intrudes and sometimes reduces Jael 97 to something of a cipher. The "twist" is also predictable because of Hartley's unbalanced sympathies when he introduces the character. However, all in all there is a pace and a flow of striking points that make this post apocalyptic vision gel and attract.
Nov 21, 2010 Everly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. Vacillated between fascinating and insufferable. Think of that Twilight Zone episode where everyone is fugly and the beautiful people are pitied and get surgery for their unfortunate appearance.
Aaron Slack
Some very interesting ideas about manipulating society via guilt over inequality, but fell a bit short as a novel. Sort of an angry feminist version of Brave New World.
Jun 21, 2013 Joshlynn marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: burgess-99
This sounds like the title of a porno taking place in a courthouse.
Jun 27, 2008 Catherine rated it it was amazing
This book was great. Really made you think!

Feb 26, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2009
Interesting and perceptive
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