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We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
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Jul 11, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: literature, read-in-2011
Read from July 11 to 18, 2011

A precursor and inspiration to most dystopian novels Zamyatin's We is a spectacular account of a future One State. In this One State order is the pinnacle of happiness and freedom equates to unhappiness. Everything and everyone in the One State operates on a schedule, there are no surprises, no one has a proper name (rather a letter followed by a number, determined it seems by gender) and little is left private (buildings are constructed mostly of glass). That is, until the main character (and author of the journal that makes up the book) D-503 meets I-330 and has his normal life turned on end. And as you can imagine things get interesting for D-503 from here.

The language of the novel is quite striking, for an excellent example check out Ben Loory's review as he quotes the finest example. If you have any interest in dystopian novels this is an absolute must read.

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07/17/2011 page 100
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Micha Like.

message 2: by Dan (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dan Me too!

Micha ^_^

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