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Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
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Aug 22, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: quit-before-finished
Read on August 22, 2011

I first read this book in High School and decided to read it again after (ahem) quite a few years' passage of time. After all that time in between reads, the change in perspective is interesting. Now I can see it for what it is... a Socialist manifesto. The society described (at times in mind-numbing detail) sounds great, for the most part, aside from the patronizing view of women (to be expected from a book writen in the 1880's). However, with human nature being what it is, it is all quite the pipe dream.

The story at times gets almost lost in the long, drawn-out discourses explaining every detail of Socialist utopian life. This is not really a novel; it is a defense of Socialist theory tied with the thread of a story to hold it together. All in all, not as compelling as I found it in High School, when my own ideals and philosophies were wholly unformed. I couldn't hang in there to the very end this time around.
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