This Perfect Day

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Considered one of the great dystopian novels—alongside Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World—Ira Levin's frightening glimpse into the future continues to fascinate readers even forty years after publication.

The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called “The Family.“ The world is ruled by a central ...

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Overview

Considered one of the great dystopian novels—alongside Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World—Ira Levin's frightening glimpse into the future continues to fascinate readers even forty years after publication.

The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called “The Family.“ The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. People are continually drugged by means of regular injections so that they can never realize their potential as human beings, but will remain satisfied and cooperative. They are told where to live, when to eat, whom to marry,
when to reproduce. 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.

With a vision as frightening as any in the history of the science fiction genre, This Perfect Day is one of Ira Levi's most haunting novels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553290028
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1991
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368

Meet the Author

Ira Levin is the author of The Boys from Brazil, Rosemary’s Baby, Son of Rosemary, The Stepford Wives, This Perfect Day, Sliver, and A Kiss Before Dying (for which he won the Edgar Award). Levin was also the recipient of three Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards. His website is iralevin.org.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Something very special...

    ...about this book that keeps me coming back to read it again and again. I read it first in the 70s and have read it at least once every five to ten years. As fresh and relevant today as when written. Even non-sci fi lovers will enjoy it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2011

    Great Read!

    Easily one of my favorite books I've ever read, and re-read. The story is unique and deep. Really makes you think. I HIGHLY recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Fast read

    Easily one of the best science fiction novels of all time. Amazing it was written in 1970, spookily relevant even by todays standards.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Great alternate future story!

    I read it when it was first published and received it as a book of the month club selection that I didn't order but loved it from beginning to end. Great story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Loved it!

    Fantastic sci fi book. Keeps you on the edge of your seat!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Christ, Marx, Wood and Wei...

    As the person before me said, this is easily one of the best books I've ever read, and re-read...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Misque

    Classic. Excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    A truley frightening picture of an alternate world. It really ma

    A truley frightening picture of an alternate world. It really makes you think

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    Dystopian perfection

    I loved this book and can't wait to buy another copy to re-read and pass along. Just as fresh today as it was years ago.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    This book is the best in this genre. If you liked 1984 and Brave New World, you will love This Perfect Day.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    led us to this perfect day...

    I read this book when it first came out, and have re-read it many, many times. Thought provoking...

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    raises a lot of thoughts

    overall a great message. long and drawn out in the middle but not to the point that i didnt want to finish. would recommend this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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