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Posted December 28, 2013
The most important novel written on china in the last 5 years
Mixing dysptopian allegory with rich insight into the human condition and lietrary flair, this novel transcends the boundaries of china and finds its stipulations and ideas extremely relevant and pertinent for the future of people, nations, governments, and the world during the 21st century. Think of a mix between brave new world and 1984, but abandoning the "the boot to the face" problems of 1984, and adding the technologies such as the internet, movies, and television that was missing from huxley's brave new world because he wrote it before their advent. It postulstes the unwritten agreement between corrupt governments and its constituents: stay out of political agitation and refrain from criticizing the shortcomings, contradictions and unfulfilled promises of those in power and we'll make you rich and materially prosperous. But the question is at what cost? And sadly most people are willing to pay that cost to enjoy the "good life." The question posed again and again in the novel is: would you rather live in a good hell or a fake paradise? And sadly the conclusion most people in the world today come to is that they would rather live in a fake paradise. This book is a must read for anyone seeking to understand modern china, or even seeking to understand why the world seems so terribly messed up these days. This book will stay with you and change the way you see the world. Some people in China have even gone as far as to say they now think in terms of two kinds of people: people who have read this book and people that haven't. If that isn't a testament of the power of the ideas and impact of its postulations, then I don't know what is. It is destined to take its rightful place beside such dystopian literary classics as Fareinheit 451, 1984, and Brave New World, and rightly so. It may even become more important and relevant as time goes on, especially once China surpasses the United States as the premier economic power in the next 15-20 years, if not sooner. You absolutely need to read this book. It changed the way I see and look at the world, and only really special books like this have that capability.
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Posted July 25, 2012
Been more than a month and still haven't received the book
Paid $13 to have this one book delivered to us in New Zealand and we still haven't received it. Contacted Barnes & Noble and they told us to wait another two weeks! We get packages from the US all the time, why can't Barnes & Noble get this right?
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