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Night Operation

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  32 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Set in a dystopian future, humanity has been driven underground by fears of terrorist attack. Dwelling in the sewers of an abandoned city, society is closed, crowded, obsessed with security and its own biological processes. In our post-9/11 world, Barfield's portrayal of the repressive, claustrophobic effects of anxiety on human communities is startlingly timely. Night Ope ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Barfield Press UK (first published October 1st 2008)
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Drew Mills
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A vile look at a 22nd century dystopia. It is to Saving the Appearances is what That Hideous Strength is to Lewis’ Abolition of Men.

Read it in one sitting and will do so again soon.
May 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Jon is a young man of the 22nd century who has grown up in a closed society that, long ago, was driven underground by rampant terrorism. It is a world of well-regulated amusements, restricted education, and a bland uniformity of personal experience. Not only has humankind literally been driven to set up a civilization in the sewers, but the same thing has also taken place on a figurative level, driving ambition and imagination out of the mind and into the “guts.” It is an intensely decadent and ...more
It is a short, mild post-apocalyptic novella. It is pretty much what I would expect as a science fiction apprentice piece by about anyone and what I would expect of Barfield plying his hand at the genre at age 77. It is more interesting as something written by Barfield than as a composition interesting in its own right.
Justin Bailey
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
prophetic and thought-provoking book about a dystopian future in which modern society has been reductio'ed ad absurdum, so that they live in the sewers (out of fear of terrorist attacks). this is barfield's take on plato's myth of the cave, and is short enough to read in about an hour's time.
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Arthur Owen Barfield was a British philosopher, author, poet, and critic.

Barfield was born in London. He was educated at Highgate School and Wadham College, Oxford and in 1920 received a first class degree in English language and literature. After finishing his B. Litt., which became his third book Poetic Diction, he was a dedicated poet and author for over ten years. After 1934 his profession was
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