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Facial Justice (Twentieth Century Classics S.)

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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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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
An interesting read but it failed to really grab my attention.

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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.
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 Josh marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This sounds like the title of a porno taking place in a courthouse.
This book was great. Really made you think!

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