This Perfect Day
(There is also one scene - and while not giving away a major plot point, may be considered a spoiler, so continue reading knowing that - in which a character rapes another and ends with the woman falling in love with the man who attacked her. Again, it's not a major part of the plot, but definitely is worthy discussion, esp. since the author doesn't do much moralizing, just tells the story and lets the reader draw conclusions.)(less)
So, for me to explain my problems with this book I have to talk about the story. ...more
"Even the basic facts of nature are subject to the Unicomp's will ----- men do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at night."
Lots of action and some pretty cool twists along the way keep things from becomin...more
Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei- dystopian future world child's bouncing song ...more
Led us to this perfect day
Marx, Wood, Wei and Christ
All but Marx were sacrificed
Wood, Wei, Christ and Marx
Gave us lovely schools and parks
Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood
Made us humble, made us good.
I'll only spoil the one thing that should be spoiled- and it's the same one thing that everyone references. The main character (Chip) ends up raping the woman he's in love with (Lilac) to prove to her that she's being brainwashed by the government and to get her to trust him. Reading a lackluster book for three days only to discover that you hate t ...more
One mighty family
A single perfect breed
Free of all selfishness
Aggressiveness and greed
Each member giving
All he has to give
And getting back
All he needs to live
Christ, Marx, Wei and Wood
Made us humble, made us good
Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei
Lead us to this perfect day ...more
I had never heard of this book before it was selected for an SFF Audio Readalong discussion, and I think I liked it more after we talked about it for an hour or so.
There is a lot to think about here. The novel is in four sections and quite a bit of it has hints of other dystopias - the community with scheduled sex and neighbor-reporting is similar to We, the drugging of society feels like Brave New World, and I was completel ...more
It is very much in the vein of other books that deal with the concept of a futuristic dystopian world, i.e, Brave New World, 1984, and Logan's Run.
It was out OOP ...more
What makes This Perfect Day a must read is not just a well-crafted, twisting plot and setting, but the depth of the main character. The author reveals him to us gradually -- as the character becomes less drugged/more cogent, we know and care about him even more.
The style of writing, although in the past tense and 3rd person, achieves an immediacy that transports the reader to the setting and action as it happens. For instance, as Chi ...more
I’ll admit right up front that I’m not a fan of dystopian fiction. However, I am a fan of Ira Levin (both his novels and his plays). “This Perfect Day” was published in 1970 – after his play “Dr Cook’s Garden” (1967) and before his novels “The Stepford Wives” (1972) and “The Boys from Brazil” (1978). I site these three works because they too deal with issues of creating the “perfect” society through euthanasia, genetic engineering or cloning.
Set far in the future the entire world is under the ...more
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
I am soo sorry to give an Ira Levin book a 2. I LOVE Levin . I feel tempted to change my rating.
It did not FEEL like a Levin book though. I was baffled reading this. And I should not say I did not finish this. I did. But with the help of alot of skimming.
The book was very dry. I could ...more
While overshadowed by more popular dystopia novels like 1984 and Brave New World, I think this book is the most powerful of its genre. As the novel begins, the entire human ...more
The world run by Unicomp is dedicated to efficiency above ...more
*spoiler warning for those who care*
The theme of a perfect utopia which turns out to be a sinister dystopia, where people are being disposed of down waste chutes as soon as they stop being useful and nobody is Truly Free, is a bit of a science fiction cliché. Even in the 70s it’d been done many times before, but I don’t think that matters, ...more
This character-driven dystopia had very good character development and a rather frightening view of a possible future for all of mankind. In the minds of the developers of the society, this was Utopia. In the minds of not such a small group of people in today's world, the world in this novel may appear Utopian. No war, no need for guns, no over-population -- but the price to pay = no freedom of choice, of any kind, ensured by constant injections of drugs.
There was only factor in this ...more
When I was in junior high school, the world of this book captivated me. I read it over and over again, vividly imagining the society. I was fascinated by the order of it, and fascinated by the protagonist's drive to subvert that order.
I picked up the book again after more than 30 years, because I was reminded of it during my recent reading of Yevgeny Zamyatin's We , a book that is often cited as an inspiration to George Orwell's 1984 but was c ...more
Only two stars because the general theme is derivative of Brave New World, 1984, and I don't know how many Twilight Zones. The difference here is the Chip character, and for reasons detailed in many other GR reviews, that is more of a ...more
This Perfect Day is Levin’s third novel, following the exquisitely structured and perfectly paced A Kiss Before Dying and the similarly fantastic Rosemary’s Baby. TPD is a longer narrative than either of the first two, and a much more complicated story. While it’s certainly not bad, it doesn’t measure up to the first two, or to Levin’s next, The Stepford Wives. Levin’s sparse, direct prose is always a joy ...more
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After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.
Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned int ...more