The Book

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It begins with four words: "Don't read The Book."
All information, past and present, is controlled by The Book, a handheld digital reading device that exists in a paperless, sustainable, dystopian future that looks shockingly similar to our own. Among the multitude of Book lovers, we find Holden Clifford, a simple sprinkler-fitter who is content with his small life. Through his favorite story, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden discovers an inconsistency between the digital version...
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Overview

It begins with four words: "Don't read The Book."
All information, past and present, is controlled by The Book, a handheld digital reading device that exists in a paperless, sustainable, dystopian future that looks shockingly similar to our own. Among the multitude of Book lovers, we find Holden Clifford, a simple sprinkler-fitter who is content with his small life. Through his favorite story, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden discovers an inconsistency between the digital version and a rare paper page, preserved in the form of "recycled" wallpaper in his favorite Chicago bar, The Library. His quest for answers leads him beyond the page to discover a secret library of books and a man named Winston who explains the subtle, potent censorship of every story ever written. Alongside a group of like-minded readers called the Ex Libris, Holden dedicates himself to freeing the world from the grip of the Publishing House. His heroic mission draws him hastily into a dangerous scheme to overthrow the Editors of The Book and save the last remnant of printed words left on earth. As his mission unfolds and the depth of their government's deception reveals itself, Holden is forced to accept that the only way to succeed may be to sacrifice the one thing they love more than life---books.
THE BOOK is a cautionary tale, pertinent for our time, in the way 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 were for their own. The theme is expected to resonate with lovers of all books, digital and paperbound.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451500486
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 961,911
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Clifford was born in 1978, in a suburb of Chicago and grew up in a forest-encroached neighborhood called Northwoods, where the embers of his imagination were kindled during solitary treks through the lonely wilderness. He wrote his first book, The Bullet That Never Stopped, on his mother's rickety green typewriter at the prudent age of eight and three-quarters. While dating his wife throughout college, M. Clifford wrote numerous stories, including novel-length addendums to her favorite books, giving her beloved characters new adventures. Writing novels was always a novelty for him, but now that he has created more literary stories and mainstream fiction, he is looking forward to a future in publication.
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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    Intelligent, Engaging, Phenomenal!

    Four simple words begin the narrative of M. Clifford's The Book: "Don't Read The Book".

    What bibliophile can resist a challenge such as that? With a slight smirk I eagerly defied those words and plunged onward into the world of Holden Clifford - an intriguing dystopia in which environmental laws have banned paper and all literature and news media are conveniently conveyed to audiences via digital hand-held devices, portable and personal, each one called The Book. Holden, like his Salinger namesake, is a character caught existing rather than truly living and right from the start - as I, too, used a novel to shroud myself from a daily Chicago commute - I found myself empathizing with him and silently hoping for whatever would break him from his mundane life.

    Holden's awakening comes in a Chicago bar called The Library, a tribute to the recycled book pages that wallpaper the venue. Upon seeing his name on an antique page from his favorite book, Holden's eyes are opened, not only to the powerful mystique of the printed word, but to the alterations from the original text that exist in the digital version he read his whole life.

    M. Clifford's writing style is fresh and unique. The gripping story proves him to be an expert storyteller, beautifully weaving together political intrigue, suspenseful action, intricate relationships, and philosophical discussion. His descriptive techniques encourage the reader to engage with the writing - to enjoy the language as much as the story. It is a novel to be both savored and devoured. There are books which are meant to be read, respected, and reshelved, but The Book is one which lingers in my mind after the final pages have been viewed. It is a conversation starter as much as a story, drawing on themes such as the benefits and pitfalls of technology. Clifford's work sheds light on new thoughts and raises unanswerable questions but it could just be that the resolution is not nearly as valuable as the inquiry.

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