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Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison
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Apr 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: detective, film, morality, murder, survival, violence, overpopulation, new-york, starvation, cautionary-tale
Read in March, 2012

This is the book on which the movie "Soylent Green" is based. It is not the horrific concept of recycling humans into "SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!" It is rather a treatise on overpopulation and the depletion of the planet's resources. BTW, Soylent Green isn't people.

That is not to say that it is not horrific. The world's population has grown to epic, out-of-control numbers. Of course, a burgeoning population is going to deplete the planet's natural resources...and then what?

The book gives us a slice of life view of a police detective trying to help keep order and peace in an uncontrollable situation, and uncontrollable way of living. He struggles, finds happiness for a moment, but, like the most of the rest of the world, he's doomed.

A forward-thinking book for its 1966 publication date, "Make Room! Make Room!" should be viewed, and heeded, as a cautionary tale...but, as history has shown us, it is rare when a cautionary tale such as this is can change the world.

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